Motorcycle shows and events | May 2018

Motorcycle shows and events in May


Paignton Bike Festival

May 4 – 6

Paignton Sea Front, Devon

The biggest bike festival in the South West. Has everything you’d expect of a bike festival – and seaside too! Weekend passes £12.


Into the Valley Rally

May 4 – 6

Home Farm Barns, Sledmere, Driffield

New for this year – heated venue! Camping, drinking, eating, music and bikes. Weekend ticket £25.


Rufforth Autojumble

May 5

Rufforth Park, Rufforth, York

Call 01904 738620



Bike 1066

May 5 – 7

Hastings, East Sussex

The UKs biggest free to attend motorcycle festival, which includes the legendary May Day run, now in its 40th year, and a marathon rock day. Custom bikes, food, drink, race bikes, music. A great way to spend the bank holiday.


Llandudno Transport Festival

May 5 - 7

Bodafon Fields, Llandudno, North Wales

Held on the sea-front showground, this festival is one of the UK’s best loved events. Classic bikes rub shoulders with tractors, commercials, traction engines and buses. Includes a road run on the Saturday.  or details call 01492 517004 before 9pm


Spring Autojumble

May 6

Sammy Miller Museum, New Milton, Hampshire

Free parking, admission £4, with children free. or to book a stall call 01425 620777


Ancient to Modern Motorcycle Show

May 6

Withington, Hereford


Yamaha Day

May 6

Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, N Circular Rd, London

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the DT and XS 650. 9am start.


Notts Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

May 6 - 7

Thorseby Park, Ollerton, Notts

A two-day extravaganza with over 500 vehicles on display.,-1.1156967,13z/data=!3m1!4b1?hl=en


You’ve Been Nabbed

May 11 - 13

The Royal Cheshire Showground, Knutsford

Live music, comedy, bars, competitions and games. Oh, and bikes – lots of bikes. Come along and experience a party like no other. call 0844 415 4849 or email


Despatch Riders Rally Dorset

May 12

Sammy Miller Museum, New Milton, Hampshire

Navigate, shoot, off road and control. This event brings together the motorcycling community to celebrate the despatch riders who sparked off the whole biking culture. or or call 01425 616644


BMW Bike Day

May 13

Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, N Circular Rd, London

All day.


Garstang Autojumble

May 13

Hamilton House Farm, Garstang, Preston or call Ian Sherrard 07836 331324 (day) or 01772 323654 (6pm-8pm) or email


Christchurch Arts Guild Summer Exhibition

May 14 – 29

Sammy Miller Museum, New Milton, Hampshire

One of over 200 paintings on view will be the stunning oil portrait by well-known local artist Tom Kelly entitled 'The Biker'. or call 01425 616644


The Steve Parrish MAD (My Adolescent Dad Tour)

May 16

Entertainment Marque, Northwest 200

An entertaining evening hosted by Steve’s daughter Frankie.


Victory Rally

May 18 - 20

Huntly Arms Hotel, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

Raising money for Legion Scotland’s ‘Voices for Veterans’. or call 07562 422472 or email


The REALLY Rally

May 18 - 20

Elveden Village Hall, Elveden, nr Thetford, Norfolk

Charity rally in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. or call 07704 921974 or email


Overlord Military Spectacular

May 18 - 26

The Lawns, Denmead, Hampshire

Hundreds of military vehicles will be on show plus reenactors showing the crowds just what war is actually like – from The Great War, right through to modern times. or call 07768 170445


Southern Classic Motorcycle Show & Motorcycle Jumble

May 19

Kempton Park, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex



MCN Festival of Motorcycling

May 19 - 20

Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground, Peterborough

Grab a bargain, test ride the new models for 2018, meet guest of honour ‘Fast Freddie’ Spencer and party hard. Camping available. or call 08712 301108 or email


Elvington Records Weekend

May 19 – 20


Who can go the fastest?


Rugby Bike Fest

May 20

Kicks off with the exhilarating ride-in to town, followed by bike displays, stalls, children's activities, music and food.  Register in advance for the ride-in.


Romney Marsh Classic Jumble

May 20

Hamstreet, Nr Ashford


Classic Motorcycle Show

May 20

Coach and Horses, Stevenage Old Town

Starts 11am.

Call 07963 609143 for details


Herts Auto Show

May 20

Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, Herts or call 01707 3760202 or email


Rattlesden Bike Show

May 20

Rattlesden Community Pavilion, Rattlesden, Bury St Edmonds

Call 07809 145820 or email


Two-Stroke ‘Blue Haze’ Day

May 20

Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, N Circular Rd, London

All day.


MACH – The Motorcycle Festival

May 24 - 28

Machynlleth, Mid Wales

Set in the lush hills of Wales, you can experience the music, home-cooked food, spectacular roads, mass ride outs and celebrity guest speakers.


Warrington Wheels Youth Motorcycle Competition

May 25

Woolston Brook School, Green Lane, Warrington, or call 07949 337508 or email



Bike Shed London

May 25 - 27

Bike Shed, Tobacco Dock, London

This annual show has gone from strength to strength. Bikes, shopping, live music, barbershop, tattoos, food and drink. It just about has it all.


North West Triples Rally

May 25 – 27

Fleetwood Lancashire

Food, drink, ride outs, music and sea front nearby.



Slurp ‘n’ Burp Rally

May 25 - 27

The Plough, Lower Arncott, nr Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 1NY or call 07889 341585 or email



The Main Event

May 25 - 28

Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northants

Drag bikes in action at this popular championship meet.


Bideford Bike Show

May 26

Bideford Quay, Devon

Turn up, enjoy the sun (it’s been ordered) and just hang out. Hundreds of bikes to goggle at. or call 01237 239265 or email


Squires Café Autojumble

May 26

Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorkshire



Pendle Powerfest

May 27

Nelson & Colne College, Barrowford, Lancashire,

250 vehicles on show, food, drink, music and trade stands. or call 07850 075796 or email


Cheshire Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

May 27 - 28

Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

Over 400 vehicles will be on display in this historical setting.


Unwanted MCC’s Annual Bike, Trike and Custom Show

May 31 – 3 June

The Rockbar, Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton-on-Trent

Live bands, disco, trade stands, 18 categories of bikes in the show, flat camping and proper flushing loos. or call 07988 521400 or email





Social meets

Motorcycle Social Meets in May


Pit Stop Sundays

Every Sunday May to September

Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping, Peterborough

Plenty of food and drink, a biker only car park, a petrol station nearby and lots of other bikers. The Ranch House brings a bit of real American pie to Market Deeping.


Thunder Thursday

May 3

The Leadburn Inn, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland

Thunder Thursday happens every week throughout the year, but on this particular night you get the chance to demo ride a Ducati – in association with Ducati Glasgow. Booking in advance essential.


Late Night, Bury – Italian Stallion

May 3

Krazy Horse, Lamdin Road, Bury St Edmonds

On the first Thursday in every month during the summer, the BBQ is fired up and live music entertains.  This month the latest from MV Augusta is showcased, including the Lewis Hamilton bike. Over 18s only. 6pm – 10pm.


Rockers Rumble

May 12 - 13

Squires Café, Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorks

Classic and vintage bikes on show, DJ and disco, Ride out to Scarborough and back.


Krazy Horse – Park it in the Market

May 31

Greenwich Market, London

Simply turn up and enjoy the atmosphere. Food, music, cars and bikes. 7pm – 10pm.

7pm – 10pm


Track days

Track Days in May


James Whitham Track Training Day

May 2

Mallory Park, Leicestershire

On this track day you’ll receive group and one-to-one tuituion from either Jamie himself, or one of his other world class racing coaches, with one coach to every 10 riders. A very rider focused day with lots of learning to be had.


Saturday Night Special

May 5

Santa Pod Raceway, Towcester, Northants

Experience the thrill of evening/night racing. Track open from 9.30am – 8pm and all vehicles welcome. Camping available. or


Ladies Track Day

May 7

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire

Improve your riding skills, increase your confidence and have some fun too. Riding the 1.08 mile Stowe Circuit, instructors will guide you all the way.


BIKE Track Day

May 10

Rockingham, Northamptonshire

A relaxed and novice friendly track day. Road bikes only.


Performance Plus

May 16

Cadwell Park, Louth, Lincolnshire

Run by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, this track day is for those who want to improve their riding skills on the track and on the roads. £99 which includes theory sessions, time on the track and also an observed ride out.


California Superbike School

May 17 and 18

Silverstone, Northamptonshire

Stowe Circuit

A 1.5mile track featuring eight corners, the slightly shorter distance of the Stowe circuit is ideal for teaching the art of cornering. The fast direction changes make for an intensive and enjoyable lap. The purpose built facilities are handy for spectators.



Pro Peak Performance

May 24

Santa Pod Raceway, Northants

Lots of track time and pit space with full track preparation to race standard. Limited to 100 entries on a first come basis.



Race meets

Race Meets - May


Tandragee 100 Road Races


May 1

Tandragee, Ireland

One of the classic Irish road races – in fact, the 4th best road race in the world! More than worth a visit.


Moto GP – round 4 – Spain


May 4 - 6

Circuit de Jerez

Watch live on TV – BT Sport Live – Sunday 6 May at 1pm and highlights on ITV 4, 7 May at 8pm


Bennetts British Superbike Championships round 3

May 5 - 7

Oulton Park, Little Budworth, Cheshire 

Watch on TV – Quest – Monday 7 May at 1pm


Scarborough Festival of Speed Hillclimb


May 5 - 7

Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

You can watch or have a go – you know you want to! Seaside and chips too.


Maxxis ACU British Motocross – Round 4


Blaxhall Circuit, Woodbridge, Suffolk

A sandy circuit, voted best round in the British series in recent years.


Scottish Six Day Trial


May 7 - 12

Kinlochleven, Fort William

A motorcycle trial with a difference! It has the additional test of reliability as riders completing up to 100 miles a day for six days over rough moorlands, rocky tracks and public roads. Oh and of course you can throw the Scottish weather into the mix too!


World Superbike Championship – round 5 Pata Italian


May 11 – 13

Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola

Watch on TV – Eurosport – Race 1, Saturday 12 May at 12noon and Race 2 on Sunday 13 May at 12noon.


Wiscombe Park Hillclimb


May 12

Honiton, Devon

1005 metres of excellent machine laid tarmac, and in the words of the organisers, “It’s a cracking hill!”


Endurance Legends


May 12

Donington Park, Leicestershire

Classic endurance race and trackday. Show bikes too – lots to do and see.


Pendine Sands Records Weekend


May 12 - 13

Pendine, Camarthen, Wales

The tide goes out and in come the bikes – ridden hard and fast on the beach. The British equivalent of the Daytona.


Motorcross Grand Prix


May 13

Kegums, Latvia

With the paddock set up next to a forest and with beautiful countryside all around, this is a great place to visit. And the racing’s not too bad either!


North West 200 Road Races


May 13 - 19

Portsteward, N. Ireland

This course is fast and dramatic and all the top riders will be in action for pre-TT preparation.


Moto GP – round 5 – France


May 18 - 20

Le Mans

Watch live on TV – BT Sport Live – Sunday May 20 at 1pm and highlights on ITV 4, May 21 at 8pm


British Historic Racing


May 19 – 20

Darley Moor, Derby

Great entertainment and fab Derbyshire roads to ride on.


Wiscombe Park Hillclimb


May 19 - 20

Honiton, Devon

1005 metres of excellent machine laid tarmac, and in the words of the organisers, “It’s a cracking hill!”


World Superbike Championship – round 6 Prosecco DOC UK


May 25 - 27

Donington Park Circuit, Leicestershire


Superbikes are back in the UK! We can’t wait. Watch on TV – Eurosport – Race 1, Saturday May 26 at 1.15pm and Race 2 on Sunday May 27 at 1pm


Pre-TT Classic Road Races


May 25 - 27

Billown, Isle of Man

Classic racing on the Southern 100 course. Always a thrill.


FIA/FIM Main Event European Championships Drag Racing


May 25 – 27

Santa Pod, Northants

Britain’s biggest drag racing event.


KMSC Scottish Championship Motorcycle Racing


May 26 - 27

Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife

With 32 races, warm up and qualifying sessions, the action at Knockhill this weekend is bound to be fast and thrilling. See the super-fast Scottish superbikes in action where only factions of seconds separate the elite riders.


TT Races | Isle of Man


May 26 – June 8

Practice starts on the 26th and then it’s all go from that point on. Book your ferry now – this is the race meet that everyone should experience at least once.


Toughsheet National Twinstock Championships

May 27

Bevercoates, Ollerton, Notts


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Ride Outs – May


RIDE Capitals Knievels 2018

May 3 - 7

Edinburgh, London, Cardiff

Definitely a unique adventure. Ride to the three capitals over the May bank holiday and raise money for McMillan Cancer Support at the same time. You can ride the full route, or just a section or two. And you’re encouraged to dress as Knieval (over your leathers of course). Great fun! Starts from Wrexham. or email

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Road and Race Performance Ride Out

May 9

Meet at Road and Race Performance at 7:30pm for a ride to the Two Boats pub in Long Itchington.

Leave there at 9:30pm and either ride back to RRP or head on home. The Two Boats has a large secure carpark. Scenic canal-side seating area and a bike loving landlord. The food is great and well-priced with a selection of ales for those not riding.


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International Female Ride Day

May 5


Go it alone, grab a friend or join a group ride. Just get out and ride and celebrate all those female riders out there. Take a look at the website for organised rides in your area.


Ride 4 Rescue, The Return

6 May

Start venue: Street Bike, Dudley Road, Halesowen, West Midlands

Registration from 11am and finishes at The Bay Horse, Hartlebury Road, Stourpoint on Seven. A BBQ and music will welcome you. Get involved and raise money for these beautiful dogs. or call 01299 513006 or email


Hastings May Day Run

May 7

Locksbottom, Kent

The 40th May Day run is set to be a stonker. Over 70 traders and exhibitors and thousands of bikes. 


Jeff Mountjoy’s Big Ride Out

12 May

Paulton Rovers Football Club, Bristol

Charity event raising money for Dorothy House Hospice and The Blood Bikes. 11am meet with 1pm start.

call 01761 417487 or email


InSpire Ride

May 13

International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Hill, Lincoln,

A new motorcycle charity event. Ride to the Command Centre by whichever route you choose, aiming to be there between 10am and 12noon. £10 donation per bike, raising money for three great charities.



May 19

Oxford Products, Witney, Oxfordshire

A treasure hunt! Twenty clues over six counties. Choose how many clues you’ll search for or how many miles you’ll ride. Finishes at Brize Norton with a BBQ. All for charity of course. or email


Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run

May 20

Starts at Hertfordshire Constabulary, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden city.

Register from 8.30am and leaves at 10am. Finishes at the North Weald Family Fun Day, North Weald Airfield, Epping, Hertfordshire. Learners welcome. Standard ticket £10.


Breast Way Round

May 25 – 17

Ride just under 500 miles around Scotland while raising money for charity. Men welcome! Starts at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.


Margate Meltdown Run

May 28

Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, N Circular Rd, London

10.30am start. Bands and DJ at the finish. or Tel 07963 609143