Programme of family events

A fun-packed programme of events, activities and entertainment is being organised for Bradford city centre and across the Bradford district to celebrate Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire starting in City Park and racing through the district on Sunday April 30.

There will be a real party atmosphere in City Park with a host of bands and street theatre to get the crowd fired-up for the main event, with mad capped street artists set to get spectators geared up.

The Peace Artistes – a stunning band rocking with rhythms, have astonished audiences all over the world, Circo Rum Ba Ba will bring their Bicycle Bistro of eccentric moustachioed waiters to delight the crowd and The Bureau of Silly Ideas will involve spectators in their pedal powered show, while Bilingual Bicycles – two Franco Latino holiday makers on bikes – bring their tomfoolery of comic action whilst trying to find their way around.

Miss Timed and Miss Judged, two firm but fair sports day adjudicators, will interact with the crowd and involve them in a series of daft time trials and races and 1980s PE teachers Mr Stretch and Mr Armstrong are on a mission to get the nation fit using only their enthusiasm, a musical pommel horse and some old PE kit from lost property.

Doris, Mary and Marge are a force to be reckoned with on their souped-up shopping trollies and no pavement is safe when the Granny Turismo comes around.

The humorous and thought provoking show The Journey combines early flying machines with touches of Mad Max and Leonardo da Vinci.

Sister Ruth will be bringing her amazing mobile piano to entertain the crowds with comedy patter, hilarious dance moves and unusual renditions of all your favourite songs.

Even though Cuthbert Clott is a complete clot, he is a big fan of penny-farthings, a mode of transport that he has yet to master.

To cut through all this silliness the Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band part of the Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble – will bring the sound of traditional brass to the proceedings. The band recently took part in the Yorkshire Regional Championships clinching first place, and qualifying for the finals, for the first time in 20 years.

People will be able to watch the race live on the big screen. There will also be a small Made Bradford market at the bottom of Darley Street with items on sale from local Bradford producers.

Bradford Capital of Cycling – the final event of the Creative Streets activities will take place at the ‘top of town’ on Darley Street, Ivegate, Kirkgate and Oastler Square from 8am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm. There will be a chance to ride on a number adaptive bikes catered to all ages and abilities as well as slow or timed hill climb races, track stand or wheelie challenges to put your skills to the test.

At three Bradford Council-run parks on the route there will be exciting activities for families and children to get involved in. At Lister Park in Manningham, Roberts Park in Saltaire and Victoria Park in Keighley there will be a host of free fun activities including a climbing tower, surf board simulator, bouncy castles, and inflatable play park as well as cycling related face painting and arts and crafts.

The events in City Park, Lister Park and Roberts Park will take place between 10am and 2pm and the activities in Victoria Park in Keighley will be from 11am to 3pm.

There will be other events in the city centre and across the district to help celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to the district.

Events which have received funding from Bradford Council include an event at Bradford Cathedral, a bicycle powered pottery wheel experience at the bottom of Crowgill Road in Shipley for families to make small ceramic items as the race passes, family fun activities at the Halfway House pub in lower Baildon, as well as community events in Addingham and Silsden. As well as a roadside cheer station at Centrepoint Denholme for young people who use the service to watch the race, there will be a big community event in Queensbury with a big outdoor screen to watch the race live, market stalls, and community brass bands.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Leisure, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire coming to Bradford is so exciting and I know communities across the district have been hard at work organising events and activities to help local people to get involved in welcoming the race.

“City Park will be without doubt the best place to watch the start of the race and the events and activities in the city centre look amazing. The parks in Manningham, Saltaire and Keighley look like excellent places for families to catch a glimpse of the professionals as they whizz past as well as making a day of it with the activities.

For more information visit www.bradford.gov.uk and search for Tour de Yorkshire.

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