Get ready to pedal to the park for a new family festival to celebrate the visit of the Aviva Women’s Tour to the Braintree District and help people young and old to be inspired by the bike.

Pedal in the Park, taking place in Weaver’s Park on Saturday 20 June, will bring together a host of sporting activities for families and offer fun challenges for cycling enthusiasts, newcomers, and everyone in between.

Freestyle mountain bike display team Savage Skills will be on hand to wow audiences with impressive tricks, jumps and stunts. You can challenge a friend to a power duel on the Rollapaluza machine, from ITV’s The Cycle Show, or test your sprint speed with Indoor Revolution’s bike screens. For those setting out anew or just looking for a refresher on their cycle skills, Radical Bikes will be offering handling workshops and there will be bikes without pedals for younger riders.

It’s not just cycling on offer at Pedal in the Park – there will also be plenty more to see and get involved in, including falconry displays, a bouncy castle and climbing wall, a 3v3 football skills cage, street golf and short tennis, and target practice with Braintree Bowmen Archery Club.

Cllr Jo Beavis, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “We’re immensely looking forward to the visit of the Aviva Women’s Tour, and we know that people across our towns and villages and from further afield will be lining our streets on the 18 June, but it’s important that we build upon the legacies of these occasions and keep promoting sport and activity to all.

“It makes me proud to know that we can host world famous elite sporting events here, but when all is said and done the real benefits come from inspiring people of all ages and abilities to get involved. We want everybody to experience and enjoy the health and social benefits of sport and activity.

“Whether the Women’s Tour has motivated you to follow in the tracks of Laura Trott or Lizzie Armitstead, or if you’re just someone who wants to get active and try something different, there will be something for you. We hope people from all over the district will join us at Pedal in the Park for a great day of family fun.”

Richard Monk of CTC, the national cycling charity, added: “We are delighted that Braintree District Council is supporting so many new initiatives in the district to get people cycling and this free family festival will be a great day for all ages. CTC will have lots of bikes, trailers and equipment for all to enjoy, with much more besides. We want you to come along by bike, so why not pedal to the park!”

Pedal in the Park is being supported by Braintree District Council, CTC: the national cycling charity, Active Essex, Essex County Council Sustainable Travel, and Greenfields Community Housing. 

Download a PDF leaflet for Pedal in the Park here.

Stage Two of the Aviva Women’s Tour will begin in Braintree High Street on Thursday 18 June. For more information, visit www.braintree.gov.uk/womenstour2015