BikeSocial's Events section is packed with some of the greatest motorcycling events home and abroad, but you won't have to go far to enjoy a great day out with like minded enthusiasts. Chances are, there are plenty of brilliant days out right on your doorstep, with many providing the backdrop for a fine ride out.
To help you out, we've picked 10 of the events we're most looking forward to, but don't forget to visit our Events pages regularly to find out what's happening in your neighbourhood.
9 April 2017
The Prescott Bike festival is one of the more pleasant and picturesque motorcycling events, is a great ride out and, best of all, is all held in aid of charity – the Nationwide Association of Bloodbikes (NABB). It takes place at the famous Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham and, now in its seventh year, promises to be bigger than ever with more bike manufacturers, clubs, plus a large display of historic, modern and race machines in the paddock, not to mention demo areas, passenger rides, a stunt show, trade stalls, live music, good food and a host of entertainment on and off track. If you’re quick, you can even book a place to ride the famous Prescott Hill yourself and be part of the spectacle. Gates open at 8.30am and entry, for adults, is £13 with kids free.
22-23 April 2017
Stafford is one of the biggest classic shows of the year and a traditional season opener combining all the usual elements – classic displays, club stands, trade and accessories vendors, celebrity meet and greets plus a large autojumble – with, in addition, one of the biggest classic bike auctions of the year, by Bonham’s. It’s also located in the heart of rural Staffordshire at the Staffordshire County Showground, which is pretty much in the centre of the country and, with tons of motorcycle parking, makes a great ride-out. Ticket prices are unchanged with adults £12 in advance or £14 on the gate, with concessions for Seniors and under 12s.
9-13 May 2017
The historic North West 200 isn’t just the warm-up act for the TT, which follows a couple of weeks later, but is also one of the world’s fastest motorcycle races and has grown to become Ireland’s largest sporting event bar none. Held on the famous ‘triangle’ of roads between Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart, the NW is a week long festival of racing and motorcycling and an event for the true road-racing connoisseur. It’s also a great ride to by bike and ferry, with ample parking. Main race day is Saturday 13th (but there’s plenty on before that) with grandstand tickets starting at £25.
3-4 June 2017
Now entering its fourth year and newly-sponsored by Bennetts, Coventry MotoFest is a fun-packed, free motoring festival aimed the whole family. Based in Coventry city centre and including a number of different display and sprint tracks set onto the closed Coventry inner ring road. It’s not just a bike event, featuring cars, motorcycles, live music, trucks, buses, films, stock cars, armoured vehicles and much more. For full details go to the website and remember: being a city centre event means that it’s not just a great ride-to destination – it’s free too!
9-11 June 2017
Formerly called the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, this event is claimed to be the North’s leading family festival of motorsport and speed, a bit like a more laid back and affordable Goodwood FoS, with over 40,000 attending last year’s weekend-long extravaganza. With cars and bikes on track, military displays, fly-pasts and more there’s plenty to see (even if it can’t quite boast the same F1 star names as Goodwood) and also has watersports and events such as this year’s classic scramblers other events can’t match. It’s located at Cholmondeley Castle, between Warrington and Shrewsbury, so again makes a great ride-out destination. Ticket prices are yet to be announced.
29 June-2 July 2017
Probably the biggest event of its type in the world since being founded in 2003 and now attracting the very biggest names in motorsport – including Valentino Rossi who dropped by in 2015. Although bikes feature, cars are the stars with the main event being a demonstration hill climb through the grounds at Goodwood House. In addition there are a huge number of displays, demonstrations, manufacturer and trade stalls and more, resulting in attendances in excess of 100,000 on each of its three days. On the down side, the location near Chichester, East Sussex, unless you live near the south coast, is a drag. Traffic jams are immense and, with ticket prices starting at £34 per day rising to over £200 for VIP packages, it is certainly not cheap, so be warned.
25-27 August 2017
The Blue Riband of British bikesport stays at Silverstone for the time being and remains us Brits’ only opportunity to see the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez, not to mention our only chance to high-flying Brits Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding, Bradley Smith and Sam Lowes in action on home tarmac in 2017. The MotoGP main event is accompanied by a packed card of support races and a huge variety of side stalls, entertainments and displays throughout the enormous Silverstone setting. What’s more, being in Northamptonshire, the circuit is one of the most central in the country and is a decent destination if you travel by bike. Raceday adult tickets start at £60 with kids half price. Not cheap, and the spectating can be fairly distant, but this is as big and glamourous as UK motorcycle racing gets.
8-10 September 2017
Organised by the classic Rocker’s café, London’ Ace Café and run since 1996, the annual Ace Café Reunion Run to Brighton, also sometimes known as the Brighton Burn-up or Rockers’ Reunion Run, has grown over the years to become one of the biggest motorcycling events on the calendar now taking place over three days. Designed to celebrate the ‘unique history, culture and style of the Ace Café’, it’s highlighted by Sunday’s run from the café down to Brighton’s seafront Madeira Drive and, best of all, is free. Effectively a weekend of bands, rockers and more at the Ace followed by Sunday’s run to more bikes, stalls, shows and music on Brighton seafront with now over 100,000 in attendance.
23-24 September 2017
As close as mainland Britain gets to an Irish-style, 'proper' road race, Oliver’s Mount, is an ultra-narrow, occasional circuit sited in a park in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. It’s also old school Fifties-style racing – but aboard modern production-based machinery – at its best. Crowds can get close to the action, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and the Gold Cup in September is its marquee event featuring most of the TT names. It’s also a great ride-out by bike, going over the Yorkshire moors en route to the picturesque Victorian holiday town. Ticket prices have yet to be announced for 2017.
18-26 November 2017
OK, so it's not likely to be your warmest ride-out of the year, but Motorcycle Live held at the NEC, Birmingham, at the end of November, remains Britain’s biggest and most significant motorcycle show where nearly all of the brand new models for the following year will be on show for the first time. That’s reason enough for most, but in addition there’s trade stands galore, displays, celebrity Q&As and more. Best of all, being in the Midlands, it’s easily accessible by bike (and car, air and rail) with free motorcycle parking and (for a small fee) bike gear storage. Ticket prices have yet to be announced for 2017.