Pedal Norfolk was back for its fifth year at Holkham for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May 2017. Family-friendly was the main theme for this seriously fun cycle festival.
For the first time, Pedal Norfolk hosted a mountain bike race with a 5.5mile loop surrounding Holkham lake. Using the undulating terrain, with wide avenues mixed with single tracks, and a few huge surprises thrown in, there were a variety of races on the Sunday of the festival. Also new for this year was an Eastern Counties closed road race which circled a 10km loop starting outside Holkham Hall. With 75 category two, three and four riders racing nine laps of the course, totalling 113km or 70 miles, it was an unmissable spectacle.
As always there was plenty to keep everyone in the family happy whilst not in the saddle. There was a chance to visit Holkham’s popular and interactive Field to Fork Experience to discover all about farming here and where your food comes from, and our award-winning gift shop and cafe. Visitors could test their head for heights and get their adrenalin pumping with our exciting bungee trampolines and climbing wall, or try something different with a caving experience with over 90ft of tunnels, stalagmites and tight squeezes to navigate! There was inflatable fun with bouncy castles and giant human hamster balls and a special kids zone full of games and activities and a soft play area. You could also discover Holkham’s watery world and have a go at paddle boarding on the lake or hop on board a different form of two wheels to explore Holkham park on our Segways.
To refuel those empty tanks there were a fantastic array of caterers with Bullit Burger, Hot Rocket Pizza, Wells Deli, Duck Truck, Dann’s Ice cream, Hushwing Café, Norfolk Thai Cuisine and more all lined up to offer delicious food and drink throughout the day and into the evening. Our sponsors Adnams were here too to make sure that no one got thirsty!
Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday was provided by popular local radio station, North Norfolk Radio with the added bonus of a DJ on Saturday afternoon and live music from Sunday afternoon and into the evening.