TOUR OF BRITAIN? FOR CONGLETON, THAT’S JUST THE START!

TOUR OF BRITAIN? FOR CONGLETON, THAT’S JUST THE START!

The town of Congleton – also known as Beartown, after an infamous incident in the 1600s when the town used money intended for bibles to buy a bear for local bear-baiting contests – is about half way between Stoke and Manchester in South-East Cheshire. It’s also the starting point for Stage 3 of this year’s Tour of Britain cycle race – but that’s not the only big event going on there this year!

Even though it’s a small town of just 26,000, Congleton’s welcoming community spirit is reflected in its numerous carnivals, festivals and military marches. 2016 will see a host of additional excitement too: the town’s not only representing the North West in the Britain in Bloom competition, but also celebrates 150 years of its Town Hall and will be hosting a Carnival, Food Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival and Arts Festival.

You could say it’s famous for its flowers, festivals, beers and bears! But of course, there’s much more to Congleton than that. The town centre has more than 150 shops, a delightful variety of places to eat and drink catering for all tastes and budgets, a fantastic Victorian Park, paddling pool and country park. And being close to the Pennine foothills and the Cheshire Plain, there’s plenty to explore outside the town too.

Whether you’re visiting for the Tour of Britain or any of Congleton’s other events during 2016, find out more about what’s on at www.congleton-tc.gov.uk

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