THERE will be a party atmosphere in Scarborough on Sunday, May 1 as spectators eagerly await the finish of Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire.
In addition to big screens on Foreshore Road and Royal Albert Drive, which will be showing live televised footage of the race, Scarborough Council has worked with Create Arts Development Ltd to enlist musical, creative and sporting talent from across the region.
Entertainment will take place in South Bay, North Bay and other nearby locations from 12pm through until 7pm as follows:
12.00pm to 4.00pm
Sonny (Royal Albert Drive/Marine Drive)
A parade of large and abstract cycles, including a clockwork four-wheeled diamond shaped unicycle, a ten-foot tricycle, an old-fashioned penny farthing and a six-foot unicycle.
Scarborough School of Arts (outside Futurist Theatre)
The Creative Arts faculty at Yorkshire Coast College will be presenting live music, a pop up art gallery and costumes on their specially-built stage. See and hear student work under the banner of their new brand ‘Scarborough School of Arts’.
Captain Crackers and his hunt for the hidden treasure (various seafront locations)
Captain Crackers and his crew will be enjoying the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations. Spectators are encouraged to get a sneaky selfie with the characters ahead of their shows at Scarborough Spa later in the year.
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Animated Objects Theatre Company (Royal Albert Drive/Marine Drive)
The company will be on walkabout with two of its larger-than-life puppets. Spectators should look out for the giant fisherman and his fishy friend...
1.00pm to 1.45pm and 2.30pm to 3.00pm
Coastival Choir (Rotunda Museum)
Biketastic Big Sing with Coastival Choir. Spectators are encouraged to join in with the ‘wheely’ easy songs with a cycling theme: simple, fun and loud.
1.30pm to 2.20pm and 3.00pm to 3.50pm
New York Brass Band (Royal Albert Drive)
New York Brass Band is North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans-inspired brass band. Hailing from York, the band has been "rocking weddings, burning up festivals and smashing sports events since 2011". The band is a powerful team of Yorkshire musicians packing an arsenal of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone.
1.45pm to 2.30pm and 3.00pm to 3.45pm
Howard Beaumont (Rotunda Museum)
King of the keyboards and resident Scarborough Spa organist Howard Beaumont will treat spectators with organ, jazz combo and orchestral voices as he celebrates 50 years as a professional organist.
1.45pm to 2.45pm (Royal Albert Drive)
The ‘Final Mile’ Community Fun Ride
Organised by Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling group, the ride will be made up of specially-adapted bikes ridden by people of all abilities and ages, including guest of honour, 100-year-old Honorary Life President of Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club, Stan Chadwick.
2.00pm to 2.30pm (Foreshore Road balcony)
Vintage fair band
2.45pm to 3.30pm (Royal Albert Drive) and 5.00pm to 5.45pm (Blue Crush, Peasholm Gap)
The world’s first and only shopping trolley dance display team.
3.30pm to 3.50pm (Royal Albert Drive)
Pauline Quirke Academy
Look out for the academy’s flash mob.
Music @ Farrer’s (Scarborough Spa)
To celebrate the end of the Tour de Yorkshire, Farrer’s Bar and Brasserie will host a special evening of live music, featuring Jelly Roll Jazz Band.
Ventoux (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Northway)
Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, whose drug-fuelled race back in 2000 was the greatest the world of cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions. Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?
The council is encouraging residents and visitors to turn out in force earlier in the day too, to support the sportive riders taking part in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride.
After leaving in staggered starts from Scarborough Open Air Theatre, participants will take in some of the route the pro-riders will race on later in the day, before crossing the finish line on Royal Albert Drive between 9.30am and 3.00pm.
Janet Deacon, area director for Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Borough Council Tourism Manager said: “A big thank you to our friends at Create for all their efforts in pulling together such a fabulous programme of entertainment to help us celebrate this year’s Tour de Yorkshire in style.”
All entertainment is free with the exception of Ventoux, tickets for which are priced at £10 to £12.50, available from sjt.uk.com.