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The best motorbike events of the next 12 months

Bikers love a good ride-out so barely a week goes by without some sort of meet-up, even during the chilly winter months. Confused.com Biker Babe Gemma Rathbone has scoured the UK biker community to find the best events so you can head out with like-minded people, wherever you are, and no matter what the weather.

Below is just a selection of the hundreds of events and ride-outs that take place each year. Let us know your favourites so we can share them with the rest of the biker community but more importantly, tell us about any we have missed or you think should be on the calendar.

November
The nights may be drawing in and the days getting colder, but there are still plenty of opportunities for bikers to head out for a ride. Wrap up warm, take plenty of tea breaks and make the most of the dry days. Bonfire-night displays are a great way to finish off a year’s riding if your bike will be put away for winter, and there are many Remembrance Day events as well to pay respect to service personnel.

Events

5th/6th Appletree Inn Motorcycle Club Take Aim & Fire 15th Bonfire Rally
Stanfree, Chesterfield

6th Wobbly Goolies Goole & District Motorcycle Club Bonfire Party
Findlays Lane, West Cowick

6th Gravesend Motorcycle Club Firework Extravaganza
Ascot Arms, Gravesend

10th Heartland Motorcycle Club, End of Year Bash
The Blackwatch, Aberfeldy

12th Fido’s 7th Chilly Willy Rally
Polish Scout Camp, Torskey, Lincoln

12th - 14th The Iceni Ant Rally
The Greyhound, Tibenham, Norfolk

December
With Christmas fast-approaching and snow and ice likely, bikers need dedication and a good set of thermals to get out during December. Proving how warm-hearted they are, which can only be a good thing for winter riders, many bikers take part in toy runs to local hospitals or children’s homes to spread some festive cheer.

Events

3rd - 5th Druids Motorcycle Club, Ice Ale Rally
Vale of Belvoir

3rd Mad Dragons Bikers & Trikers, Mad Dragons Xmas Party
Cwmbran Town AFC

4th Matt Black Rat, The Rats Xmas Party
The Yew Tree, Waminster

4th Rhondda Motor Club, Rhondda Xmas Party

4th Unwanted Motorcycle Club, Unwanted MCC Does The X Factor
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent

4th Rochdale MT Heads Motorcycle Club, Santa’s MT Sack
The Ukrainian Club, Rochdale

4th Ipswich Highway Hunters Motorcycle Club, Highway Hunters Xmas Party
The Railway Pub, Foxhall Road, Ipswich

4th Rebel Smugglers, Rebelling Xmas Party
The 127 Diner, off the A127 southbound

5th Unwanted Motorcycle Club, Burton Annual Toy Run
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent

10th - 12th Otto’s Outings, Barf In The Bloo Mug Rally
The Anchor Inn, Boston

11th New Sentinels and Independent Motorcycle Club, Xmas Party
The White Hart Pub, Bedminster

11th Dregs Motorcycle Club, The Dregs Xmas Party
The Meadow Club, Notts County Ground

11th Unwanted Motorcycle Club, Unwanted MCC Xmas Party
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent

11th Tsunami Riders Motorcycle Club, 13th Xmas Party
Elthamian Rugby Club, Foxbury

18th Eye of Ra Motorcycle Club, Xmas Party
Hafodyrnys Rugby Club, Crumlin

18th Waggoneers Motorcycle Club, Xmas Party
Peasedown

20th Bugsplatz Motorcycle Club, Telford Christmas Run
Wylie & Holland Motorcycles, Wellington

31st Unwanted Motorcycle Club, New Year’s Party
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton on Trent

January
Start the New Year as you mean to go on and get out on the bike as soon as you can. Once the snow has melted you should enjoy some fantastically clear days out on the road so put down the leftover turkey and squeeze back into those leathers.

Events

7th - 9th Mayflower Motorcycle Club, Force 10 Rally
Somerset

9th Rhondda Motor Club, Annual Freeze Yer Dangly Bits Run
Wales

21st - 23rd Ogri Motorcycle Club, Kickstart Rally
Kemble Airfield, Cirencester

21st - 23rd Jugsters Motorcycle Club, Frozen Bladder Rally

February
With love in the air and spring just around the corner, now is the time to whisk your loved one away for some two-wheeled adventures. The weather can still be unpredictable so wrap up warm and be prepared for anything from sunshine to snow.

Events

3rd - 6th MCN Motorcycle Show
Excel, London

4th - 6th Dangermouse Rally Club, 25th Frozen Nuts Rally
Bignall End, Stoke On Trent

5th Stalybridge Motorcycle Club, SMC Rock Night
Dukinfield Town Hall, Manchester

11th - 13th Southport Original Cruisers, The Rally In A Rally
Ainsdale, Southport

11th - 13th Conwy Motorcycle Club, The 49th Dragon Rally

19th Ribcrackers Motorcycle Club, The Soapbox Derby and Tarts & Vicars Party
Marehay, Ripley

19th - Accrington Motorcycle Club, Valentines Rock Night
Blackburn RUFC

19th - 20th The 31st Carole Nash British Classic Motorcycle Show
The Bath and West Showground, Somerset

27th Orchard County Motorcycle Club, Club Rock Night


March

As spring arrives it’s time to give your bike a good once-over to ensure it’s ready for many months of riding. Have a long ride-out to check everything is working correctly and your summer kit is up to scratch.

April

When Easter arrives it’s time for bikers to show their caring sides once more. Join in on an Easter Egg Run and help youngsters less fortunate while avoiding the April showers.

Events

3rd Afghan Heroes, Wootton Bassett Mother’s Day Ride

Wootton Bassett

4th Afghan Heroes, Ride With Pride
Wootton Bassett

17th Accrington Motorcycle Club, Pet Food Run
Accrington

22nd - 25th British SuperBikes
Brands Hatch

29th - 30th Muddy Bum Club, Bum In The Mud 2011
Mersea Island, Colchester

30th Matt Black Rat, The 2nd Meet Up
Yew Tree Warminster, Wiltshire

30th Gravesend Motorcycle Club, Motorcycle Show
The Ascot Arms, Gravesend

30th - May 2nd British SuperBikes, Oulton Park

May

Make the most of the long Bank Holiday weekend and get out on the bike to enjoy the roads as summer approaches. The motorsport season is also well underway and with the option of track days at most circuits there are a whole host of options for bikers to get out on their machines.

Events

7th Waggoneers Motocycle Club, Spring Bash
Wagon & Horses, Peasdown St John

7th Medusa Motorcycle Club, Show Us Your Ride 2011
Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent

7th - 8th The Thundersprint Rally
Northwich, Cheshire

13th - 15th H D Motorcycle Club, Bailwood Rally
Kingston Upon Hull

13th - 15th British SuperBikes
Croft

21st North West 200
Northern Ireland

27th - 29th Accrington Motorcycle Club, Off Yer Sprocket Rally
Blackburn RUFC

27th - 29th The Royal British Legion Riders Branch, Middle Earth Mud Bath Rally

28th -29th California Dreamin’ Expo, World Class Custom Bike Show
Bournemouth International Centre

28th - 30th British SuperBikes
Thruxton

30th - June 10th Isle of Man TT

June

Hopefully, summer will be making an appearance by now, so don the leathers and head out into the fresh air to enjoy some beautiful scenery. Why not check out some new routes and hang-outs - you never know what you’ll discover.

Events

12th MotoGP, Silverstone

17th - 19th British SuperBikes, Knockhill

17th - 19th Afghan Heroes, The Thunder Rally Chepstow Racecourse

24th - 26th Get Off Your Butts Motorcycle Club, 11th Buttstock Rally
Burntwood Rugby Club, Staffordshire

July

By now, you should be back into the habit of getting out on the bike at every opportunity and be making the most of the longer days. July is a great time to head off on a biker holiday and visit some places further afield so pack your bags and ride off into the sunset.

Events

1st - 3rd British SuperBikes
Snetterton 300

1st - 3rd Highway Hunters Motorcycle Club, 9th Summer Party
Fighting Cocks Pub, Winfarthing near Diss

1st - 3rd Strong Survive Derbyshire, Independence Day Custom Show Weekend
South Wingfield Social Club, Derbyshire

1st - 3rd Towrags Bike & Trike Club, 6th Towrags Rally
Ryde, Isle of Wight

1st - 3rd New Sentinels MRC, 2nd Fubar Rally

15th - 17th British SuperBikes
Oulton Park

29th - 31st The Royal British Legion Riders Branch, RBLR National Rally (1940s Theme)
Trimley-St Mary, near Felixstowe

31st - World SuperBikes
Silverstone

August

With summer in full swing and the kids off school, August is a great time to share your love of biking with others. Let the youngsters hop on for a short pillion ride or take the family on a bike-themed day out to a motor museum or show.

Events

5th - 7th British SuperBikes
Brands Hatch GP

19th - 20th Coyotes RC, Coyotes 5th LOL Rally
Bellymena Rugby Club

27th - 29th British SuperBikes
Cadwell Park

September

As summer comes to an end, be sure to make the most of the last days of the sun. Have your final big ride-outs of the year and start to think about preparing for winter.

Events

2nd - 4th Goole & District Motorcycle Club, 19th Wobbly Goolies Rally

2nd - 4th Stormin’ The Castle 2011
Witton Castle

9th - 11th British SuperBikes
Donington Park

23rd - 25th Ribcrackers Motorcycle Club, Run to The Sun 2011

October

Act now to get ready for winter. Check tyres and garage security, make sure your winter clothing still fits and dig out the thermals. By the time Halloween parties come round the nights will be dark and cold, so assess your riding skills and be prepared for difficult conditions.

Events

7th - 9th British SuperBikes, Brands Hatch

7th - 9th Mobile Chaos Motorcycle Club, 15th Anniversary Rally

14th - 16th Fat Maggot, Dirty Gerty Charity Rally
Breighton

And for the calendar run-down in full, see below:


BIKER CALENDAR

November

5th/6th Appletree Inn Motorcycle Club Take Aim & Fire 15th Bonfire Rally
Stanfree, Chesterfield

6th Wobbly Goolies Goole & District Motorcycle Club Bonfire Party
Findlays Lane, West Cowick

6th Gravesend Motorcycle Club Firework Extravaganza
Ascot Arms, Gravesend

10th Heartland Motorcycle Club, End of Year Bash
The Blackwatch, Aberfeldy

12th Fido’s 7th Chilly Willy Rally
Polish Scout Camp, Torskey, Lincoln

12th - 14th The Iceni Ant Rally
The Greyhound, Tibenham, Norfolk

December

3rd - 5th Druids Motorcycle Club, Ice Ale Rally
Vale of Belvoir

3rd Mad Dragons Bikers & Trikers, Mad Dragons Xmas Party
Cwmbran Town AFC

4th Matt Black Rat, The Rats Xmas Party
The Yew Tree, Waminster

4th Rhondda Motor Club, Rhondda Xmas Party

4th Unwanted Motorcycle Club, Unwanted MCC Does The X Factor
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent

4th Rochdale MT Heads Motorcycle Club, Santa’s MT Sack
The Ukrainian Club, Rochdale

4th Ipswich Highway Hunters Motorcycle Club, Highway Hunters Xmas Party
The Railway Pub, Foxhall Road, Ipswich

4th Rebel Smugglers, Rebelling Xmas Party
The 127 Diner, off the A127 southbound

5th Unwanted Motorcycle Club, Burton Annual Toy Run
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent

10th - 12th Otto’s Outings, Barf In The Bloo Mug Rally
The Anchor Inn, Boston

11th New Sentinels and Independent Motorcycle Club, Xmas Party
The White Hart Pub, Bedminster

11th Dregs Motorcycle Club, The Dregs Xmas Party
The Meadow Club, Notts County Ground

11th Unwanted Motorcycle Club, Unwanted MCC Xmas Party
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton On Trent

11th Tsunami Riders Motorcycle Club, 13th Xmas Party
Elthamian Rugby Club, Foxbury

18th Eye of Ra Motorcycle Club, Xmas Party
Hafodyrnys Rugby Club, Crumlin

18th Waggoneers Motorcycle Club, Xmas Party
Peasedown

20th Bugsplatz Motorcycle Club, Telford Christmas Run
Wylie & Holland Motorcycles, Wellington

31st Unwanted Motorcycle Club, New Year’s Party
Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Burton on Trent

January

7th - 9th Mayflower Motorcycle Club, Force 10 Rally
Somerset

9th Rhondda Motor Club, Annual Freeze Yer Dangly Bits Run
Wales

21st - 23rd Ogri Motorcycle Club, Kickstart Rally
Kemble Airfield, Cirencester

21st - 23rd Jugsters Motorcycle Club, Frozen Bladder Rally

February

3rd - 6th MCN Motorcycle Show
Excel, London

4th - 6th Dangermouse Rally Club, 25th Frozen Nuts Rally
Bignall End, Stoke On Trent

5th Stalybridge Motorcycle Club, SMC Rock Night
Dukinfield Town Hall, Manchester

11th - 13th Southport Original Cruisers, The Rally In A Rally
Ainsdale, Southport

11th - 13th Conwy Motorcycle Club, The 49th Dragon Rally

19th Ribcrackers Motorcycle Club, The Soapbox Derby and Tarts & Vicars Party
Marehay, Ripley

19th - Accrington Motorcycle Club, Valentines Rock Night
Blackburn RUFC

19th - 20th The 31st Carole Nash British Classic Motorcycle Show
The Bath and West Showground, Somerset

27th Orchard County Motorcycle Club, Club Rock Night

April

3rd Afghan Heroes, Wootton Bassett Mother’s Day Ride
Wootton Bassett

4th Afghan Heroes, Ride With Pride
Wootton Bassett

17th Accrington Motorcycle Club, Pet Food Run
Accrington

22nd - 25th British SuperBikes
Brands Hatch

29th - 30th Muddy Bum Club, Bum In The Mud 2011
Mersea Island, Colchester

30th Matt Black Rat, The 2nd Meet Up
Yew Tree Warminster, Wiltshire

30th Gravesend Motorcycle Club, Motorcycle Show
The Ascot Arms, Gravesend

30th - May 2nd British SuperBikes
Oulton Park

May

7th Waggoneers Motocycle Club, Spring Bash
Wagon & Horses, Peasdown St John

7th Medusa Motorcycle Club, Show Us Your Ride 2011
Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent

7th - 8th The Thundersprint Rally
Northwich, Cheshire

13th - 15th H D Motorcycle Club, Bailwood Rally
Kingston Upon Hull

13th - 15th British SuperBikes
Croft

21st North West 200
Northern Ireland

27th - 29th Accrington Motorcycle Club, Off Yer Sprocket Rally
Blackburn RUFC

27th - 29th The Royal British Legion Riders Branch, Middle Earth Mud Bath Rally

28th Piss Edds Motorcycle Club, Piss Edds MCC 2011 Custom Show
Castle Cary Rugby Club, Ditcheat, Somerset

28th -29th California Dreamin’ Expo, World Class Custom Bike Show
Bournemouth International Centre

28th - 30th British SuperBikes
Thruxton

30th - June 10th Isle of Man TT

June

12th MotoGP
Silverstone

17th - 19th British SuperBikes
Knockhill

17th - 19th Afghan Heroes, The Thunder Rally
Chepstow Racecourse

24th - 26th Get Off Your Butts Motorcycle Club, 11th Buttstock Rally
Burntwood Rugby Club, Staffordshire

July

1st - 3rd British SuperBikes
Snetterton 300

1st - 3rd Highway Hunters Motorcycle Club, 9th Summer Party
Fighting Cocks Pub, Winfarthing near Diss

1st - 3rd Strong Survive Derbyshire, Independence Day Custom Show Weekend
South Wingfield Social Club, Derbyshire

1st - 3rd Towrags Bike & Trike Club, 6th Towrags Rally
Ryde, Isle of Wight

1st - 3rd New Sentinels MRC, 2nd Fubar Rally

15th - 17th British SuperBikes
Oulton Park

29th - 31st The Royal British Legion Riders Branch, RBLR National Rally (1940s Theme)
Trimley-St Mary, near Felixstowe

31st - World SuperBikes
Silverstone

August

5th - 7th British SuperBikes
Brands Hatch GP

19th - 20th Coyotes RC, Coyotes 5th LOL Rally
Bellymena Rugby Club

27th - 29th British SuperBikes
Cadwell Park

September

2nd - 4th Goole & District Motorcycle Club, 19th Wobbly Goolies Rally

2nd - 4th Stormin’ The Castle 2011

9th - 11th British SuperBikes
Donington Park

23rd - 25th Ribcrackers Motorcycle Club, Run to The Sun 2011

October

7th - 9th British SuperBikes
Brands Hatch

7th - 9th Mobile Chaos Motorcycle Club, 15th Anniversary Rally

14th - 16th Fat Maggot, Dirty Gerty Charity Rally
Breighton




Gemma Rathbone

Gemma Rathbone

Gemma is the Confused.com resident Biker Babe - if it has two wheels she's happy, although four wheels is fine too! Gemma began her writing career by following bands around until they agreed to be interviewed and went on to work at a weekly newspaper before entering the world of online journalism.

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