Newark and Sherwood welcomes the tour of Britain on Wednesday 6 September hosting the finish for the first time ever.
The route enters the district near to Blidworth, where it is said that Maid Marian was born and this area is perfect for visitors to enjoy the scenery of our region, pretty villages and historic towns.
Having passed Newstead Abbey the home of Lord Byron the race moves on through the picturesque villages of Farnsfield, Edingley and Halam before arriving in Southwell.
Only 20 minutes away from Newark, Southwell is a perfect place to catch up with the race. Known for its magnificent 12th century Norman Minster with its lead-capped spires known locally as the ‘pepper pot’ spires.
Southwell boasts a multitude of small independently-owned shops and café’s and the Southwell community is planning to decorate the town in readiness for the big day.
After Southwell the tour heads out to Sherwood Forest passing Kirklington, Bilsthorpe and the lovely grounds of Rufford Abbey to Edwinstowe the home of Robin Hood. It was in the pretty village of Edwinstowe, lying in the heart of the forest, that Robin Hood married Maid Marian.
Clumber Park is where cyclists will grab their lunch bags and this will be another excellent location to catch up with the tour.
After lunch you can enjoy some of Nottinghamshires lovely rolling countryside as the tour heads to the finish via North and South Clifton, Girton, Besthorpe, Collingham and Coddington.
At the finish in Newark race spectators are encouraged to explore taking a walk around the castle and town following our Civil War Trail. The trail consists of information boards and can be accessed via an app to reveal video of scenes from Newark's pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars.
Newark Castle has stood on the banks of the River Trent for 900 years and is a focal point for Newark and a source of pride for residents. You can find out about Newark Castle and its links to King John in an informative exhibition opened last year when the castle marked the 800th anniversary of King John’s death.
Great shopping, heritage and culture are key to this historic town’s appeal. Places to be seen in include the towns many cafés, real ale pubs and stylish restaurants.
The stage itself will finish in Sconce and Devon Park our historic Green Flag awarded park providing top-class facilities for visitors and locals alike.
The park includes a popular café and play area, open grassland and woodlands, fitness trail, wildlife pond, family friendly footpaths and signs guiding visitors around the park to explain its fascinating history and ecology and providing access to the Queen’s Sconce, a 17th century civil war earthwork fortification.
During the finish live coverage of the race will be available on the large screen in the park near to the finish podium and we recommend this as an exciting family friendly viewing area.
Time around 12.15pm
Contact Blidworth Parish Council
Landmarks Blidworth Parish Church of St Mary dates from the 15th Century and is reputed to be the burial place of Will Scarlet.
Time around 12.20pm
Landmarks On route (Longland Lane) past the WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial which is dedicated to 7 crewmen who lost their lives in 1944. The Parish Church of St Michaels take pride of place in the centre of the pretty village.
Events Farnsfield will be welcoming the tour with bunting, decorated bikes and cheering crowds. Pretty Farnsfield St Michaels Church will be open for refreshments and toilet facilities for spectators.
Landmarks The race passes right through the village from Farnsfield, passing the pub, village hall and church.
Events - Edingley will be out in force for the Tour of Britain on Wednesday 6 September. The main street will be in a festive mood as the race approaches. Look out for street art, yarn bombing and a yellow bike blitz. Refreshments will be available from the Old Schoolroom community hall and from the Old Reindeer village pub - both of which are right on the tour route. Edingley is an ideal place to watch the cycling action. A community cycle ride is planned to leave the village an hour after the main event with a choice of 10 mile and 20 mile routes.
Time around 12.28pm
Landmarks A pretty rural village with strong connections to local farms, with a thriving village pub and church.
Time around 12.30pm
Contact Honor Dunkley - Southwell Tourism Officer
Landmarks Southwell Minster the cathedral of Nottinghamshire, The Saracens Head Inn, Southwell Workhouse and home to the Bramley apple
Events - Race day is a chance to spend time in Southwell's historic centre, as well as seeing many of the world's elite cyclists at close quarters! There are many great vantage points to see the cyclists as they ride through the town around six tight bends! On the Burgage will be a giant television screen.
The cafes, pubs and restaurants will be welcoming people for lunch and refreshments. Our community will be decorating Southwell to greet the Tour. From scarecrows designed by Westhorpe residents, bunting, numerous yellow bicycles and a 'Best Dressed Window' display amongst Southwell's shops. Come and see their creative designs!
Visitors will also be helped by volunteers to maximise your enjoyment of the event!
Time around 12.35pm
EventsRichard Taylor and the garden centre team invite tour spectators to enjoy the race from Normanton near Southwell. The garden centre will be offering free parking for around 200 cars from 10am with last entry for the race around 12.15pm.
There are good viewing opportunities along the wide grass verges all along Corkhill Lane. The garden centre and welcoming tea room will be open as usual during this period.
Time around 12.45pm
Contact Kirklington Parish Council
Landmarks a pleasant rural village surrounding the Church of St Swithin.
Time around 12.50pm
Contact Bilsthorpe Parish Council
Landmarks A former mining village tucked away in a lovely rural setting. Coal mining arrived in Bilsthorpe in the 1920's and today the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum is dedicated to Nottinghamshire mining history.
Events Bilsthorpe has been very busy! Colourful, themed decorated bikes line the route of the tour and the whole community is celebrating the race with a community BBQ on Bilsthorpe Sports Field after lunch when the race has passed through the village.
Time around 1pm
Contact Sherwood Forest Trust
Landmarks Home of Robin Hood. Legend has it, it was here at the beautiful Church of St Mary, that Robin married Maid Marian. The high street is home to a statue in their honour. Sherwood Forest, now a National Nature Reserve, is home to over 900 veteran oak trees - the most famous being the Major Oak.
Time around 1.05pm
Landmarks a small hamlet of working farms near to Sherwood Forest
Time around 2.40pm
Landmarks a small village along the River Trent floodplain and home to the Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden. Watch from the grass verge along the A1133 as the route passes the end of the village. Take care as this is a busy road.
Time around 2.40pm
Landmarks a small village along the River Trent surrounded by important floodplain nature reserves. Watch from the grass verge along the A1133 as the route passes the end of the village. Take care as this is a busy road.
Time around 2.45pm
Landmarks Girton grasslands Nature Reserve are important habitats for wildflowers, grasses and meadow wildlife. Girton Lagoon is a 100 acre lake in the River Trent floodplain and home to the very popular Girton Sailing Club. Watch from the grass verge along the A1133 as the route passes the end of the village.
Events Members of Girton Sailing Club will be out in force to cheer along the cyclists whilst creating some interesting land art for the race.
Time around 2.50pm
Contact Besthorpe Parish Council
Landmarks Besthorpe Nature Reserve in the River Trent floodplain is an important area for breeding birds, butterflies and wildflowers.
Landmarks The race enters the village adjacent to the vantage point of the Grey Horse traditional village pub, and runs the length of Collingham High Street before passing the historic village green and the picturesque grounds of Collingham Cricket Club
Events - Collingham will be turning out in strength to support the race riders, with a range of activities planned throughout the period 2pm to around 3.30pm. Look out for bunting galore, decorated bikes, flags and balloons and local refreshments. Come and enjoy the race with us!
Time Around 3.10pm
Landmarks Best known for it’s famous resident Constance Penswick-Smith who inspired the Mothering Sunday celebration that we remembered today each March. There is a memorial to Constance in All Saints Church, Coddington where her father was a vicar.
Leading to Stapleford Woods an area of ancient woodland marking the boundary between Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Events Coddington is embracing the tour with bunting, flower displays, balloons, decorated bikes of course and welcome signs. The local community will be out in force to cheer on the cyclists and both village pubs will be providing refreshments including real ales and pizza.
Time around 3.15pm
Contact Andy Hardy, Newark and Sherwood District Council
Landmarks Newark Castle, Newark Market Square with fine Georgian Town Hall and St Mary Magdalene Church, The National Civil War Centre and Civil War Walking Trail, and the Queen's Sconce.
Finish location Sconce and Devon Park - a historic Green Flag awarded park