Spinning back in time with Eroica Britannia in Bakewell

Eroica Britannia cycle festival returns to Bakewell.
Eroica Britannia cycle festival returns to Bakewell.

Thousands of revellers could be forgiven for thinking they are taking a spin back in time this weekend when the historical Eroica Britannia cycle and music festival returns to Bakewell.

The three-day international spectacular at Bakewell Showground includes something for everyone as 3,500 cyclists will be rolling out on three organised rides on vintage bikes in historical costumes while spectators can enjoy a bazaar, stalls, a massive range of activities and live music.

Eroica spokesman Nick Cotton said: “The rides and the wonderful spectacle it brings to the area places Eroica Britannia in a unique position amongst other UK festivals. Our riders, their friends and family give us a core festival audience in addition to the tens of thousands of festival goers that flock into the area for the festival.”

Eroica Britannia debuted in the UK in 2014 and attracted 30,000 festival goers as 2,000 cyclists took part in the 30, 55, 100 mile rides around the Peak District.

The 2015 festival runs from Friday until Sunday with an extended festival site with family activities, a family ride and sports day hosted on The Sporting Lawns as well as The Great British Beach area with fairground attractions.

The British Bazaar will host over 200 vendors including The World’s Greatest Bike Jumble at The Purchasable Exhibition of Treasures. There will also be a food festival known as Graze and The Good Life Experience will includes a gathering for dogs.

Music fans can also enjoy three days of performances from bands including folk singer Jackie Oates Winner and One EskimO. A beer has also been especially created for the festival courtesy of Thornbridge Brewery.

Mr Cotton added: “Our festival will be an inspirational, fun-packed weekend full of top quality festival activities and entertainment for all the family.”

For details visit http://eroicabritannia.co.uk/.