Cornwall is hosting the modern Tour of Britain for the first time in September 2021. The race starts on 5th September in Penzance and the first day finishes in Bodmin, just outside Bodmin General Station.
To help celebrate the Tour of Britain, Bodmin Town Council is hosting a free to attend Community Festival Weekend. As part of this, Bodmin & Wenford Railway is providing a free to use shuttle service between Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway.
On Saturday 4th September, visitors can enjoy a free diesel locomotive ride between Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway (kindly sponsored by Bodmin Town Council). Tickets do not have to be booked in advance. However, if visitors wish to enjoy the ride with food, tickets can be booked in advance that include either a bacon roll, cream tea or a pasty and a pint (or non-alcoholic drink).
Tickets can be booked on the railways online booking system by clicking here
On Sunday, race day itself, Bodmin & Wenford Railway is again providing a free shuttle service (kindly sponsored by Buttermilk – plant based chocies and treats) between Bodmin General and Bodmin Parkway to allow passengers to use the mainline train service to Bodmin Parkway and then travel into Bodmin by train as there will be restricted road access and very little car parking available in the town on race day. Tickets for this cannot be booked in advance.
The Sunday shuttle service will be top and tailed by steam and diesel locomotives. On both the Saturday and Sunday there will only be services to Bodmin Parkway and none to Boscarne Junction.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway car park will be used by the Tour of Britain on race day itself. The podium will be in the car park and have steam locomotives as the backdrop and the presentation of the day’s awards will be celebrated to the sound of locomotive whistles.
“We are excited to be part of this historic event,” said Nick Wood, Director of Bodmin & Wenford Railway. “Cycling is a very popular sport in Cornwall and our old railway line plays an important part in this popularity. It is going to be a very exciting weekend and we have enjoyed working with the Tour of Britain and Bodmin Town Council in these arrangements and for the railway to play its part in making this a memorable day for the town and for Cornwall as a whole.”