Rugby Bikefest Roars into Town

Rugby Bikefest Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Rugby town centre will echo to the sound of motorbikes and music on Sunday 20 May as the ‘Rugby Bikefest’ takes over the town.

The festival organised by Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council, in conjunction with local motorcycling groups, will take place between 10am and 4pm, and is sure to get everyone revved up!

The free family festival includes a ride-in, bike displays, stalls, children’s activities, funfair, music and food. This year you can’t afford to miss the amazing ‘Extreme Wheelie’ machine – bike enthusiast or not! This amazing bit of kit is both a motorcycle simulator and a virtual reality experience. If you have always longed for the thrill of the elusive wheelie or want to know how to control the unexpected wheelie - here is your chance.

One of the highlights of the day is the ‘Ride-in’, where hundreds of bikes roar into the town centre creating a fantastic spectacle along with a deafening noise. Make sure you are in the town centre for 10am - you don’t want to miss it! Please be aware the bikes will do a circuit of the town centre before parking up on North Street and Church Street so it is important that visitors stay off the road and follow the advice of the event stewards until the bikes are in position. If you own a bike and would like to join the ‘Ride-in’ all you need to do is register your details via the website below.

We have over forty stalls and displays at the 2018 Rugby Bikefest offering a wide range of bike related goods, advice and clothing – bike enthusiast or not we will have something for you and the family. Also make sure you say a special hello to Mark Cossar, British Grass Track Champion and Rugby Sports personality of the year.

In addition to the bikes there will be plenty of fun family entertainment including face painting, silly bikes, bouncy castles, model bike racing, children’s games, funfair and much more.

This year’s music line up is certain to get your engines purring as some superb local bands take to the stages in the Market Place, Caldecott Park and Mister Robinson’s (Church Street). Performing on the day will be the Jellyheads, Stupid Boots, Massive Happy, The Rooters, The Invisible Friends, Courthouse, Record Covers, Stennet, BHM Academy Artists, Lorna Dea, Leanne Jeffers, Strawhouse Singers and many more. For the full line-up please visit the website. A special thank you to The Black Swan on Chapel Street, Mister Robinson’s on Church Street and Big Help Music for their support of the music stages.

With all the bikes, live music and family entertainment we have plenty of delicious fuel to feed your engines – dumplings, burgers, pies, cakes, jerk chicken and much more. Don’t forget to check out some of the great pubs, cafes and restaurants that Rugby town centre has to offer.

If you are planning to visit the event on your motorbike then why not take advantage of the bike park at the Old Market Place car park (adjacent to the John Barford car park and accessed via Railway Terrace). The John Barford car park will also offer car parking for those arriving on four wheels rather than two!

Rugby Bikefest will once again operate a Helmet Park outside St Andrew’s Church. This will be open between 10am and 3.45pm and hosted by the Christian Motorcycle Association. There will be a charge of £1 per helmet with additional items charged at fifty pence each. All proceeds will go to St Andrew’s Church.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Managing Director said: “Last year’s event was a real success and the town centre was extremely busy and we are hoping for a repeat of this. Even if you are not a bike enthusiast the event promises a great day out for all the family and businesses can look forward to a significant boost in trade.”

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “This year’s Bikefest looks set to be the biggest and best yet, giving The Rugby Town a fantastic opportunity to showcase all it has to offer to visitors from across the country.

“To complement this special event there will be free entry to the World Rugby Hall of Fame on the day, along with face painting, so make sure you take the opportunity to visit and discover the fascinating history of the game of Rugby.”

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