Tour of Britain – advice for visitors

We are thrilled that the Visitor Centre at Sherwood Forest has been selected as a start venue for this year’s Tour of Britain.

The Tour is the UK’s elite international cycling event with more than 100 of the world’s best cyclists battling it out over eight stages from Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th September.

On Wednesday 6th September, the fourth stage, from Sherwood Forest to Newark, sets out from Forest Corner at 11.15am on a 166km route through the county of Nottinghamshire.

Here’s some useful advice for visitors and spectators:

Getting here

There will be road closures and diversions in place from 4am on Wednesday 6th September.

Our car park will only be accessible from the northern end of Swinecote Road (B6034) from its junction with the A616.

If you are arriving by public transport, the Sherwood Arrow bus route will stop in the village on the day, and not at the Visitor Centre


Our car park will be open for spectators throughout the morning. It will be open earlier than normal at around 8am, and we advise anyone coming to watch the stage start by car to get here in good time.

Normal car parking charges will apply (£5 per vehicle per day. Free for RSPB members). Admission to the site is free.

Accessible parking will be in our main car park for this event.

There will be stewards on site to help guide visitors to parking areas, as the main car park will be shared with the Tour’s team and technical vehicles.

Our car park will close when it is full or, at the very latest, half an hour before the start of the stage.

The car park will not re-open until after 12pm, and Tour vehicles will leave first. Please allow them to do so.

Parking on verges and in lay-bys on Swinecote Road will not be permitted. Vehicles will be towed away if owners do not observe this request.

Forest Corner and Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre building will open earlier than usual at 9am, including our toilets and cafe.

The riders will register in and start from Forest Corner.

The podium will be located in the turning circle area, right outside the Visitor Centre building.

There will be stalls, activities and entertainers on our events green throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

You can also find more information on the Nottinghamshire County Council website here.