Riders to hit the tulip trail

Tulipmania Springfields festival Procession under way around gardens  - SH Rotary in handcart ANL-140405-164028001
Tulipmania Springfields festival Procession under way around gardens - SH Rotary in handcart ANL-140405-164028001
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Spalding’s new big weekend of flower festivals and cycling is just over a week away, but this time visitors are not just being invited to come and watch, they can become part of it.

The town is once again getting ready to welcome hundreds of families over the May Bank Holiday weekend for events that are totally different, but are cleverly linked to celebrate South Holland’s floral heritage.

Spalding Velo Prix – a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 – is the town’s newest attraction, offering cycling competitions for adults and children, guided family cycle rides taking in some of the area’s annual church flower festivals and a club standard 35-mile tour of the area.

Visitors will be able to drop in at Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre for the annual Springfields Festival and Tulipmania procession on the Saturday and the Springfields Classic Car Show on the Sunday.

The town centre and Springfields is linked by a cycle path, which runs alongside an attractive riverbank. They are also linked by Spalding Water Taxi, which is a main sponsor of Spalding Velo Prix.

Continuing the flower theme of the former Spalding Flower Parade, which was also held over May Bank Holiday until two years ago, an extra 10,000 tulips have been planted in Springfields Festival Gardens in celebration of the district’s bulb growing heritage.

Tulip Radio will also be organising a Tulipmania Prince and Princess competition and the winners will lead the procession on the Saturday in the Springfields Land Train.

They will be joined by this year’s Flower Queen Amy Cook and her deputy Kimberley Fisher.

May Bank Holiday is traditionally the weekend of the famous Spalding Flower Parade, but the new format is already attracting a huge amount of interest.

Dennis Hannant, town centre manager, said: “The activities planned for the Tulipmania weekend, both in the town centre and at Springfields Conference and Events Centre, should make for a really good family Bank Holiday weekend outing. If successful there is no reason why the Spalding Velo Prix cannot become a bigger and better annual event, which will attract many visitors to the town and the area. I will also be supporting Tulipmania and performing on the main stage.”