What is cycle touring?

We define cycle touring as bike journeys of one night or more: Cycle, sleep, repeat.

Who is the festival aimed at?

The festival is aimed at people who are interested in or have been on cycle tours. That might be someone just back from cycling Lands End to John O’Groats or somebody planning a big around-the-world trip.

You do not need any touring experience to attend. This is the place to get all of your questions answered.

Do I need to bring a bike?

No. They’re welcome, of course, but you certainly do not need to come on one.

What’s happening at the festival?

Both days will be filled with a variety of workshops, like a conference. There will be practical sessions on topics such as choosing the right bike and camping equipment, cycling in different regions of the world and extreme environments, and how to film and communicate your trip.

There will also be evening talks, films, competitions and an open-mic session.

See the Programme of events for more details.

Will there be day rides?

The festival is more about planning cycle trips than going on day rides. We’ll have some route suggestions for the area if you want to go off for a short ride. However, we’d recommend staying on Sunday night and going for a ride on Monday so you don’t miss any of the sessions during the festival.

What time should I arrive on Friday?

Most things will happen on the Saturday and Sunday, so don’t worry if you can’t get there until late on Friday evening.  Registration won’t open until at least 4pm.

What are the camping facilities?

It’s basic field camping with communal toilets and showers.

Can I bring a motor home?

We’re sorry but no motor homes are allowed at the venue. If tents aren’t your thing, there is an option to upgrade to B&B accommodation.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, the venue doesn’t allow dogs.

What kind of food are you serving?

Lunch on Saturday & Sunday will be basic sandwiches and we haven’t yet decided about dinner on the Saturday night – but chances are it will be simple, hearty cycling food.

Tea/coffee/cake will be provided at break times.

There will be food available to buy on Friday and Sunday evenings, and you can buy breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  More details about this will follow.

There is a reasonably priced bar onsite which will be open on Friday / Saturday / Sunday evenings.

I’ve got special dietary requirements. Can you cater for me?

You bet. Closer to the date we’ll email all ticket holders to ascertain what dietary requirements you might have and do our best to cater for you.

How did you arrive at the ticket prices?

The festival is organised entirely by unpaid volunteers and run on a non-profit basis. Speakers get expenses only.

The costs include hiring Waddow Hall with space for everyone to sit during talks and break out to various rooms for smaller workshops. We’re also paying for insurance, speakers’ travel costs from all around the UK, printing and catering, amongst other things.

It is a very small event so we don’t have the economies of scale that larger festivals benefit from.

The upfront costs of the festival, like venue hire, are borne by Laura, the organiser, so we need to make sure we set the ticket prices at the right level to recoup our costs.

Any surplus profits are ploughed back into the festival.

Can I volunteer/speak/perform at the festival in exchange for a free ticket?

If you want to speak at the festival, please see our Speakers page.

We are not currently looking for volunteers for the weekend itself and unfortunately, we’re not in a position to offer many free tickets. We’ve tried to keep the cost as low a possible which means the budget is very tight and, as volunteers ourselves, it’s our money on the line if we don’t cover costs.

I’ve bought my ticket… now what?

You should get an email from PayPal confirming that your payment has gone through. Within a few hours, you will also get an email from us, confirming that you are down as a ticket holder.

Don’t panic if this email doesn’t come through straight away, as it might take us a little time to process your order. This is all you will need to attend the festival: you won’t receive a ticket in the post, nor will you need to bring anything with you on the weekend. We have your details and that’s enough.