Making the most of the race in Tadcaster


Throughout race day Tadcaster will host a special cycling themed festival.  There's loads going on to keep you entertained throughout the day.

So why not stay in the town all day to watch the women's start, the men's start and see the race finishes on a big screen?

Tadcaster Cycle Festival will be held in locations across the town, but predominately along St Joseph's Street.  There'll be a wide range of entertainment and interactive stalls to keep you busy throughout the day.

This includes...

  • A Minster FM roadshow and stage, with live acts throughout the day
  • World Champion Trial Biker Jack Carthy will be doing demonstrations
  • Live street art by graffiti artist Sledone, who'll be creating a commemorative piece for the town
  • Vintage Bikes on display at the Riley Smith Hall 
  • Tadcaster's 'Tour de Canard' duck race on the river, setting off from the viaduct 
  • Street entertainers Granny Tourismo and Wacky Wheelers fun bikes 
  • Balance Bikes demos
  • Big screens showing the race live at the bus park and social club car park 

There's loads of things going on along the race route too, including the Yorkshire Regiment Drumming Corps marching through the town, a charity bike ride and children's bike parade.  Alongside the stalls offering food and drink in the town centre, and local cafes too, you can also get bacon butties, scones and hot drinks at Tadcaster Methodist Church on the High Street between 8.30am and 3pm.

Cycle Festival timetable 

08.00 - Minster FM stage broadcast begins - St Joseph’s Street festival site
08.50 - Yorkshire Regiment Corps of Drums parade - start line
09.00 - Big screens to begin broadcast - St Joseph’s Street & Britannia Bus park

09.10 - ASDA women's race start

09.40 - Minster FM stage - Just 4 Fun Theatre Group
10.00 - Alzheimer's Society Charity Bike Ride leave start line
10.00 - Cycle Festival event begins -  stalls open on St Joseph’s Street
10.00 - Jack Carthy - UCI World Champion trial biker display at Manor Farm
10.30 - Minster FM stage - Bassa Bassa, 12 piece jazz band
10.45 - The Lift Street entertainers at St Joseph’s Street
11.15 - Minster FM stage – Steph Baker, female acoustic artist
11.40 - Children's decorated bike parade leaves start line, finishing at Minster FM stage for prize giving
12.00 - ‘Sledone’ street artist begins live street art on St Joseph’s Street

12.05 - Tour de Yorkshire publicity caravan and cycling ambassadors arrive along race route in the town centre

12.15 - Asda Women's race due to finish - televised on big screens
12.25 - Minster FM stage - Nikki & Stella, female vocalists, keyboard and guitar
12.50 - Alzheimer's Society Charity Bike Ride arrives Minster FM Stage
13.00 - Minster FM - Step 2 it dance school
13.30 - Jack Carthy - UCI World Champion trial biker display at Manor Farm
13.50 - Yorkshire Regiment Corps of Drums parade leaves the start line

14.00 - Tour de Yorkshire stage 2 men's race start

14.20 - Minster FM stage - Radio Mojo, 4 piece covers band
14.30 - 'Tour de Canard' - charity duck race on the river bank 
15.00 - Jack Carthy - UCI World Champion trial biker display at Manor Farm
15.10 - Minster FM stage - The Spicy Girls, tribute act
15.30 - The Lift Street entertainers at St Joseph’s Street
15.40 - ‘Tour de Canard’ Duck race prize winners announced on Minster FM stage
16.00 - Minster FM stage - Lil mix tribute act
16.45 - Minster FM games
17.00 - Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2 Men's race due to finish -  televised on big screens

18.00 - Event closes