HIGHLIGHT! Best In Show 2017

The ultimate spectator sport or join in for some fun! - Saturday

A firm Festival favourite. The best bikes and the epitome of style and sartorial elegance! This year watch out for a mighty haul of prizes and a new home for The Parade Ring at Friden Grange!

On Saturday morning we celebrate some of the best bikes in the country and beyond. It's a real visual treat for spectators and competitors. Best Bike is our most popular category for Best in Show, our experts take hours to examine, comment and admire then award top prizes for Best Bike in Show and overall Grand Champion. 

Best in Show also celebrates getting dressed up! Eroica Britannia was nicknamed 'The Most Handsome Festival in the World' in 2014 after our first outing on account of our beautiful boutique festival spaces and amazing festival go-ers dressed to the nines. It all spring-boarded from The Ride on account of the 4,500 riders riding pre-1987 steel road bikes and dressing up to match with spectacular effort going into outfitting, sourcing and even making. We've been paying tribute to this handsome notion ever since!

We're encouraging everyone who comes to our Festival over the weekend of the 16-18th June to come for a 3-day Great British Adventure, dressing up or dressing down to suit your style. Celebrate vintage, beautiful dresses and hats for the ladies, tweed, evening wear, flamboyant accessories for the guys...

Best in Show is FREE to enter… Because this is a really popular event, and this year's prize haul even bigger - be sure to register online below to secure your place in the Parade Ring! We will have limited walk-in places on the day!

"IT HAS BEEN KNOWN THAT SOME OF OUR VISITORS BRING UPWARDS OF 8 OUTFITS! IT SEEMS A MULTIPLE OUTFIT CHANGE IS TOP ON THE LIST OF FESTIVAL MUST-DO'S!"

Above all – Best in Show is about having some fun and getting into the spirit! Even if you don't plan to enter Best in Show on Saturday. Raid your wardrobes and come along anyway in your dressed up best! We're hoping everyone gets into the spirit and has a jolly good time if you're a contestant or a spectator! We are delighted to welcome Patrick Grant back to Eroica Britannia for the fourth year as ‘Head Judge’ for Best in Show. Expect celebrity assistance as Patrick is joined by some famous faces and sport stars!

PATRICK'S TOP TIP

"BEST IN SHOW IS A HOOT, AND THE STANDARD OF ENTRIES IS EXCEPTIONAL. I THINK THE BEST WAY TO GO IS TO HAVE FUN, AND DON’T JUST THINK ABOUT THE CLASSIC ERAS OF THE TWENTIES THOUGH THE FIFTIES, THE SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES WERE GREAT ERAS FOR CLOTHING AND SPORT, AND STILL LARGELY UNTAPPED BY THE EROICA BRITANNIA FESTIVAL GOERS."

 BEST BIKE in show

On Saturday 17th June enter your pride and joy in Best Bike in Show. The morning of Saturday 18th is when we honour the stars of the show! We'd like to pay tribute to the hours of effort spent building, restoring, polishing and TLC that goes into making a pre-1987 bike into a steed fit for Eroica Britannia and The Great British Adventure. Read More HERE.

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BEST PRESERVED BIKE - 1950-1987 -  JUDGING FROM 9AM-10AM 

1st prize:  Brooks Islington Bag - gifted by Brooks worth £260 & Buhel Soundglasses - gifted by Maxco worth £175 2nd prize: Velatta hamper - gifted  by Velatta Cyclepaths & Eroica Britannia Vintage Helmet - gifted by Eroica Britannia 3rd prize: 100 Greatest Climbs by Simon Warren - gifted by Simon Warren

Friday 16th June - Registration Day: Registration for the Bicycle categories is on Friday in the 'Best in Show Shed' next to the 'Best in Show / Parade' Ring between 15.00 – 20.00. You will need to sign in and collect your display card. If you are unable to register on Friday, please come along before your class on Saturday morning.

Saturday 17th June - Show Day: If you are travelling in on Saturday, please note you will be granted early access into The Festival so you can take part in this category. The 'Best Preserved Bike Pre 1950-1987' heat starts at 09.00 you must arrive at the shed with your bike and display card filled out and attached to your bike no later than 08.45. Please bear with us if our classes are running slightly later than planned - our judges are briefed to be prompt - but bikes are their passion so things could run over a touch! There will be stands for you to rest your bike and we do ask that you stay with your bike for judging hour so you can speak to the judges about your bike.

Judging will last for up to 1 hour, if you are successful to be selected as a finalist you will be given a sticker and instructions on how to proceed for the Grand Finals which will be hosted on the Main Stage at 17.00 later on Saturday. After your class has finished, please take your bike away with you, so the show ring is clear for the next category. Unfortunately we cannot take any responsibility for bikes that are left without an owner.

BEST PRESERVED BIKE - PRE 1949  -  JUDGING FROM 10AM-11AM 

1st prizeBrooks b15 swallow chrome - gifted by Brooks worth £135 & Bianchi leisure clothing - gifted by Bianchi worth £200 2nd prize: Jura cycling Jersey & outer top - gifted by Jura Cycle Clothing & Eroica Britannia Vintage Helmet - gifted by Eroica Britannia  3rd prize: 100 greatest climbs by Simon Warren - gifted by Simon Warren

Friday 16th June - Registration Day: Registration for the Bicycle categories is on Friday in the 'Best in Show Shed' next to the 'Best in Show / Parade' Ring between 15.00 – 20.00. You will need to sign in and collect your display card. If you are unable to register on Friday, please come along before your class on Saturday morning.

Saturday 17th June - Show Day: If you are travelling in on Saturday, please note you will be granted early access into The Festival so you can take part in this category. The 'Best Preserved Bike Pre 1949' heat starts at 10.00 you must arrive at the shed with your bike and display card filled out and attached to your bike no later than 09.45. Please bear with us if our classes are running slightly later than planned - our judges are briefed to be prompt - but bikes are their passion so things could run over a touch!

There will be stands for you to rest your bike and we do ask that you stay with your bike for judging hour so you can speak to the judges about your bike. Judging will last for up to 1 hour, if you are successful to be selected as a finalist you will be given a sticker and instructions on how to proceed for the Grand Finals which will be hosted on the Main Stage at 17.00 later on Saturday. After your class has finished, please take your bike away with you, so the show ring is clear for the next category. Unfortunately we cannot take any responsibility for bikes that are left without an owner.  

BEST RESTORED BIKE - JUDGING FROM 11AM - 12 NOON

1st prize: Camden x KPP Cycling Watch Club Kit Edition - gifted by Camden Watch Co Prices worth £169 2nd prize: Eroica Britannia Vintage Helmet - gifted by Eroica Britannia 3rd prize: 100 greatest climbs by Simon Warren - gifted by Simon Warren

Friday 16th June - Registration Day: Registration for the Bicycle categories is on Friday in the 'Best in Show Shed' next to the 'Best in Show / Parade' Ring between 15.00 – 20.00. You will need to sign in and collect your display card. If you are unable to register on Friday, please come along before your class on Saturday morning.

Saturday 17th June - Show Day: The 'Best Preserved Bike' heat starts at 11.00 you must arrive at the shed with your bike and display card filled out and attached to your bike no later than 10.45. Please bear with us if our classes are running slightly later than planned - our judges are briefed to be prompt - but bikes are their passion so things could run over a touch! There will be stands for you to rest your bike and we do ask that you stay with your bike for judging hour so you can speak to the judges about your bike.

Judging will last for up to 1 hour, if you are successful to be selected as a finalist you will be given a sticker and instructions on how to proceed for the Grand Finals which will be hosted on the Main Stage at 17.00 later on Saturday. After your class has finished, please take your bike away with you, so the show ring is clear for the next category. Unfortunately we cannot take any responsibility for bikes that are left without an owner.

 GRAND CHAMPION 2017 - GRAND FINAL FROM 17.00 on the main stage

The Prize: A full strip-down and rebuild bicycle service  including full respray if required.- gifted by Golden Age Cycles worth £400. A set of Eroica riding kit (jersey, shorts, socks, mitts, cotton cap) for Best Dressed Rider in kit - Donated by Bianchi worth £310. 

BEST HOME BREW - Judging 12.30-13.00

Autumn & Winter are the great providers of fine British hedgerow ingredients for tasty home brew tipples! Damsons, Sloes, Elderflower,Blackberries, Cherries - all the good stuff! This Summer we're going to be celebrating endeavour from the dark months that can be enjoyed in the Summer sunny months! Get your best brew together and bring your brandies, gins, vodkas, ales, home brew wines et al to be showcased and judged as Best Brew! Great names obligatory and extra points awarded for creative labelling and stories of forging and countryside adventures and the all important taste of course! (hic!) Enter HERE

1st prize: Bottle of Hendrick's Gin + £50 bar tab 2nd prize: Bottle of Hendrick's Gin + £25 bar tab 3rd prize: Bottle of Hendrick's Gin

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 9.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in and collect your display card.

Saturday 17th June - Show Day: Best in Show Brew starts at 12.30. You must arrive at the shed with your booze filled wonders and display card filled out no later than 12.15. Please note - we do not allow glass bottles into The Festival - but allowances will be made for this category. Points may be awarded for great labels and descriptions of ingredients - so make sure to tell your story! Judging will take 30 mins and will take place in the Homely Tent, which is right next to the Show Ring where 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded. If you have been awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd you will be invited to parade on the Main Stage during the Grand Finals from 17.00 when prizes will also be given out.

THE GREAT BRITISH CAKE OFF- judging 13.00-13.30

The building blocks of British social natter and chatter - nothing more quintessentially just so than a slice of best Vicky Sponge Cake. We're looking for Best Cake in Show to be paraded (and eaten) in the Great British Cake Off! The only rules are that CAKE RULES! Extra points given for family recipes, home-made jam, cakely divine names and a nod to tradition. Enter HERE

1st prize: Carri Chef 2 BBQ/Chef Pan Combo, 33cm Pizza Stone, Deluxe BBQ Cover - gifted by Cadac UK worth £290 2nd prize: a cake tin/oven gloves/bake-o-glide - gifted by AGA 3rd prize: 3 tier cake stand - gifted by Fizzy Vintage

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 9.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in and collect your display card.

Saturday 17th June - Show Day: Best in Show Cake starts at 13.00. You must arrive at the shed with your baking wonders and display card filled out no later than 12.45. There will be cake stands available but if you have your own stand feel free to bring it along. Judging will take 30 mins and will take place in the Homely Tent, which is right next to the Show Ring where 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded. Once judging has finished feel free to share your Cakes with the audience once photographs have been taken to mark the occasion! If you have been awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd - you may wish for your cake to remain intact to parade on the Main Stage during the Grand Finals from 17.00 when prizes will also be given out.

BEST DRESSED DOG- judging 13.30-14.00

Our Festival is super dog friendly! We love our dog friends and we know you do too! Last year Best Dressed Dog was ultra popular and we have some top prizes this year! 
Enter HERE

1st prize: A lead gifted by Houndworthy & 1x bespoke charm 1x customised charm - gifted by Trinity Mitchell Design   
2nd prize:A collar gifted by Houndworthy & 1x bespoke charm- gifted by Trinity Mitchell Design   
3rd prize: A Banadana gifted by Houndworthy & 1x customised charm- gifted by Trinity Mitchell Design 

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 9.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show Ring', where you will need to sign in. 

Saturday 17th June is Show Day: The Best Dressed Dog starts at 13.30. Pooch and human must arrive at the shed no later than 13.15, unfortunately pooches cannot strut their stuff without their human and visa versa. Judging will last for 30 minutes in which time our judges will choose 6 lucky finalists who will be given a sticker and instructions to join us for The Grand Finals on The Main Stage from 17.00 for prize giving and photos.

BEST DRESSED FAMILY- judging 14.00-14.30

There's nothing quite like seeing a whole family dressed to the nines having a whale of a time at a quintessentially British festival. We’re calling out for you to gather your troops and enter our Best Dressed Family competition to win fabulous prizes and Festival fame! Enter HERE 

1st prize: 4x pair of Hunter wellington boots - gifted by Hunter &  a SwiftyZero Scooter - gifted by Swifty Scooters worth over £800 in total!! 2nd prize: £100 voucher - Roundabout & 3 big bobble hats 3rd prize: Tote bag, complete with limited edition pin badge and children's t-shirt - Donated by MamaVelo & Hoola Hoop gifted by Canny Bonny Boudoir

 Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 9.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in.

Saturday 17th June is Show Day: The Best Dressed Family starts at 14.00, the lead family member is responsible for rallying their tribe to be at the Best in Show Shed no later than 13.45. Judging will last for 30 minutes in which time our judges will choose 6 lucky finalists who will be given a sticker and instructions to join us for The Grand Finals on The Main Stage from 17.00 for prize giving and photos!


BEST DRESSED FESTIVAL GAL - judging 14.30-15.00

Come and wow the crowds with your best threads - let your imagination run wild and enter our Best Dressed Gal competition. Go ultra glam, fun and flirty, super sophisticated … The choice is yours! You’re competing for some amazing prizes so get into the spirit and let’s have some fun! Enter HERE

1st prize: Bella Figura made to measure dress - gifted by Bella Figura worth £150, £50 Voucher - gifted by Silly Old Sea Dog and a Hand Crafted Flower Crown - gifted by Jules Precious Vintage worth £35 2nd prize: Ladies super fine merino wool Clerkenwell top - gifted by RoadRags 3rd prize: Heritage pot bellied wicker basket or rack mounted wicker basket or tan canvas panniers - gifted by Juicy bikes

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 9.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in.

Saturday 17th June is Show Day: Best Dressed Gal starts at 14.30, make sure you're beautifully present at the Best in Show Shed no later than 14.15. Judging will last for 30 minutes in which time our judges will choose 6 lucky finalists who will be given a sticker and instructions to join us for The Grand Finals on The Main Stage from 17.00 for prize giving and photos!

BEST DRESSED FESTIVAL GUY - Judging 15.00-15.30

Dapper gents! Press your tweeds, polish those oxfords, adjust your bow tie it is time to strut your stuff for Best Dressed Guy. We're not known as the ‘Most Handsome' Festival for nothing! Enter HERE

1st prize: No.1934 Dress Watch - gifted by W.T. Author worth £350 2nd prize: Oliver Sweeney Aldeburgh Tan Formal Oxford Brogue - gifted by Oliver Sweeney worth £200 3rd prize: Men’s super fine merino Shoreditch top - gifted by RoadRags

 Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 09.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in.

Saturday 17th June is Show Day: Best Dressed Guy starts at 15.00, make sure you're beautifully present at the Best in Show Shed no later than 14.45. Judging will last for 30 minutes in which time our judges will choose 6 lucky finalists who will be given a sticker and instructions to join us for The Grand Finals on The Main Stage from 17.00 for prize giving and photos!

 

BEST DRESSED RIDER - Judging 15.30-16.00

Do you own a rare Jersey and want to show it off to the crowd OR have you been planning an incredible outfit for Sunday 18th June and JUST HAVE to preview it? Enter Best Dressed Rider, open to all riders the perfect place to scoop huge prizes and to debut your 2017 most handsome ‘look’ to crowds of thousands! Enter HERE

1st prize: Voucher gifted by RM Williams worth £350 2nd prize: Brooklyn Chewing Gum vintage jersey - gifted by Magliamo 3rd prize: 1hr massage to be redeemed at the festival  - gifted by Heilsa Therapies

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 09.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in.

Saturday 17th June is Show Day: Best Dressed Rider starts at 15.30, make sure you're polished, powdered and preened at the Best in Show Shed no later than 15.15. Judging will last for 30 minutes in which time our judges will choose 6 lucky finalists who will be given a sticker and instructions to join us for The Grand Finals on The Main Stage from 17.00 for prize giving and photos!

 

BEST MOUSTACHE - Judging 16.00-16.30

Needs no intro...But is one of the most sought after titles at Eroica Britannia. After all – no outfit is complete without the perfect Moustache hey chaps? Enter HERE

1st prize: Shaving Set & soap - gifted by Norse London worth £130 2nd prize: Beard bundle & Moustache Wax - gifted by Norse London 3rd prize: Cycling print - gifted by Oi Doris Typewriter Art & Wheeling Free Pin - gifted by Respoke Design

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June - Registration Day: Registration is on Friday between 15.00 – 20.00 and Saturday between 09.00 – 12.00 in the 'Best in Show' Shed next to the 'Best in Show' Ring, where you will need to sign in.

Saturday 17th June is Show Day: Best Moustache starts at 16.00, make sure you're twisted not tousled, waxed and at the ready at the Best in Show Shed no later than 15.45. Judging will last for 30 minutes in which time our judges will choose 6 lucky finalists who will be given a sticker and instructions to join us for The Grand Finals on The Main Stage from 17.00 for prize giving and photos!