Todmorden Town Hall will be Tour De France sleepover ‘des res’

Todmorden Town Hall will be opened to a limited number of cyclists as a one-day and night base for their Tour De France stay
Todmorden Town Hall will be opened to a limited number of cyclists as a one-day and night base for their Tour De France stay

If you’re looking for a place to sleep when the Tour De France hits the Calder Valley, how about this for your bedchamber?

Cycle clubs are being invited to spend the night in splendour at the palatial Grade I listed Todmorden Town Hall.

With facilities including secure bike storage on site, breakfast butties and a local pie with peas as an evening meal, free wi-fi and an evening bar of their exclusive use, organisers hope that at £40 per head it is a package that will be appealing and bring economic benefit to Todmorden.

It is available for one night only, that of Saturday, July 5, with the Grand Depart race itself reaching the upper Calder Valley on the late morning of Sunday, July 6.

Kirsten Fussing, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator for Communities for Calderdale Council, explained that the package will also include free use of Todmorden Sports Centre and swimming pool for the day.

Promoting the initiative to cycling clubs, Kirsten said: “This majestic grade 1 listed building is situated just five miles from the tour route. For the first time ever it’s now available as a venue for your cycle club to use as accommodation for the Tour De France Grand Départ in Yorkshire.

“You will be at the centre of the action able to watch the race set off on the big screen hosted in the square adjacent to the Town Hall itself, and then able to set off to see the racers as they come through Hebden Bridge and up Cragg Vale for the longest incline in England.”

The package will be dormitory style accommodation with airbeds for those that need them, in the magnificent main ballroom, and will be mixed gender. Potential guests are urged to hurry, as only 40 places will be made available and must be booked by the end of May.

Clubs can find out details by logging on to

Local businesses, individuals and community groups working together to maximise economic benefit to the town of the occasion under the Tour De Tod banner have welcomed the move - and hope more innovation follows.

Cythnia Murray of Tour De Tod said: “Tour de Tod thinks this is a great idea as Todmorden is very short of accommodation.

“Anyone who is thinking of renting out their spare room or letting people camp on their land should get in touch with Todmorden Information Centre as soon as possible.

“The Tour de Tod website – – has details of accommodation together with the latest news about Yorkshire Festival 2014 and events in Todmorden.”