Bring along your bikes and have them transformed!

A dragon bike for the Fantastical Cycle Parade. Picture courtesy of
A dragon bike for the Fantastical Cycle Parade. Picture courtesy of

Organisers of Tour de Tod’s and Yorkshire Festival’s Fantastical Cycle Parade are gearing up for the beginning of the public workshops this Saturday and the parade on April 26.

The workshops are where the public have a chance to decorate their bikes and make costumes to be part of the parade alongside crazy giant bike contraptions and spectacular moving sculptures.

They want to remind everyone about the following.

If you want to take part in the parade:

l You need to sign up at one of the workshops to be part of the parade.

l Bring your bike/scooter/pram and Handmade Parade will help you transform it something fantastical!

l Handmade Parade strongly recommend wearing a helmet. Bring them with you for decoration.

l If you are coming to more than one workshop and want to leave you bike at the school, bring a lock - bikes are left at your own risk.

l Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

l All parents are welcome to walk as part of the parade (in costume of course).

Workshop are on April 12 and 13 from 1pm to 4pm, on April 17 from 5pm to 7pm, on April 19 and 20 from 1pm to 4pm, on April 22 from 5pm to 7pm, and on April 25 from noon to 7pm, all at Todmorden High School.

There are plenty of other ways of being involved, both volunteering and performing.

Hannah Merriman of Handmade Parade is looking for volunteers to help out at any of the the workshops, on the morning of the parade and throughout parade day.

“With your help, this event can be fantastic and run smoothly, contact me on, no previous experience needed,” she said.

And artistic director Andrew Kim is asking for adult cyclists to ride/perform some of the Handmade Parade bike creations as well as looking for unusual cycles - unicycles, penny farthings, recumbent cycles, rickshaws and more - to be a part of the parade. Contact or call into one of the workshops and ask for Andrew.

He added: “And there’s still the Hedben Bridge Parade to come later on in the Summer. It’s a busy time at the Handmade Parade workshop, we’re making kinetic bike puppets for the Fantastical Cycle Parade in Todmorden right next to giant endangered species puppets for the Hebden Bridge Parade in a few months’ time.

“It’s a golden year for Yorkshire and we’re really pleased to be able to provide our valley two great events where people can let their creativity soar!”