Elsecar is crafting clever for the Tour de Yorkshire

For the very first time, Barnsley will be a host town for the Tour de Yorkshire, one of the UK's top cycling events.

As part of the race top riders will travel through the historic village of Elsecar on Friday, 4 May and will be given the warmest of welcomes as they go.

As part of the Great Place and Heritage Action Zone projects, Barnsley Museums are using history as an inspiration. They will be working with the local community to decorate the streets in the style of the royal visits of old, when masses of bunting, flags and banners were used to dress the village to welcome regal guests.

Local residents are already coming together to help plan a vintage-inspired celebration for the village. During March and April, a series of bunting workshops will be held at Elsecar Heritage Centre. These will be led by local textile artist Gemma Nemer, from the Button Tin, who will be working with people to make a range of colourful decorations – including flags, banners, bunting, pom-poms, tassels, streamers, swags and bows, which will all be used to line the route.

The team at Elsecar are calling for any crafters who have a few hours to spare to come along and join in the fun.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 5th April 10.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 7th April 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 12th April 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 19th April 10.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 21st April 10.00am – 4.00pm

Local residents can also get involved by putting up their own blue and yellow decorations in windows and front gardens. For those who want creative suggestions for their own displays, they can come along to the craft workshops for inspiration.

People are also invited to come and watch the race go past on the day. Vintage dress is optional, but encouraged!

For more information about the project contact GreatPlace@barnsley.gov.uk or visit www.elsecar-heritage.com