The Britannia Times
Take a Wander Around The FestivalPublished on 26th. May 2017
We wanted to give you a guided tour of our new home at Friden Grange as we reveal our Festival for 2017
Friden Grange in The Peak District is set amongst 100 acres of wild vistas, big skies and romantic woodlands this year which means friends, families and kids roam wild and free. Enjoy unlimited roaming rights calling through twinkly campfire woodlands into British boozers for arm-wrestling, darts and a quick nip before the cinema. Pass through The Adventure Kids Club, busily Blyton-esque in getting back to nature with a boisterous weekend of campfire craft, den building and stargazing. Continue onwards through British boozers, gin bars, snack-a-terias, award-winning 'eating out-(side) hangouts', vintage emporiums and over 150 shops and marvel at the stars of the show, 4,500 Riders anticipating 'The World's Most Handsome Bike Ride' as they sweep through the Festival with easy on the eye tandems, eye watering penny farthings and good time girls and guys, steely eyed pros and serious contenders all on retro steeds steeling up to prepare for the challenge ahead. Friday night is presented by Norman Jay MBE in-between dates playing to crowds across the country. Watch him welcome our Twilight Riders back to the Festival. Then come Saturday night, tens of thousands come together as iconic style and sound legends, ABC take over as Mainstage hosts welcoming all friends and families together, fresh from the fun and adventure of the Islabikes Family Ride and day two at The Festival.
Maserati are the presenting partner for The Ride on Sunday 18th June 2017. The Ride, the main event of the weekend, which is famous for being 'The World's Most Handsome Bike Ride' is described by David Millar as "the most fun i've had on a bike for a long time" and Chris Boardman MBE as "a marvellous 2-wheeled celebration" sets off from Friden Grange on the morning of 18th June in the beautiful Peak District National Park for a 3-route challenge. Your choice of 25, 55 or 100 miles over track, trail, forest and moorland on retro pre-1987 road bikes with matching heritage threads for a sensory plunge into rural exploration over 25 miles for families and pub crawlers and the stiff upper lip inducing challenges of 55 and 100 miles of pure Great Britishness.
The Famous Finish Line!
All 'off-roads' lead back to Friden Grange via the former train lines of The High Peak railway, then it's all back for gin and ice-cream at the Festival in the mid-summer sun where crowds of flag waving tens of thousands welcome handsome hat raising gentleman and glowing vintage clad gals over the finish line as our riders come back in to earn their final stamp in the Road Book! Eyes to the Skies and get wowed by a triple flyover by an original Lancaster Bomber. Kids 12yrs and under GO FREE! Everyone is welcome, dress down, dress up, come as you are! Bring your dogs, bring your spirit of adventure. It is without doubt a fine vintage! Of course - this touches only only a fraction of what we've got going on see more HERE for your brilliant 3-days at Eroica Britannia!