MCN Festival kicks off this weekend!

The 2017 Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling kicks off this weekend at the East of England Showground, with plenty for all the family to see and do.

If you're looking for a new bike but haven't yet made your mind up then be sure to bring your riding kit down, as we have over 50 models from six of the top manufacturers available for test rides throughout the weekend including the new Yamaha MT-10SP, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Triumph's brilliant new Street Triple 765 RS.

On top of that Ducati have also brought along their XDiavel and Multistrada experiences, which let you experiences both models exactly as they were intended to be used. Ever wanted to try your off-road skills on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro? Now's your chance.

If you're bringing along friends or family who don't yet hold a motorcycle licence then that's no matter, both Yamaha and Get On will give them the chance to sample life on two wheels.


All action

We've got more live action than ever before at the Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling, with racing from the flat track racing courtesy of the DTRA championship - which BSB legend Chris Walker will be having a go at! If you're camping at the festival you'll also get in free to a full round of the UK Speedway Championship, as Peterborough Panthers host Newcastle Diamonds on Saturday evening.

For more racing goodness the British Minibike Championship will also be at the event - they've set up an indoor course where they can showcase everything that minibike racing has to offer.

There's also stunt madness from trials legend Steve Colley  and Kevin Carmichael.

If you're missing the football then we've got a treat for you this year, as the UK's only MotoBall team will be playing exhibition mathes throughout the weekend. It's exaclty as it sounds, football played on bikes.

If you're feeling nostalgic we also have the Motorex Fire Up paddock, where we'll be firing up some of the greatest sounding historic race bikes. Just follow the noise!

Grab a bargain

The 2017 festival is packed with retail stands. You can buy everything from earplugs to a complete bike. And if you're after used spares don't forget the huge autojumble.

Camping is a great way to experience all that the Festival has to offer. Campers gain early access into the show, have the opportunity to be the first to sign up for test rides and bag a bargain, plus there's some great evening entertainment for those who stay all weekend. Yamaha will be hosting the MT Dark Side Party on both Friday and Saturday evening with plenty of live music to get the party in full swing.

Alongside the biggest ever test demo fleet (over 100 bikes to test ride), the Festival offers thrilling flat track and Speedway action, stunt shows, club displays, classic fire-ups, autojumble, bargains and more.

Tickets are still available to buy online and print at home. Camping tickets cost £40, while an adult day ticket costs £20. Concessions can get in for £16.50 and children under 15 get in free.

Looking for the perfect two-wheeled companion? Visit MCN Bikes For Sale website or use MCN's Bikes For Sale App.

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Ped Baker

By Ped Baker

Former MCN Managing Editor (Digital & Events)