Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Wakefield

What’s Happening: Tour de Yorkshire 2018

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Pre-Race Activities for Children

The official Tour de YorkshireEducationn activity pack

Aimed at teachers, community groups and parents of children aged 5-16, the pack is set out to follow the pattern and key features of a bike race. It explains the different elements within a race stage and is full of fun activities to get people excited about cycling.

Download from the Tour de Yorkshire Website

Bunting design templates from Barnsley Council

Download a free bunting design and template pack here

Stencils from Barnsley Council

Download free stencils for crafts and signs here

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Road Closures Wakefield District

Race times and traffic disruption – Plan your day on 4 May

There is likely to be significant traffic disruption to roads in the district on Friday 4 May as both the women’s and men’s races travel through.

Rolling road closures lasting approximately 50 minutes will be in place along the race route (below) just before and during the two races.

The exit slip roads of the M62 at Junction 32 will also be closed from 9am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm as the women’s and men’s races pass through Pontefract and Castleford. Diversions will be in place.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to plan their day in advance to avoid being affected by the rolling road closures and the closure of the Junction 32 exit slip roads. Spectators are also encouraged to ensure they are in their preferred location in good time.

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The Races

Tour de Yorkshire 2018

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will see the race coming through our area again. Commencing in Barnsley outside the Iconic Townhall stage 2 of the race passes through Penistone and  Conisbrough, before it reaches South Elmsall, Ackworth, Pontefract and Castleford on Friday 4th May. The race continues into Leeds with a Climb to the Finish in at Cote de Cow and Calf in Ilkley. The women’s race follows a similar route through our region missing out Pensitone.


As in past years there are bound to be lots of surprises and excitement along the way. The 2016 Tour de Yorkshire saw Sir Bradley Wiggins unexpectedly pull out of the race on Greenhow Hill coming out of Pateley Bridge, while the 2014 Tour De France: Grand Depart race saw Mark Cavendish crash just before reaching the finish line in Harrogate. One thing is certain though…Yorkshire will put on a good celebration!

We already know that local communities along the route are making plans for the race. In the upcoming weeks, Mumbler will be keeping you up to date with what is going on, the best places to eat, drink and visit along the route. We will also be listing places to stay for anyone visiting our area for the event. If you want to list your business or promote your event please contact us at


The Route: Stage 2 Friday 4th May

Leaving Barnsley at 14:20 the male racers will make their way into the Wakefield District at around 4pm. The women’s race is due much earlier in the day and don’t forget the caravan! The times below are approximate so please get their early to get the best spot and of course remember that a rolling road closure will be in operation.


What Else Is On?

As details emerge closer to the time, we will list all the family-friendly activities that will be happening in the towns and villages of South Elmsall, Ackworth, Pontefract and Castleford. Follow us on Facebook and check back on this page nearer the time for all the latest updates.

If you’re visiting the area why not make the most of your time here and visit some of the beautiful places we have here in West Yorkshire. If you live here, take the chance to vist somewhere new. For ideas on places to go, have a look at our Days Out page.

Road Closures Barnsley

For Road Closures in the Barnsley area please consult this document

What’s on In Barnsley

Before entering Wakefield District Stage 2 of the Tour kicks off in Barnsley Town Centre.

As such, the Town Centre is a central hub of entertainment not only on Friday 4th May but over the whole weekend.

On Friday 4th May

Church Street in front of the town hall.

Church Street at the top of Royal Street.

Lancaster Gate, outside the corner of the town hall.

Pals Centenary Square.

Upper County Way car park.

County Way.

Market Square.

Patrolling Experience Barnsley and the town centre.

Marauding through the town centre throughout the day, between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Mandela Gardens.

For the whole weekend,

Stalls in the town centre from Thursday 3 May
to Saturday 5 May.

 More details and Maps can be found in B Magazine