Yorkshire Festival will celebrate Tour de France

The banner announcing the Yorkshire Festival on the side of a Yorkshire Water dam

The banner announcing the Yorkshire Festival on the side of a Yorkshire Water dam

First published in News

A 100-day cultural festival to celebrate the Tour de France in Craven will feature a variety of events for all the family.

Kicking off on March 27 and finishing on the weekend of the Tour Grand Depart on July 6, The Yorkshire Festival – sponsored by the Arts Council and Yorkshire Water – will include Carnival Bentham by Bike, the Tour of Infinite Possibility, and North Yorkshire Open Studios.

And in a spirit of generosity, Craven District Council is to lend its Shakespeare First Folio which is on permanent display at Craven Museum to York.

Printed in 1623, the folio is a compilation of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays and is one of about 230 surviving first folios.

The Bentham carnival event, on May 31, will feature a 3.5km bike ride and the unveiling of the public artwork, The Queen’s Bloomers.

There will also be live music, dance and street theatre in a carnival procession.

Organised by Pioneer Projects, there will be workshops in the run-up to the event in the week before.

“It will be a fantastic celebration on the day and create a great legacy for Bentham,” said Pioneer Projects’ Alison Clough. “We are planning a celebratory bike ride for all the family taking in High and Low Bentham and part of the Way of the Roses cycle way.

“It will be signposted by a fat sheep on a bicycle, based on a design by Marjan Wouda in recognition of the town’s history of sheep sales.”

The cycle route will also take in the sculpture, The Queen’s Bloomers in Low Bentham – also designed by Marjan.

The Tour of Infinite Possibility will be a musical celebration of the Tour featuring Leeds-based Hope and Social in conjunction with Grassington Festival.

The band, which last year performed A Band Anyone Can Join at the Grassington Festival, aims to take its music along the route of the Grand Depart of the tour The band has prepared a new song for the festival and plans to perform at 12 sites along the route on a cycle-powered stage.

Councillor Simon Myers, the council’s lead member for the Tour, said: “These cultural activities will not only draw communities and artists together to celebrate the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, they will also leave a legacy for artists, participants and audiences.”

The annual North Yorkshire Open Studios will take place on June 7, 8, 14 and 15 and will feature many Craven-based professional artists. Information is available on the website, nyos.org.uk.

There will also be a fringe programme of events running alongside the cultural festival including the Autoharp Festival in Gargrave and the Kettlewell Festival of Wool and Ale.

Events can be registered at letour.yorkshire.com/arts festival/submission/fringe-programme There is guidance on events at cravenevents.org.uk or by telephoning the arts development officer on (01756) 706408.

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10:01am Wed 19 Feb 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Well done CDC, for letting one of Craven's most precious things out of Skipton for the duration of the Tour, when you are expecting half the world to visit.
York already has lots of wonderful things and millions of tourists - why send away something that people from all over the world would love to see while they are here?
Well done CDC, for letting one of Craven's most precious things out of Skipton for the duration of the Tour, when you are expecting half the world to visit. York already has lots of wonderful things and millions of tourists - why send away something that people from all over the world would love to see while they are here? Skipton Ratepayer
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