What’s on in Welwyn Garden City ahead of Women’s Tour cycle race finish
A Continental market, live music and a sports activity zone are just some of the attractions in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday ahead of The Woman’s Tour finish in the town centre.
French charcuterie, Turkish baklavas and more will bring a truly international flavour to the day at a Continental market being held in Howardsgate.
As well as a gourmet’s delight, visitors can also browse among leather goods, French soaps, jewellery and semi-precious stones, scarves, hats, belts and more.
The nearby market place will be a hive of activity, which promises something for everyone, whether it’s the Wellness Centre for all your Pilates needs or Mill Green Museum selling locally produced flour and bread.
There will also be stalls from Anytime Fitness, Herts Chamber of Commerce, Royal British Legion, Oaklands College and the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
Hertfordshire County Council is supporting the fourth stage of The Women’s Tour by sponsoring events at the start in Cheshunt and the finish in Parkway, Welwyn Garden City.
The finish area will feature bike safety checks and beginner biking to help children and their parents learn the basics of cycling.
The ‘Active Health Zone’ will include Welwyn Hatfield Cycle Forum, with a cycle simulator to demonstrate how easy cycling can be, and other activities, including health and fitness tests from Finesse Leisure.
Gosling Sports Park will also be offering the chance to try your hand at new sports.
Arsenal Ladies Football Club and Hatfield-based netball team Hertfordshire Mavericks will be on hand in the Women’s Sports Zone.
Cycling enthusiasts can also meet the names behind the sponsors and partners of the 2014 Friend’s Life Women’s Tour in the Promo Zone.
As principal partner of the stage, Tesco will also play a part in the finish event.
On a stage outside the Howard Centre, radio station BOB FM will be hosting live music from a number of emerging singer-songwriters during the day.
Music stage times
10.30-10.45am – Kaity Rae
10.45-11.00am – Roxanne de Bastion
11.00-11.15am – BOB FM
11.15-11.30am – George Breakfast
11.30-11.45am – Emma Cook
11.45am-noon – BOB FM
Noon-12.15pm – Kelly Oliver
12.15-12.30pm – Black Scarr
12.30-12.45pm – BOB FM
12.45-13.00pm – Shanniah
13.00-13.15pm – The Ghost of Samantha
13.15-14.15pm – BOB FM (race finish on Parkway)
* Timings subject to change.
Live music can be heard on the steps outside the shopping centre from mid morning onwards. The bill includes five artists from the Folkstock Arts Foundation, the Hertfordshire-based community interest company promoting live acoustic and folk music.
Folkstock backed acts Roxanne de Bastion, Black Scarr, George Breakfast, Stevenage singer Kelly Oliver and Kaity Rae will all perform during the day.
Berlin-born Roxanne de Bastion and Barnet teenager Kaity Rae, who won a ‘Best Songwriter Award’ at this year’s Love Folk LIVE showcase, have graced the Welwyn Garden City stage before at the Christmas lights switch-on and various other events.
Of the newcomers to the area, duo Black Scarr are singer-songwriters Johnny Black and Emma Scarr.
Their distinctive voices, wrapped in acoustic guitar-driven, fiddle-splashed accompaniment have produced lively songs that strike a chord.
A ‘one-way tourist’, George Breakfast has lived and played all round the globe.
He went from 70s London, to the streets of Paris, to a small town on the coast of Spain, to New York City, to a small corner of Devon, to Copenhagen, to the university town of Cambridge.
Now settled, he recently won a singer’s award at Love Folk LIVE.
Kelly Oliver is from Stevenage and has performed live sessions and guest spots on BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio London.
Having just released her debut EP, she is now working on her album and is on the radar of BBC Radio 2, having recorded a session at the legendary Bob Harris’ film company, Whispering Bob’s Broadcasting Company (WBBC).
Rounding off the musical performances before the arrival of the cyclists will be The Ghost of Samantha, a group fronted by Samantha Grint, the sister of Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint.
* Email your pictures from The Women’s Tour events to the Welwyn Hatfield Times news desk at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will print the best ones in next week’s paper.
* For further route maps, stage details, road closures and Twitter feed, visit the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Women’s Tour site.