It is with sincere regret that the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling committee has decided to cancel our wonderful summer Festival for another year.
We were so looking forward to putting on another spectacular event for us all in August. However looking at the logistics of planning and then running the Festival, we have had to accept that the risks to health, wellbeing and our reputation, and of course the financial risks, are not ones that are realistic to take.
Whilst we are all hoping that Covid 19 lockdown restrictions will have been fully lifted by the summer, it is likely that some restrictions on social distancing will still be in place. Those of you who have attended the Festival in previous years, will understand that the intimate nature of the Festival makes this issue a serious concern for visitor’s health on the day and for the townspeople of Brackley. We have had to ask ourselves whether we would be able to safely manage our local residents attending the town centre and the possible 20,000 visiting Brackley on the day. Regretfully, the answer is no.
From a financial perspective after each or our previous Festivals, we have set aside a contingency reserve to put towards running the following year’s Festival. All money’s raised over and above this reserved amount, are shared amongst our recipient charities. As trustees of the money raised at previous events, the committee is duty-bound to ensure that these funds are used responsibly. Now is the time of year when we normally start reserving, booking and paying for infrastructure and services for the Festival. If we are unable to guarantee recouping at least the costs for these outgoings, then as a committee we will be acting irresponsibly in our duties to safeguard the charitable money. Given the uncertainties we all face in the near future we do hope that you understand the rationale behind taking this difficult decision.
The Committee would like to express our gratitude to all those who have assisted in our planning to date and sincerely hope that they will join us again in the future to help organise this and other special events.
- BFoM Team
Brackley Festival of Motorcycling
It all began in 2008 with one man's dream of a "Brackley motorcycle meeting" in the Town centre
It all began in 2008 with one man's dream of a "Brackley motorcycle meeting" in the Town centre. The dream - a few bikers with their bikes and perhaps a few towns people meeting together with a common interest in motorcycles, maybe using the town centre car park. The reality was very different - after lots of hard work, enthusiasm and support from the army of volunteers the "Brackley Festival of Motorcycling" was born using the whole town centre and the adjacent school sports field, a site covering in excess of 50 acres, with every kind of motorcycle sport and leisure activity represented.
The Festival has grown, year on year to be the largest event of its type in the UK achieving national status.
The event runs on a "not for profit" basis, by a dedicated team of volunteers. All proceeds net of running costs go to Charity. Yearly our main charity is the Warks and Northants Air Ambulance and each year we add one or two local charities to benefit Brackley.
On the day we close the High Street and use the road as a display and parade arena, making this Festival unique in the UK.
The incredible atmosphere created by these machines has proved a real winner. The High Street is also home to the BSB race team exhibits, manufacturers, trades and food outlets.
Also on the High Street we have had +70 pukka road racers with both classic and modern MotoGP bikes, we also have owners clubs and custom show plus parades.
The main arena is on the field which is use for display and stunt teams. Year on year the range of displays in this area has expanded to included demonstrations of every off road activity. The field also hosts the funfair, the wall of death, trade stands, owners club static displays, rock bands and a food and drinks court.
For 2021 we expect the price for a wristband to be £10.00 which will include entry to the Festival Site, Classic paddock entry and an event programme. Under 16’s free when accompanied by a paying adult.