Newark and Sherwood welcomes the tour of Britain on Saturday 8 September hosting the race for the second time.
The route is now finalised starting in West Bridgford at 10.30am and finishing in Mansfield at 3.53pm (assuming riders cycle at 46kmph).
Landmarks Gunthorpe is famous for its iconic bridge. It is popular with walkers as it offers a peaceful spot to take a break, have a picnic, watch the lock keeper at work and enjoy the wildlife and river birds. It might be livelier than usual though on Saturday 8 September!
Landmarks Lowdham is known locally for its active events programme and you can guarantee that the tour riders will receive an enthusiastic welcome from locals. It's also famous for its gold painted post box outside the post office in honour of local hero and Paralympic sprinter Richard Whitehead.
Time for Oxton Hill KOM 12.13pm
Landmarks Oxton is a delightful little village crammed with listed buildings including an old forge and chapel. It is one of the few places to have a registered toad crossing point. Each March Beanfold Lane is closed to all vehicles to allow toads to cross the road safely back to their breeding ponds. Don't miss the King of the Mountains climb up Oxton Hill.
Time 12.20pm to 12.24pm
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! The Burgage Green will host a hive of activities including live music, refreshments and a giant television screen.
The cafes, pubs and restaurants will be welcoming people for lunch and refreshments. King Street will be closed to cars (10am to 4pm) and decorated with bunting to greet the tour. Look out for 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. The town has many car parks and extra long stay parking next to Southwell Leisure Centre on Nottingham Road.
Also on Saturday 8 September is the Heritage Hop event in Southwell for family activities and free access to many of Southwell's fascinating heritage sites including Southwell Minster, the Old Court House and Southwell Workhouse.
Landmarks Hockerton is well known locally for the Hockerton Housing Project which is the UK's first earth-sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development. Look out for the grass covered houses built into the bank as the TV helicopters above.
Also just up the road from Hockerton and favourite with local walkers and cyclists is the Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour - a family run dairy and cafe serving around 20 seasonal ice cream flavours. This will be a great cheer point from which to watch the race.
Landmarks a picturesque rural village with a medieval church, St Andrews, a Manor House, two popular pubs (The Plough and The Caunton Beck) and the Caunton Beck stream running through the middle of the village. A stunning little village from which to watch the race.
Caunton is greeting the riders with yellow bikes, bunting and pretty flower displays and welcomes local cyclists to visit and enjoy the race as it passes through the village.
Landmarks Norwell is an example of a typical farming community reaching back hundreds of years. Like many small North Nottinghamshire communities it would have once had its own village blacksmiths, wheelwright, stonemason and builders. Today Norwell is still thriving and has a village shop that is popular with local cyclists out for a Sunday spin.
On race day call in the local pub or village shop for refreshments and help locals to cheer on the riders.
Landmarks Ossington is a small rural village centred around Ossington Hall, the ancestral home of the Denison family. A quiet spot to watch the riders up close as they speed by.
Small but mighty the 100 residents of Ossington will be dressing their pretty village with bunting and decorations to welcome both riders and spectators.
Landmarks A tiny rural hamlet. Moorhouse chapel stands alone in a field approximately 2 miles east-south-east of Laxton. The present building was constructed in 1860-1 in French Gothic Revival style by the architect Henry Clutton, and it replaced an an earlier, medieval chapel which, in all probability, occupied exactly the same position.
Landmarks Laxton is best known for having the last remaining medieval open field system in the UK. This is where three fields are divided and farmed in strips. The village has a visitor and heritage centre in the grounds of the popular Dovecote Inn, the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle and it is the site of the National Holocaust Centre.
Landmarks A pretty rural community close to Tuxford and the Lincolnshire border. It is centred around Egmanton Church and village hall and The Old Plough Inn. Popular with Sunday cyclists exploring this part of Nottinghamshire.
Clumber Park is gearing up for its Summer of Sport programme that includes bike hire and trails, Learn to Ride Fridays, a British Cycling Lets Ride event on 21 August and special cycling activities on the day of the tour.
Families are invited to join in with the OVO Energy Tour of Britain celebrations on the park on Saturday 8 September when the tour comes through. There will be a marked family friendly route for visitors to either cycle themselves or they can join in a led ride. Over lunchtime there will be cycling games and activities and lots of cycle silliness with a slow bicycle race and some penny farthings. Then mid-afternoon everyone will be invited to head over to Lime Tree Avenue or Clumber Lane to watch the tour pass through. Normal admission charges will apply but all of the extra activities once in the park are free.
Landmarks a small hamlet of working farms. It was once part of Sherwood Forest before the area was cleared for agriculture. Yellow bikes will mark the village entrance.
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Why not explore among the ancient trees of Sherwood Forest and discover the new RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre on race day before you cheer on the riders as they speed past Forest Corner. Visitor parking and facilities are available.
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. New for this year is the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in Forest Corner, Edwinstowe.
Events Celebration plans include yards of bunting, unusual decorated independent shops, flags, hats and wooden instruments for spectators, live music and the Wandering Tree land art on the cricket field at Forest Corner.
Visitors on the day are encouraged to explore the ancient native woodland of Sherwood Forest, the nearby Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centres and the newly opened RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre with its distinctive curved roof and ecological design.
You are invited to wear your Robin Hood hat and join the Edwinstowe Tour of Britain party.
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Rufford Abbey is a beautiful country park and one of Nottinghamshire’s favourite attractions. The romantic ruins of the 12th Century Abbey are surrounded by tranquil woodlands, meadows, gardens and lakeside walks. Why not visit the park on race day to park up and enjoy some refreshments before cheering on the riders as they head towards Bilsthorpe.
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. Last year local residents created a bicycle bonanza of decorated bikes! We can't wait to see what happens this year.
Events Bilsthorpe Bonanza is taking place from 12pm on Saturday 8 Sept based around the Scout HQ in the middle of the village. Enjoy live music and entertainment, evening outdoor cinema and refreshments till late. Bilsthorpe Together and Bilsthorpe Parish Council are also planning more decorated bikes this year, music from the Bilsthorpe Community Choir and a giant piece of land art. Expect a warm welcome and party atmosphere if you travel to Bilsthorpe to watch the special sprint stage. Extra signed parking available at Maid Marian Play Area and plenty of parking along residential side streets and avenues adjacent to the main tour route..
Contact Kirklington Parish Council
Landmarks a pleasant rural village surrounding the Church of St Swithin.
Events Kirklington is thrilled to once again be on the tour of britain route and will be welcoming the riders with yellow bikes, bunting and flag waving crowds.
Landmarks The race passes right through the village towards Farnsfield, passing the pub, village hall and church.
Events - Yellow bikes galore again this year! The village was so well decorated last year that the tour organisers asked to come back! Expect a warm welcome at the Old Reindeer Pub and Old Schoolroom for refreshments.
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 The appealing village of Farnsfield will be welcoming the tour with bunting, decorated bikes and cheering crowds. Farnsfield is runner up this year for the best kept village in Nottinghamshire and so you can expect something very special.
Pretty St Michael’s Church will be open for refreshments and facilities for spectators. Local shops, pubs and cafes will be serving cycling-themed refreshments and special race day menus for a lunch time pit stop.
The Plough Pub is offering extra parking and Farnsfield Library will be open all day to offer information on Southwell Trail for cyclists and walkers as well as showing off their wonderful Tour of Britain art wall created by local children.
If it’s Tour of Britain tea and cake that you are after then Farnsfield’s the place.
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.
Blidworth Parish Council is planning the celebrations in the village for when the Tour of Britain riders come through.
Arrangements include street music, decorated bikes, a competition to decorate homes and businesses on route and future plans for a new family friendly 10k cycle route around the village taking in some of the lovely lanes and woodland around the village.
Why not help line the streets on the big day to watch the riders tackle the Col de Blidworth towards St Mary’s Church and out towards Ravenshead.
Newark and Sherwood District Council Castle House Great North Road Newark Notts NG24 1BY