On Sunday 6th May (the Sunday of bank holiday weekend), the men’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passes through the centre of Masham. In the middle of a fearsome route from Halifax to Leeds via Kettlewell and Middleham, the cyclists will come into Masham on the Leyburn Road, turn right onto Silver Street and cycle up there, Church Street and Park Street as they head out towards Grewelthorpe.
So why not hang out here in Masham? See Saturday’s stage ride through Bedale then relax in Masham and enjoy a day of great excitement plus great food, great beer, shops to browse, activities, a pop-up carnival and a really great Masham atmosphere!
When will the race come through Masham?
After several climbs prior to Masham, the race will be well spread out, with cyclists taking perhaps 10-15 minutes for all the riders to come through.
1:25pm The publicity “caravane” is due with a brief stop in the Market Place
3:00pm The race is expected to reach Masham
There will be a “rolling roadblock” a few minutes either side of the riders – so the route will be closed to traffic from perhaps 2.30-3.45pm.
Activities in and Around Masham Market Place
There will be activities going on in the Market place and around throughout the day…
– Expanded market and farmers market
– Big Screen showing the race in full
– Traction engine to admire
– Lemonade stall run by the Scouts and Guides
– Static bike competition organised by the Masham Sports Association
– “Pop-Up Carnival” with West Indian inspired costumes and music including steel bands, processing around the Market Square at 1.30pm and 4.30pm
– Outdoor refreshments at Bordar House, Café on the Square, Bay Horse, Bruce Arms and Kings Head
– St. Mary’s Church and Methodist Chapel will be open for exploration and contemplation.
– Handmade craft fair at Masham Town Hall
– Exhibition of the history of policing, sport, and social life in the area at Town Hall
Pop-Up Caribbean Carnival in Masham Market Place on Sunday
Europe’s longest running Caribbean Carnival parade will bring wow-factor to Stage 4 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. Leeds Pop-Up Carnival’s jaw dropping costume creations, high energy dance moves, and joyful soca and calypso music are all set to transform Masham with an unexpected slice of Carnival in the heart of God’s Own Country.
Over 30 stunning costumes adorned with gorgeous feathers, glittering gems and sparkling sequins will join mini parades from the Town Hall leaving at around 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Come early, pick a good spot and prepare to get Carnival Happy!
Brought to you by Leeds West Indian Carnival in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council, with support from Arts Council England and Leeds BID. Photos courtesy of David Lindsay.
For more info follow us on Facebook /leedswestindiancarnival and Twitter @CarnivalLeeds
Warm up for the big day and be at Masham Town Hall on Saturday night for a cracking traditional Community Cabaret – 7:30pm
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.
The Sports Association is open all day, with a car boot sale on the Rec in the morning and refreshments available in the clubhouse.
Black Sheep and Theakston breweries open from morning til night
Family Fun Day at Bellfield, with inflatable fun and outdoor games run by Kell Bank School.
LIVE MUSIC on Sunday evening in the Market Place from 7pm with the Chris Berry Band playing favourites and classics – you’ll remember them from the 2014 Tour de France evening!
Will there be another big artwork?
Yes, this time using I’Ansons Yard and the field opposite it. With the team of Masham School pupils and teachers reuniting with artist Robert Blades, we are hoping for the most spectacular artwork yet and to improve on last year’s third place in the TdY Land Art Competition!
What facilities will be provided for visitors and day trippers?
– Visitor parking is available at the Shooting Holme – suggested £5 donation in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Disabled parking is available in the field behind the church. Please ask for directions on arrival in Masham.
– Portaloos, and mini skips for rubbish, in the Market Place and on the Shooting Holme.
There will be first aiders on call around the town’s public spaces on the day.
Parking & road closures
Roads on the race route, plus the Market Place and Park Square, will have on-road parking suspended for the day of the race. Residents who usually park on the route or Market Place can park free of charge on the Shooting Holme from Sunday morning – you will need a voucher which can be obtained from the Community Office on 01765 680200 or Nick Reed on 01765 689702.