Events

Events on the Day

Along the route, many towns and villages will be hosting their own activities on Tuesday 6th September. Listed here are all the exciting events taking place at each location so you can get involved!

Congleton

As the first town on the route, Congleton will be putting on lots of activities and entertainment for spectators to the Stage 3 Tour of Britain. This includes:

  • Entertainment and live music from Congleton’s podium, with rolling announcements and presentations.
  • ‘Ale Avenue’ festival available to all the public, consisting of an American diner, gin parlour, cocktail bar with live race coverage and live music at Capitol Walk. Ale Avenue will run for three days starting on Sunday 4th activity through to the day of the Tour
  • Pre-tour cycling sportive event to be carried out, in which Congleton Cycling Club will be cycling various stages of the Stage 3 route, raising money for charity. More information about how you can get involved can be found here www.cheshiretobsportive.co.uk
  • Live TV coverage in the Town Hall on the day
  • Media centre
  • Brass bands, a puppet show, unicyclists, and a flash mob will also be in attendance on the day. 250 school children and parents/teachers will be riding the route to the fire station after the cyclists have left, in between music presentations and announcements. The police outriders arrive from about 9am, then the cyclists from about 9.15am.
  • Food and beverages will be open 7.30/8am on the day whilst activities will start from 8.30am ish.

Alsager

Alsager town welcomes Tour of Britain with entertainment, competitions and much more

Proceedings on the day followed by entertainment and activities begin from 10.30am until approximately 12.30pm. The race will come through the town at approximately 11.30am, from the Congleton direction, along Lawton and Crewe Road. There will be a rolling road closure in place, so the road will be closed approximately 15 minutes prior to the cyclists coming through; once they have passed through, their entourage of vehicles will follow and this could take up to a further half an hour until the road reopens. For further information go to www.cheshiretourofbritain.co.uk

What's on…

10.30am TOWN CRIER, John Parsons on the lawns outside the Alsager Civic. followed by: RAISING OF THE FLAG (same location) by Yvonne McGregor MBE, Gold Medal winner in 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. (10 to 15 mins)

Following this, on the lawns outside the Town Council Offices will be several showstoppers! We have:

10.45am TOWN HOUSE NURSERY children performing a short drama piece on the day; ‘We’re going on a Bike Ride!’ (10 mins) - Area outside Town Council Offices

10.55am ALSAGER'S VERY OWN STUDIO S DANCERS performing a specially choreographed Cheshire East Tour of Britain Dance routine (15 mins) - Area outside Town Council Offices

11.10am ALSAGER COMMUNITY CHOIR performing a specially commissioned piece of music (15 mins) - Area outside Town Council Offices

11.30am Cyclists come through Alsager (approx.)

COMMUNITY 3-MINUTE STATIC CYCLE SPRINT CHALLENGE this will be positioned at the First Sprint Point in the Stage 3 Race (exciting!) and will take place on the lawns outside the Town Council Offices. Anyone can take part in the challenge on the day (you just need to sign a disclaimer to say you are fit and well enough to take part) and there will be lots of prizes to be won; to include a family day pass to Tatton Park, a locally sourced food hamper, Everybody Sport & Recreation 7-day passes, a book by David Miller, a Cheshire East Tour of Britain t-shirt and giant fluffy bumble bee. Butters John Bee will be managing the race on the day, and the static cycles are on loan courtesy of Everybody Sport & Recreation.

Other stuff going on:

St Mary's Church are serving tea, coffee and cake on their church lawns (located on Crewe Road) and holding a treasure hunt.

Wesley Place Methodist Church are serving tea, coffee and biscuits from the glass atrium in front of the building.

Alsager Civic will be open to the public and tea/coffee and more will be on sale.

Alsager Library is holding a Tour of Britain Quiz for adults in the lead up to the race, so please pop into the library and pick up a quiz sheet now. This competition is open to existing and new library members (it’s free to join) and you could be in with a chance to win a copy of David Miller’s book ‘The Racer’. Alsager Library will also have Story Telling for children from 10am on the day.

Alsager Community Fire Station will have their fire engine on display at the Town Square and they will have some giveaways and bike safety for visitors.

We have an Exhibition of Penny Farthing and other Old Bikes (on loan) that will be on display at the Town Square.

We have a Street Artist (David Jewkes) painting 'the town orange' on the day, he will also be located at the Town Square.

We have a Balloon Twister, twisting orange balloons for visitors all around the town.

There will be Street Circus Performers, Baldini and Eve Elle (Circus in a Box). Baldini will be riding a bicycle on stilts and Eve will be providing some street entertainment.

Romazzino Restaurant are pulling out all the stops for the Tour of Britain and have created a special ToB cocktail, they will be open from 11am on the day and have an early bird menu, additional to this and available on the day are specials such as:

Special Tour of Britain Dishes

  • Linguine alla Elia Viviani
  • Pizza Team Froomaggio
  • Mark Pastadish
  • Risotto alla Wiggins

Special ToB Cocktails

  • The Tour of Alsager' alcoholic cocktail (orange cocktail)
  • Maglia Giallo - translates to 'yellow jersey' non-alcoholic cocktail (yellow cocktail)

Ladies Circle will be selling Tour of Britain themed cupcakes and biscuits. You will find them outside the Town Council Offices.

Also, keep an eye out for some promotional giveaways on the day; we have bang bang sticks available, courtesy of Matrix Fitness, children's Tour of Britain activity sheets and flags…. make sure you grab some and use them to support the cyclists as they pass by! Alsager Partnership will have a stand located outside the Town Council Offices.

Crewe

In aid of the Stage 3 Tour Crewe Vision will be unveiling a series of decorated bikes, lined along the route down Nantwich Road and Crewe Green.

The decorated bikes will be those that have been donated and decorated from the public, as part of an initiative set up by Crewe Vision.

BARONY SPORT COMPLEX FAMILY FUN DAY

The Barony Sport Complex in Nantwich has one of the best viewing spots of the Cheshire Tour! We will be filling areas of the sports complex with fun activities for the whole family and schools to enjoy.

Time: 9am-3pm

Location: Various areas of Barony Sports Complex, Nantwich

Activities:

  • Information Stalls including Nantwich Town Council & CTC Physiotherapist
  • Taste for Life Cafe – hot & cold drinks available to purchase
  • Everybody fitness challenges – how fast can you cycle 1km on our exercise bike?
  • Art & crafts for kids and adults– make a banner and/or flag for when the riders come past to show your support
  • Sports taster sessions – Tennis and multi-sports
  • Dance group performance on the 3G pitch

Church Minshull Marina

If you’re nearby Church Minshull on the day, the Marina has a range of activities to offer. This includes:

  • Parking at the Marina for just £2 per car-which will be redeemable for those who purchase any of the range of delicious refreshments available from the gallery café.
  • Primary and comfortable viewing as the race passes by at around midday

Middlewich

On Sunday 4th September Middlewich will be celebrating the Tour of Britain by hosting their own cycle ride. There will be two organised bike rides – the first is 20 miles long aimed at more experienced riders but there will be a shorter 10 mile ride for those wanting a slightly more leisurely afternoon. All are welcome, we just ask that children are accompanied by a responsible adult. Both rides start at 2pm outside the Boar’s Head. Check out our Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/groups/MiddlewichCAG

Middlewich will also be getting heavily involved with the action on the day, with activities such as:

  • Signal Radio roadshow from 11am-3pm with competitions and live links back to the studio
  • Mayor’s VIP hospitality outside the Town Hall premises
  • Pub and Restaurant offers
  • Competitions and clear car parking information for all guests

Sandbach

Sandbach will be putting on a range of activities for all the family on the day of the Stage 3 Tour, including:

  • A series of drinks and refreshments provided for visitors
  • Music and entertainment
  • Prime viewing stations for spectators on the day

On the Route

  • Four schools line the route through School and children will be watching from the road side waving flags.
  • Floral displays will feature orange throughout the town.
  • Orange Cycles prominently positioned on all major roundabouts.
  • Shop window displays have turned orange, with many featuring bicycles, including one with a modern Penny Farthing.
  • The brand new Sandbach Cycling group has a stall with information on how to join.
  • The Cycle Junction will be in town with its new mobile repair van for on the spot repairs and servicing.
  • Sandbach Fire Station will be open for a fun day with vintage vehicles on display, juice bikes for visitors to use pedal power to make their own juice, free bike marking, flags and clackers being handed out so that everyone can make a noise and encourage the riders.
  • Lois’ Little Cakes will be offering cake samples and have specially themed bike decorated cakes on sale.
  • Speciality ice creams and other refreshments will be outside the library and fire station.
  • The library will be having a special bicycle themed storytime and craft session on the morning of the cycle race, 10.30-11am. There is also a quiz and a special display.
  • Town Crier in attendance from 10:30am
  • Town Mayor in attendance from 11:45am
  • Indoor Market open and trading beside the route as usual.
  • Sandbach Physiotherapy & Sports Injury clinic is offering on site bike storage for cyclists wishing to watch the race from Abbey Road/ Middlewich Road (at owners risk).
  • Mc Donalds will have a special promotion.
  • Cycle Junction has deals on bikes.
  • Miola will have a special deal on cake and coffee £5 (top of Abbey Road).
  • Householders are decorating the exteriors of their houses in orange cycling themes.

Holmes Chapel

Holmes Chapel will be putting on a range of activities on the day including:

  • Fun charity stalls.
  • Face painting.
  • Cycling challenges.
  • Live Music from Dane Sound Radio.
  • Food and drink.

There will also be plenty of places to eat and drink on the day, including:

  • BBQ at the George & Dragon, Middlewich Road.
  • BBQ at the Scout HQ, Parkway.
  • Tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches at the Methodist Church, Hawthorne Villas (Knutsford Road) and at St. Luke’s Church Hall, Parkway with all profits going to St Luke’s and East Cheshire hospices.
  • Lunchtime menus at any of the local pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Where to park

Free parking will be provided for hundreds of cars on the corner of Manor Lane and Macclesfield Road, just a 15 minute walk to the village centre and race route.

Offers

The Deli and Coffee Shop, Church Walk will have special offers available all day, whilst other businesses are expected to confirm their special offers over the coming weeks.

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge will also be putting on a range of activities on the Tuesday 6th September, with many local businesses getting involved in the festivities on the day, including:

  • Tour of Britain food and drink offers at local eateries such as Aldeli, with BBQS, parking availability and prime locations to view the race as it passes through the town.
  • Street music and parades.
  • Handmade decorations and orange bikes scattered throughout the town.

A wizard and his entourage will be among the spectators as the race passes through Alderley Edge.

The village is famous for its ‘white wizard’ and will have people dressed up at the junction of London Road/Macclesfield Road.

Alderley Edge will also be decorated with balloons on the day of the race and The Railway Cafe is offering deals for customers from 12pm.

Prestbury

The tour will pass through the village centre, so this will be the best place to see the whole procession go through, from the roundabout at the Prestbury Hall/Leigh Arms end of the Main Street right through to the Saffron Restaurant and the Springfields car park at the north end.

We will have orange cycles, flags and bunting, and a good crowd in the village centre to cheer as they come through! The Primary School children will be there.

Entertainment: All local residents and organisations have been invited to turn out to one the street.

Offers (restaurants; accommodation etc): accommodation available in the Legh Arms and the Bridge Hotel, and there are eight different types of restaurant in Prestbury village centre.

Best places to watch the race: the tour will pass through the village centre, so this will be the best place to see the whole procession go through, from the roundabout at the Prestbury Hall/Legh Arms end of the Main Street right through to the Saffron Restaurant and the Springfields car park at the north end.

Where to park: There are car parks at either end of the village centre, off the north end of the Main Street and off Macclesfield Road.

How to get there: By car, by the No 19 bus from Macclesfield, or by train to the station, which is on the route.

Timings: The procession is expected to pass through Prestbury between about 12 and 1 pm.

Bollington

Bollington will be getting onboard with the celebrations for the upcoming Stage 3 Tour, putting on the following activities on the day.

  • Bollington Bikefest cycling event (more information can be found at www.bollingtonbikefest.com
  • Various entertainment, themed displays and activities and street music on the day.
  • Mobile food sellers available for all.

Macclesfield

As the race passes through the town Macclesfield will be encouraging everyone to get involved on Tuesday 6th September, and will be hosting the following:

  • Town centre attractions and amenities.
  • A moving installation from 200 school children, visible from the air.
  • Designated race viewing points.
  • Designated parking areas for spectators.

Working with the Town Council, Kings School and other local organisations, Macclesfield Community Artspace is creating a huge wheel that will be filmed by the helicopter TV cameras covering the King of the Hill section at about 1pm.

160 children from Kings School will don specially made hats spelling out messages about what Macc has to offer. "We are hoping that a drone will photograph it all too," said artists John Hartshorn and Jean Westbrook, who have designed the project.

"Macclesfield has so much to offer and this is a good opportunity to tell people what they are missing." The event is taking place at the Buxton Road end of Victoria Park, right where the race passes as it climbs into the hills. There will be smoothie bikes run by Healthbox CIC/ Delivering Differently in Macclesfield and the Youth Offending Service, as well as drinks available from the Hurdsfield Community Café.. Hundreds of Maxonians are expected to line the streets as the bike race passes through.

For more information about the project, or about Macclesfield Community Artspace, call John Hartshorn on 07522 019454.

Capesthorne Hall

Capesthorne Hall are encouraging the public to come and watch the race on Tuesday 6th September, in their picturesque and breathtaking grounds. Visitors to the Hall on the day can expect:

  • The opportunity to watch the competing cyclists as they pass the end of very end of the drive, and as they also pass on the A34.
  • Parking at a charge of £5 per car, which will grant visitors access to the gardens and tea rooms.
  • Access to the royal halls, which will cost an additional £3.

Knutsford

What is going on in Knutsford?

Knutsford is hosting two fantastic fringe events to celebrate the Tour of Britain coming through twice; Cyclefest and a Decorated Bicycle Trail.

Bike Trail and Competition

Knutsford One, a group made up of local retailers and businesses, want to welcome The Tour of Britain and any visitors to Knutsford! And to celebrate the occasion we want to give you the opportunity not only to enjoy our magnificent town but also the chance to win a bike from Bikes ‘N’ Gear, Knutsford’s bike specialists based on King Street.

Collect a map on the day from the Town Centre shops or the information stand at Cyclefest on the Heath, follow the trail, find the letters, complete the cycling related anagram and hand your entry form in at Gusto King Street for your chance to win a bike worth £400 courtesy of Knutsford One!

We hope you can all enjoy the day and we’d love for you to post any pictures on social media for us to share in your excitement with the #KnutsfordTOB!

Find out more at www.knutsfordtob.co.uk

Cyclefest

Cyclefest is a free pop-up festival open from 9am to 10pm with a big screen to see the race, street food and a series of mini-villages: Children’s Village, Retail Village, Community and Heritage Village. It will have live entertainment from Silk 106.9 FM and a pop-up Makers Market too! As well as secure cycle parking and lots of vehicle parking space. Find out more at www.cyclefestknutsford.com

Restaurants & Independent Shops

If you fancy some lunch in between the races passes, then look no further! Knutsford has been called the gastro-capital of Cheshire and boasts an amazing array of restaurants and cafes for visitors to get breakfast, lunch or dinner. From the finest French cuisine to delicious Italian pizza or 12hr smoked Texas Beef Brisket Knutsford offers something for everyone’s tastes. Keep your eyes out for fantastic offers from our establishments as they get excited with the race coming through twice!

If Retail therapy is more your thing, the Town’s large range of independent shops should easily keep you occupied when your focus moves away from the race.

History and Architecture

  • Legend has it that King Canute gave his name to Knutsford when he forded the River Lily in 1016. The Town is celebrating 1000 years since Canute was crowned King in 2016 and a special exhibition is in place at the Knutsford Heritage Centre on King Street. Visit www.knutsfordheritage.co.uk for more information.
  • Knutsford was historically one of the most important towns in Cheshire famous for its cockfighting and racecourse – the racecourse is now the home of the Heath were Cyclefest takes place on Tour of Britain day.
  • Home of Elizabeth Gaskell, Victorian novelist whose Cranford is based on Knutsford – see the Tower built in her honour on King Street and her grave at the Brook Street Chapel
  • Home of notorious Highwayman Higgins who lived at Heath House on Gaskell Avenue.
  • If you are interested in the Town’s history then you may want to extend your stay to take in the Heritage open days taking place in the Town from the 8th to 11th September. Visit www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk for more information.

Timings

The start of the peleton will reach the Knutsford boundary for the first time at approximately 12.53pm, this means that you should see the cyclists in the centre of Knutsford for the first time a little after 1pm – don’t be late, the cyclists won’t be hanging around!

The second pass on the way to the finish will pass through the town from 15.11pm and should enter Tatton Park for the last 1km to the finish line at approximately 15.30pm.

Whilst there is approximately 2.5 hours between the race passing through Knutsford for the first and second time, please note that there is likely to be traffic disruption for approximately an hour around each pass so from 12.30pm to 1.45pm and from 2.30pm to 4pm. We would therefore recommend that you park up and spend the day with us in Knutsford to make sure you have the best chance of seeing the race twice.

If you want to see the finish line itself in Tatton Park this is approximately 1.5 miles from the Knutsford gates on Tatton Street. Pedestrian access only will be allowed through this gate, vehicle entrance will be through the main gate at Rostherne. Cars exiting Knutsford to head to Tatton Park will be directed out of the Town following the traffic management signs in place to the Rostherne entrance.

We would therefore suggest that if you want to see the action at the finish line itself you head to Tatton Park. If you want a day of family fun, to visit Cyclefest and stop for some lunch or shopping – head to Knutsford and join us for the day.

After all Knutsford is so good, even the race is visiting twice!

How to get Here

Knutsford is conveniently located close to the M6 (jct 19) and M56 (jct 7) or for local traffic we are just off the A556, A537 and on the A50. Knutsford Railway Station is located on in the centre of the action with an hourly services to and from Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Altrincham, Chester and Northwich. Knutsford is also served by local buses from Macclesfield, Altrincham, Wilmslow and Northwich.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park will be open free all day to visitors, whilst offering free car parking to all guests. The park will be open from 8am with attractions beginning from 10am. Tatton Park will be putting on a range of activities including:

  • Music and dance groups.
  • Cycle challenges.
  • Promo zone activity.
  • Food and drink stands.
  • SilkFM stage with music and competitions.
  • Giant TV screen for race viewing.

For more information please visit: www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_park/tour-of-britain.aspx

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be featuring prominently on Tuesday 6th September, making the following appearances:

  • The Cat & Fiddle: Fire bike and Gazebo.
  • Congleton: Cadet display at the start plus activities and bike art at the station.
  • Holmes Chapel and Sandbach Fire Stations: Cycle safety day and bike marking.
  • Alsager, Nantwich, Middlewich and Alderley Edge: Appliances situated at the Wizard, Bull ring, throughout the town, and at the Barony.
  • Knutsford: Vintage machine on the heath.
  • Bollington: High platform with banner at Tesco roundabout.
  • Tatton Park: Four man tandem flame-tamer bike display driven into Tatton Park.

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