The race is on to find the best dressed town or village in each district when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the county on Saturday 8 September.

Nottinghamshire County Council has set the challenge to find the ‘best dressed’ champion in each district – with a special prize on offer.

The international cycle race will pass some of the county’s most impressive landmarks and countryside as well as dozens of towns and villages along the 215 km route – the longest stage this year.

Last year’s event attracted 210,000 supporters on the day – one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight-stage race, as well as boosting the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.

Councillor Kay Cutts, County Council Leader said: “With a global TV audience of millions, the eyes of the world will also be upon us so it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase what our great county has to offer. 

“We’ll be looking for flair, creativity and villages or towns which have gone that extra mile to embrace the spirit of the Tour of Britain.”

“Last year, the efforts of the 45 villages and towns along the route brought tremendous sparkle to the day.  Hours of hard work and dedication went into creating the miles of bunting, countless flags, dozens and dozens of yellow bikes and all the impressive displays of land art.

“I can’t wait to see how this year’s route will be transformed by communities across the county.”

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Up and down Nottinghamshire, plans are taking shape, these include:

Staff dressed as monks at Worksop Priory Gatehouse 

Plans for a full day of fun with a ‘Bilsthorpe Bonanza’ including special cycle-themed songs performed by a local choir.

A 50ft hay bale display at Tollerton by a local farm shop 

A giant inflatable bunny is set to take pride of place in Bunny village

A special plumtree will be  created  in Plumtree

Looking to match last year’s efforts, Newstead residents are making various knitted creations and will be decorating  the village in a sea of yellow

School children in Halam are gearing up to line the route with flags.

Yellow bikes galore are again planned  in Edingley

Ruddington residents are busy knitting scarves in Tour jersey colours to welcome the riders. 

A bike challenge is being geared up for Wysall locals

Jane Johnson, Clerk for Newstead Parish Council said: “Last year Newstead residents, including the local school, really got involved and showed true community spirit.  We can promise lots of yellow again throughout the village when the race passes next month.”

Local residents can enter Nottinghamshire County Councils’ competition by submitting theirs plans and photos via their online form, posting photos on social media using #NottsToB or on their website.

Each district is set to win a special best dressed town/village plaque. More advice is available at nottscc.gov.uk/tourofbritain.