NEW! Are you looking for a cool cycling event or an interesting place to ride your bike? Maybe you'd like to join a relaxing social ride or discover a new traffic-free cycle route? Well, you've come to the right place. Check out some of our upcoming events below.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Newport Family Cycling Festival

24th & 25th September, 2016

Join us for two days on Newport's first annual celebration of cycling.
Dust off the bikes, gather the family, and come out to experience all the fun through our local communities in a safe, healthy, and social way.

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Our FREE cycling festival will be based at the historic Tredegar House and Newport Wetlands National Reserve, where Sustrans Cymru will be hosting guided rides, Changing Gearz will offer cycle proficiency training, bike inspections by Dr. Bike, Savage Skills mountain bike stunt shows, along with a great selection of stalls and pitches from local to national organisations offering professional advice and cycling related goods.

Level 1 Cycle Training
Location: Tredegar House Fairgrounds
Time(s): Saturday; 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Children ages 8 - 12 can take FREE Level 1 Bicycle Proficiency training offered by Changing Gearz. Essential skills cover: basic starting & stopping, maneuvering, turning with hand signals, hazard awareness & avoidance, cycle safety, and bicycle “ABC” checks. Tuition includes a certificate for Cycling Proficiency Level One!

Dr. Bike Inspections & Services
Location: Tredegar House Fairgrounds
Time: ALL day Saturday!
Have the bikes been sitting in the garden shed for a while? Do you think they might need a mechanic to look them over? Changing Gearz will also be providing basic check-ups and minor bike services on site all day. So bring out your bike, get a professional check-up, and join us for a family ride. You've no excuses now!

Young Explorer Ride
Location: Newport Wetlands National Reserve
Time: Saturday; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Distance:  3 miles
Families are encouraged to sign up for a FREE guided ride at Newport Wetlands National Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Children can try out new skills and get a taste of cycling in groups whilst cruising along traffic-free paths in a beautiful, safe and healthy environment. Additionally, there will even be an opportunity to explore the wetlands on foot with a personally guided tour! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

FREE! Transportation
Location(s): Tredegar House and Newport Wetlands National Reserve
Time: Saturday; 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
If you're wondering how to get from Tredegar House to participate in the Young Explorer Ride; we've got you covered! Sit back and relax... as we'll load your bikes then transport you and your family safely and securely for FREE to Newport Wetlands National Reserve via Newport Bus. PLUS! We'll bring you back at the end of the ride. It's that easy!

NOTE: You may reserve transportation when you register below.

Eventbrite - Young Explorers Day - 2016 - Newport Family Cycling Festival

Freestyle Mountain Bike Shows
Location: Tredegar House Fairgrounds
Shows running ALL day Saturday!

Throughout the day everyone can watch the world's leading cycle stunt team in jaw dropping performances!. That's right! You can check out all the awesome jumps and loads of cool tricks off massive ramps & sky-high platforms... all for FREE!

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Pedal Powered Paint Spinning
Location: Tredegar House Marketplace
ALL day Saturday!

Get creative and turn your self in to a pedal powered Picasso with our unique Whirly Wheels bicycle! As you pedal the turntable spins in the centre and you can add paint to create a beautifully hypnotic design to take home with you.
Bicycle Bubbles & Disco Party!
Location: Tredegar House Marketplace
ALL day Saturday!

What better way to add some magic to your day than with a flurry of bubbles! The pedal powered bubble machine is a simple invention – the more you pedal the more bubbles you get. A great hit with children and adults alike.

Tredegar House & Marketplace
Location: Tredegar House Marketplace
ALL day Saturday!
Browse a menagerie of all things cycling in our specifically themed Marketplace. Bring a picnic lunch or have light meal in the Brewhouse Tearoom. Take a tour of Tredegar House or just wander through the lovely grounds and gardens. It's going to be a fabulous day - why not get outside and make the most of it!

Sustrans Cymru will be hosting two cycle rides starting at Tredegar House on Sunday 25 September. Both rides showcase traffic-free cycle routes of the National Cycle Network. The rides are designed for beginner to intermediate riders over age 12 who are able to ride 20 miles. (All riders aged 12 - 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.) Choose from two fantastic destinations below and reserve your place now!

Explorer Ride
Start Location: Tredegar House Car Park
Destination: Newport Wetlands National Reserve
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Distance: approx. 20 miles (round-trip)
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Starting at Tredegar House car park, we'll cycle along NCN Route 4 to Newport Wetlands National Reserve via the Newport Transporter Bridge. Once there, we'll follow the spectacular coastal path circling the wetlands, stopping at the visitor center for tea and coffee before heading back to Tredegar House for a private picnic in the gardens.

Eventbrite - Explorer Ride - 2016 - Newport Family Cycling Festival

Discovery Ride
Start Location: Tredegar House Car Park
Destination: National Roman Legion Museum Caerleon
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Distance: approx. 20 miles (round-trip)
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Also leaving from the car park at Tredegar House, this ride will begin on NCN Route 4 then head up NCN Route 88 along the Newport Riverfront. We'll then follow along the historic Afon Wysg (Usk River), past the Roman baths and amphitheatre, culminating at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon. We'll pause here for a short break where you can tour the museum and have tea/coffee. We'll then return along the same route reaching Tredegar House to join in the private picnic in the gardens.

Eventbrite - Discovery Ride - 2016 - Newport Family Cycling Festival

You may choose only ONE event on Sunday as both rides will be held simultaneously. You must be 18 years of age to participate. Anyone 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult. All venues are fully accessible with cafes and comfort stations on site(s).

About Eventbrite: You will be redirected to Eventbrite to reserve your place at events for the Newport Family Cycling Festival. Registering through Eventbrite is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Eventbrite – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you've registered, they’ll email your ticket(s) and confirmation. It's that easy!

Check out the video from 2015 by Alexander Allen:

Read more about last year's "Explorer Day"

The Newport Family Cycling Festival is sponsored jointly by: Tredegar House/The National Trust, Newport Wetlands National Reserve/RSPB, and Sustrans Cymru. Additional support is generously provided by Changing Gearz, Newport City Homes, National Roman Legion Museum, and Newport Bus.

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