One day in August, the Town becomes the host of Brackley Festival of Motorcycling on the High Street and the neighbouring school fields. With stunt riders, display teams, the wall of death, off-roaders, manufacturers, classics, road racers and racing celebrities and a whole load more – all for £5 per person.
Run by volunteers for the benefit of the Air Ambulance and local charities.
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.
The event is run for a ticket price on the day of £5 per person with free bike park, under 16’s go for free – what a day out and helping charities!!