Tour de Yorkshire to show Barnsley at its best

Race goers are in for a treat at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire as one of the world’s biggest cycling races rolls back into Barnsley town centre on Friday 3 May.

To celebrate the arrival of the prestigious race, a raft of activity and entertainment will take place as Barnsley shines in front of the eyes of the watching world.

Stage one of the women’s Tour de Yorkshire and stage two of the men’s race will set off in Barnsley town centre in front of a crowd of thousands.

The women will depart at 9.05am before the men speed off at 2.45pm – but the excitement doesn’t end there.

In Gear Live music festival will take place at six of Barnsley’s most popular independent bars, showcasing Barnsley’s best musical talent and providing a soundtrack for the day.

Street entertainment will be on offer as soon as the women’s race departs, with performances from Philleas Fogg, the Sports Guides, Vedalo and Trixie and Tillie.

On Cheapside, the Road Bike Rampage will wow crowds with daring tricks over three performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Meanwhile, the New York Brass Band will take to the main Tour de Yorkshire stage at the top of Regent Street at both 12.45pm and 3pm.

Barnsley Market will host Bicycle Bingo in Market Kitchen between 10am and 4pm, with a creation station for kids in the atrium.

In the market, spectators will get the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Library @ the Lightbox via the power of state-of-the-art virtual reality, ahead of its opening on Saturday 13 July as part of Barnsley’s Big Weekend.

There will be plenty of food and drink on offer, too.

In the last 12 months, around 15 new bars and restaurants have opened in Barnsley town centre, completely transforming the evening and night time scene.

Whether it’s all you can eat Brazilian grills Favela and Estabulo Rodizio, Neapolitan pizza house EVOO, microbar Tipsy Cow or dessert parlour Ice Queenz, there’s plenty of opportunity to eat and drink on race day.

Other favourites include The Old George café, Supper Club, Pavillion Bar and Kitchen, Tin Oyle micropub, 00Bar, Annie Murray's, Backyard BBQ, The Garrison and the Lemon Tree.

Unique exhibitions will be on offer at the Cooper Gallery, while over at Experience Barnsley, visitors will get the chance to view Tins! Tins! Tins! - an exhibition celebrating the Barnsley Canister Company.

To celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to town, Lindy hop dancers will take the town’s streets while tea ladies will offer free sips of Barnsley’s very own brew.

Sue Thiedeman, Head of Culture and Visitor Economy, said: “It will be another brilliant day for Barnsley. We’ve had a great response in the build-up and we’re excited to welcome so many people to the town. We’ve got so much to show off and it promises to be a fantastic day for everyone who comes into the town centre.”

The town centre will be open for business as usual – only upper County Way car park and St Mary’s car park will be closed on race day.

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