May Motorcycle Events
Image credit: The International North West 200
Biker & Bike’s May 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.
Motorcycle Events in May 2019
May is a HUGE month for biker events! We have multiple festivals, the North West 200, The Bike Shed Show, and of course the big one, the Isle of Man TT Festival.
Ride Cymru 1000
9.00 am, High Street, Wrexham, Wales
Now in its 8th year, having already raised over £47,000 for charity, The Ride Cymru takes riders around a 1,070 lap of the perimeter of Wales over a five-day adventure. Once again this year’s ride will be led by the mad-cap
‘Cymru Kneivels’ – yes, bikers dressed as Evil Kneivel – who will take the tour to evening stops in Monmouth, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Holyhead before coming back to Wrexham on the Bank Holiday Monday. Special for this year will be laps of Welsh motor circuits Kinsham, Pembrey and Anglesey
Free to spectate. Riders wanting to participate should raise a minimum of £100. Full details are available on the website.
BMAD Bike Festival
Paignton Beach, Devon
Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) has raised over £500,000 for South West charities in the last 10 years – by holding an annual event of ‘bikes, bands and beer’. Marquees display bikes and trade stands, plus there are plenty of food options if you are peckish between the live bands on stage. For more information please see the event’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BikersMakeADifference/
Prices: £5 each day, plus an extra £5 on Saturday and Sunday evenings to watch the main acts. £20 weekend pass includes main acts.
Welsh National Rally (scatter rally)
Start point: Welshpool Livestock Centre, Buttington Cross, Welshpool, Wales SY21 8SR
This Welsh National Rally is a National Navigational Scatter Rally for qualified riders of mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and three-wheelers. It involves plotting a route through the mountains and valleys of Wales. It will require some navigational skills, mental dexterity and observational ability, but above all, it is designed to be an enjoyable event for all motorcycles and three wheelers. Expect around 250 bikes to take part. There is also a fun quiz involving clues at check-in points.
Prices: Single rider £25, Rider and pillion: £35
CRMC Classic Motorcycle Race Weekend
Pembrey Circuit, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA16 0HZ
The Classic Racing Motorcycle CLub’s race weekends are a fantastic way to watch motorsport close up in a friendly atmosphere. As well as watching the action on the track spectators are free to wander around the race paddock and get up close to the competitors and their wonderful classic race bikes. Each event also features a parade lap. As for the racing itself, it’s often insanely close as the riders don’t hold back quite valuable machines. At the time of writing ticket prices had not been confirmed so please cheack with the circuit’s website, below, closer to the event.
Prices: Adults £15 (£12 in Adv) , kids under 12 free. Weekend ticket with camping: £36, (£26 in adv)
Llandudno Transport Festival
Bodafon Fields, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, LL30 3BW
Around 100 classic bikes will be on display as part of the wider transport festival, which is the focal point of the year for many motoring societies, including the British Motorcycle Preservation Society of North Wales. There are road runs and a tie-in with the Victorian Extravaganza event that takes place at the same time.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Oulton Park Circuit, Little Budworth, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9BW
The 2rd round of the Championship is at the Oulton Park International circuit. Each Bennetts BSB 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: Weekend: Adults £37, Kids 13-15 £22, Kids under 13 free. Raceday (Monday): Adults £28, Kids 13-15 £17, Kids under 13 free. Gate prices will be higher
Ancient to Modern Motorcycle Show
Withington Village Hall, Coppice Close, Withington, Herefordshire, HR1 3PP
Now in its 8th year, the Leominster Classic Motorcycle Club puts on a show featuring a wide variety of motorcycles from flat tankers through to modern bikes. Previous years have included displays of military vehicles and this year there are opportunities to ride bikes from the Enfield range.
Prices: Free to attend. Donations welcome for the supported air ambulance charity
5 May (TBC)
Nightingale House Motorbike Ride Out
Start and finish: Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Rd, Llangollen LL20 8SW
This is a chance to ride with 100’s of bikes on some of North Wales’s most spectacular roads, including the A542 and its Horseshoe Pass. The 100-mile round trip through the Welsh Mountains takes in Trawsfynydd Lake and the spectacular natural beauty of Bala and Dolgellau. Registrations open at 8.30am with the ride heading out at 10 am and finishing at 5 pm, with lunch and stops in between. Marshals and support vehicles will be in attendance. Donations support the Nightingale House Hospice.
Prices: £10 including lunch and a badge
Bike 1066 plus ‘May Day Run’ ‘Britain’s Biggest Free to Attend Motorcycle Festival’
Hastings, East Sussex
For over 35 years thousands of bikers have visited Hastings every May Day Bank Holiday Monday and now, bike1066 is a part of that tradition. In 2014, bike1066 Spring Opener became as big as the world-famous Isle of Man TT Races. 41,000 bikes attended bike1066 in one day while an estimated 31,000 attended the Isle of Man TT. The festivities start on Saturday with a number of music and bike related activities.
Prices: Completely free to everyone
Notts Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EP
The event, which has now been running for over 25 years, features over 500 vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles on display – the volume is clearly biased towards four wheels, but there is plenty for the motorcyclist to enjoy too. The usual array of displays, trade and autojumble will be available. As with all events from this organiser, if you turn up and display a pre-2004 motorcycle the entry price is reduced to just £3 (maximum two people per bike entry).
Prices: Adults £8, kids 7-14 £3, under 7’s free.
MONSTER ENERGY FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS RACE OFF 2
National Speedway Stadium, Kirkmanshulme Lane, Manchester M12 4WB
Speedway’s Race of Nations is like a cross between football’s World Cup and rugby’s Six Nations. 15 countries compete to take the crown, one, Russia gets a bye because they host the final in July. The other 14 compete in two race-off events, seven in each, the first of which is held in Germany the week before this event. Race-off 2 features Great Britain, Australia, France, Finland, Denmark, USA and Latvia lapping the National Speedway Stadium’s 347m track as close to the 58.2s record lap time as possible.
Prices: Adults from £25, Kids under 16 free
Ride of the Ruperts
9 am Milk Churn Café, Rudgwick, West Sussex, RH12 3DH
A homage to the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and also raising funds for that’s event’s chosen charity, the Movember Foundation, the Ride of the Ruperts sees 250 riders in gentleman’s garb riding from the Milk Churn over to The Custom Cafe, where there will be a private party. Riders will need to register for the ride beforehand.
Prices: Minimum £10 donation
Ride with M.E
Festival and ride out start point: Drive Me, Clanford Road, Stafford, ST18 9QE
Raising funds for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, the Ride With M.E event starts with a meet at 11.00am followed by a ride out at 12.00pm. The festival itself opens at 1.00pm and features motorbike and other vehicle displays, an autojumble, an auction, stalls, children’s activities and a number of bands on a live stage.
Prices: £5 per person. Kids under 5 go free.
Motorcycle Run & North Weald Family Fun Day
Starting 10 am, Police HQ, Welwyn Garden City
Join hundreds of police bikers – including learners for the first time – on a brand new route, accompanied by a police outrider escort! Starting at Police HQ in Welwyn Garden City the run heads over to the North Weald Family Fun Day (formerly the Essex Motorcycle Show) over a 60-mile route. At the show you can watch the On the Edge stunt team in action, enjoy live music and peruse the trade stands and dealer displays.
Prices: Rider £10, Rider + Pillion £15. Other sponsorship tickets available.
Classic Bike Show
The Dover Transport Museum, Willingdon Road, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 2JX
Open to all bikers, this event covers Modern, Classic, Vintage, Scooters, Mopeds, Auto Cycles & 3 Wheelers. As well as the free event, for a small entry fee the private museum covers many four and two-wheeled vehicles, including the largest collection anywhere of Norman motorcycles (made in Kent). There will also be a raffle to win a 1965 Francis Barnett Falcon 87 in a draw that will be held later in the year.
Prices: Show, Free. Museum, Adults £8, children 5-16 £4, Family £18
North West 200
The Paddock, Portrush Road, Portstewart, Northern Ireland, BT55 7PT
Not a ‘poor man’s TT’ (although a damn sight easier to get to) but one of the world’s fastest road races attracting over 100,000 spectators in a festival atmosphere with another two million around the world tuning in and wishing they were there. Along with the Ulster GP, this race week attracts all of the top riders and all of the ballyhoo that comes along with them. Epic.
Prices: Grandstand seats from £25
An audience with Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne
Cedar Court, Rooley Lane, Bradford, BD5 8HW
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
Nifty Fifty Endurance Moped Championship Round 2
Route 34 Motocross Park, Down Farm Lane, Winchester, Hants. SO22 6RG
Teams raise funds for their favourite charitable organisations. Each team can consist of up to four riders who aim to complete as many laps as they can around a specially prepared Motocross track for 5hrs. Each team are using mopeds and scooters which have engines of up to 90cc’s! These events push the limits of man and machine!
Prices: Four-man team entry £110, spectators free
Southern Classic Bike Show & Motorcycle Jumble
Kempton Racecourse, Staines Rd E, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ
As well as the usual Kempton Motorcycle Jumble’s huge array of stalls (at least 250) and bike sales area, the Southern Classic has additional displays of classic and vintage motorcycles, in the main hall under the grandstand. Expect rare and treasured bikes and plenty of passion from owners happy to talk about their restoration and maintenance. There are also awards for the best displays. You’ll also bump into the odd famous face in the crowds.
Prices: Adults £7 (£10 early bird before 7.45am), Kids under 15 free
Pendine Speed Week
Pendine Sands, Carmarthen SA33, Wales
A few times a year (also September) the Ministry of Defence lets a bunch of speed freaks blast down its 7-mile beach at Pendine in South Wales. The same place Guy Martin did his chase-a-truck-on-a-bicycle lunacy and where Top Gear used to fool around in flashy motors. What else is there to say, really? Except it not really a ‘week’ is it?
Prices: Free to watch
MCN Festival of Motorcycling
Peterborough Arena, Peterborough, Cambs, PE2 6XE
There’s something for everyone at the MCN Festival. All the big manufacturers turn up and often test rides are available. There’s plenty of kit to buy, a dirt track complete with race events, club zones, stunt action and more. Camping is also available if you want to make a weekend of it.
Prices: Adults £15 (£22 on the gate), Kids under 15 free
Wildlife Wiscombe Hill Climb
Wiscombe Park, Colyton EX24 6JE Devon
Hosted by the Burnham On Sea Motor Club, come and see some seriously fast machines (cars and bikes) take on the 1000 yard hill, some will come out of Sawbench of speeds of up to 130mph on the very tight track between the trees on castle straight before hitting the brakes very hard and throwing it into Martini.
Free to spectate
For more hill climb events check out the National Hill Climb Association Calendar: https://www.nhca.co.uk/calendar
Blackfords Pre-TT Classic Road Races
Billown Course, Isle of Man
This is the 31st year of the Classic Road races, a warm-up event for the main TT that is attracting a record number of entrants and attendees, who are free to mix together between races. As well as the racing itself, a Concours D’Elegance takes place in Castletown before the awards of trophies to the winners of each race.
The Bike Shed
Tobacco Dock, The Dock Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF
If you are into the new wave custom / retro-resto scene, this is your mecca. 150 shed and pro-built bikes from the biking sub-culture that the big manufacturers are taking very, very seriously. This event isn’t held as much as curated – the standard of the bikes is always exceptional and if you don’t find the pop up shops and food options to your liking (you will though) you can always head over the Bike Shed permanent offshoot bar/diner over in Shoreditch, seeing as you’re in town. Highly recommended, as it is on our Bucket List.
Prices: Weekend Pass, Adult £18, Kids under 16 free
Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Donington Park Circuit, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP
The Bennetts BSB calendar has been revamped for 2019 to include not just one, but two, visits to Donington Park including this late May Bank Holiday Weekend triple-header on the National circuit. Three Bennetts BSB races will headline the show (one on Saturday, two on Sunday), with a superb support line-up including action from the British Supersport Championship and much more.
Prices: Adult, single day from £28.00, Kids 13-15: £17, Kids under 13 free. Weekend from £38
Bideford Bike Show
The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2HW
This is the 6th Bideford Bike Show and we hope to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities. There will be stands/stalls, food, music a prize raffle and prizes for the best bikes including: Best Vintage, Best Classic, Best Chopper, Best Sports and Best Engineered.
Prices: £3 per bike/trike, pedestrians free.
25 May – 7 June
Isle of Man TT 2018
Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea
Even if sport bikes aren’t your cup of tea, you really have to get yourself to the Island during the festival to experience what some feel is lunacy but we know is actually two weeks of biking nirvana – two weeks when bikers can be together, loved by everyone on the island, not feared, treated to many special events, allowed to go as fast as they like most of the time for miles and miles of beautiful countryside before retiring to the seafront to tell tall tales over the local beer with a curry afterwards. And as a bonus there’s even a bit of racing.
Prices: Grandstand tickets from £3, ferry tickets see here: http://www.steam-packet.com/AboutUs/IsleOfManTT
Cheshire Classic Car and Motorcycle Show
Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY
The Cheshire Classic is held over three months each spring and summer, but the May event is the only one running over two days. The other two events are held on 21st July and 25th August. The emphasis is on the bigger classic car scene but there is still plenty to see for those of us into two wheels, including displays, trade stalls and autojumble. As with all events from Classic Shows, if you turn up and display a pre-2004 motorcycle the entry price is reduced to just £3 (maximum two people per bike entry).
Prices: Prices: Adults £8, kids 7-14 £3, under 7’s free.
The Moffat One Shot @ The Beef Tub
10 am to 5 pm, Moffat High Street, Moffat, Dumfries, Scotland, DG10 9HF
The Beef Tub is one of the UK’s most spectacular riding areas – fantastic roads, amazing scenery and few other road users. Some call it Scotland’s own TT course. It’s worth visiting just for this but during the Moffat One Shot there’s one more reason – enter the photo competition and have your bike captured for posterity (with an awards ceremony presented later in June).
Free to enter
Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, North Circular Road (A406), London, NW10 7UD
Now, we’ll have none of that mods v rockers nonsense anymore, please. This is a peaceful event, well except the sound of a few thousand exhaust cans, setting off early doors from the Ace Cafe in North London over to the Kent coast. Ice creams all round and no sniggering at the scooterists.
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.