Welcome to Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival. This year we take the fun on tour. Not far, in fact just over the hill to discover a whole new side of Northern trails and culture. Last year’s inaugural event was amazing but we don’t just want to do the same thing again. So we’re taking all the great stuff from last year’s festival, making it bigger, better and bolder. This year we land in Lee Quarry and Stubbylee Park, Rossendale
As it's this weekend we thought we'd remind you - and ourselves - what the heck is going on..FINAL TICKETS ON SALE!
On arrival please head to the wristband exchange in the Courtyard to pick up your wristband then go and pitch your tent or park your van
7pm to 11pm - Opening Party in the Courtyard.
Food by Out To Lunch, licensed bar provided by Northern Whisper Brewery. DJ Baz Kirkley on the decks.
8am to 10am
Breakfast available in the Hub served by Out To Lunch.
10am to 7pm
Festival Hub Opens
Demo Bikes & Loop
We’ll have bikes available from Specialized, Orange*, Yeti, Ison, Haibikes and Sonder. We recommend you come down early and make sure you bring ID and credit card if you do.
If you’re taking out a demo bike, we recommend you stick to the red or black Lee Quarry circuit. This is well signposted and should take about an hour to complete before you’re back to the Hub.
(*Sadly, Orange have had to pull out some of their bikes due to distribution problems but they’ll still have some belters for you to demo)
Throughout the day our exhibitors will be available in the hub and will be running competitions and exclusive special offers for you all. Leisure Lakes, Alpkit, Burgtec, Team JMC, TrailMaps.co.uk, Olfi, Shack Wrap, DB Sports & Leisure Vehicles, Dirt Factory, WeRide, Glower, Whoosh MTB and Spoke & Gears will all be on hand to chew the MTB fat.
Music & Stuff
1PM – Damien & Roberto in the Hub Sunken Garden – Damien Heakin returns from entertaining you all last year accompanied by the very special Roberto. Don’t miss this laid back set while you grab some beer and a bit to eat.
2PM Mr Wilson – at the Sawshed Quarry Pop Up– We highly recommend clipping in and heading up to the Quarry for some eye popping acid brass scenes J
3PM – in the Hub Sunken Garden - Like last year, we’ll be throwing in some Q&A sessions with industry heroes to give you a break from the riding. These will be in the Sunken Garden area.
4PM - Satyr Play – Back in the Hub Sunken Garden – “It’s the coolest kind of indie.”
5PM – Mr Wilsons in the Hub
Food & Drink
Out to Lunch and Kelly’s Kitchen will be serving all day long and Second City Coffee will be serving hot drinks. There will be a licensed bar provided by new Rossendale brewery, Northern Whisper and our Bunny Hop Ale makes a welcome return!
Happenings in the Quarry
You might have ridden Lee Quarry before, you might not – but we’ve a few surprises in store if you head up there today. Check out our Sawshed Pop Up to chill out after the first monster climb is done. We recommend being there for 2PM when Mr Wilsons will be strutting their funky stuff.
We’ll also have our man from Spokes and Gears on hand for any mid ride tweaks before you start the twisty bits.
Beyond the Quarries
Want to explore a bit further? Pick up one of our trail guides from the Wristband exchange in the Hub. We have a range of options marked out for you from a short flat cycle track run to some much more testing options!
These trails will also all be available as Strava Routes – follow our Northern Grip Strava account to find them.
Alongside Northern Grip there are various kids sessions throughout Saturday.
MTB Coaching - for capable youth riders:
12-3 in the quarry main bowl (don’t turn left on the Red route, follow the main track up to the spiral sculpture)
Learn to ride sessions – for the noobs:
1–4 in the area behind Futures Park Car Park
For very young kids we’re also hoping to have some balance bikes available at the Pump Track in the park to try out.
Watch the information boards on the day for more information on kids activities.
7PM to 11PM –Courtyard
Food & Drink will be available all evening and we’ll have Funkademia vibes from Graeme Hawley to keep us bouncing (and you might just recognise him from the telly…)
7PM - Manchester legend Mr Gareth Brooks (Funkademia, Hula, XFM etc etc etc)
8PM – Mr Wilsons – your last chance to catch them
9PM – Uke Punk – what can we say except do not miss them!
10PM – Graeme Hawley (the man off the telly)
8AM-10AM - Breakfast is available in the Hub
SUNDAY - 10am to 2pm
Our big group ride “Beyond the Quarries”
2PM – All meet back at the Quarry main bowl for our closing performance from the mighty Stacksteads Brass Band. In the Quarry. We can’t wait.
Please park at the Futures Park Car Park at the foot of Lee Quarry. From there it’s a very short walk or ride to Stubbylee Park where our Hub and wristband exchange are based.
Please do NOT park on Stubbylee Lane or New Line
Please clear up after yourselves and be mindful of other park users
Please no BBQs in the park
Showers & Toilets
Are available from 3pm Friday to 3pm Sunday in the Hub
is available in the Courtyard from 7am Friday to10am Sunday. Use at your own risk and bring your own lock
Most traders will accept cards but the bar and food traders will be cash only so bring some with you.
Well behaved dogs are welcome
Our security team will be onsite from Friday Evening right through to Sunday morning.
Shops / Cashpoints / other bits and bobs
Bacup towncentre is just a few minutes away. There’s a Morrisons supermarket just on the right hand side as you head that way.
Come and find one of our team at the Courtyard, Hub or Quarry Pop Up and we’ll point you in the right direction.
IN EMERGENCY CALL 999
We will also have paramedics onsite from 10am -7pm on Saturday