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What's on to celebrate the Women's Tour

Find out what's on to celebrate AJ Bell's Women's Tour as it arrives at our districts on Saturday 9 October.


Home to one of Suffolk’s Queen of the Mountains challenges, Glemsford has a host of activities planned in support of the cyclists.

The Morris Men of Little Egypt, Glemsford’s very own group of Morris Dancers, are performing on Tower Green.

Glemsford Library are offering free craft sessions and entertainment in the village hall and library, to ensure there’s fun for all the family.

Glemsford WI are hosting a refreshment gazebo on the grass by the village hall from 11am. They will be serving bacon and sausage rolls, and hot and cold drinks.

See the Queen of the Mountains at Skate’s Hill from around 11.55am.

Long Melford

Long Melford has the honour of hosting one of the stage’s Eisberg Sprints. It will run from the water conduit on the green, through to the Post Office. There is a full day of activities planned for spectators.

Live music will be on offer at the green opposite Melford Hall, The Bull Hotel and Chapel Green from 11.15am -12.00pm and 12.30pm - 1.15pm. The village's church bells will be ringing out throughout the day to add to the carnival atmosphere.

There will be food and drink stalls for spectators to enjoy at Roman Way and the green opposite Melford Hall.

Spectators can also take part in a static bike challenge on the green, to raise funds for the local school and church.

The village will be fully embracing the tour’s pink, white and bike theme. Look out for bunting, pink and white cakes in the village’s tea shops, and special promotions in its pubs.

Email Long Melford's Women's Tour group for more information about the village’s planned celebrations.

Grab the perfect viewing spot for the Eisberg Sprints outside The Bull Hotel just after 12.05pm. Parking will be available at the nearby village hall and The Old School.


Sudbury Town Council are hosting family friendly events throughout the day, to celebrate the tour passing through the market town and surrounding Constable Country.

Further details on the events can be found on their town council’s website.

Spectators can also pay a visit to the town’s open air market, which will offer:

  • craft beers
  • Indian cuisine
  • desserts from a professional pastry chef
  • groceries
  • clothing
  • skincare

Read a full list of all stallholders

Those inspired by the tour to get active, can enjoy a free Our Parks outdoor High Intensity Training (HIT) class at the nearby Stevenson Centre, Great Cornard, at 10am.

You need to book a place in advance via Our Parks.

Spectators can catch a glimpse of the cyclists on Girling Street, when riders will race through from 12.15pm. Parking will be available at nearby Girling Street car park and North Street car park.


There’s plenty planned for before, during and after the peloton passes through Stowmarket.

The Blossom Charity will start the celebrations with a free 90 minute workshop. It is designed to help people, who have been impacted by the last 18 months, build their confidence. It’s being held at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre from 9.00am – 10.30am. Bookings can be made by emailing the charity directly.

Children inspired by the cyclists to get active, can enjoy a free session, run by Premier Sports, on Stowmarket Recreation Ground from 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Those wishing to attend do not need to book in advance and can just turn up on the day.

Mid Suffolk’s Leisure Centre are bringing gym equipment and sporting activities to Recreation Ground on the day. They will also be offering discounted membership deals, in celebration of the tour.

Residents and visitors to Stowmarket can also benefit from events planned for the town’s Time Machine festival, celebrating Stowmarket’s past, present and future.

Activities on offer by the Stowmarket Cultural Group include:

  • Secrets of Suffolk and Stowmarket’s Past. A chance to join the Stowmarket Local History Group on a tongue-in-cheek journey into ghostly sightings, fairies and historical facts. Held at the John Peel Centre from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.00pm
  • The War Just Outside Ipswich, a special screening of the behind-the-scenes documentary film about the trenches filming facility in Akenham, Suffolk, at the Regal Cinema at 11.00am. Tickets cost £6.50 per person and include a hot drink
  • An afternoon of fun and laughter on the theme of time travel with James Campbell, children’s author and comedian, at Stowmarket Library from 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Head to Recreation Ground to watch the riders race past at around 1.15pm. Parking is available at the nearby Meadow Centre car park.

Needham Market

Needham Market is set to play a pivotal role in the race, as it hosts the Eisberg Sprint. With bonus seconds up for grabs, it could ultimately decide the tour’s overall winner.

Spectators can then head for a stroll at Needham Lake, the UK’s twelfth most visited free attraction in 2020 - fending off competition from the British Library and National Portrait Gallery.

Pubs and cafés in the town, including The Angel, Rampant Horse Inn and Coffee, and Craft’N’Moore will be offering promotional deals on food and drink on the day.

Watch on Needham Market High Street for a prime view of the Sprint just before 1.25pm. Parking is available at Station Yard.


Coddenham, one of the final Mid Suffolk villages of the route, has a host of events planned to celebrate the Women's Tour.

Rubicon will be offering skateboard and scooter coaching at the Village Hall from 12.00 - 3.00pm. Attendees are not required to book in advance and can just turn up on the day. 

Coddenham Country Club will be opening at 1pm to welcome members and guests for refreshments. Spectators can also grab tea, coffee and cakes at St Mary's Church, who are holding a tea and cake afternoon in the churchyard from 2pm. 

Fantastic food will also be offer from the Community Shop, who not only stock all of the everyday essentials, but offer a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks to enjoy in their outside seating area.

Those still feeling peckish can pick up pizza from the mobile van at the Coddenham Centre from 5pm.

St Mary’s Church, the Community Shop and the Country Club are excellent locations to watch the event, and the Coddenham Centre has many activities and parking just a short distance away.