News Release - Issued by City of York Council
On Sunday 6 July residents and visitors will have a choice of viewing options for the Tour de France in York and are being encouraged to plan their day in advance.
Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “We hope that as many people as possible come out to enjoy the fun and atmosphere of the day.
“As well as lining the route and cheering the cyclists on their way, spectators are invited to come along to one of the Spectator Hubs or to enjoy a day out in the city centre. Whichever you prefer, there will be large viewing screens at each Hub and a screen in Parliament Street, with lots to see and do throughout the day.”
The Spectator Hubs are situated at Huntington Stadium, Rowntree Park and the Designer Outlet and all are free and unticketed. Tickets for a fourth Hub at York Racecourse were issued earlier this year and were snapped up within hours. The Hubs will open at 8am (7am at the Racecourse) until approximately 7.30pm and all will have catering, entertainment, a Sports Activation Zone to explore York’s cycling and other sporting opportunities as well as large viewing screens for the sporting action.
Spectators at Huntington Stadium can look forward to big screen sports all day, with a variety of family friendly activities including Cycle Stunt Shows and the Air Bag stunt where children and young people can cycle onto a giant airbag. Musical entertainment will be provided by both York’s Military Wives Choir and the York Concert Band. This acclaimed ensemble, with over 50 local members, will be playing in Paris on the weekend the Tour finishes, as well as seeing the cyclists off at the start of the race in York. Families can enjoy clowns, storytelling, Punch and Judy shows, bike decorating, a fairground and much more. On-site car parking and secure cycle parking is available at the Hub, which is close to Monks Cross Park&Ride. The Park&Ride bus services will be running every 10 minutes throughout the day until 8pm linking Monks Cross to the city centre.
Entertainment at York Designer Outlet includes a Parisian tavern, family activities, vintage and craft stalls and a fairground. On-site parking for £10 (refundable against store / restaurant purchases) and free, secure cycle parking is available. The Spectator Hub is next to York Designer Outlet Park&Ride which will also provide bus services every ten minutes throughout the day until 8pm linking the Designer Outlet to Fishergate, Fulford and the City Centre.
At Rowntree Park the focus of the Hub’s activities will be on family-friendly entertainment. At 2pm the large screen will change from the sporting action to a sing-along version of Grease. Spectators at this Hub can enjoy side shows, community and charity stalls and a fairground. The Hub is situated very close to the Tour de France route and to Bishopthorpe Road where the J’adore Bishy Road Street Party will take place once the Tour has passed through.
For those with tickets, the gates for York Racecourse open at 7am. Spectators can expect musical entertainment from The Rubettes and The Stranglers as well as family and sporting activities throughout the day.
First to leave the Racecourse on Sunday will be the Tour de France ‘caravan’, a 440-vehicle procession (many handing out gifts and freebies) which will leave York Racecourse at 9am and is expected to last approximately for an hour and a half, passing along the same route as the cyclists. Cyclists will leave York Racecourse at 11am, and will cycle, not race, through York to the edge of the city just before the A1237/A59 junction where the race officially starts.
Spectators planning to view the race in York are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and visit www.itravelyork.info for Tour de France-related travel information. Spectators should allow extra time for travel on the day and are encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport wherever possible.
For further info about Spectator Hubs visit www.experiencetherace.com
All roads will be open on Sunday, apart from those on or crossing the route and those whose only access is off the route. All Park&Ride services will be running from 6am to 8pm, apart from Poppleton Bar which is closed for the duration of the day. The Park&Ride services will stop at staffed bus hubs where people will be on hand to assist with onward travel. Most city centre car parks are open all day – apart from: Marygate, Castle, Bootham Row and St George’s Field which will be closed during the road closure period. All bus services are running but cross city routes will split in the city centre, terminating at one of three bus hubs – Railway Station, Fishergate and Hungate.
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