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Gear up to welcome the world's best cyclists

Thursday, 5 April 2018

With a month to go until the start of the Tour de Yorkshire, organisers Welcome to Yorkshire are reminding people to get their Land Art and Best Dressed competition entries in.

The Tour de Yorkshire is now regarded as one of the best supported and most colourful races on the world cycling calendar, with giant land art projects being dotted along the route and entire streets lined with bikes, banners and bunting.

Roadshows to raise awareness of anti-terror message

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

North Yorkshire Police and Scarborough Borough Council are supporting the latest Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign through a series of volunteer-led community roadshows across the Scarborough and Ryedale area.

The ACT campaign was launched in March by the UK Counter Terrorism Police and is designed to raise awareness of what, when and how to report suspicious activity to help prevent terrorist attacks.

Police Support Volunteers will be teaming up with local police teams and Scarborough Borough Council to take the campaign out into the community.

Filey to paint the town blue and yellow!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Filey calls out to residents to paint the town blue and yellow as it prepares to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire.

Filey Tourism Association in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Borough Council are encouraging Filey’s residents, community groups and businesses to decorate their premises, as part of the community’s friendly welcome to the riders and visitors, when the Tour de Yorkshire comes to the town on Saturday 5th May.

Tour de Yorkshire race timings revealed

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The highly anticipated race timings for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race have been unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO.

Millions of spectators are expected to line the route for the newly expanded four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race which run between 3 and 6 May. The women’s stages will commence in the morning with the men’s stages following in the afternoon.

Launch of The Big Bike Beat Band

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Following on from the success of Scarborough's artwork project for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire (The Gigantic Jersey), Scarborough Borough Council has commissioned Animated Objects Theatre Company to create another large scale piece of art for this year's race, which will be visually stunning and celebrate the community pride and passion associated with the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Big Bike Beat Band is a giant bike shaped structure accompanied by a team of lively drummers that work with audience members, encouraging them to play along in front of the race day crowds.

Indie greats James to play OAT

Monday, 26 March 2018

Indie music legends James are to play a headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

The band behind such anthems as Sit Down, Born of Frustration, She’s A Star and Come Home bring their sensational live show to Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Saturday August 18.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday March 30 via

National Holidays announced as OAT official partner

Friday, 23 March 2018

Leading travel company National Holidays has been named as official partner of live music events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2018.

This is the sixth year running the UK's foremost specialists in short breaks and holidays by coach will be the main sponsor at Europe's largest open air theatre.

This summer's sensational line-up at Scarborough Open Air Theatre includes headline shows by such superstars as Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Gary Barlow, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Emeli Sandé, plus many more.

Runswick Bay coastal protection scheme begins

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Coastal protection works valued at around £1.5 million have started at Runswick Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. The scheme, which has been designed to provide 100 years of coast protection for 96 properties, will reduce wave overtopping and help to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Tour de Yorkshire trophies are a prize catch

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Tour de Yorkshire trophies were shown some seaside hospitality when they visited Scarborough and Filey on Monday 19 March ahead of the borough hosting Stage Three of the race on Saturday 5 May.

The trophies toured places of interest along the route, including the giant Ray Lonsdale sculpture  ‘High tide in short wellies’ on Filey seafront. They also visited the location of the stage finish line in Scarborough North Bay to see some fabulous Honda Goldwing trikes, which will take part in a parade along the seafront as part of the pre-finish entertainment.

40 teams to compete in 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

With just over six weeks to go until the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation have announced a record 40 teams will compete.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity shared the news at Y18 - the UK's largest tourism event - in Bradford on Wednesday 21 March and revealed 20 men's and women's teams will be in action, up from 36 in 2017. Of those, 10 teams will be taking part for the very first time.