Godiva Awakes - The Homecoming

Thursday 11 July 2013

On Saturday 10 August Godiva will make her triumphant return to her home town of Coventry aboard her Cyclopedia with a cavalcade of cyclists and walkers joining her on Coventry’s iconic ring road.

Imagineer Productions have teamed up with Coventry City Council and Cycle Coventry to deliver Godiva Awakes - The Homecoming.

Cycle Coventry is a three year project which aims to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in order to encourage more people, of all ages, to enjoy the health and recreational benefits of cycling.

The Homecoming will also see the launch of Coventry on the Move, a major new campaign led by Coventry City Council aimed at encouraging people to get up and active and a enjoy a healthier life.

Throughout the day cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part in two Ride the Ring Road waves during the morning before joining Godiva's cavalcade. Cyclists are advised that they should pre-register to Ride the Ring Road, no pre-registration is required to take part in the cavalcade itself during which walkers and people on scooters are also welcome.

The Advanced Wave is more suitable for regular and experienced cyclists wishing to complete as many laps of the ring road that either time (or their body!) allows. The Leisure Wave is more suitable for families, new or returning cyclists and those who simply wish to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride around the city on closed roads.
Cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy street theatre performances from the Godiva Awakes choir, drummers, aerialists and dancers, meet Godiva as she arrives in the City and climbs off her Cyclopedia to walk about in Broadgate. In addition Godiva's bespoke Coat will be exhibited in the Cathedral ruins alongside the story of Godiva's journey to London as part of the Olympic Games.

Jane Hytch, Imagineer Productions said: "We are so excited that a year on from her epic journey our Godiva will return to her home town of Coventry aboard her Cyclopedia. We are looking forward to sharing Godiva's journey to London in 2012 with the people of Coventry and to The Homecoming being the start of a new tradition for Godiva, an annual street arts festival celebrating the City's heritage and cultural life which showcases the best local, national and international street artists."

Lynnette Kelly, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment said: "Godiva's return to our city is set to be a fantastic event and I am sure that Coventry people will be out to give her a warm welcome home.  Thanks to the Cycle Coventry project everyone who wants to will have the chance to ride, or walk, around the ring road.  It's the chance to be part of something really special and we hope that the experience of riding on the Ring Road and alongside Godiva will encourage people to get on their bikes more regularly and help get Coventry on the move."

To pre-register and secure your opportunity to cycle on Coventry's Ring Road visit http://www.imagineerproductions.co.uk/ or contact Imagineer on 0247 6992480.

For full information on the route, road closures and advice on driving into the City on 10 August plus health and safety advice and guidance for all participants, visit http://www.imagineerproductions.co.uk/.

Please note cyclists must be a minimum of 8 years old. Riders aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16+ on a two children to one adult basis. Children under the age of 8 can participate on trailer bikes or fitted cycle seats. There is no upper age limit.