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Community events celebrate arrival of the Tour

A fantastic range of  free events and activities will be taking place  in communities along the route of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain cycle race to celebrate its day in the county.

On Monday 4th September there will be a carnival atmosphere across Northumberland as elite cyclists from the world’s top teams set off from Kielder for the second stage of Britain’s most prestigious cycle race, passing through 28 communities and covering over 200kms  of the county.

The community events will focus on all things pedal powered and provide Northumberland residents, of all ages the perfect opportunity to have a go at cycling.

These include:


In Kielder where the race starts,  a two day cycle themed festival will take place on  Saturday 2nd and  Sunday 3rd September at Kielder Waterside to help get people of all ages and abilities in the mood for the big day on Monday 4th.   KielderFest is free and includes a pop up velodrome, stunt performances, live music, outdoor cinema screenings, street food and a whole host of cycling related activities. 


From 11 am  on Monday there will be a family fun day in Carlisle Park and the Market Place. 3 Sixty bicycle stunt team will put on a BMX display at the skate park in Carlisle Park and will help anyone wanting to have a go using their own bike. Other activities include archery, a cycle slalom, games and puzzles with prizes and bowling and tennis taster sessions. There will also be music and a climbing wall in the Market Place.

Staff at Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre will be holding free bike riding lessons to help children get off their stabilisers.  Children must wear a helmet and bring their own bike, preferably with the stabilisers removed. Sessions last approximately 75 minutes and will run from 10 am - 12 noon.  Call in at Riverside to find out more, and to book your child onto one of the sessions, or just turn up on the day.

There are also 14 golden bikes placed around Morpeth for you to try spot !


From 10 am on Monday there will be a series of attractions in Bondgate Within including The 3 Sixty bicycle stunt riding team. Bring your children  along to try out balance bikes with Active Northumberland or watch a cycle-powered juice maker in action. Spinning cycling sessions will be taking place at Willowburn Sports Centre. It is hoped that members will  clock up the total 815 mile distance of the Tour of Britain over the course of the day.


On Monday from 10.30am on Church Street there will be music, crafts, street performers, a Vintage 3 wheeler morgan and a bookstall.  Childrens sports will start  at 1.30 pm ( meet outside the parish hall)   and Free Balance Bike sessions will be open for 3-5 year olds at Rothbury Kindergarten between 2-3pm.  To book a place contact Rothbury Visitor Centre on 01669 621462. 

Seaton Valley

In Seaton Sluice at The Dunes Play Park on the Links Road from 2pm there will be  music, a free bouncy castle and face painting. Bring a picnic and enjoy the race.

In Seaton Delaval there will be a live band and cycling stalls from 2pm. Come and cheer the riders as the race passes through Avenue Head.


Activities will be taking place in Blyth Market Square on Monday from 10am when the Street Velodrome and stalls will open. There will be live music on stage from 11. Local school children will be competing in Italian time trials on the finishing straight between 11.45-12.45.

Sports Development Officers from Active Northumberland will be present in the town centre from 10am. They will run balance bike sessions for young children, a  static cycle challenge for those a little older and you can learn more about the adult cycle hire scheme.

Spinning cycling sessions will be taking place at Blyth Sports Centre. It is hoped that members will  clock up the total 815 mile distance of the Tour of Britain over the course of the day.

At around 3pm the pro cyclists  will pass through and start their finishing lap of the Seaton Valley. The riders are set to cross the finishing line around 3.30pm by Blyth Market Place.
The presentations to the pro-riders will take place in the Market square after the race. 

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council,  Cllr Wayne Daley said: ”This promises to be a really memorable day for Northumberland  and I hope residents enter the spirit of the occasion by coming along,  cheering on the riders and taking part  in the fun family events taking place in their local community.” 

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