April Motorcycle Events

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Biker & Bike’s April Motorcycle Events Calendar lists all of the premier motorcycle events in the UK (and quite a few smaller and local ones).

If a starting time isn’t shown, please use the link provided to the organiser’s website for more details. All prices are correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change. Other prices, concessions and early bird discounts may be available.

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Motorcycle Events in April 2019

With a late Easter this year the biking season is well and truly in full swing this April. Bikers events are happening all over the country and if you’re a classic enthusiast you’ve got a busy month ahead. What’s more, BSB is back!

6 April

Kempton Motorcycle Jumble

Kempton Racecourse, Staines Rd E, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ

We say:
A trove of motorcycle treasure, from parts to tools, clothing and bikes for sale. At least 250 indoor and outdoor stalls feature parts and services from specialists, so you can get a petrol tank hand painted, a digital speedo for your new wave retro build or the latest cleaning materials. Club displays normally take place the large indoor hall.

Prices: Adults £7 (£10 early bird before 7.45am), Kids under 15 free



6-7 April

CRMC Classic Motorcycle Race Weekend

Castle Combe Circuit, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7EY

They say:
Over 40 races and parades over the weekend, which is the first weekend of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club’s 2019 calendar. Saturday practice starts at 8.40 am, with the first racing at 12.45 pm. Sunday racing starts at 9 am. If you want to race or parade your bike at the event see the CRMC website.

Prices: Adults: Saturday £15, Sunday £20, Weekend £30.



7 April

Malvern Festival of Transport & Classic Motorcycle Show

Wye Halls and outside, Three Counties Showgrounds, Malvern

We say:
Not much to go on at the time of writing but expect Vintage and Classic displays, autojumble and trade stalls. This event is held alongside the Malvern Festival of Transport.

Prices: Adults £9, kids 7-14 £3



Motorcycle events: Hoghton Tower Sprint
© John Bragg | Hoghton Tower Sprint

7 April 

Hoghton Tower Sprint

10 am Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0SH

They say:
Join us at the 43rd annual Motorcycle Sprint at Hoghton Tower (organised by Marshals North West) – one of the classic and longest standing motorcycle events in Lancashire. Experience the excitement as bikes of all classes take on the challenge of the spectacular driveway at Hoghton Tower against the clock. There will be food and more around the track so bring the whole family for a great day out. Admission raises funds for the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust. 

Price: Adults £10   Under 16s Free



9 April

McGuinness and Whitham on Tour

Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswitch, Suffolk, IP8 3JD

We say:
Road racing and TT legend John McGuinness takes to the road with a series of live events with buddy James Whitham, who’ll be asking John about the highs and lows of his near 30-year career in motorcycle racing. The audience also gets to ask questions and for an extra £5 on your ticket price you can get a picture with the great man. Expect plenty of banter. Read the small print in the event’s website page to save yourself the booking fee. There are two more dates in April – see other months for the rest of the tour dates.

Prices: Tickets start at £25 + booking fee



10-11 April

An audience with Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne

10th April: Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

11th April: ThePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DT

We say:
Six-time British Superbike Champion Shane ’Shakey’ Byrne goes on tour to talk about his incredible career from London Underground shift worker to a seat on a World Superbike. Along the way, Shakey parties with Valentino Rossi, becomes an insightful TV pundit and has one or two crashes… Other tour dates in May and November

Prices: Tickets start at £25



Southend Shakedown
Southend Shakedown. Image Hawkflight1066 (Flickr)

13 April

Southend Shakedown Resurrection

We say:
After being off the motorcycling calendar for a few years the Southend Shakedown is back on again in 2020. Local businesses, residents and Southend Council have all recognised the important role Shakedown plays in bringing visitors and revenue to the town. The action takes place on the seafront where there will be trade stands, live music and thousands of bikes on display. The organisers have issued the following advice on parking – bearing in mind the event can attract up to 10,000 bikes – “The Southend Shakedown Resurrection Committee who are running this event, have allocated 2000 FREE bike parking spots along Marine Parade and Western Esplanade. If you would like to display your bike in the main event area, then you will need to pick up an ‘event disc’ in advance and a full list of the locations will be available very soon. If there are more than 15 of you in a group, travelling together and you live outside of Southend then do contact the team ar [email protected] and they can arrange for the discs to be sent to you. There will a number of discs available to pick up on the day, but this will be a first come first served basis.

Price: Free



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13 April

South West Peninsula Spring Rally (navigation scatter rally)

Start point: Long Sutton Village Hall, Martock Road, Long Sutton, Somerset, TA10 9NT

They say:
This is a road rally organised by Somerset Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM) which involves plotting a route throughout the South West Peninsula. It will require some navigational skills, mental dexterity and observational ability, but above all, it is designed to be an enjoyable event for all Riders on two or three wheels. The object is to complete various stages, collecting answers to clues on your travels. These answers and points decide the awards achieved.

Prices: Early bird: Rider £29, Pillion £17



Motorcycle Events
Credit: Facebook/Normous Newark Autojumble | The ‘Normous has something for every biker, not just classic parts.

14 April

Normous Newark Autojumble

Newark Showground, Lincoln Rd, Coddington, Newark, NG24 2NY
We say:
The ‘Normous is a near-monthly autojumble at this famous venue. It’s not just bikes – cars and commercials also feature – but classic cars and bikes are the main draw and there are displays of each as well as private and trade stalls. Get there early if you want to grab a real bargain.
Prices: Standard admission £7 for anyone over 12, after 10am. Early bird admission at 8am: £10


14 April

Squires Egg Run

Start point: Squires Bike Cafe, Newthorpe Lane, Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorkshire LS25 5LX. Destination Malton, North Yorkshire.

We say:
Starting from the legendary Squires Cafe, this annual Easter run supports a number of worthy projects and is hoping to reach magic 1,000 bikes number this year. It’s a 125cc-friendly event and is fully marshalled, with fancy-dress more than welcome, as are donations of Easter eggs.

Prices: £5 donation



16, 23 & 25 April

Bike Night TT preview with McGuinness, Whitham & Hickman

16 April: The Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer, Rosehill Estate, Carlisle, CA1 2RW

23rd April: Ramside Hall, Carville, Durham, DH1 1TD

25th April: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Brayford Wharf N, Lincoln, LN1 1YW

We Say:
Three of the best storytellers in motorcycle racing get together to preview this year’s TT and tell tall tales from previous years. McGuinness has won the TT 23 times and Hickman twice and both will no doubt remind host Whitham he never has. He can then show them picture of the two British Superbike Championship trophies he has in his cabinet. A great night in store for motorcycle racing fans.

Prices: Tickets start at £25




17 April

McGuinness and Whitham on Tour

Grand Theatre Lancaster, St Leonardgate, Lancaster LA1 1QW

See the main listing on 9th April for full details.
Prices: Tickets start at £25 + booking fee



19-21 April

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN

They say:
The opening round of the 2019 Bennetts BSB Championship. Each event also features a busy timetable of regular support races, including the Dickies British Supersport Championship, Hel British Motostar Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and Pirelli National Superstock 600.

Advance Prices (TBC): Weekend: Adults £37, Kids 13-15 £22, Kids under 13 free. Raceday: Adults £28, Kids 13-15 £17, Kids under 13 free. Gate prices will be higher



21 April

Egg Run Cornwall

10am on Davidstow Airfield Runway, Camelford, PL32 9YF

They say:
The Egg Run, held each Easter Sunday by Moorlanders and Widows Sons South West Chapter.  This popular event raises money for local children’s charities, taking bikers on a fully marshalled tour of North Cornwall.  The Egg Run attracts around 500 bikers and has raised more than £40,000 over its 20-year history.

Entry is £5 per bike, chocolate egg donations welcomed.  Event key rings will be given out to first 250 bikes entering.



21-22 April 

Red Marley Hill Climb

Great Witley in Worcestershire WR6 6JJ

We Say:
A classic trial on the Sunday with a four-at-a-time hill climb on the Monday. This historic race was resurrected in 2000 after its demise in the ’70’s and it has since gone from strength-to-strength and is a classic on the racing calendar. It’s fast and furious and a little bit nuts.
Get all the history here: http://www.redmarleyhillclimb.com/History.html

Prices: Adults £10, Kids under 11 free





22 April

Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show and Autojumble

Ashford Livestock Market, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB

We say:
A true must-visit event for anyone interested in classic motorcycles, with around 120 bikes competing for prizes (trophies awarded at 2.30pm). Expect to see lots of the usual Triumphs, BSAs and Ariels but also rarer Levis, Francis-Barnet and Greeves machines. Lots of trade and autojumble stands plus special exhibitions and a talk from a special guest (TBC).

Prices: Adults £6, Kids under 16 free. Free admission if you are exhibiting a classic motorcycle.



24 April

McGuinness and Whitham on Tour

The STIWT Theatre, Broad St, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham LL14 1RB

See the main listing on 9th April for full details.

Prices: Tickets start at £25 + booking fee



27-28 April

The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show

Staffordshire County Showgrounds, Weston Rd, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD

They say:
A flagship event of the classic motorcycling calendar, the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show is well into its fourth decade and is still going strong. Welcoming the very best that classic British motorcycling has to offer, Staffordshire County Showground plays host to this traditional spring spectacular with row-upon-row of stunning display machines providing plenty for showgoers to explore.

Prices: Gate: Adults £14, Kids under 12 £4


April Motorcycle Events
© Bike4Life | Last years Bike4Life event raised nearly £90,000 to support Air Ambulance Charities

28 April

Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival

Ride Out start: Meole Brace Park and Ride in Shrewsbury, SY3 9NB.

Festival: RAF Cosford in Shropshire for the Bike4Life Festival, WV7 3EX

They say:
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival is one of the biggest biker events in the country, attracting over 12,000 bikers. Join superbike legend Carl Fogarty MBE in the Ride Out. Last year 6,000 riders and pillions took part in the Bike4Life Ride Out, which was led by motorcycle and truck racing legend, Steve Parrish, and racing legend Carl Fogarty.

Prices: £10 secures a rider and pillion on the ride out. Festival: Adults £5, Kids under 16 free



Date TBC

The Women in Motorcycling Exhibition

They say:
The Women in Motorcycling Exhibition brings together females who are experienced riders, learners and those looking to start but aren’t sure where to begin. Commuters, pleasure riders, racers, tourers; no matter what you ride now or want to ride in future, we’re here to bring the best of motorcycling into one place for you! We provide an environment where bikes, clothing, accessories, tours, inspirational speakers, masterclasses, biker buddy meet-ups and more merge to create an exciting experience, focused on women’s needs.

Prices: Likely to be £14 in advance



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Unless there is a significant show element involved, we haven’t listed every autojumble and swap meet in the Motorcycle Events Calendar. Likewise, unless there is a hefty bike activities element, we haven’t included many club rallies or biker-only music festivals, unless they’ve got a great reputation. This is mainly a list of the larger or more specialist bike-focussed events, plus we’ve added in the major sports bike race events.

All prices are on-the-gate prices for a single day visit, unless otherwise stated. Other ticket prices may be available in advance, as well as concessionary prices. See event websites for more details.

If your event isn’t listed in the Motorcycle Events Calendar, let us know via the Contact Us page, using the ‘editorial’ email address and putting the words Event Listing in the subject line of your email.