Nottinghamshire will host an entire stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s premier road cycling race, this September as the event visits Mansfield and Newark-on-Trent for the first time.

Wednesday 6 September will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent.  The route will take in Eastwood, Hucknall, Gedling and the grounds of Newstead Abbey and the centre of Southwell.

After heading through Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park the stage will loop the north of the county and the towns of Worksop and Retford.  The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will also pass through Harworth and Bircotes, passing the museum and memorial to 1965 World Champion Tommy Simpson in the latter.

Full Stage ETAs and details of the intermediate SKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints can be found in the interactive Google map at the top of this page.

Nottinghamshire – Robin Hood country

Nottinghamshire, in the heart of England, provides the ideal setting for stage 4 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Surrounded by ancient forests and soft rolling hills, its bustling market towns, rich heritage, castles and ducal mansions make it the ideal place to visit.

Not-to-be missed attractions include Sherwood Forest – an awe-inspiring nature reserve of 900 ancient oak trees – including the legendary Major Oak, which was once the hideout of the legendary Robin Hood and his band of merry Sherwood Forest Nottinghamshiremen.

Historic Newstead Abbey, set in a glorious landscape, with its formal gardens and parkland, was once the ancestral home of the romantic poet Lord Byron.  Nottinghamshire was also home to D H Lawrence and a trip to his Birthplace Museum in Eastwood can be enjoyed for free during the bike race.  Learn about the early life of a legend who scandalised the literary establishment with his infamous Lady Chatterley’s Lover!

The route of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain goes through the pretty market town of Southwell, home of the Bramley apple, which is also famous for its magnificent 12th century Norman Minster with its double lead-capped spires.  The Archbishop’s Palace and the National Trust’s Workhouse, are also popular attractions to visit in Southwell.

Rufford Abbey Country Park, close to the route, is set in the estates and grounds of a former 12th century Cistercian Monastery and country house whilst the nearby Clumber Park, a former Ducal estate now managed by the National Trust, boasts Europe’s longest double avenue of lime trees along its grand entrance.

The route extends into Retford in north Nottinghamshire, which is surrounded by quaint villages, including Babworth and Scrooby, famous for their links to the Pilgrim Fathers who started their separatist movement here before setting out on their epic journey to America. The Mayflower Pilgrims Visitor Centre can be found in Retford.

Wherever you chose to visit in Nottinghamshire, one thing you can be assured of is a warm and friendly welcome.

For further information on places to visit and things to do in Nottinghamshire please visit www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk

Mansfield

Mansfield is situated at the heart of Robin Hood country just a few miles from the motorway network.  Whilst it is the largest town outside the city of Nottingham, Mansfield is surrounded by green space, ancient woodland and is part of the landscape of the greater Sherwood Forest area. Mansfield is a compromise of town living and the great outdoors.

Some of Nottinghamshire’s best attractions are within a 20-minute drive and the town itself is host to quality cultural and leisure venues and a safe and welcoming evening economy.

MansfieldThe district centre is a market town with 800 years of trading heritage. The market place is home to five-day market and is surrounded by shops and plenty of kitsch, independent stores.  There are departments stores and top high street brands and plenty of out of town retail parks.

Spanning the town is a 15-arch viaduct which connects Mansfield to the national railway network and allows easy access to the city. The district has cycle paths and trails to explore the green space that surrounds the town.

Mansfield has a handful of top quality family attractions including Water Meadows Swimming Centre, Mansfield Museum and the Palace Theatre. There’s plenty to do whatever your age.

To find out more about things to do in Mansfield please visit http://www.mansfield.gov.uk/article/5532/Visitors

Newark

Historic Newark, which hosts the finish of stage 4, is a thriving market town with a cobbled market square, a fine Georgian Town Hall, great shopping, history and heritage, and an abundance of cafés, real ale pubs and stylish restaurants. The beautiful parish church, St Mary Magdalene, with its magnificent spire is ranked as one of the best in the country.

There is a decent dose of culture, too, with a theatre, town gallery and museum, a cinema and the National Civil War Centre, which opened in 2015.

Newark played a pivotal role in the English Civil Wars and if you head to NewarNewark-Castlek Castle, which has stood on the banks of the River Trent for 900 years, you will get a sense of the town’s fascinating history. The Civil War walking trail can be accessed via an App to reveal video scenes of the period.

The stage itself will finish in Sconce and Devon Park a historic Green Flag awarded park with a popular café and play area, open grassland and woodlands and family friendly footpaths giving access to the Queen’s Sconce – a 17th century civil war earthwork fortification.

To keep up to date with Newark’s preparations for Stage 4, and to find out more about the area, please visit http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/tob/