Sunset riding in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 12:34 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:52 31 May 2016
They are the perfect excuse for an evening's ride out - discover Norfolk's great motorcycle meets
One of the pleasures of owning a motorcycle is the chance to meet up with fellow bikers to swap stories of the open road and admire each other’s set of wheels. Around Norfolk, motorcycle meets are becoming increasingly popular with riders of all ages. Here are five of the favourites:
Whitwell and Reepham Railway Museum
The best-attended biker meeting place in Norfolk, one event attracted 1,400 bikers but usually there are about 1,000 (500 of the hardiest souls when the weather is not good).
Owner Mike Urry is restoring the station to its former glory with plans to extend the track and buildings. Some members of the museum were keen bikers and asked to meet there. Initially 40 or 50 bikers met on Friday nights and it grew from there.
The station is open for teas, coffee and cakes and the Sidings function room and bar for beer, wine and a barbecue. Everyone is welcome and asked to respect neighbours when arriving and departing.
Directions: From the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road, turn right into Nowhere Lane about a mile after leaving Great Witchingham/Lenwade. Follow the narrow lane until you go under the railway bridge and the station museum is on your right.
The Ox & Plough pub, Old Buckenham
Two Wheel Tuesdays is a weekly event that has grown into the second biggest bike venue in Norfolk, also attracting many bikers from Suffolk and further afield to the picturesque village’s large area of common land.
Ox and Plough landlord Ben Devlin and his son, Alfie, can often be found handing out pieces of wood for sidestands to rest on and making sure bikes are parked in an orderly fashion on the green. Families visit to enjoy a summer evening looking at the bikes, many of which are classic machines.
The Ox & Plough, The Green,
Old Buckenham, NR17 1RN
Hunstanton seafront has been a magnet for Sunday bikers for many years. The seaside town has a large sloping green and the bikes park on a footpath near the bottom or overflow on to the green if there is a large event on. A small charge is made by the district council to park.
Here in the middle of the town, there are shops, cafes and refreshment outlets. Being in the north-west of Norfolk, this has also become a popular meet with riders from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 6BG
Wells is another popular venue for bikers on Sundays.
The harbour town has several car parks, fish and chip shops and cafes. Ride down Beach Road alongside the main tidal inlet and there is another car park and large café.
No charge is made for motorbikes on the North Norfolk District Council car parks, with dedicated bays provided in some.
The Quay, Wells, NR23 1AH
Walcott Biker Night
First Monday of the month, 6pm to 9pm, Easter to September
The Kingfisher Café on the seafront is becoming a popular biker destination on the first Monday of the month during the summer.
It has a large car park and plenty of outdoor seating, as well as seating inside the café. There are steps straight on to the beach on the other side of the road.
The Kingfisher Cafe, Coast Road (B1159), Walcott, NR12 0AP
Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclists (NAM), formed in 1984, provides advanced training with observers for qualified motorcyclists, and leading to a test, and is affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). The IAM’s riding “system” and manual is based on the police’s, with safety the priority.
Group events include a monthly club night at Dunston Hall Hotel, near Norwich, on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm, except January and February, with speakers on a range of subjects to do with bikes and biking.
It also organises a Sunday ride-out, leaving Tesco Harford Bridge in Norwich at 9.30am, on pre-planned routes of around 60 miles, mainly along minor A and B roads.
For more information, see www.n-a-m.co.uk
Two wheels together
Whether you have a bike or just enjoy the excitement and atmosphere of motorcycling, there are plenty of events coming up in the county:
Sunday, June 19, 10am to 4pm
Wheels Next the Sea Bike Show
Beach Road Playing Field, Wells. Entry £1 per wheel.
Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 10
Snetterton round of MCE Insurance British Superbikes Championship
The annual Snetterton round is always a hit with fans, who line the venue’s panoramic spectator banks and revel in the party vibe of the campsite. Expect a packed grid of riders from many nations battling wheel-to-wheel and plenty of excitement and drama.
The top-class support bill includes the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar. Gate admission price: £33 (book now and save £6).
Sunday, July 17
Thetford Bike Show
Thetford Rugby Club, Mundford Road, Thetford, in aid of Norfolk Accident Rescue Services and First Responders. Entry £3 per person, under-16s free, plenty of parking.
Camping available from Friday, July 15 - £10 a person, members £8.
Bank Holiday Monday, August 29–28
Fenman Classic Bike Show, Wimbotsham, near Downham Market
Bike entries open 9am, close noon (all pre-1985 classes covered). Entry price is £4. Auto jumble and show open at 10.30am. No dogs allowed on playing field.
Sunday, September 25, 11am to 4pm
Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival
This year’s theme will be Britain, with half of the available places dedicated to great British vehicles. Invited clubs will include Alvis, Armstrong Siddley, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ford, Gilburn, Jaguar, Lagonda, Rolls-Royce, TVR, Vauxhall and many more. It will also feature iconic British motorcycles including BSA, Norton, Triumph and Velocette.
Market Place will be closed to through traffic 8am to 6pm.
Individuals and clubs wishing to display vehicles should email firstname.lastname@example.org