Motorcycle Events Calendar
Biker & Bike’s UK Motorcycle Events Calendar lists all of the premier motorcycle events (and quite a few smaller and wackier ones) held in the UK each year.
Highlights from the motorcycling calendar
Highlights January 2019
Arenacross Round 1 & 2
SSE Arena, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ
Hugely popular with families, this import from the States has everything – stunts, racing and a tinnitus-challenging atmosphere. Better still, it’s all indoors so it can’t be rained off. The tour is less ambitious than previous years, but it’s still held at various venues until the end of February, so if you want to see some back-flips, 360’s and actual competitive racing, get in quick.
Prices: Adults from £20.50, kids from £14.75
Highlights February 2019
The Dragon Rally
Snowdonia, Conway, North Wales (precise details are released nearer the day)
(Attracts] 1,500 to 2,000 riders depending on the weather and location. The rally is famed for its toughness and spartan facilities. Riders often have to endure miserable riding conditions to attend the rally and, once on site, they are expected to camp without regard to the weather conditions. It is an event held in veneration by large numbers of motorcyclists as a test of stamina and endurance because (in the first two decades at least) it was common to have to endure snow and ice to ride there. The Dragon is often grouped with the German Elefantentreffen (Elephant Rally) and the Norwegian Krystall Rally.
Prices: Free to watch
The Classic Dirt Bike Show Sponsored by Hagon Shocks
The International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JH
Telford’s annual off-road and road-racing show has a tradition of drawing the biggest names and 2017 is no different. Clubs and private entrants will pack into the venue once again, bringing together the most fascinating collection of historic off-road machines you’ll find under one roof, and they’ll be joined by a raft of traders offering everything from parts and spares through to accessories and riding kit, plus project bikes…if you’re tempted.
Prices: Gate: Adults £13, Kids under 12, free
Highlights March 2019
MCN SCOTTISH MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
The first of two big shows this month, the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show features major bike manufacturers stands, a Retail Village and the Classic Bike Magazine hall where you can find Scotland’s biggest collection of classic motorcycles spanning over 80 years.
Prices: Adults £13 (on the day £17); Kids under 12 free
Manchester Bike Show
EventCity adjacent to the Trafford Centre Manchester M41 7TB
Over 100 exhibitors, including the world’s leading bike manufacturers, this really is the North of England’s premier event whatever type of bike you ride. From the latest models to restored classics, dirt bikes and tourers, to full blown race machines, there’s something for everyone. Over 1,000 bikes on display.
Prices: Adult £17, kids 5-14 £4, Family £32.
Highlights April 2019
BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN
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
Highlights May 2019
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
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 2m 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
Highlights June 2019
Prescott Bike Festival
Bugatti Owners Club, Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RD
Famous for its ‘Paddock Specials’ – 100 invitation-only bikes – that you can get close to before the majority of them tear off up Prescott Hill. And then there’s the best bit… You can run your own bike ‘Up the Hill’. Rare Vintage, Classic, Modern, Special Build, Custom, Factory Race Bikes, Monowheels, Jet Powered and more. The Kickback Custom Show will also be held at this year’s Prescott – see below for more details. There are also stunt bikes, featured displays (this year it’s Norton), retail and dealer zones and more. See our preview from Spring 2017.
Prices: Advance tickets start at £10, Gate: Adults £15, Kids under 16 free
Bugatti Owners Club, Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 9RDZ
This year Kickback will be held at the Prescott Bike Festival. Kickback is a celebration of engineering and design excellence which embraces the modern custom scene and the new wave. Kickback is a definitive showcase for rare classics and customised gems; built in sheds, garages and workshops by young engineers as well as experienced professionals. Kickback may not be considered mainstream, or for wealthy city people; it’s a cool and subversive event that champions the offbeat and loves bringing like-minded people together to discuss anything from frame modifications and flat trackers to café racers and clip-ons…
Highlights July 2019
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX
Yes, we know it’s around 95% things with four wheels and you need a second mortgage to do the thing properly (one day is never enough). But if you are a proper petrolhead you can click on the link below and almost smell the exhaust fumes coming out of the screen. The best bit is you get really close to the machines, as you have the freedom of the paddock. It’s that good, it gives you wood.
Prices: Day: Adults, From £37, Kids 13-21 from £18.50. Weekend: Adults from £164, Kids 13-21 from £82
Motorcycle Rider Weekend
RAF Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4DZ
A chance to do a track day on an RAF airfield! This 2.3 mile track is made available and has been, “custom designed with the motorcyclist in mind, and features a mixture of sweeping bends, fast straights, and complex chicanes, with something to appeal to every rider… the layout provides sufficient variety to keep riders interested, yet is short enough that it can be learnt and ridden close to perfection within the day.” Can’t say fairer than that, and the non-riders are kept happy too, with stalls, food, bouncy castles (and sumo suits!) and more.
Prices: Riders £90 for one day, £150 for both (six x 20-minute sessions), Spectators £5, Kids under 10 free
Highlights August 2019
DONINGTON CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL
Donington Park Circuit, Donington Park, Derby, DE74 2RP
A huge festival of classic bike racing, the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival will return will return with up to 50 races across the three days courtesy of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC), as well as parades and massive display areas, with event regular Steve Parrish also confirmed to return again.
Prices: Adults £12 (Adv), Kids under 13 free
Rusheyhill Road, Dundrod, Northern Ireland, BT28 3TB
Second only to the Isle of Man TT in road racing prestige, the Ulster GP is officially number one when it comes to being the fastest road race in the world. Over 50,000 spectators and the rest of the racing circus descend on this small town and when the racing isn’t on you can ride the course.
Prices: Bike Week Wristband: £30
Arlington Stadium, Arlington Rd W, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3RE
Dirt Quake offers the unique opportunity for riders to taste [dirt track] racing on a world class track with hardly any of the expense or hassle normally associated with motorcycle racing. The concept is simple: race anything that could pass an MoT, in the same kit you’d ride on the street in. Entries open in April.
Prices: See full listing in the August Motorcycle Events page
31 August – 1 September
Donington Hall Burnout
Donington Hall, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SG
Norton’s annual Donington Hall Burnout is a chance to watch some racing then venture out on track yourself on your own bike as the event turns into a track day between races. As well as an open pit lane where you can get close up to the bikes there will be a concours and display, parade lap, trade stands, food stalls and bands on a live stage. There is also the chance to mingle with the great and not-so-good at the Rider’s Ball on Saturday evening. Camping is available nearby at the beautiful Priest House Hotel.
Prices: Weekend £45, single day £25. Camping £30. Rider’s Ball £50. Weekend Track Pass £95
Highlights September 2019
Image credit: Racing at the Scarborough Gold Cup
Biker & Bike’s September 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 SEPTEMBER 2019
Summer rolls on as September brings us a bumper crop of biker events including BSB, the final round of the Nifty Fifty and the newbie on the block, London’s Ally Pally Motorbike show.
HIT THE ROAD AT HADDO HOUSE
Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7EQ
Set in the grounds of the impressive Haddo House, 20 miles north of Aberdeen, this event features live bike displays, showcases (visitors are welcome to display their own bikes, too), trade stalls and competitions. Music and food also features and of course you can visit Haddo House itself and its grounds, which are maintained by the National Trust for Scotland (separate entry fee).
Prices: Adults £5, kids £2. Display your bike: £10
BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Oulton Park Circuit, Little Budworth, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9BW
The 9th round of the Championship is at the year’s second visit to 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
ACE CAFE REUNION WEEKEND & BRIGHTON BURN UP
Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, North Circular Road (A406), NW10 7UD
Three days of Ace Cafe, Ton Up and Rocker heritage starts with Friday night’s Continental Run Ride-in followed by Saturday’s Cafe Racer & Rockers Ride-Out from the Ace Cafe to Battersea park in the centre of London. The highlight though, for us at least, is the Brighton Burn-Up (& Ride with the Rockers) down to the seafront in Brighton. And may we once again remind you, please, no laughing at the scooterists.
Scarborough Gold Cup
Oliver’s Mount Circuit, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2YW
Scarborough is back! After a year off after safety concerns that have now been resolved racing returns to Oliver’s Mount. With spectators often only a few metres from the superbly tight racing, on the only public road racing circuit in the UK which weaves for 2.43 miles around the hillside, the Gold Cup is a must-do late summer experience.
Prices: Saturday £20, Sunday £25, Weekend £40. Camping is available for an extra £10
International Dirt Bike Show
Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
The International Dirt Bike Show is the premier indoor off-road event on the calendar and will welcome thousands of riders and enthusiasts looking to stock up on kit and accessories across its four-day running at Warwickshire’s NAEC Stoneleigh at Stoneleigh Park. All of the major manufacturers will be showcasing their latest ranges too, and it will include 2017 models for motocross, trials and enduro. All the fans’ favourites remain in place including live action display, stunts, competitions, rider interviews and more, and there will be new elements to help Europe’s largest event of its kind grow even bigger and better.
Prices: Adult £8 (£10 on the door), Kids 11-15 £4 (£5), Kids under 11 free
Highlights October 2019
Bike Shed Festival
Lydden Hill Circuit, Dumbrill Hill, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6ET
Last year’s hugely successful inaugural Cafe Racer Cup day, has grown into a whole weekend of fun. The Bike Shed Festival celebrates bikes on the move, with classics and shed-built retro-style customs on track and on the dirt (thanks to the Malle Mile crew). Expect trade stands selling cool clothing and food stalls giving it max gastro. There will probably be a hipster barber or two, too. Weekend camping opens the day before the festival on Friday 4th.
Prices: Early bird weekend tickets from £20.99, early-bird camping from £45.99
MCE British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG
The final round of the Championship is on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. Each MCE 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 £38, Kids 13-15 £22, Kids under 13 free. Raceday: Adults £28, Kids 13-15 £17, Kids under 13 free. Gate prices will be higher
Weymouth Beach Race
Weymouth Beach, Dorset
Weymouth Beach Motocross Weekend is the original and the best beach motorsport event in Weymouth. We’ve been going 20 years and we pride ourselves in providing free entertainment to residents and visitors alike while raising money for local good causes.
We try and introduce new features and build the event up every year. So come along and enjoy the free show, spend a little money at the stalls on the Esplanade –selling everything from specialist motocross kit to hot food, cockles, bakery goods, sweets, fudge etc. We also have a range of children’s rides and attractions to keep the whole family busy.
Free for spectators.
NEC Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
The biggie, billed as the UK’s largest motorcycle show by the organiser. As well as an indoor track area offering ride experiences there are outside ride zones, so it’s easy to find yourself on a bike. Stunt shows and displays, talks, bike builds, challenges and special exhibitions means Motorcycle Live always feels more special then the other big shows. All the manufacturers will be there plus masses of traders. A big day out all right.
1 December (TBC)
Santa’s on a Bike
Various start points – see website
Join hundreds of other riders as we visit childrens’ charities across the country to raise much needed funds.This year we will be riding to the children’s hospices at Charlton Farm in Bristol, Little Bridge House – Barnstaple and Little Harbour – St Austell as well as PARC Play and Resource Centre in Essex. All bikes, trikes and scooters are welcome to spread some Christmas cheer to those who deserve it the most.
Prices: Voluntary donation
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.