ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

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ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Alun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:17 am

For all those coming along I'll be posting up all the info you need to know about the ABR Festival taking place on 6th, 7th, 8th July 2018 on this thread over the coming days. The event is a lot bigger this year with 499 attending, and I for one can't wait.

This morning I've also started looking at the long range weather forecast - which is sure to jinx it - and right now it's looking like we're in for good weather and by that I mean warm and sunny.

Lets start with the location
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Seals Farm is just over a mile from junction 11 (Banbury) on the M40. From the Junction you’ll need to take the A361 signed to Daventry. After approximately 800m take the first right turn signpost to Chacombe. Entry to the festival site is on the right-hand side of this lane after approximately 400m – there will be obvious ABR flags marking the entrance.

The site will be open and staffed from 9am on Friday 6 July and all festival goers will need to be off-site by 3pm on Sunday 8 July.

On Arrival
Follow the gravel lane (don’t worry, even the most road-based motorcycles will do it with ease) to the end of the field and you’ll find an ABR managed registration and information marquee. You’ll need to stop here, register and pick up your festival wristband.

Due to numbers attending there will be on-site camp and traffic management in place with staff on hand to help and assist with parking. There will be a designated area for camper vans and once unpacked all cars and trailers will need to be moved from the camp site field to a designated car and trailer parking area.

On-Site Festival Information
If you need any help or information once on-site there will be ABR staff at the registration marquee at all times during daylight hours.

Campsite Rules
It’s all about having a great time whilst keeping safe and being considerate of others.

* 5mph Maximum Speed Limit
* No Open Campfires
* Please use the black refuge sacks provided for rubbish and kindly drop off in the skip before you leave.

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Re: ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Alun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:25 am

On Site Trail Riding
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The Seals Farm location offers excellent on-site trail riding and this year we’ll be pegging out three different trails. Easy, Intermediate and Expert. The tracks will be open at 9.30am and closed 6pm Friday and Saturday with a 1pm cut off on the Sunday

The Easy trail
A long route over open farmland and, if it remains dry, there is little in the way of technical difficulty – just a few whoops and furrows. It’s a great route for first timers to test out their adventure bikes on a non-threatening course. Please note, If the ground is wet and muddy it becomes far more difficult.

The Intermediate trail
Over open ground with some ruts and tight turns followed by more technical riding on slopes within a wooded area. In wet conditions this route, especially through the wooded area, will become very difficult for riders of big adventure bikes.

The Expert trail
For the experienced rider and is both challenging and tiring when taken on a big adventure bike. There are ruts, tight turns, obstacles and very steep hill ascents and descents. In wet conditions we could decide to close this trail for safety reasons.

On Site Trail Riding Rules

Once again, it’s all about having a great time whilst keeping safe and being considerate of others

• Tracks open at 9.30am
• Tracks close at 6pm
• Road legal bikes only
• Helmet, gloves and boots must be worn on courses
• No drinking and riding
• No racing – ABR events are leisure riding only
• No riding outside marked trails
• All routes are one-way only
• The Course Marshals instructions and decisions are final and non-negotiable

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Re: ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Alun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:44 am

On Site Catering
There are five catering options on site:

Hugh’s Van – anyone who’s been to an ABR festival before will know Hugh. Burgers, bacon sarnies, chips… All your basic festival stuff plus an ice cream van. Hugh will be on site for the full event.

Pollock Events – fish and chips specialist, Friday night only.

Shah’s – our favourite local Indian restaurant will be on hand with curry and rice par excellence. Evening only from 6pm.

Trailer Trash – Morning breakfast baps followed by the best of Mexican tacos and nachos. On site Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Awesome Coffee – it’s all in the name from early morning to late at night. On site for the full duration

Chacombe Village – a delegation from Chacombe, the local village, will be serving tea and cakes on Saturday afternoon in the main marquee. All proceeds go to good local causes and, well, they are our neighbours for the weekend, so we thought it best to invite them.

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Post by Alun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:56 am

On Site Alcohol
We have a full bar service on site with draught beer, and chilled draught lager and cider supplied by local experts Purity Brewery. The bar is situated in the main marquee and will be open from midday until late.

On Site Water
The festival takes place in a field with no permeant services so this year we’ve hired in a water bowser. The water is signed as ‘non-drinkable’ and that’s what we advise.
We will have ample supplies of bottled water on site, available at the bar in the main marquee and from the registration marquee.

On Site First Aid
Qualified first aiders Cotswold First Aid will be on-site for the duration of the festival

On Site Toilets
We’ve plenty of ladies and gents portaloos plus a urinal

Rubbish and Refuge Management
All festival goers will be handed a black refuge sack on arrival and we kindly ask you to use it for all your rubbish and place in one of the on-site skips before you depart. If you need more please ask at the ABR registration marquee.

Local Facilities
The festival site is two miles from Banbury where you’ll find supermarkets, cash machines, garages and fuel plus the local hospital.
The nearest pub which serves food is in the nearby village of Chacombe.

Photography and Video
You are free to photograph and video at the festival and we’d love to see the results. Please post up your finest on the Adventure Bike Rider Facebook page – or PM us the images/video and we’ll post them up - and on the forum.

Merchandise
Festival t-shirts will be available from the ABR registration marquee

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Re: ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Godspeed » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:58 am

Fantastic!
Is there drinking water taps?
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Post by bond_yzf » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:03 pm

Cannot wait for this!

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Re: ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Alun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:03 pm

Godspeed wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:58 am
Fantastic!
Is there drinking water taps?

No. See the post above for details...we recommend bottled water for drinking unless you want to boil or filter the water from the bowser.

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Re: ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Alun » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:16 pm

Here's the details for the off-site ride outs on the local green lanes, tarmac and a navigation event where you could win a Tom Tom GPS


Booking a Green Lane Ride Out

The TRF are our green lane partners and will be running ride outs at the festival on Saturday plus there may be a short ride out on Sunday morning. If you’d like to book a place on a ride out, please do so at the ABR registration marquee. All bookings are on a first come first served basis, so make sure you get in early.

Booking a Road Ride Out

The TRF are our road ride partners and will be organising Institute of Advanced Motorists group ride outs on the Saturday. If you’d like to book a place on a ride out, please do so at the ABR registration marquee. All bookings are on a first come first served basis so make sure you get in early.

Taking Part in the Scattered Navigation Event

The TRF have put together a superb scattered navigation event with full ACU accreditation.

You can take part as a solo rider or join up with a group. If you’ve not done one of these before it goes like this: you’ll be given a list of clues, map reference points and questions for locations in the local area. Your job will be to work out the clues, ride to the location and answer the question.
Those interested in participating would find the following Ordnance Survey maps of great help - Landranger 1:50k Map numbers 151/152. A GPS unit for imputing OS map references would be better still.

These events are great fun and as a bonus we’ve a couple of TomTom Rider 550 GPS units as prizes for the winners.

The scattered navigation takes place on the Saturday.

You can pick up the Scattered Navigation details at the ABR registration marquee.

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Post by Benson-1215 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:13 pm

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Re: ABR Festival 2018 - What You Need to Know

Post by Alun » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:36 pm

Companies Attending and Bikes to Test Ride

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Our main festival partner and sponsor Bridgestone will be on hand to ensure you all have a good time. They’ll be bringing along the Mick Extance Experience where you’ll be able to book a slot for trail riding tuition on a dedicated on-site course.

Bridgestone are also running a competition to win a day at the Mick Extance Experience in Wales where you’ll get to ride with ABR and Bridgestone staff and be featured in ABR magazine.

Bridgestone are also bringing along a couple of surprise features to keep you entertained when off the bike.

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