Pack a picnic and plan for a fun-filled day with the family when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain races through Cheltenham on Saturday 9 September. The borough’s hugely anticipated Bloor Homes Cheltenham Festival of Cycling will welcome Stage 7 of the race in just 15 days’ time.

There will be lots of top spots to watch the race whizz past, all of which will be safe and easily accessible for visitors and residents alike. Take a look at some of the best places to see Stage 7 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain below:

Pittville Park – KidsZone
A great place to spend the day will be at the KidsZone but don’t worry, you don’t need to miss the cycling action. The Stage will be heading down Evesham Road by the Park so you will be able to see the action unfold as well as view it on a big screen showing the whole of Stage 7 on ITV4.

CheltenhamThe KidsZone at Pittville Park will host a full, action-packed day from 11am until 4pm to keep the whole family entertained. Fun activities including Boccia, a WipeOut course, cycle demonstration zone, Go Karts and giant climbing wall will be on offer for children, as well as rides from Danter’s Fun Fair with favourites including tea cups, the Sizzler, trampolines, inflatables and more. The Cheltenham Trust will offer even more fun with games, face painting and pre-school activities. There will be lots of space for a family picnic, but if you fancy something different there will be a choice of food and drink including a BBQ and bar. To support your comfort there will be additional portaloos and a fully accessibly Mobi-loo.

Evesham Road from the south of Albemarle Gate /West Approach Drive to Wellington Road will be closed providing you with a car free environment and a chance to hone your cycling skills

Cheltenham High Street and the Promendade
The race will then be passing through a section of the town’s high street and onto the Promenade. The perfect viewing spot if you are taking a rest from shopping!

The Long Gardens and Imperial Gardens
The Long Gardens will be host to a cycle demo zone – have you ever fancied trying out an electric bike? Then come and have a go! There will be a range of food and drink to keep you refreshed through the day, together with a street fair and information stalls and the official promo zone containing all of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain partners like OVO Energy, Oakley and Dare2b’s Official Merchandise stand. If you don’t fancy being at the finish line, there will be a big screen close to Neptune’s Fountain.

From 11.30am whilst you wait in anticipation for the race to reach Cheltenham you can cheer on local schools taking part in British Cycling races followed by some street entertainment.

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for finance said: ‘’We are all incredibly excited and counting down the days until the Stage Seven of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain passes through Cheltenham. By now, I hope that residents and visitors will have noticed some of the arty bikes which are in various locations around the town centre, adding to the festival feel.

“Plans are in full swing for the day, with lots being organised for all the family. I hope the day is the beginning of something very special for Cheltenham and I have no doubt that it will create a long-lasting legacy.’’

Find out more information about the full route on the day on the cycling festival website here and details of the full Stage Seven route from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham, through the Cotswolds, by clicking here.

Traffic management
Full details about the traffic changes including a map can be found on the cycling festival website here.

Business toolkit
For businesses to show their support, a free toolkit can be found on the cycling festival website here.

The Bloor Homes Cheltenham Festival of Cycling is organised by Cheltenham Borough Council. Stage Seven of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is just one of the events taking place in a much wider celebration of cycling, which will see the town centre transformed with a festival vibe once more. With a focus on getting and staying active, residents and visitors alike can enjoy an active KidsZone at Pittville Park, a demonstration zone, plus a cycling supplier zone where you can test out the latest bikes, enjoy exclusive on the day discounts and much more.