Tour de Yorkshire cycle race takes place from Thursday 3rd-Sunday 6th May 2018 and the cyclists will “fly” through the middle of Masham on Sunday 6th – Stage 4 of the race. The Men’s race is expected in Masham at around 3pm, in the middle of a fearsome route from Halifax to Leeds via Kettlewell and Middleham.
We have an expanded market and farmers market in the Market Place with a Big Screen showing the race in full. Attractions include a Pop-Up Carnival with West Indian inspired costumes and music including steel bands, traction engine and a static bike competition. Masham’s cafes and pubs are offering outdoor food and local ales, hot drinks and picnic tables and the Church and Chapel are open for exploration and contemplation. Handmade craft fair and a local history exhibition in the Town Hall. Car Boot Sale on the Rec in the morning. Family Fun Day organised by Kell Bank Primary School at Bellfield (HG4 4ER) on the cycle route. In the evening, the Chris Berry Band are playing favourites and classics in the Market Place (Town Hall if wet) from 7pm.
Black Sheep Brewery are the official beer of the TdY and there will be a “Black Sheep Straight” sprint as part of the race on Thorpe Road, with the winner receiving their height in cases of ale. www.blacksheepbrewery.com
The publicity “caravane” is due in Masham at 1.25pm. There is a rolling roadblock a few minutes either side of the riders – the route will be closed to traffic from around 2.30-3.45pm.
Visitor parking is available on the Shooting Holme, HG4 4DS (by Masham Bridge) for a suggested £5 charitable donation in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Unique and stylish Masham TdY flags (100x70cm) available to buy from Mashamshire Community Office for £6.
Nick Reed is co-ordinating Masham’s events on behalf of Masham Parish Council and can be contacted on 01765 689 702 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, please call Mashamshire Community Office on 01765 680 200. Email: email@example.com