Adventure Bike Rally 2023

Special Report by Marc Griffiths

Adventure Bike Rider (ABR) festival, is held annually in the grounds of Ragley Hall, just outside Alcester in Warwickshire.  It attracts people from all over the world,  I was able to have a beer with a guy from South Africa and a couple from Holland. It was really a great social gathering. 

It kicks off with V.I.P. evening on Thursday. Though my Standard tickets allowed for a Friday arrival and camping from Friday through to Sunday. With loads of activities to throw yourself in to. The festival grounds staged presentations from experts, masterclass sessions, test rides, ride outs with Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) members, live music and off-road tuition. There was even  axe throwing and campfire talks. There really was a lot going on.

Just some fresh rubber and his Triumph was superb

This was my second year and my ticket cost was just £89 with a loyalty discount for returning from 2022. To ride your own bike on the excellent off road trails a small charge of £15 covered the whole weekend. This year I travelled with my good mate Rob from Middlesboro, and we were in for a great time.

By the way, the full price ticket will be £159 for 2024.

I do have some previous  experience riding off road from my younger years, tearing around Salisbury Plain on a RM100 and also I luckily won a trip to Bulgaria a few years ago to do some enduro riding.


For some who I meet this time, it was their first off-road experience there are marshalls all round the course and if you struggle they are happy to assist even to the extent of recovering you and your bike.

Again  I took my 2005 Triumph tiger 955i. But having struggled a little last year due to my tyre choice. So this year, I went with 50/50 bridgestone AX41 and managed really well . I only came off once haha.

Rob (left) and Marc

There is an opportunity to try new manufacturer's bikes both on road and trail riding. Loads of retail stands from clothing to bike accessories and info on trips aboard. There is an abundance of food stands and loads of bars on site. 

I must also say the entertainment was superb. Talks throughout the day from motovloggers, inspirational riders, youtubers, and motorcycle greats. And also assorted of tribute acts on the ABR stage from 1300-2300. There is also a film festival and photo exhibition in the great hall.

Highly recommend you are booked in for 2024!



ABR Festival @ Ragley Hall

28th - 30th June 2024