Tour of Britain cycle race comes to Suffolk
On Friday 8 September, Stage Six of the 2017 Tour of Britain will be taking place between Newmarket and Aldeburgh. This 183km Stage of Britain’s premier road cycling race will take place entirely within Suffolk, a first for the county, heading east from Newmarket to the finish in the centre of Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Coast.
The towns who can look forward to welcoming the world’s top professional cyclists during the 183-kilometre stage this September are Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham and Woodbridge.
The cyclists with their hugely impressive entourage of police motorcycles, back-up vehicles and tv camera crews will be passing through some of Suffolk's iconic villages and countryside.
They may not have the time to see everything but you can. Follow their route and discover the places of interest they will pass on their race to the finish line.
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Starting your tour of Suffolk in Newmarket the world-famous birthplace and home of British horseracing, Annually, two of the five British Classic Races are held here, plus countless racing days and the July Festival, the most glamourous event in the racing calendar. The recently opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art is a world-class centre for sport and culture, and can be found in the heart of the town.
Through the oldest lowland forests in England, with excellent off-road cycle and footpaths in Brandon in Thetford Forest to an Anglo Saxon village at West Stow there is something new to see around every corner.
The historic town of Bury St Edmunds is the jewel in Suffolk’s crown with Cathedral, Abbey Gardens, independent and high street shopping. Here you will find a range of restaurants from French fine-dining to cosy cafes all located along medieval lanes and modern shopping centres. Town centre boutique hotels provide the perfect place for a relaxing stay in this charming town.
Winding through beautiful country lanes and villages with colour-washed cottages, you can relax and take in the country air. Visit Eye Castle, follow the guided tour by foot around this charming town that has so much history or take a circular country walk. The majestic Framlingham Castle overlooks this notable town with boutique shops and restaurants.
Head south towards Ipswich, one of the oldest towns in the country, and its fascinating history is matched only by its cutting-edge arts and culture scene. See a performance at Dance East, the home of dance in the region or take a cruise on the River Orwell from the fine waterfront marina. Visit theatres, museums, and parks before heading to one of the many restaurants and bars, many serving locally produced food and ales.
Further east now towards the Suffolk coast is Woodbridge, a beautiful riverside town with plenty of things to see and do. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of a busy market town that has deep connections to the water. The Tide Mill, is an historic 800-year-old water mill where you can discover what life was like for a miller and his family, and on certain days watch flour being milled in traditional fashion by a waterwheel and millstones.
Heading further up the coast through the forests and heathlands, a must stop-over is Snape Maltings, with its world-class Concert Hall, holding year-round concerts and festivals. Set on the River Alde, from here you can take walks to see the unique Suffolk bird-life, along with shops, pubs and restaurants. The annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival takes place here every September.
Aldeburgh, one of Suffolk’s favourite coastal towns, that has captured the hearts of many artists through the centuries. Explore the quaint high street with coloured houses and plenty of independent shops and cafes. Take fresh fried fish and chips to eat on the beach, alongside the Maggi Hambling Scallop sculpture and enjoy the views out across the sea.