If you've been following recent events you'll know that the New Forest is basically a giant love-in between the locals and the lycra-clad. Ahem. Anyway, more news of cycling-related stuff down there today, with the launch of a brand new cycling and music festival, Early Riser, which will be held on 3–4 August at Avon Tyrell, the outdoor-activity centre of charity UK Youth.
Now in its fifth year, for 2012 Bike Blenheim Palace Festival of Cycling moved up from a single-day show to a weekend spectacular. The two-day format allowed the festival to really come of age, with loads of cycling activities to take part in, or simply watch, while the famous stately home’s landscaped grounds provided an excellent venue. Add to that last weekend’s glorious weather and the formula for success was complete, with crowds topping 15,000 over both days.
If you're stuck for something to do on June 4th or 5th, you could do worse than pitch up at Regent's Park for the return of The London Green Fair and Bike Fest. Formerly The Camden Green Fair and Bike fest, this year sees the event in a new accessible central location, and it's bigger and, so we are told, better than ever.
As well as the Bike fest bit, there will be a permaculture zone, ethical fashion tent, a plethora of green and ethical lifestyle stands, and there's even live music on a pedal powered stage.