Here’s one for your festival calendar this summer: the free Bexhill MotoFest.

For the whole weekend of August 12-14th, genteel Bexhill-on-Sea on the south coast of England let’s rip to the roar of thousands of motorcycles and the high octane beats of great music as it becomes Biking-on-Sea for the annual Bexhill MotoFest. With highlights that include the UK’s first ride-in cinema where the Joey Dunlop movie ROAD will be playing, the legendary Wilko Johnson is also playing live, unique motorcycles- as-art exhibition and the best free line up of great live music on the south coast that headlines with Coda, the UK’s most authentic Led Zeppelin tribute band on the terrace of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion.


But it’s not just about bikes, it’s also about great food, family fun and a stonking weekend by the seaside. Sponsored by Carole Nash, Bexhill MotoFest is an event created to appeal to all bikers but particularly those who are new to biking, looking to return and the growing number of female bikers looking for events that have a broader based family appeal. Bexhill MotoFest supports several charities including Joey Dunlop Foundation and Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance.

The festival celebrates Bexhill’s claim to being the birthplace of British motorcycle racing. Way back in 1902 motorcycles and early cars raced up and down the sea front promenade as an attraction for the wealthy and aristocratic who build the town as an English version of Cannes in the South of France. The promenade races ended in 1924 but official motorsport returned in 2013 with a Hastings BikeNites presentation of Motogymkhana on the De La Warr Car Park, this was so successful that the local council saw an opportunity to attract more tourism to the town and HEM Events Ltd set up Bexhill MotoFest for a one day event in July 2014. The event has now grown into a three day festival of motorcycles that embraces live music and cinema.



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Here are the full details of the events over the weekend:

FRIDAY August 12th  – 7pm – 11pm  The UK’s 1st  RIDE-In FREE cinema presents  A TRIBUTE to the world’s greatest ever Road racer, Joey Dunlop, with an exclusive outdoor presentation ROAD the feature length documentary narrated by Liam Neeson that is the blistering story of the Dunlop Road Racing Dynasty. (poster attached) includes VIP motorcycle parking, Sea Front Barbecue and great music – ALL WELCOME – FREE to attend in support of Joey Dunlop Foundation and Kent Sussex Surrey Air Ambulance.


SATURDAY August 13th   – 7pm -11pm WILKO JOHNSON LIVE in the De La Warr Pavilion Auditorium – The legendary Wilko Johnson plays LIVE in this exclusive BEXHILL MotoFest gig, after surviving a recent bout of Cancer Wilko and his band are back at the top of their stomping blues rocking  game – come prepared to party in a BIG WAY (pic attached) FREE VIP motorcycle parking– book directly through the De La Warr Pavilion tickets from £22.50

SUNDAY August 14th  9am – 6pm  A FANTASTIC FAMILY FRIENDLY day of Motorcycles, FREE LIVE MUSIC and great food –  6 great LIVE BANDS headlined by CODA the UK’s most authentic Led Zeppelin Tribute band  playing  for FREE – exclusive motorcycleASART exhibition – fantastic international food festival – family funfair – local market – charity Goldwing Cavalcade – trades stands and exhibitors and a whole lot more.

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Tony Carter

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