Free cycling festival coming to Cranbrook promises fun for all the family

A free cycling festival for all ages is coming to Cranbrook later this month, with goodie bags and e-bike taster sessions.

The community fun at the Younghayes Centre, from 10am until 2pm, will includes activities such as free bike maintenance sessions, children’s balance bike trials and electric bike tasters.

Further free e-bike ride sessions, for ages 16 and over, will be held on Sunday, August 22, September 5, and September 12, between 1pm and 4pm.

A spokesperson for the event said: “It is an opportunity for you and your family to come along and make the most of the mixture of activities on offer including free bike maintenance sessions, the little ones can have a go on the balance bike circuit session, try out the range of adaptable bikes, and a chance to chat to the local providers who can help with confidence, knowledge and provide useful local resources.

“Free tea and coffee will be provided, and goodie bags will be handed out.

“You will also be able to make your own fruit smoothie on the human powered smoothie bike.”

Co Bikes, in partnership with East Devon District Council and Sustrans, will be offering e-bike taster rides.

Qualified ride leader Charlotte Wilson, a Cranbrook resident, will take groups of up to eight, leaving from the Younghayes Centre.

The rides will be tailored to the group’s ability, the organisers said.

Those taking part must be aged 16 and over.

Rides leave at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, on a first-come-first-served basis.

The event spokesperson said: “If you’ve never tried an electric bike before, this is the perfect place to start.

“If you’ve got toddlers, we also have an e-bike for adults which can take two toddlers on the back.”

On the day there will be a raft of bike-related advice and activities from a host of businesses, charities and professionals passionate about cycling.

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