Tour spectacular hits town

PUBLISHED: 12:02 08 September 2011

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Exmouth celebrates the first time a Tour of Britain stage has ever finished in the town with four days of events and activities next week.

The tour arrives in Exmouth on Thursday, September 15 – but kicks off the evening before with Last Night of the Proms at Exmouth Pavilion at 7.30pm.

On Thursday, the seafront gardens will be transformed into a market-style venue for stalls and entertainment from 9am to 5.30pm.

And organisers hope to encourage people to spend time along the seafront both before and after the race finish, expected at 2.30pm, with a series of events.

These include fun bike races and schools activities along the Esplanade from 10.30am, while the Dickens Brothers, Steve Kaos and a Jurassic Coast fossil hunt will be on offer.

Stilt walking duo Neptune and the Sea Queen, Polly’s Circus Skills, Punch and Judy, face painting, and wacky and vintage bikes will also be touring the town.

The area around the Pavilion Gardens and car park will stage the Dance of Cycling performance by Bicycle Ballet at 11.15am, and local band Wired will perform from 12pm.

World cycling champion Andrei Burton will showcase his mountain bike trials skills at 1.45pm, and the evening will be headlined by Show of Hands, who will be in concert at Exmouth Pavilion at 7.30pm.

Exmouth is also planning to create the biggest beach artwork the town has ever seen, to create a dazzling finale.

Volunteers are invited to help with the artistic effort from 10am on the morning of the race, to spell out a welcoming message using deckchairs and the sand.

The ‘Big Cycle Weekend’ will begin on Friday with Jive Aces performing at Exmouth Pavilion at 8pm.

And the Manor Gardens will host the ‘Outspoken’ festival on Saturday, September 17, which includes Mama Stone’s House Band, as well as a climbing wall, a 35ft inflatable pyramid and a rodeo bull.

Mayor Sandy Sutton said: “Exmouth is ready to welcome the Tour of Britain, and it’s going to be an exciting few days in the town.We will be making sure that the spectators and the audience watching at home on TV get to see Exmouth at its best.”

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