Elsecar and Hoyland are on track to give the Tour De Yorkshire the warmest of welcomes!

The historic villages of Elsecar and Hoyland are planning to give cyclists in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire a big Barnsley welcome.

To mark the arrival of one of the UK’s top sporting events the villages will be pulling out all the stops to make the route side look spectacular.

Hoyland will host a large scale piece of land art at Platts Common recreation ground, which will not only celebrate the arrival of the race but also the 50th anniversary of the publication of ‘A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines.’

Commissioned by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, with support from Barnsley Council and working with artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want, the stunning piece of visual art will be visible from surrounding areas, both from the air and at ground level, reflecting the cycling that will pass by.

With a history of celebratory street parties, Elsecar will be putting every effort into decorating its streets, buildings and roadsides. As well as working with the local school they will also be holding regular workshops at the Heritage Centre in March and April.  Here people can work with local textile artist Gemma Nemer from The Button Tin to create banners, flags, bunting, pom-poms, tassels, streamers, swags and bows, which will transform the village into a yellow and blue wonderland.

With both villages eagerly anticipating the race, it looks set to be a very special day for the whole of the borough.

Gemma Nemer, textile artist said: “This is an exciting opportunity that will bring creativity and colour to Elsecar and the surrounding villages.  We warmly invite all communities and all ages to come along and help us hand craft traditional decorations to decorate the route, this really is a unique, collective and creative process for all to enjoy as we celebrate our vibrant heritage and our Yorkshire home"

For more information about the land art visit discoverdearne.org.uk/  for more information about the Elsecar workshop visit www.elsecar-heritage.com