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Tour de France Activities to Take Place in York Next Weekend


5:30pm 23rd May 2014

York is taking up the challenge issued to all communities in England and France on the route of the 2014 Tour de France, to celebrate the city’s involvement by encouraging a weekend of activities called Fête du Tour (festival of the Tour).

As per the longstanding French tradition, communities, groups and individuals are being asked to think yellow and cycling – and the chance to give this French tradition an English twist. This will be the first time the UK has been engaged with the Fête so it’s a great opportunity to be a part of history.  

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Events can link in with Marie Curie Cancer Care, the official charity partner of the Grand Depart, which is why City of York Council’s staff are being invited to wear yellow or French on Friday 30 May. Other organisations are being invited to do the same and fundraise.”

Marie Curie Power Peloton rider Mike Hughes from York is also urging people across the city to wear yellow and French and donate £1 to his collection. Mike’s riding the 190km Stage 1 of the Tour de France just three hours ahead of the professional riders on Saturday 5 July 2014, to raise £19,000 for the charity.

Mike is also hosting a LovetoEat fundraiser on Saturday 31 May as well as a Fête du Tour York Pub Trail starting at 12pm at ‘Your Bike Shed’ on Micklegate. Later that evening, he’s throwing a Fête du Tour BBQ at Forest Farm, Selby Road in York from 4pm to 7pm with a tombola, fun and games. The £15 tickets – under 16s go free – includes food and drinks all supported by local businesses. To donate to this fundraising feat, email mhughes@sidneyphillips.co.uk or visit www.justgiving.com/mjdhughes to pledge a donation, or text MJDH64 (£amount) to 70070.

Other Fête du Tour events will include local cycling group York Bike Belles painting the York Mileposts yellow on Sustrans’ National Cycle Network on 1 June, while you can feast your eyes on the gorgeous exhibits at Le Tour de France Quilt Museum on Peasholme Green, as well as at the Royals Then and Now exhibition at Beningborough Hall, an hour’s easy pedal out of York. Paul Telford’s exhibition of French landscape photography at Friargate Theatre forms part of Riding Lights Theatre Company’s French FRIes and gives a taste of the countryside through which the larger part of le Tour will pass.

In York city centre at the weekend, there’ll be an abundance of yellow balloons handed out in the city centre on Saturday to inspire people to join in and Be Part of It. Also, the Made in Yorkshire market in Parliament Street from 29 May to 1 June will be offering delicious treats for your Fête du Tour picnics and parties as well as a Tour de France information point and chances to stock up on must-have merchandise!

If you are planning an event in York for the Fête du Tour please let us at the council know by emailing TdF.york@york.gov.uk

There’s also more information to help your planning to celebrate the Tour coming to York at http://letour.yorkshire.com/news/join-the-grand-départy

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