Council gears up for cycling festival

CyleFest from last year
CyleFest from last year

An extreme mountain bike show is among the new attractions at a festival designed to celebrate cycling.

The third annual Cyclefest event has been organised by Daventry District Council (DDC) with support from a range of partners.

It will take place at Daventry Country Park on Saturday, June 7 from 11am to 3pm.

The popular Bomberdrome attraction, a huge wooden stunt bowl in which members of the Northamptonshire-based Ministry of Bicycles perform eye-catching stunts, will return,

There will be pedal-powered smoothie makers and a Scalextric game, a selection of weird, wacky and wonderful bikes to try out and a display of retro bicycles.

People can have their bikes checked for free ahead of the summer and take part in a family ride around the Country Park and a fun bike puzzle trail.

The day will also feature guided rides for cyclists of all abilities over 10km and 40km distances, both setting off at 12.15pm. Led by members of Daventry Cycling Club, the rides will be on quiet roads and are a great way to explore Daventry and the villages.

Riders will be asked to declare they are fit and healthy to cycle, under 16s must be supervised by an adult and helmets are essential.

Alice Ellis, DDC environmental improvement officer said: “Cycling has obvious health benefits and is better for the environment than getting in the car. Cyclefest is a fun way to encourage people of all ages and abilities to have a go. There will be plenty for the whole family to see and do and it’s a great chance for people to bring their bikes for a free check-up to make sure they are safe and well-maintained ahead of the holidays.”

For further details or to sign up to the guided 10km and 40km bike rides visit or phone 01327 871100.