Looking for an excuse to get out on the bike this summer? We’ve got you covered as we take a look at the best motorcycling events coming up…
Conrad’s Ride and Festival
Conrad’s Ride is a family friendly festival and ride out that takes place in the countryside of Warwickshire. The event commemorates Private Conrad J Lewis, who was killed in Afghanistan on 9 February 2011, with all proceeds being donated to the 353 Trust who support injured soldiers, families of the bereaved, and other military charities. This year’s event looks like it’s going to be a corker, with live music, attractions, and exhibitions planned after a mass ride out.
When ‘n’ where: Conrad’s Ride takes place on 21 July and the meeting point will be at Ragley Hall (B49 5NJ), near Alcester, at 9:30am, for departure to Old Leamingtonians RFC at 11am.
Last year, over 1,100 female bikers set a new world record for the largest number of all-female riders at a single bike meet when they got together in Shropshire. This year, they’re attempting to break the record again, and everyone’s invited! This fantastic event will see more riders than ever filling up the car park at Lynn’s Raven Café, and gents, families and kids are more than welcome to come along for the occasion as well.
When ‘n’ where: The meet takes place on Sunday 29 July at Lynn’s Raven Café, Prees Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 2AF.
A family friendly day-festival bringing all things biking, music and fun in the sun (weather permitting) at the Great British seaside. Bexhill MotoFest is filled with heaps of enjoyable entertainment including stunt shows and motorcycle exhibitions, plus live music from a variety of acts which will be sure to satisfy any music taste. There’s hundreds of parking spaces available in the town centre for bikes, and over 50 cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be serving up tasty grub throughout the day.
When ‘n’ where: The event is free to attend and takes place on Sunday 29 July at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN40 1DP, starting at 9am.
The next best thing to living your own adventures, is to watch others living theirs, and at the Adventure Travel Film Festival you can do just that. Hosted by legendary adventure motorcyclists, Austin Vince and Lois Pryce, the Adventure Travel Film Festival is a weekend of inspiration and entertainment, with guest speakers, authors, live music, and film viewings in abundance.
When ‘n’ where: 10-12 August at Mill Hill School, London
How: Head to the Adventure Travel Film Festival website to see a full list of what’s on and more information. Tickets start at £93 for the weekend, while day tickets are available for £30 on the Friday and Sunday, and £30 on Saturday. Workshops cost £25 each.
Nick Sanders Mach 3.5 Festival
Situated on the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park, Mach 3.5 promises to be an incredible weekend of motorcycling fun. With live music, films, rideouts, great food, better beer, and an audience with the man himself, Nick Sanders, what’s not to like?
When ‘n’ where: The Mach 3.5 Festival will be held on the weekend of 24-26 August at the Nick Sanders Expedition Centre, Abercegir, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8NR.
How: There are a variety of tickets available for the weekend, starting from £25 for standard entry. Headto the Motorbike Festival website to find out more.
ABR West Wales Rally
The ABR West Wales Rally returns for 2018 and it’s not to be missed. The event starts on Friday 7 September with a few beers around the firepit and a chance to get to know everyone. Saturday morning kicks off how every morning should, with bacon sarnies, before rideouts through the wonderful Welsh countryside. The evening will bring the fantastic and now famous homemade cawl, followed by a charity raffle, live music, and a pub quiz. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Ty Gwyn Hospice in Haverford West.
When ‘n’ where:West Hook Farm, Haverford West, Wales, SA62 3BJ, and takes place over the weekend of 7-9 September.
How: A £10 deposit is required to cover costs of the Cawl, while camping is around £7 per person per night and is bookable via West Hook Farm. Bacon Butties will be available for £2, while there’ll be an honesty box for tea and coffee. For more information head to www.bit.ly/ABRwestwales2018.