Tour de Yorkshire

Finish Town: Scarborough


The Yorkshire Coast Gears up for TDY

Communities plan to “Dress to impress” for the Tour de Yorkshire. The paint brushes are out, sewing bees are busy in a hive of workshops and bunting is being strung, ready to embellish the coast in a rainbow of yellow and blue.

IMG 0742The whole of the Yorkshire Coast is gearing up to adorn their region for the Tour de Yorkshire. A large scale community participation artwork, featuring a gigantic cycling jersey design, which will be entered into the official 2017 Tour de Yorkshire land art competition, is underway in Scarborough.

The Gigantic Jersey, which will be 17 meters wide, approximately the length of an articulated truck, and soar 12 meters high, will be put together by local residents at community sewing bees.  It will be touring schools, public and community venues to encourage local residents and visitors to contribute through words and images to the final look of the piece.

This imaginative design when complete will adorn the hillside overlooking the stage 1 finish, along Scarborough’s scenic Marine Drive.

A 3D Map is also being constructed that will bring the route to life.  Creative Day Care, a service for adults with disabilities based at The Street in Scarborough wanted to create a showcase for the event.  Many hands are busy building a wind and weatherproof design from embroidery, fabrics, wool, pom pom sheep, twigs and bicycles. The impressive structure will then have a grand unveiling and put on view to the public.

While shops and business are busy adorning their frontage with garlands of bunting Yorkshire Coast College is also busy creating a one-off chocolate trophy!  Scarborough TEC, (Training, Education and Careers) Catering and Hospitality Students, with the help from former Scarborough Technical College student and Master Chocolatier Andrew Thwaite are creating a chocolate version of the trophy to present to the winner .

Sponsored by Callebaut the world’s largest fine chocolate manufacturer, the first stage of this unique mouth-watering sculpture has started, crafted by engineering students using a real bike as a chocolate mould.  Catering and Hospitality Students are then going to take on the second stage meticulously recreating the trophy to produce a chocolate masterpiece.

Hoteliers are opening their doors to two feet and two wheels the weekend of the Tour de Yorkshire. The Holistic Health Hotel, Fountains Court, is offering a free 20 minute leg massage to guests who bring their bikes with them on their stay.  With room space at a premium that weekend call Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636, a dedicated team of advisors can find you accommodation or browse yourself on, whether you want a room in the middle of the action or a sedate scenic sea view, the area has something for all. 

A flurry of activities and events are going on during the Tour de Yorkshire, whether you’re a budding Bradley Wiggins or a tag along supporter there is much more to enjoy than just a cycling race here on the coast ! Why not turn your trip to watch the Tour into a mini break;


26 April – 1 May Scarborough Book Festival - Books by the Beach at Scarborough Library & Information Centre

Scarborough literature festival - A chance to meet authors in this fabulous seaside town with events running for the whole family.

Friday 28 April 7.30pm Four Mums In A Boat at Scarborough Spa, Books by the Beach presents 'Four Mums in a Boat'.  Yorkshire Rows is the true story of four Yorkshire mums who rowed the Atlantic! Over three months they lost power, water, their rudder and two stone! A story of stamina and willpower to inspire everyone. Tickets: £12

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Friday 28th April - Mon 1 May - Filey Folk Festival

Expect a broad range in styles of folk, blues, country and acoustic performers and bands. You can catch well over 100 acts performing live at the participating venues. For more information visit Pub/Café/Restaurant & Guitar Shop gigs run all weekend and admission is FREE for everyone. There are also pay on the door/ticketed evening concerts at the EVRON CENTRE CONCERT HALL and the MASONIC HALL. Prices vary from £3 for daytime shows to £10 for evening concerts. Tickets for paid events are available from Filey Travel – 01723 512229


Sat 29 April - Absolute Bowie at Scarborough Spa Music 7.45pm

Celebrating the life and music of David Bowie. There will only ever be one David Bowie, he was unique in every way and an inspiration to millions. Absolute Bowie, Europe’s Finest David Bowie Tribute continues to celebrate the life and music of the Starman with a spectacular show uniting Bowie fans across the UK. All Tickets: £18.50


Saturday 29th April - The Seaside Story - Open Day Exhibition at University of Hull Scarborough

Free entry

Scarborough Campus on Filey Road has had many owners over its 108 year history.

As the latest chapter in this Campus's history comes to an end in July 2017, they are inviting all friends of the campus - including staff and students, past and present - to come together to showcase and celebrate the history of the campus through one big event at the end of April Bank Holiday. Facebook or email to find out more and book your place at the Open Day Exhibition.


Sunday 30th – Friday 5th May Scarborough Bowls Festival at Scarborough Bowls Centre   

Take advantage of the only location in England offering both crown green and indoor bowling on the same site. Compete with competitors from all over the region, of all abilities. £5 per person per event


Sunday 30th April - Scarborough Vintage Fair – Scarborough Spa Grand Hall 10am - 5pm

Live Entertainment on-stage throughout the day, Hair & Beauty Parlour, NAAFI Cafe serving 1940s menu, Vintage Tea-Room, classic bikes and scooters and importantly 60 Stalls of pure vintage! £3 Entry / U12s Free

29 -30 April   Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb at Oliver's Mount

Come along to Oliver's Mount Road Race circuit and experience the excitement of the Festival of Speed Hill Climb. £10 per person per day.