Packed programme of FREE family and fun events at National Cycling Championship

THERE’S a packed range of family activities for all the family to celebrate British Cycling’s National Road Championships in East Cleveland this Sunday - from a juggling penny farthing rider to puppet shows to hands-on creative activities…and there’s even a chance to ice your own cycling biscuit!

Cycling fans from all over the country are heading to Saltburn and beyond this Sunday 23 June. They will receive the warmest of welcomes and there’s fun to had for all the family.

The race features the country’s most elite cyclists but as well as cheering on the riders, visitors and residents can enjoy a whole day of free entertainment.   

Many of the activities have been funded by community grants from Tees Million and include:


Street Entertainment

In Saltburn, where the races start and finish, you can meet England’s finest stunt penny farthing cyclist – Felix Brent the English Gent – not only a marvellous magician but also a juggling genius.  

Look out for Witty Look – a colourful circus duo who’s crazy unicycling capers will captivate the crowds.

Get Creative

Join the wonderful Whippet Up and make your own one-minute puppet show with their delightful miniature puppet theatres.   

Try your hand at print making with Dan Mather’s mobile screen printer.  Print your own cycled themed memory maker of the event.  Find him at the top of the bank on Marine Parade. 

Head to Real Meals’ stall on Marine Parade and ice your very own cycle shaped biscuit. 

Scribble, draw and doodle to your heart’s content on our giant Colour Creation Station.  

Live music

Be amazed at the talent of local youngsters from TunedIn! who will be taking to the main stage near Brockley Hall between laps for an exciting programme of live music. 

Cycle skills 

Drop in to a Cleveland Wheelers bike skills session in the seafront car park at the bottom of Saltburn bank.  Learn how to negotiate some fun and challenging obstacles. There will be a limited bikes to loan, but feel free to bring your own. And don’t forget your helmet! 

Attend a film premiere

Join Saltburn Inspired who are hosting the cycling film premiere Chasing the Sun at 2.30pm at Saltburn Theatre. A feature documentary film about the power of the bicycle to help save the planet followed by a special Q&A with the producers, tickets £8.

Big screen

Come and enjoy the bike race on the big screen on the seafront car park! Grab a deck chair and an ice cream and watch the race as it speeds through the Redcar and Cleveland course.


Brotton will showcase some fantastic displays of art works around the town created by some of our amazing communities including Saltburn Brownies, Cleveland Pride, Whippet Up CIC and Skelton Cubs.

Join Helen Jane Gaunt and Derek Mosey in partnership with Badger Hill Academy to help  create a  large scale community mosaic which will  remain on permanent display outside Badger Hill Academy celebrating the cycling events that have come through the town.

Join BloomInArt in lots of wonderful creative activity on Brotton High Street near Arctic Foxx Ices (Treat yourself to an ice cream - rude not to!) 

Come and see the amazing art works created by Brotton Brownies and Guides.

Boosebeck and Lingdale 

Pom poms, giant flowers and decorated bikes will be welcoming the riders as they whizz through the villages.   Created by residents and volunteers thanks at Boosbeck Village Hall and Lingdale Village Hall, Boosbeck Village Hall will also be open throughout the day for refreshements and they will also be creating a giant flag in the morning to cheer on the afternoon cyclists.  


And don't forget we have a FREE Park & Ride scheme from Kirkleatham Walled Garden  to Saltburn. 

The shuttle buses will run all day from 8.30am to 7.45pm and you can book your free places here 🚌

Remember to book both journeys - from Kirkleatham to Saltburn and then your return journey back.  

Lisa Storey, Cultural Development Manager at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We could not be more excited about this programme of events…and it’s all free! This event is chance to show off our beautiful borough to sports fans across the world…but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun for all the family right here in Redcar and Cleveland.”

Motorists travelling to the National Cycling Championships later this month are being asked to consider using Saltburn’s FREE Park and Ride or public transport on the big day. Find out more about the park and ride here


Many of the activities have been funded by community grants from Tees Million.