Harrogate’s new Big Bike Bash to ride into town on 20-21 June
Harrogate Borough Council has today announced details of a new cycling festival which will be held in the district this summer.
The ‘Big Bike Bash’, which is a joint venture between the council and Pennine Events, will take place in Harrogate on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June and will see cycling fever returning to the town a year after the district hosted the Tour de France Grand Départ.
The weekend’s programme will include a number of competitive and leisurely cycling events for both professional and amateur cyclists. A lively entertainment village will also be located on Harrogate’s famous Stray, next to the finish line of the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
On Saturday, a closed road circuit will be created around the town centre finishing with the same uphill sprint along Parliament Street, which marked victory for Marcel Kittel and disaster for Mark Cavendish.
The course will be opened to the public in the afternoon allowing cyclists to ride the route with its tight turns and climbs, before elite male and female teams from around the country compete in criterion races – multi-lap races, which offer the same excitement, thrills and possibly spills as last year’s Tour de France.
On Sunday morning, there will be three organised rides offering cyclists of all ability levels the opportunity to get out on their bike.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy the festival atmosphere within the event village, which will offer live music, entertainment and cycling themed fun.
Harrogate Borough Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cooper said: “Last year’s Tour de France Grand Départ proved to be an immense success for the district and illustrated just how good a show we could put on for both residents and visitors.
“It is fitting that a year after the Tour de France visited our district, we should mark the occasion with the Big Bike Bash, a weekend of cycling celebration.
“Whether you cycle or not, the Big Bike Bash will offer something for everyone - from thrilling cycling action to fantastic music. Cyclists will have the opportunity to ride the route, before watching some of the best cyclists in the UK battle it out to win this inaugural race. And once the race is over, the fun will continue in the event village.
“We are keen to involve the local community in this event and would encourage any local businesses that would like to be involved to get in touch. We would also like to hear from local riding clubs who would be interested in working with us to help us create a cycling festival to remember.”
Michael Newby, Director of Visit Harrogate commented: “Last year, so many visitors told us that Harrogate’s festive atmosphere contributed to their enjoyment of the Tour de France weekend. We expect the Big Bike Bash to tempt some of those back again to experience another lively celebration of cycling. This is a great opportunity to maintain Harrogate’s sporting profile.”
Any companies interested in sponsorship opportunities linked to the event should contact Mandy@pennineevents.co.uk
Further details on the Big Bike Bash can be found at: www.visitharrogate.co.uk/bigbikebash
New Launch: ‘Easter Family Bake’
Side Oven bakery have launched a brand new seasonal breadmaking course designed specifically for families.
‘Easter Family Bake’ – Thursday 2nd April, 1:30pm till 4:00pm
This new course is for the whole family and the focus will be on learning and enjoying baking breads together. We will be covering a range of simple breads including the old favourite Easter buns. A great fun afternoon baking session for children and adults. The course is suitable for children over the age of 5 and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Jessica Sellers of the Side Oven commented: “In launching our ‘Easter Family Bake’ we wanted to bring together families and show them how fun and easy breadmaking can be. It really is something that can be enjoyed by everyone.”
The Side Oven breadmaking experience is being part of our working bakery and therefore numbers are kept low.
In the last 6 months we have also launched a range of specialist courses which have become very popular. These include:
‘Working with Spelt’ - we are one of the only growers of Organic Spelt Wheat in the North of England. Spelt flour is fast becoming a new alternative to standard milling wheat flour due to the claimed health benefits attached to it.
‘Party Breads with a hint of Italy’ – we cover a wide range of breads including different types of doughs, methods and some wonderful flavours.
A recent comment from a first time visitor: “A brilliant day from start to finish. Wonderful atmosphere, knowledgeable, clear instructions. Fabulous lunch. See you again!”
For details on how to book please contact the Side Oven Bakery.
The Side Oven Story
Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, Carr House Farm is the home of the Side Oven Bakery, where the Sellers family have lived and worked for five generations.
Provenance is our passion.
A wide range of cereals are grown on our Organic farm which following harvest are taken to the mill house where they are milled using a traditional stone ground mill.
We use a traditional wood burning oven in the bakery fuelled with timber from the farm. We find the gentle heat from the ebbing fire gives a wonderful depth to the flavour of our products.
More about the bakery can be found on our website – www.sideoven.com
Notes to the editor:
For further information please contact Jessica Sellers on 01262 488376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What's great about this event?
Sunday the 3rd of May will see a new addition to the race - an option open to the general public -- see below for registration details.
The Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give cyclists the chance to ride the route just hours before the pros race, but unlike the pros, you get to choose your distance! Three distance options are available for the sportive, from 50km, 108km or 140km routes. A women-only Cycletta sportive will also take place along the 50km route.
The event is being endorsed and supported by five-time Tour de France winner, Bernard Hinault, who will be giving sportive riders tips. Participants in the sportive will cross the same finish line as the pro riders and a winners’ ceremonies will take place on the Tour de Yorkshire podium.
The sportive will be held on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, Sunday 3rd May just hours before the pro race starts. The amatours race will leave Leeds those taking on the 140km long route will climb Pool Bank and head towards Sowerby Bridge. They will join the pro route at Mytholmroyd and up the 2014 Tour de France King of the Mountains Côte De Oxenhope Moor, which will be taken in the opposite direction, a real test of stamina with over 6.7 kilometres of near continuous climbing. Shortly after riders will travel through Haworth the same as La Tour.
Riders will climb 150 metres from Laycock to Sutton-in-Craven, before reaching the villages of Addingham and Ilkley. Riders on the long and medium routes will take on the Cow and Calf Climb, before the East Chevin Climb, after which cyclists will need all their remaining energy to climb the short but very steep Black Hill Road. The Tour de Yorkshire Ride culminates back at Roundhay Park where cyclists will be presented with their medal.
You can register for entry at letouryorkshire.com/sportive. However we believe this will be a very popular event and would recommend early sign up.
Entries will officially open on Thursday 4 February at 9am.
• Same routes, structures and spectators as for the pro race
• Finish on the Tour de Yorkshire finish line
• Tour de Yorkshire ride and pro race public village for you and your family
• Ceremonies on the Tour de Yorkshire podium
• One lucky rider will be part of the Tour de Yorkshire pro prize presentation
• Sportive riders dedicated viewing area of the pro race finish
• Tour de France legend and 5 times winner, Bernard Hinault, to provide everyone with his top training tips
• Yorkshire style support through the towns and villages
• Comparison climb times with the Pros (check how you compare with the best)
• Tour de France memorabilia mass giveaway at the Tour de Yorkshire village for 100s of lucky riders
• Etape du Tour bibs prize draw
• Tour de France VIP access prize draw
Event also includes
• Mechanical support – like the pros
• Medical support
• Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
• Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations
• Electronic chip timing
• Results texted to you as you cross the line
• Finisher's medal
AGE REQUIREMENT: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2015
6th - Who Shot the Sheriff? 5pm
7th - Who Shot the Sheriff? 5pm and 12pm
8th - Who Shot the Sheriff? 5pm and 12pm
1st April - The Complete History of Comedy 7.30pm - Harrogate Theatre
1st April - Night + Daze - Studio Theatre - 7.45pm
2nd April - Elves & The Shoemarker - Various Times - Harrogate Theatre
10th Cara Dillon - 7.30 - Harrogate Theatre
14th The Business of Murder - 7,30pm - Harrogate Theatre
15th The Business of Murder - 7,30pm - Harrogate Theatre
15th Sir Chris Bonington - 7.30pm - Royal Hall
16th The Business of Murder - 7,30pm - Harrogate Theatre
17th The Business of Murder - 7,30pm - Harrogate Theatre
18th The Business of Murder - 2.30pm & 7,30pm - Harrogate Theatre
18th Fatman - 7.45 - Studio Theatre
22nd Banff Mountain Film Festival - 7.30pm - Royal Hall Theatre
22nd Crazy for You - 7.30pm - Main House Harrogate Theatre
22nd Liam Williams - 8pm Studio Theatre
23rd Dylan Moran - Royal Hall Theatre - 8pm
23rd Crazy For You - Harrogate Theatre Main House - 7.30pm
24th Crazy For You - Harrogate Theatre Main House - 7.30pm
25th Crazy For You - Harrogate Theatre Main House - 7.30pm & 2.30pm
25th Edith, Elizabeth & I - 7.45pm Studio Theatre
Happy to report we are just about finished! as you can see from the final picture its looking good. You have to admit its a vast improvement on what was there previously.
8oz Sweet shortcrust Pastry
8oz fresh curds (approx.)
2 1/2 fl. Oz Cream
2 eggs separated
2 oz caster sugar
juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
Set oven to 350F or mark 4. grease about 16 small tins (like fairy cake tins) Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut out circles with a cutter and line the tins. rub the curds through a coarse sieve into a bowl and beat in the cream, egg yolks, sugar, a few drops of vanilla essence and the lemon juice and rind. Beat the egg whites stiffly and carefully fold into the mixture. Put a spoonful of mixture into each patty case and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until set and golden. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool. To make curds see Yorkshire Curd Tart.
Skipton Music Festival - 16th to 21st March
Skipton Triathlon - Sunday 12th April
St George's Day Parade - Sunday 26th April
Waterway festival - Saturday 2nd until Monday 4th May
Skipton Beer Festival - Thursday 28th May until Saturday 30th May
Le Petit Depart - Cyclo Sportive - Sunday 31st May
Skipton Car Show - Sunday 7th June
Skipton Charities Gala - Saturday 13th June
Magna Carta 800th Anniversary - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June
Skipton Sheep Day - Sunday 5th July
Clogfest - Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July
Skipton Fake Festival - Saturday 15th August
Art in the Pen - Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August
Oxfam Trailtrekker - Saturday 22nd August and Suday 23rd August
Battle of Britain Parade - Sunday 13th September
Yarndale - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September
Skipton International Puppet Festival - Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th October
Remembrance Day Parade - Sunday 8th November
Skipton Christmas Light Switch on - Thursday 26th November
Santa Fun Run - Sunday 29th November
Skipton Christmas Market - Sunday 6th & 13th December
Headingley in Leeds which is only a few stops on the train from Harrogate (ie 5 minute walk from us to the station then a short train ride) is going to be host to two of the biggest events in the Cricketing calendar for 2015. May will see the second of the two Investec Test Match series against New Zealand and will commence May 29th until 2nd of June - the weather not withstanding.
Then in September we will see England take on Australia for the fourth Royal London One-day international and this will be the 11th of September.
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owners and operators of The Camberley