The Yorkshire Post: "Eroica Britannia is one of the key events of the year on the cycling and festival calendar! Prepare for a Great British Adventure in the Peak District"
We are now officially less than a month away...Which means Eroica Britannia is getting ready to head to Friden Grange for our biggest year EVER. The Yorkshire Post has penned us a ridiculously great preview of some of the great stuff we've got coming up in June including a look at 'what’s new' for 2017 and 'what’s back' by popular demand. We have a word of warning... We are VERY close to reaching top ticket sales, so if you're joining us for one day, two days or all three Festival days you need to book quickly! See the full Festival line-up HERE
MUSIC, BIKES & Tipples
New festival features for 2017 include headline music acts including Norman Jay MBE on Friday evening and musical legends ABC on Saturday on the Main Stage.
You can get competitive on the Velotrax Eliminator hosted by Jason Bradbury from The Gadget Show fame! Evening competitions will be run each night for the brave, fast and flamboyant!
‘The Inner Tube’ is a programme dedicated to the magnificent bike, inspirational riders, tales of freedom, adventure and heroic deeds. Get stuck into discussions and lectures where you can have your say!
Spend some time plotting new bike-based adventures at the Pannier ‘Base Camp’ Gather around the fire pits and dream of life on the open road. Plus call into a British boozer complete with a quintessentially British pub. darts, dominos. Open Till Late!
Chin, chin! Welcome the all new Bollinger Champagne Bar, where you can marvel at the mysterious and iconic bike of Madame Bollinger. “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty." ~ Lilly Bollinger who famously rode her bike round the vineyards. It has not been used since the late 60's - so truly vintage, and this will be its first trip outside Champagne, France!
FAMILY FUN, SHOPPING & A FREE NIGHT’S CAMPING & GLAMPING
This year welcomes a brand new all Adventure Kids Club with den-building, campfires, an outdoor cinema, arts and a teddy bear’s picnic. Think tipis, forest dwellings, craft corners, forest-craft workshops and exploration exploits! Keep your eyes peeled for the vintage Penny-farthing gang and our Bubbleologists who have on hand some amazing repertoire of bubble tricks and bring some wild hullabaloo to the area!
Feel fresh all weekend with brand new top notch facilities! Flushing toilets, hot showers and lots of space to spread out and enjoy the weekend! Glamping on the Grove. A boutique woodland retreat, dedicated to the art of sleeping well and good living. Book into The Grove for airbeds, linen, hammocks, hairdryers, straighteners and more!
Take advantage of a FREE night’s glamping! Check in on Thursday 15th! Take advantage of an free extra nights camping and Glamping, grab your bike, freedom awaits! A whole new landscape of adventures and exploration are yours.
Meet the Makers: An audience with some of the best crafters, makers and creatives from the area and beyond sharing their stories and secrets.
More parking and even more camping: Making the Festival accessible to all.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Best in Show: the immensely popular vintage dressing up competition will return on Saturday 17th June. Everyone's favourite, Patrick Grant will return to judge the fashion categories for Best in Show.
The British Bazaar: home once again to 150+ uniquely splendid premium vendors, including the World's Greatest Bike Jumble at The Purchasable Exhibition of Treasures and acres of vintage.
GRAZE: the roaming Food and Drink Festival crammed full of local, regional and national award-winning street vendors will fuel riders and festival go-ers alike.
The Islabikes Family Ride (SOLD OUT!) A free, self-guided ride leaving from the Festival site and taking in the Peak District's very own Strade Bianchi. This is a very special ride for all little heroes and their parents!
Hendrick's Gin Bar. Returning for a fourth year.
The ‘Inspired by the Peak District’ marquee: Crammed full of inspiring local businesses who use The Peak District as their platform for success.
Want the full low down? Read more HERE