After a long two years of planning the weekend finally came upon us. Our first Bike Festival was the start of something awesome. A weekend full of likeminded bikers, crafters, foodies, bands and more. Friday started off as a challenging day with the rain, wind and retailers pulling out. However, things started to brighten up with the arrival of our campers arriving even if they had to set up in the pouring rain. Lots of fun was had in the evening, a great laid-back atmosphere with some amazing food, drink and rocking out to One Way Street Band and Valkyrie Skyz. Our stage was something to behold, with all bands commenting that it was one of the best stages they had ever worked on, which bought a smile to all of our faces.
Saturday we were joined by Rewind radio who broadcasted live from the event, BMW showcased their bikes and Duncan Gough shared his adventures. If you weren’t looking at the hundreds of bikes there was plenty to do during the day including Axe throwing, bouncy castles and Combat Archery. Saturday finished off with an amazing line up from Leon Daye Band, Sonic Kingdom, Dizzy Lizzy and finally the amazing Hells Bells. Their set was one of the highlights of our weekend and we can’t wait to welcome them back.
Sunday we saw the custom and classic show with some beautiful bikes. Ian Gravell joined us to share his amazing story. Unfortunately the rain came and we saw less bikes than we were hoping on the Sunday but that didn’t stop everyone having an amazing time. The final night had some of the best music, Soldiers of Swing, Motown Pirates, Rudi’s Message and finally The Darkside of Pink Floyd who had the most amazing set.
Overall the weekend was so much more than we could have imagined, yes the turn out wasn’t the best and we had a lot of teething problems but the feedback, atmosphere and buzz of all that were there was amazing. The aim of the event was to bring everyone together but mainly to raise money for two amazing charities, Blood Bikes Cornwall & Armed Forces Bikers. We may not have raised a huge amount this year but we have built the foundations for an amazing annual event, we are excited to let everyone know that we will be returning next year with bigger and better things. Bike Festival SW 2024 is coming 5th-8th July 2024.
If you are interested in exhibiting, playing or taking part in next years event, get in contact – you will not be disappointed.
Thanks for the best time already want to book tickets for next year cheers – Oscar
Thanks for the best time already want to book tickets for next year, my staff are already begging to work your event next year. That says it all. – Geoff
Absolutely definitely YES, best show in Devon and Cornwall to which all others follow the standard first class – Matthew