Welcome to the festival!

The aim of our festival is to support, excite and inspire locals who enjoy cycling as well as those who perhaps have never ridden a bike in their lives. 

We have teamed up with British Cycling, Newark Castle Cycle Club, Sherwood Pines and the Velo Club Flintham along with other local partners to offer a wide range of activities when the tour visits the district.

We are hoping that there is lots of appeal for families and the next generation of tour riders!

Festival Programme

The festival programme for 2018 is being planned and new events will continue to be added each week.

Family rides at Sherwood Pines

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Sherwood Pines offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. From a fun day out with the kids on the Green Family Trail, to adventurous MTB routes around the outer limits of the forest. Bike hire and forest cafe available.

Family rides at Clumber Park

Get active and explore Clumber Park the best way possible - on a bike! You can bring your own bikes, or alternatively our friendly cycle hire hub team have the expertise to match you to the perfect bike for a comfortable ride. Explore over 20 miles of beautiful trails through a variety of woodland and park landscapes.

Family rides at Thoresby Park

Spend a relaxing day on two-wheels enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Thoresby Park Estate. Explore the many walking and cycling trails, bring a picnic or enjoy refreshments in the courtyard café. Two special bikability days are being held during the summer holidays to help children learn to cycle safely whilst having great fun.

Fridays  through the summer holidays
Learn to Ride at Clumber Park

NEW this summer are Learn to Ride Fridays designed to help younger children get their stabilizers off or move from balance bikes to pedal bikes. This is free as part of the Clumber Park Summer of Sport and is led by qualified and experienced members of staff.

Sunday 5 August 2018
Bikeability at Thoresby Park

Bikeability is a quality mark for cycle training, delivered to the highest standards by via East Midlands Limited on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Balance Bikes @ 11am to 12pm (Bikes and Helmets provided)
Learn to Ride @ 12.30pm to 1.30pm (Bike and Helmet needed)
Cycle Skills @ 1.45pm to 2.45pm (Bike and Helmet needed)
Age 4 years old and upwards

Book your place by contacting: 0115 9774373 or by emailing cyclesafety@viaem.co.uk

Tuesday 14 August
Learn to Ride at Newark Academy

Learn to ride your bike safely with the Via East Midlands Bikeability team at Newark Academy.

For more information take a look at the Active4Today summer holiday programme.

Tuesday 28 August
Learn to Ride at Newark Academy

Learn to ride your bike safely with the Via East Midlands Bikeability team at Newark Academy.

Tuesday  21 August
British Cycling Let’s Ride at Clumber Park

Join the British Cycling team on the park between 11am and 3pm. There will be a closed road marshalled circuit for participants to do as many laps as they want on, along with cycling games and activities.

Wednesday 22 August 2018
Bikeability at Thoresby Park

Bikeability is a quality mark for cycle training, delivered to the highest standards by via East Midlands Limited on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Level 1 @ 10am to 12pm (Bike and Helmet needed)
Age: 8 years old and upwards
Family Ride @ 12.30pm to 2pm
Price: £ 5.00 per person or £ 15 per family for the family ride

Book your place by contacting: 0115 9774373 or by emailing cyclesafety@viaem.co.uk

Saturday 1 September
Collingham Velo Club Ride

Join our social ride of around 50 miles followed by a BBQ at the Collingham Cricket Club. Starting 8.45am at the old Co-op Colingham.

Sunday 2 September
Velo Flintham Club Ride

Join the friendly local club for their regular Sunday ride. The ethos of the club is to support all abilities, to welcome beginner riders and to have fun.

Wednesday 5 September
Collingham Velo Club Ride

Club social ride on the quiet country lanes to the East of the Trent with nobody left behind, 25 to 30 miles in total. 6.45pm start at the Old Coop, Collingham

Saturday 8 September

Watch the Tour of Britain in Newark and Sherwood!

Saturday 8 September
Collingham Velo Club Ride

Club Ride to the Oxton Hill, then over to Bilsthorpe to watch the pro race!

Saturday 8 September
Cheer on the riders in Clumber Park

Families are invited to join in with the OVO Energy Tour of Britain celebrations on the park on Saturday 8 September when the tour comes through. There will be a marked family friendly route for visitors to either cycle themselves or they can join in a led ride.

Over lunchtime there will be cycling games and activities and lots of cycle silliness with a slow bicycle race and some penny farthings. Then mid-afternoon everyone will be invited to head over to Lime Tree Avenue or Clumber Lane to watch the tour pass through.

Normal admission charges will apply but all of the extra activities once in the park are free.

Sunday 16 September
Let’s Ride Nottingham 

The roads are being closed to traffic in Nottingham on Sunday 16 September as the city hosts a street festival for anyone on a bike.

Music, food and drink, fun and games, demos, giveaways, activities, challenges, face painting – it’s all happening.

It’s free to enter, you get to see your city in a different way and it’s a fun, active, family-friendly day out. You don’t have to go the 5k distance – just as much or as little as you want. And you don’t need to be an experienced cyclist – there are no cars on the road, you can wobble, zig-zag and stop as much as you like.

You just need to be up for some fun. Everyone’s invited – see you there!

Getting involved

Help us to make the festival brilliant fun for everyone!

If you would like to send us an idea for an event or offer some help towards the festival please get in touch.

Email sportsdevelopment@active4today.co.uk

Local cycling clubs and groups

Get into cycling

The British Cycling website has some new ‘How to get into’ pages for anyone who has caught the cycling bug and wants to get more serious.

 For family riders visit lets ride

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