TourdeYorkshire2You’ll all know by now that The Tour de Yorkshire is happening this summer, with a large section of the third stage happening in Barnsley. Just like last year, Yorkshire will host a grande festival showcasing the county’s art and culture in the run up to the race.

The event was launched on 6 March to celebrate the county’s fantastic arts and cultural scene ahead of the inaugural international cycle race in May.
The Tour de Yorkshire Festival begins on Wednesday 1 April, and concludes on Sunday, 3 May, showcasing a month of events, including those taking place in the town. The race itself runs over the weekend of the 1st to 3rd of May, a feature three stages, with Barnsley being a central part of the third stage.

Barnsley’s museums are taking the opportunity to promote their events and exhibitions, which will be included in the 200 expected in the programme.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire Festival is a fantastic opportunity to once again showcase the county’s amazing arts and cultural offerings, and after the incredible success of last year’s Yorkshire Festival, I am quite sure it will be prove to be another fantastic event for the county.”

Mark Fielding, Tour de Yorkshire Festival producer, said: “This month-long festival features some first class performances at leading venues right across the county, and with the programme already shaping up well, it promises to be a wonderful showcase for Yorkshire’s arts and culture.”

The Tour de Yorkshire Festival has been made possible with support from Arts Council England, T&R Theakston Brewers of Masham, commercial gas supplier CNG, and Wakefield Grammar School Foundation.

For more information on the Tour de Yorkshire Festival and for a full up-to-date programme, visit, for more information on the race itself please visit

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