Wednesday 18 April 2012

Great New Bike Facilities at Avon Tyrrell

Press Release.
Bike facilities get EVEN better at Avon Tyrrell thanks to fresh funding.

The leading youth work charity UK Youth has further enhanced the off-road cycling facilities for young people and the local community at its Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest. £8,000 raised at last summers’ annual ‘Big Bike Bash’ and a recent £2,000 grant from the New Forest National Park Authority have been used to make the improvements.

The money has been invested in improving existing sections of bike trails and new ‘north-shore’ decking at the 65 acre site near Bransgore as well as a fleet of new bikes and training for instructors who cater to growing demand for biking skills sessions. The work has just been completed and further support from the bike industry and the CTC (National Cyclists’ Organisation) has ensured great deals to make the money go as far as possible.

Louis Bonney, UK Youth’s Director of Fundraising said “ It’s great to have a place where people of all ages can come and have fun and learn new bike skills in a fantastic environment. We are really grateful to all those that support UK Youth’s work with young people and the local community who make events like the Big Bike Bash such a success! We hope to continue investing in cycling opportunities for all in the coming years.”

To keep the fundraising for cycling momentum, this year’s Big Bike Bash (link on right) event takes place on the weekend of August 18th/19th. A celebration of all things mountain-biking, music and real ale Avon Tyrrell is the ideal setting for the event which is supported by a range of sponsors including local companies and organisations, the bike industry as well as an army of local cycling club volunteers.

Aimed at the keen mountain biker or the happy amateur, the event will have more riders, prizes, bands, and beer than ever before. The cross-country racecourse is 5 km of twisty single-track that includes water crossings and north-shore and there are unique competitions like pint-to-pint racing, malt loaf eating and the famous lake jump.

The weekend is perfect for the whole family, with live music, DJs, a beer festival and plenty of activities to keep non-bikers and children entertained.

Ticket prices for this year’s event, with overnight camping available, are £40 per adult and £20 for under 18’s for those who want to take part in any of the competitions and for those that simply want to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the music and beer festival, tickets are £10. Under 12’s tickets with an adult cost just 1p.

If you would like to be a part of this year’s event or would like to know more about UK Youth and its work with young people at Avon Tyrrell contact Louis, Catherine or Anne on 01425 672347, email and visit

About UK Youth
UK Youth is the leading national youth work charity – - supporting over 750,000 young people, 40,000 volunteers and 7,000 youth clubs, groups and projects across the UK. UK Youth helps young people to raise their aspirations, realise their potential and have their achievements recognised.

About Avon Tyrrell
Situated in 65 acres of beautiful grounds in the New Forest Hampshire, Avon Tyrrell has since 1946 been providing new experiences & opportunities for thousands of young people. As UK Youth’s National Activity & Residential Centre, around 20,000 young people visit each year for holidays, training courses and to participate in activities such as climbing, canoeing, archery, abseiling, ropes, swimming, environmental studies, team-building and personal development courses. The Centre provides full-board facilities in the ‘Arts & Crafts’ Grade 1 listed Avon Tyrrell House, and self-catering facilities within the listed estate, as well as being open to day visits for the local community.

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