The Britannia Times
Volunteer TodayPublished on 13th. March 2017
Get involved with Eroica Britannia and enjoy free Festival entry, parking and camping at the 3-day festival everyone is talking about!
It takes a huge number of people to put an event like Eroica Britannia on. Fact. Eroica Britannia is unique in many ways - not least due to the fact we are known as a Festival with 100
mile radius - on account of The Ride which stretches far and wide. Eroica Britannia is also headline grabbing - due to the sheer number of handsome riders and visitors who dress up top to toe in glorious era specific vintage and retro threads, 4,500 of them showcasing pre-1987 road bikes. It is a wonderfully exciting vibe, which builds to a palpable crescendo on Sunday morning on Ride Day as thousands prepare to set off on their Great British Adventure. Meanwhile, a huge family festival set over 100 acres of beautiful Peaklands laughs, eats, dances and enjoys one of the best fun weekends in the UK festival calendars.
Eroica Britannia 2017
This year, we're putting down roots amongst 100 acres of wild vistas, big skies and romantic woodlands this year means friends, families and kids roam wild and free over 3-days of live music starring 80's legends ABC and funk-master Norman Jay MBE, acres of shopping, luxe gin bars and gourmet pubs and dressing up contests. The Adventure Kids Club is Blyton-esque getting back to nature with a boisterous weekend of 'The Great British Beach, campfire craft, den building and stargazing. The main event of the weekend - 'The World's Most Handsome Bike Ride' sets off on a Great British Adventure, on tracks, trail, hill and dale early on Sunday 18th June 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. 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 4,500 riders back over the line on easy on the eye tandems, hat raising penny farthings and handsome matching teams of guys and gals.
Bring the kids, bring your dogs, bring your spirit of adventure. It is without doubt a fine vintage.
Be part of this unique event which attracts visitors from all over the world and as a reward you will receive a 3-day festival pass with parking and camping, a goody bag and the chance to support 4,500 plus riders as they take on The Great British Adventure.
First Hand stories
We catch up with some of our volunteers from 2014 to give us their stories of why they love volunteering at Eroica Britannia. the reasons they get involved and what they get out of it! New friends, great times and a fantastic feeling of being part of a global event.
Kris Hogg, Volunteer 2016
"I realised that Eroica Britannia just can’t happen without the volunteers. I felt it was time to give back, what I didn’t realise was how much it would give back to me. I ran the rider registration desk for the three days of the event although I had been helping fill the rider goody bags prior to that, you just don’t realise how much work is actually done behind the scenes! However I did sneak off and do the 30 mile route on the Sunday!
There is a great team of folks who selflessly give their time to make it all happen and I made some good friends amongst them. It is however the festival goers that really make it. You have no idea of how enjoyable ensuring that everyone has a great time. Having Chris Boardman stand next to me and register some riders was a good memory, especially as we managed to get a young rider who was desperate to meet Chris, be one of the people he handed the rider pack over to, I’ll never forget how happy we made him. That feeling of giving back is such a good one. You’ll find me back again this year, I had so much fun last year I want to do it all again."
Helen Fisher, Volunteer Since 2014
"I decided to volunteer as it sounded like good fun and a chance to meet lots of different people. The first time I volunteered my role was to stamp the riders as they passed through the village of Tissington. I enjoyed the buzz of the event and meeting lots of different people from all walks of life and of all ages. My sister and I met a lovely gentlemen who was 87 and still cycling! I also met some Italians - I speak a little Italian so it was really good fun speaking with them and my sister speaks Japanese and met a Japanese cyclist two years running...he really enjoyed being able to speak to someone in his own language.
I have volunteered every year as it is such a great experience. I met a lovely lady the first year who was volunteering with us and we are still in touch now! My advice to people thinking about volunteering would be give it a whirl, it so much fun, working as a team and really feeling like you have accomplished something!
Sara Rodgers, Volunteer Since 2014
"I volunteered from the first year of the festival, I helped out with packing the goodie bags, the rider information and then on the registration desk during the weekend. It was an amazing event to be part of for the first year and the buzz afterwards amongst everyone who had been over the weekend was amazing!
My role has been mainly on the registration desk. I think the first year, my husband and I and a fellow cyclist were interviewed by a local radio station - now that was exciting!
This is the only event I volunteer at. The most enjoyable thing is seeing the smiles on the riders faces when they pick their registration packs up. They are always eager to tell a story - whether it is about how they got there as some travel from very far afield or about their bike, or where they are staying for the weekend. I must admit that some of the stories have brought a tear to my eye. One gentleman was so excited that this even had come to the UK because he had wanted to ride it for years and years but would never have been able to travel to Italy to do it. I have booked this weekend out in my diary again to volunteer. Being part of the event is amazing and I would say to anyone do it to experience the festival and you might even ride next year!"