Friday, 17 July 2015

Big Bike Bash 2015

The Big Bike Bash 28th - 31st August 2015

“The UK’s only Family Mountain Bike, Music & Beer Festival”

The Big Bike Bash takes place at the charity UK Youth’s Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest on August 28th to 31st. Over 500 riders and their families attended this celebration of mountain-biking, music and real ale in 2014 and helped raise funds for ‘UK Youth’, the country’s leading youth work charity. The money raised went towards developing a range of exciting new facilities for cyclists, young people and the local community that use the 65 acre Avon Tyrrell site near Bransgore.

Avon Tyrrell is the ideal setting for the event which is supported by a range of sponsors including local companies and the bike industry as well as an army of volunteer local biking clubs and enthusiasts who organize the event.

In its seventh year, the 2015 Big Bike Bash is aimed at the keen mountain biker or the happy amateur, and has more riders, prizes, bands, and beer than ever before. The cross-country racecourse is 5 km of twisty single-track that includes technical sections and fast open sections. There are even events like malt loaf eating, pint to pint and the infamous lake jump.

The weekend is perfect for the whole family, with live music, a beer & cider festival, local food stalls and many activities to keep the kids and non-riders entertained.

For 2015 support has been given by the ‘New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund’ which will enable more disabled and local people to visit the Big Bike Bash through day tickets being available for the first time, further opportunities for disabled users to access and take part in the event with a fleet of specialist bikes and wheelchairs to try out, all run by New Forest Inclusive Cycling, with support from manufactures and Avon Tyrrell’s specially trained instructors. A free mini bus service to and from local stations to Avon Tyrrell will also be available on request, to reduce the need for using a car.

Ticket prices for this year’s event range from 1p for under 5’s to £130 for a whole family camping ticket with entry to the various competitions. For those that simply want to soak up the festivals atmosphere, enjoy the music and beer festival, there are cheaper spectator tickets.

If you would like to be a part of this year’s event or need to know anything visit

UK Youth is a leading national charity that reaches 693,000 young people every year through the largest network of youth clubs and projects. For over 100 years we have been enabling young people to learn and succeed. We support young people through a range of innovative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable. With almost a million under 25s unemployed today, the work we do has never been more important. What we do enables young people to develop the tools they need for life, work and a better future.

Avon Tyrrell is the home of UK Youth - situated in 65 acres of the New Forest, since 1946 the centre has been UK Youth’s main office and activity centre where around 22,000 young people visit each year for training, conferences, activities and holidays. Groups use the historic ‘Arts & Crafts’ Grade 1 listed manor house and facilities within the surrounding listed estate. It’s a popular place for local community activities too. Nearly 1 million young people have benefited from stays at Avon Tyrrell, it’s a truly magical place.

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) is a grant scheme aimed at strengthening the well-being and sustainability of communities within the national park.

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