Big bike show in Bideford this weekend

Hundreds of bikes are heading to Bideford this weekend for the eighth bike show. The event takes place on Bideford Quay on Sunday May 29 between 12pm and 5pm and promises to be bigger than ever.

Lisa Elston, chair of the bike show, said: “The main quay is closed to all traffic to allow for bicycle parking which already encompasses the full length of Bideford Quay car park, Manor car park and Jubilee Square.

“As always the show will raise money for local charities. This year we have chosen K9 Focus, Everything Ellie, Chemo Hero and The Exeter Leukemia Fund. The show will be opened by a very special guest who I am safe, will delight and amuse all ages.

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“As well as a huge range of stunning bikes and trikes on display, the show also features a wealth of trade and charity stalls. There will be delicious food on Jubilee Square by Devon Food CO, alongside the official Bike Show Bar and entertainment scene.

“With over 40 stalls booked, there will be something to interest everyone, with stalls including local motorcycle dealers, jewellery, health products, local charity stalls, clothing, bike clubs , face paint and of course, a mouth-watering selection of different food stalls, from donuts and pancakes to fresh fish and wraps. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Tarka Radio team as well as Boogiewax who will take the stage for two sets from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. there will also be a selection of larger than life characters walking around to entertain the children.

“The Bike Show merchandise stand will sell our official badges, wristbands and crests, as well as our attractive Bike Show t-shirts and tickets to our raffle. As usual, many prizes are up for grabs, all courtesy of local businesses. There are also prizes for the best bikes, including Best Classic, Best Chopper, Best Trike, Best Engineered, Best Vintage and Best Street-fighter, Best Sports, Best Paint, Kids Choice and the coveted Best In Show award, which were all sponsored by local businesses. There is also the Aiden Platt Memorial Trophy, the winner of which will be selected by a representative of Aiden’s family and the Steve Tucker Memorial Trophy which will be selected by Steve Sue’s wife and family.

“Entry to the show costs just £3.00 per bike or trike, with all monies raised going directly to the four charities, and pedestrians can come and admire the bikes or browse the many stalls free of charge. Friendly marshals will be on hand throughout throughout the day, directing bikes to designated parking areas and carrying collection buckets for your donations.

“Bike Show merchandise can also be purchased on the website, www.bidefordbikeshow.org and you can follow the show on Facebook (Bideford Bike Show), Twitter (@BidefordBiker) and Instagram (bidefordbikeshow).

“There will also be plenty of entertainment this year at the Victoria Park Children’s Land, including a better children’s vehicle show, so bring the whole family along with their favorite ride, scooter, bike, etc. and they could win one of the top 3 prizes on the day all judged by the amazing Merlin who will also do 3 shows starting at 12:30 in the park alongside higher beings, stilt walkers, mini golf, of trampolines, a mini railway, zorbes, jumpin jack, archery and more all brought together by our emcee Rob Pudner, it will be a fun filled day for the family. (see our Children’s Field Event for more details).

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Maria R. Newman