The tour in our district
Newark and Sherwood welcomed the Tour of Britain for the second time on Saturday 8 September.
The seventh stage of the tour started in West Bridgford and finished in Mansfield and thousands lined the streets of the district to cheer on the riders.
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!
The Trent Powerboat and Water Skiing Club will be demonstrating their water-skiing and wake-boarding skills to keep the crowds on the bridge entertained - so give them a wave.
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.
On the route to Lowdham look out for the Lowdams Caravans land art - and call in at the newly refurbished Bookcase on main street for cycling books to inspire you!
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.
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 LOTS of yellow bikes, bunting and pretty flower displays and welcomes local cyclists to visit and enjoy the race as it passes through the village. Another wonderful community effort here from local residents.
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 store that is popular with local cyclists out for a Sunday spin.
On race day call in the lovely local pub or village store for refreshments and help locals to cheer on the riders. Expect decorated homes, yellow bikes and enthusiastic support from locals. Look out for the specially decorated Grade II listed red-brick circular pinfold at the corner of Main Street.
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 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.
On race day enjoy refreshments at the Dovecot Inn and road-side home-made cakes by the local WI. Bikes and bunting will decorate the village.
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. Bike hire is available.
Over lunchtime there will be cycling games and activities and lots of cycle silliness with a slow bicycle race and some penny farthings. You can try out a victorian bone shaker or penny farthing. Then mid-afternoon everyone will be invited to head over to Lime Tree Avenue or Clumber Lane to watch the tour pass through from around 1.30pm.
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.
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 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.
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.