Bournemouth Wheels Festival is finally here and the town is awash with motors, spokes and tyres! Wheels 2016 sees the return of festival favourites and a host of brand new displays and attractions. Here’s a rundown of everything that’s happening over the next three days…
Boscombe West Beach
Beachcross Racing (new for 2016): Bournemouth will play host to the 2016 BXUK British Beachcross Championship for off-road motorcycles. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Military Beach Action Arena: The Army and Royal Air Force will be bringing an impressive selection of vehicles and equipment to display on the sand. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Classic Cars & Owners’ Clubs: Find car clubs to the east of Boscombe Pier where there will be beautiful classic cars and bikes on display. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Bournemouth Beach (East Cliff)
Kangaroo Kid (festival favourite): bouncing back for a second year of spectacular quad-biking stunts will be festival favourite, Kangaroo Kid. Fri – Sun. Grandstand seating available.
Bournemouth East Beach
Jeep Beach Arena: Interactive demonstrations and displays from festival partner, Jeep. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Team Extreme (festival favourite): Daily demos from Team Extreme’s BMX stunt riders and skaters, with pop-up coaching sessions between shows. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Xtreme Stunt Team (new for 2016): Mind-boggling motorbike trials, tricks and stunts. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Funfair: Traditional fairground rides and family fun. Fri – Sun. Surcharges apply for paid-for activities.
Monster Truck Rides: Climb on board two full-size monster trucks for a thrilling ride that’s not to be missed. Fri – Sun. £10 per person per ride.
Mini Monster Trucks (new for 2016): Miniature versions of your favourite trucks – Big Pete, Grim Reaper, Slingshot and Swamp Thing. Fri – Sun. £8 per rider or £10 for a parent & child together.
Pier Approach, Lower Gardens & Town Centre
Big Wheel (new for 2016): Festival fever sweeps across the town centre with a 42-metre big wheel at the Triangle. Until Sun 5 Jun. £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Pre-war & Vintage Cars, sponsored by Bournemouth Town Centre BID: Display in the Square in the town centre. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Cycling Stunts: Aerial stunts and have-a-go sessions in the Square on Friday evening. Fri 3 Jun, 6 – 8.30pm. Free.
Motor Show in Motion: The latest models from leading car manufacturers on display at Pier Approach. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Supercars (festival favourite): High-end supercars from past and present will be on display in the Waterfront at Pier Approach. Fri – Sun. Free to view
Family Zone: Children’s entertainers and family fun in Bournemouth’s historic gardens. Face-painting and children’s entertainer (Fri 3 Jun, 3 – 6pm) and BubbleJo, circus workshop and face-painting (Sat 4 Jun, 12 – 5pm). Surcharges apply for paid-for activities.
East Overcliff Drive (Demo Straight)
Demonstration Straight (festival favourite): Stretching the length of East Overcliff Drive, see demos from historic F1 cars (Sat & Sun only), supercars, racing cars, bikes and karts. Fri – Sun. Free to view.
Paul Swift – Italian Job Show (new for 2016): Paul Swift returns to Wheels for a second year to recreate a chase scene from classic movie, The Italian Job – complete with iconic red, white and blue minis, as well as a superfast police car in hot pursuit! The show will also feature loud bangs and pyros – it’s all part of the excitement but please be warned. Fri and Sat only. Free to view.
Pop-Up Arenas (festival favourite): As well as lawn mower racing and karting on all three days, look out for the Two Brothers Street Bike Stunt Team – new for 2016 and performing on Sat and Sun only. Free to view
Little Landies (new for 2016): Electrically powered scale-model Land Rovers to give children a taste of what it’s like to drive an off-road vehicle. Fri – Sun. £5 per ride.
Paddock (restricted access): The paddock has a new home on East Overcliff Drive at the Boscombe end where drivers make their final preparations before heading along the Demo Straight.
Wheels in Southbourne
Wheels rolls into Southbourne Grove: Following the success of last year’s fringe event, the UK’s biggest free wheels-themed family festival rolls back into the seaside suburb of Southbourne for a second time, bringing supercars, daredevil mountain bike stunts, live music, food and drink stalls and street entertainment. Sat 4 Jun, 4 – 10pm. Free to view with paid-for activities.
Whatever you choose to see or do at this year’s festival, you’ll find adrenaline-fuelled action at every turn!