Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 18th January 2016

Mon, May 2nd

Hastings, East Sussex

Admission Free


Bike 1066 spring opener 2016 preview

Are you ready for Britain’s biggest free-to-attend motorcycle festival? This annual run to the seaside is now a firm favourite in the biking world. This year the organisers are expecting 90,000 people and more than 40,000 bikes. They’re also lining up live BSB coverage, over 50 exhibitors, live music and non-stop fun. So where else would you want to be this Spring Bank Holiday?

Bike 1066 spring opener 2016, a short history lesson

The high spot of the day is the May Day rideout, starting at about 8.30am from Locksbottom, near Bromley in Kent. The first one took place 38 years ago, and it’s now one of the oldest established and best loved rideouts in the country. So by mid-morning this May Day, thousands of bikers will be streaming in to Hastings and turning the seafront into a kaleidoscope of colour. It’s going to be the biggest invasion since William the Conqueror turned up on the beach – but this time there’ll be cheering crowds to welcome the ‘invaders’!

Why you’ll love to be beside the seaside

Spilling out from Hastings town centre and all along the seafront, there’ll be stalls and stands of every size and type. More bikes than you’d ever expect to see in place – from brand new models to classics and custom-builds. Plus, all the paraphernalia that goes with the greatest form of transport ever invented. Leathers, helmets, parts, accessories…and that bargain you never thought you’d find. Oh, and apparently there’s a beach, too!

See the BSB action, at Bike 1066 – Spring opener 2016

You won’t have to be at Oulton Park to catch the BSB action this May, because all the thrills and all the atmosphere will be shown larger than life on a giant screen that will give you an even better view than actually being there. And you can bet there’ll be lots of fans tweeting all the latest news and passing it on.

Bike 1066 spring opener 2016 – the family-friendly festival

Hastings always rolls out the red carpet for the big day and really gets into the spirit of things. Lots of the town’s pubs, bars and restaurants put on biker-friendly events and special deals, with families welcome. There’ll be live music everywhere you go, and all kinds of things going on to keep kids of every age entertained.

Be sure to see Carole Nash at Bike 1066 spring opener 2016

We wouldn’t miss this event for anything, so we’ll be there with our big tent – pitched as near the beach as we can get! Come inside, take a breather and grab some free goodies. Tell us about the bike you ride, and let’s see if we can fix you up with a quick quote that could save you money! And just to keep you guessing, we have a fun biking prize under wraps. You could win it in our free prize draw^!

Download yourself to Donington!

Fancy yourself as Ron Haslam? Come into our tent and you can be, thanks to the amazing new insidebikes app powered by Carole Nash. Download it FREE, and an augmented reality 360O experience puts you in the saddle of a Ron Haslam Honda superbike as you speed round Donington GP Circuit.

Going down a storm since its launch last November, the app is an essential download for every biker.

Getting to Bike 1066 spring opener 2016

Where? Hastings, East Sussex. Just head south until you hit the sea!
When? 2nd May 2016 (Bank Holiday Monday), 9am – 5pm
Cost? All visitors FREE