OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 – Stage 4

Nottinghamshire is hosting stage 4 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 

OVO Energy Tour of Britain is Britain’s biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race. This year it will take place from the 3rd to the 10th September and Stage 4 will be in our area from Mansfield to Newark.

Tour facts

  • The first Tour of Britain was in 2004
  • This year 21 teams from 10 different countries will take part
  • In Nottinghamshire you will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark
  • It is the biggest FREE live attendance event in the UK
  • It attracts over 1.6 million spectators over the eight day event
  • The Tour is broadcast to over 120 countries and is live for 3 hours each day on ITV4
  • One million viewers from across the world watch per day on ITV4

Watch the launch video of the Nottinghamshire Stage 4 at Southwell Minster.

The route for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 – Stage 4

The route takes in some of Nottinghamshire’s best visitor attractions including Newstead Abbey, Southwell Minster, Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Clumber Park and Newark Castle. It passes through much our district before finishing at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark.

The finish in Newark

The finish of Stage 4 at Sconce and Devon park in Newark will be an enormous event for the town. Local cycling clubs together and local school children (with help from British Cycling) will be given the opportunity to cycle the finish line.

There will be lots happening in the town and on the park. There will be a giant screen showing live coverage of the race, street entertainment and a final chance for children to make their streamers and noisy shakers for the race.

At the finish the Tour of Britain crew and riders will be on hand to greet the crowds and grab a selfie whilst enjoying the podium presentations.

Get involved in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 – Stage 4OVO Energy Tour of Britain

We’re inviting local residents, businesses, schools, community groups to get involved!

Join us on the day and make some noise with cow bells and shakers. Hundreds of homes and businesses will line the race route, so why not dress your fencing with bunting or decorate bikes around your town and village. You could dress up yourself to wave on the riders or if you’re feeling really creative produce some land art for the aerial film crews to pick up.


Be proud to be part of the Nottinghamshire Stage 4 race day excitement by volunteering. Join in and help make this the most enjoyable and safe experience possible.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 – Stage 4 The tour in our district

Newark and Sherwood welcomes the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 – Stage 4 on Wednesday 6 September hosting the finish for the first time ever.

The route enters the district near to Blidworth, where it is said that Maid Marian was born and this area is perfect for visitors to enjoy the scenery of our region, pretty villages and historic towns.

Having passed Newstead Abbey the home of Lord Byron the race moves on through the picturesque villages of Farnsfield, Edingley and Halam before arriving in Southwell.

Only 20 minutes away from Newark, Southwell is a perfect place to catch up with the race. Known for its magnificent 12th century Norman Minster with its lead-capped spires known locally as the ‘pepper pot’ spires.

Southwell boasts a multitude of small independently-owned shops and café’s and the Southwell community is planning to decorate the town in readiness for the big day.

After Southwell the tour heads out to Sherwood Forest passing Kirklington, Bilsthorpe and the lovely grounds of Rufford Abbeyto Edwinstowe the home of Robin Hood. It was in the pretty village of Edwinstowe, lying in the heart of the forest, that Robin Hood married Maid Marian.

Clumber Park is where cyclists will grab their lunch bags and this will be another excellent location to catch up with the tour.

After lunch you can enjoy some of Nottinghamshires lovely rolling countryside as the tour heads to the finish via North and South Clifton, Girton, Besthorpe, Collingham and Coddington.

At the finish in Newark race spectators are encouraged to explore taking a walk around the castle and town following our Civil War Trail. The trail consists of information boards and can be accessed via an app to reveal video of scenes from Newark’s pivotal role in the 17th century British Civil Wars.

Newark Castle has stood on the banks of the River Trent for 900 years and is a focal point for Newark and a source of pride for residents. You can find out about Newark Castle and its links to King John in an informative exhibition opened last year when the castle marked the 800th anniversary of King John’s death.

Great shopping, heritage and culture are key to this historic town’s appeal. Places to be seen in include the towns many cafés, real ale pubs and stylish restaurants.

The stage itself will finish in Sconce and Devon Park our historic Green Flag awarded park providing top-class facilities for visitors and locals alike.

The park includes a popular café and play area, open grassland and woodlands, fitness trail, wildlife pond, family friendly footpaths and signs guiding visitors around the park to explain its fascinating history and ecology and providing access to the Queen’s Sconce, a 17th century civil war earthwork fortification.

During the finish live coverage of the race will be available on the large screen in the park near to the finish podium and we recommend this as an exciting family friendly viewing area.