Book a safe place to stand, organise sports development opportunities for pupils or take part in competitions

We are offering schools across Northumberland the opportunity to make the most of this prestigious cycling event by taking part in sports activities and competitions designed specifically for The Tour, and to spectate the race by booking a safe place to stand on the route.

Spectator Spots

  • We’ll create a safe place for you to stand on the road side to get a perfect view of the race, and be safe from the large number of vehicles that will be part of the race.
  • We’ll give you a full race timetable so you know when you have to be in place, ready for the race to come past.
  • If you want to travel to another location and need to book parking for your minibus or coach, we can sort this out for you too.
  • We can also help organise activities beyond the race, to support long term cycling development opportunities for pupils. These activities could be anything from cycling proficiency days to bike health check ups, and trips to Northumberland tourist destinations.
  • Or you could even adopt a Tour of Britain team! Get to know who cycles for them, who their sponsors are, what other races they compete in and cheer them on as they pass your school.
  • We understand that the timing of the event is tricky, as schools will only have returned back to term the week before. So we would like to gauge any interest before summer break, and make sure all arrangements can be put in place during the summer break so everyone will know exactly what to expect on their return to school in September.
It will be very exciting to see 120 cyclists and an entourage of 120 vehicles thundering past as part of the race, and we hope that we have a big audience all the way along the route to cheer on the cyclists. They will complete a 200km route in Newcastle, having started in Berwick-upon-Tweed that morning.

We want to show Northumberland off at it’s best, and feature it’s biggest asset, it’s people.

The deadline for requests for Safe Places to Stand has now past. If you have missed the deadline and would like to be considered please email - these requests will be considered on a case by case basis, there can be no guarantees of places at this time but we will do our best to see what can be achieved.

Land Art Competition

Land-Art-Ilfracombe.jpegWe are also encouraging all schools show their support for the race by creating larger than life works of art on school playing fields and playgrounds along the race route to take part in the national Tour of Britain Land Art competition.

The idea of creating land art masterpieces along the route has long been a tradition of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, as well as other cycle races around the world, with the first official competition launching in 2018.

Following the success of the inaugural contest, the Tour of Britain National Land Art Competition will return for the 2019 race, which takes place across North of Tyne as stage three on Monday 9 September.

As well as the chance to be crowned winner of the national competition, those that take part could be featured on TV, with the race itself aired to 166 countries worldwide.

If you have a great idea for a piece of artwork that showcases pride in the area and show support for the Tour of Britain en route, register your interest before 21 August 2019 at:

Design a Jersey Competition

Schoolchildren from across Northumberland got creative and designed their very own Northumberland themed cycling jersey with the chance to win funding for sports development opportunities and school trips.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Tour of Britain Jersey Competition:

Category 1: Reception to Year 4

1st place Broomhaugh CofE First School, Riding Mill
2nd place Wylam First School, Wylam
3rd place Amble First School, Amble

Category 2: Year 5 to Year 8

1st place The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick
2nd place (joint) Berwick Middle School, Berwick
2nd place (joint) Meadowdale Academy, Bedlington
3rd place Hexham Middle School, Hexham

Category 3: Year 9+

1st place Berwick Academy, Berwick
2nd place Prudhoe Community High School, Prudhoe
3rd place (joint) The Duchess's Community High School, Alnwick
3rd place (joint) James Calvert Spence College, Amble