Grand Départ spectator hubs revealed

Riverside Gardens in Ilkley, the Leisure Centre, Keighley, and Haworth's Central Park have been announced as leading spectator hubs for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Spectator hubs are organised to be some of the best places to watch the opening stages of the world's greatest annual sporting event for free.

The Ilkley hub is one of the bigger hubs and will feature two big screens. Held in the picturesque Riverside Gardens, it will run over four days from July 3-6 and is expected to attract more than 13,000 fans. There will also be food stalls, cycle parking facilities, a large car park and disabled access.

The Keighley site, which can hold around 4,500 people, will be organised for July 5 and 6 and will feature a big screen, a funfair, disabled facilities and toilets.

Space will be limited at the popular Central Park site in Haworth where the riders face a key climb on the route. In addition to the existing amenities in the village, the park will also have a large screen, food stalls selling local produce, activities for the children and disabled access.

The hubs are the ideal place to relax and enjoy this fantastic spectacle.

These three sites tick all the boxes for a great family day out and you'll be able to watch the whole race whilst soaking up the amazing atmosphere.

Other spectator events are being hosted by town and parish councils and community groups and more details about these, along with details about any additional spectator hubs, will be released in the coming weeks.

Grand Départ spectator hubs are the perfect places to catch this world-class sporting event.

People can now start planning where they want to spend their day and take advantage of the facilities on offer which include big screens, food and entertainment.

Whether you want to cheer on your favourite riders or spend the day with your family, there's something for everyone. I have no doubt they will contribute to the success of this event.

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Published: 01/04/2014
Audience: Headteachers and Staff
Contact: Fiona Binns

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