Monk Fryston & Hillam Tour de Yorkshire Festival

The Tour de Yorkshire is the legacy of Yorkshire’s fabulous 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. This second Tour de Yorkshire sees both Stage 2 of the men’s race and the women’s race coming through our villages on Saturday 30 April.


To celebrate, a wide range of community activities is planned.

The festival will kick off at 7pm on Friday 29 April when Bert’s Barrow hosts a Yorkshire hog roast (including veggie and gluten-free options) with ales, wines, cocktail bar and live music. Tickets are £10 (visit the shop, contact via Facebook, email or call 07818 415320). On race day, activities are planned (many of them free) from 8.15am to 11pm using the Community Centre as the hub.


Family-friendly cycle activities

The cycle club has enlisted the help of two Sky Ride trained organisers to plan cycle rides taking in part of Le Tour route that are suitable for different ages and abilities. Plans are being finalised for these free rides. Pre-registration will be needed to take part, and the first 200 will receive a free goodie bag and certificate. to get details when they are available. Children under 16 will have to be accompanied by an adult.


For the more adventurous, Le Tour organisers are offering the chance to ride the Stage 3 route on Sunday 1 May. There are three distances available (40 km, 85 km and 119 km). To find out more, visit


Beer festival and food

The bar from our legendary Beer Festival is here for an extra event this year. As ever you can expect to taste some of the best local brews, including some cycling specials. Of course, there will be a range of wines and soft drinks on offer. Even without Le Tour, it would be worth visiting for the Beer Festival alone! Naturally to keep you going through the day the food team will be on hand with a variety of great food.


The annual September beer festival will go ahead as usual. However, this event does replace the Summer Fayre.


Kids’ entertainment

Fun in a safe environment, featuring a bouncy castle, games, face painting and giant sandpit, will keep children occupied all day. Children’s groups from the villages will also be putting on some great displays, like maypole dancing, and are involved in decorating the villages.


Live big-screen action

The largest screen in the villages will be at the Community Centre so you can follow the whole day’s action from the 8.15am departure in Otley. Keep an eye on the races’ progress as well as see who wins, then relive it with the highlights in the evening. 


Live music

All day there will free live music throughout both villages to suit a range of tastes, from Yorkshire brass bands to party, rock and pop.


Craft stalls

Visit the craft fayre showcasing Yorkshire talent and selling unique items.


Dressed to impress 

With the race beamed live to over 160 countries, Le Tour is a great excuse for the villages to be dressed to impress. A flyer with decoration ideas has already been delivered to every household in Monk Fryston and Hillam. Use your imagination – have fun with your design. We know that lots of people are already planning some fabulous decorations, with St Wilfrid’s and The Cross Keys both thinking big. Some parts of the villages are already decorated! So start now – don’t wait to get your bikes and bunting up.

Be part of the day by taking part in the décor competition. Lots of prizes will be on offer for the best dressed:


•    property or business

•    section of the villages

•    property or area not on the route


The WI have made an incredible 2.75 km of bunting with over 6,500 flags in just six weeks. Watch out for it going up a couple of weeks before the day – and make sure you have your own patch decorated in time. 


To create a bike trail through the villages, similar to the one for the scarecrow festivals, we need to know what Tour art you are planning. It’s a free-to-enter event. Email us at with details of your design. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence – we wouldn’t want anyone pinching your great idea!


Race times

There are three aspects to the official event; the men’s race, the women’s race and the caravan.

The women’s race is scheduled to get underway in Otley at 8.15am, arriving in Monk Fryston from 9.38am. It could take about 20 minutes to go through as the organisers think the pack may split meaning the race is stretched out. 

The men’s race, leaving Otley at 2.20pm, is due in Monk Fryston about 3.26pm; it may still be a peleton by the time it reaches here (unless there’s a breakaway).

Both races reach Hillam a couple of minutes later and are followed by an array of team and support cars.


Between the races there is the caravan (about
a dozen vehicles) which showcases the event’s sponsors. Unlike the Tour de France caravan in 2014, it won’t be showering spectators with freebies as it moves and will instead stop at a few locations en route. These places have not yet been announced, nor have the exact timings though we anticipate it being early afternoon.


At about 10.30am (between the women’s race and the caravan) our family-friendly cycle activities will take place (see above).


Race route

The riders arrive over the new railway bridge, go along the A63 before turning right up Water Lane. Once in Hillam, they bear left at the Ring Tree before leaving the village via Chapel Street.


Where’s a good place to watch? 
Anywhere! Corners make for exciting viewing.


•           The right turn at Monk Fryston Square off the A63 into Water Lane. 

•           Lumby Hill in Hillam where it drops after Prospect Close. 

•           The left-hand exit at Hillam Square into Chapel Street. 

After the race has passed, watch the rest of the action on the big screen at the Community Centre with a pint of beer and free entertainment.


A drone will take aerial footage of the villages between the races to show the amazing decorations and land art.


Land art

Children at the school have created a design for the land art that will be positioned at the top of the field beside Duncemire Lane kindly provided for the purpose by Bert’s Barrow. The church have some incredible plans in hand to make St Wilfrid’s stand out for the helicopter TV crews. Who knows, maybe we’ll win Welcome to Yorkshire’s land art prize.


Art exhibition

An exhibition by the Monk Fryston Art Club will be on show for all to enjoy, along with a fresh tea and cakes.


Cycle history

There will be a display of vintage bicycles along with lots of information for those curious about the development of the push bike since 1860. A penny farthing demonstration will also take place!

Road closures

Rolling road blocks lasting about 45 minutes will operate for each race. No parking is allowed along the route from 8am on Saturday morning until after the men’s race; North Yorkshire Highways will cone the route on Friday evening. If you need to be able to get in or out of the village, free car parking will be available at Bert’s Barrow.



Camping is being provided by Bert’s Barrow. It’s not just limited to those from out of town, so if you fancy a taster night for the children without being too far from home, then book yourself a pitch (breakfast is available, ask when booking). Bert’s Barrow – visit the shop, message via Facebook, or call 07818 415320.


Car parking

As well as providing car parking for residents who may need to use their cars during the day, parking for visitors to the village will be in the field behind Bert’s Barrow. It is only a few minutes’ walk from the car park to the heart of the villages to see the action.


Don’t like cycling?

First and foremost, this is a community event for the residents of Monk Fryston and Hillam – we just happen to be using the races as an excuse to enjoy ourselves. There’s a lot more planned than cycling – it will be a fabulous day out for everyone to enjoy!