Events 2013

Paul Ashby's Cake Run

Scotney Castle

Sunday 14th April ‘13

Paul Ashby’s Cake Run

Meeting for breakfast / Coffee at the 7 Diner TN14 7AA

From 10am, Run departs at 11am for afternoon tea and cakes at

Scotney Castle an English country house with formal gardens south-east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent. It belongs to the National Trust. The gardens, which are a celebrated example of the picturesque style, are open to the public. The central feature is the ruins of a medieval, moated manor house, Scotney Old Castle, which is on an island on a small lake. The lake is surrounded by sloping, wooded gardens with fine collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia for spring colour, summer wisteria and roses, and spectacular autumn colour. At the top of the garden stands a house which was built to replace the Old Castle between 1835 and 1843. This is known as Scotney New Castle, or simply Scotney Castle, and was designed by Anthony Salvin. It is an early, and unusually restrained, example of Tudor Revival architectural style in 19th century Britain. Following the death of the resident, Elizabeth Hussey, in 2006, this house was opened to the public for the first time on June 6, 2007.

This will be a leisurely run taking in some of Kent’s fine county roads and lanes arriving at Scotney Castle at around 1.30pm approx.

Derby Dales 26-28 April

Welcome to the Peak District and the

Derby Dales

26-28 April 13

The Peak District & Derbyshire straddle the border between the Northern Highland of Britain and the Southern Lowland Counties. Chatsworth, Kedleston, Haddon, and Bakewell are but a few towns and villages associated with famous people or rare minerals, The Peaks, and Derby Dales, Having crystal clear rivers and streams running through its valleys and dales. With stunning views across some of Britain’s most Prized Landscapes.

Belper in Derbyshire

Belper is a small, attractive market town, situated in the Derwent Valley, 8 miles north of Derby. The river Derwent runs along the western edge of the town. Belper's past industrial History includes nail manufacture when the area was part of the Royal Forest in Derbyshire. In 1740, the population of Belper was around 500. By the 1830's it had risen to around 8,000. Its rapid growth and development is due in large part to the building of water powered cotton mills by Jedediah Strutt and his family.

Quex Park 5 May

Welcome to one of the UK's most fascinating visitor attractions, the home of the

Powell-Cotton Museum, set in the beautiful Quex Park, near Margate in South East Kent.

There has been a house at Quex Park, in Kent since the early 1400s, home to several different families over the centuries. It has been called 'Quex' since its ownership in the 1500s by the Quekes family, who prospered from the extensive wool industry in Kent. Major Powell-Cotton's ancestor, John Powell (1721-1783), bought the house and adjacent farm as an investment in 1777. His nephew, John Powell Powell (1769-1849) demolished the mansion, replacing it with an elegant Regency home

The Museum at Quex Park in Kent had its origins in a pavilion built in the garden in 1896 to house the growing collection of trophies gathered by the young Percy Powell-Cotton on a series of amazing trips to the wildest areas of northern India and Tibet.

Although a hunter and collector all his life, from the beginning Percy was also interested in the people of the countries he traveled in and he brought back examples of a wide range of material that illustrates their lives and cultures.

Dordogne Flight of Fancy: 25 May to 1st June

The Dordogne

Hotels/Self Catering Apartments/Camping Available.

Click on the file below for an overview of the area.


Ace Cafe BMW Bike Day 12th May



Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the boxer

At Ace Cafe London we welcome all who share our passion, based upon the traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock n' roll.

So set the wheels in motion and take a journey with us through

the unique Ace Cafe London experience!

Foxton Locks Leicestershire 2nd June

Enjoy a day out at Foxton Locks

SUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2013

Spend a day at Foxton and watch the narrowboats working their way through the locks.

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Leicestershire's countryside.

Foxton Locks is the largest flight of staircase locks on the English canal system with two 'staircases' of five locks.

They are located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal 5 km west of Market Harborough close to the nearby village of Foxton .

Chatham Dockyard 9th June

Chatham Historic Dockyard, meeting with The Southern and East Anglia Sections.

There is much to see here and the price of the group booking ticket ( £10 concession/£11.50 Adult ) can be uprated with payment of £5/£7.50 on the day to allow unlimited entry for the year.

We have a booking for tour of The Ropery

We need to pre-book min 15 people (although we pay on the day) to get the group booking discount.

Please contact me to confirm.



The Historic Dockyard Chatham 9th June 2013

Chatham is the world's most complete example of a Historic Dockyard from the age of sail a time when Dockyards were the industrial centers of Europe.

HMS Victory - Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar was built at Chatham.

Historically, the ship took over six years to build, during this time the wood from over 6,000 trees was used of which 90% was oak. She was launched in 1765 at Chatham Dockyard and was commissioned in 1778. In terms of today's value, the estimated building cost of Victory would be a staggering fifty million pounds-at the time she was built costs amounted to £63,175.00.

Longest Day / France 30 June

Longest Day France

Sunday 30 June 13

Nord - Pas-de-Calais Is a region of France bordered on the north by the English Channel and the North Sea, on the northeast by Belgium, and on the south by Picardy. In historic terms, this region covers most of what was once the French part of Flanders, and the old province of Artois.

It is a region that has plenty to offer: the "Cote d'Opale", or Opal Coast, is an attractive west-facing coast with chalk cliffs, elegant resorts, and many sandy beaches; inland there are many areas of unspoilt countryside, particularly in the Pas de Calais. The area has many fascinating towns and cities.


Overlooking the Valley Canche Montreuil-sur-Mer offers expansive views of the hills of Ponthieu and horizons of the Opel Coast .Dominated by its Castle and Surrounded by 3 km of ramparts, the town rightfully called “Carcassonne of the north”. The town has many fine Churches, chapels, mansions, and picturesque streets its monuments tell you the history of Montreuil-sur-Mer

The Town also offers a great choice of restaurants with a wonderful selection of French cuisine.

Coast to Coast 3 National Parks Weekend 5-7 July

The concept for this ride is loosely based on Alfred Wainrights “coast to coast” walk. Participants will experience three national parks in one day – the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria.

Friday 5th July: We meet in Scarborough in the Brewers Fayre pub attached to Premier Inn Scarborough, Falconer Road, YO11 2EN

You may also consider:

Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas Hotel, St Nicolas Cliff, YO11 2EU Saturday 6th July: Robin Hoods Bay to Whitehaven (approx 240 miles)

Ride from Scarborough up to Robin Hoods Bay to catch a view of the sea. We then head through Heartbeat country (the Moors) and into the Dales. We take a brief stop to look at Ayesgarth falls and then onto Hawes to have lunch at the Penny Garth Bikers café. From there we continue the ride through the Wensley Dale gorge (formed during our last ice age) and head into Cumbria. We take the Windemere car ferry across the lake and head towards the Bluebird Café overlooking Lake Coniston for afternoon tea. Our ride finishes with the challenge of the Wrynose and Hardnott passes (gradient 1:3) in the highest part of the Lake District. We then head through the Eskdale Valley towards our Hotel.

Recommended Hotel is: Premier Inn Howgate, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 6PL

Sunday 7th July: Visit to Keswick via Wynlatter and Honister Passes.

The ride will be led by Andrew and Elaine Ayriss using “drop off”

system. This will be a pre set route mapped for Zumo and can be emailed to all participants. Participants are welcome to ride with the main group or form small groups or ride separately.

Please email me your mobile phone number when you confirm that you are taking part and that you have booked your accommodation.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me

My email is

My mobile number is 07828 471 867

This run will not have been tested beforehand and so is subject to changes depending upon unforeseen circumstances.

Fleet Air Arm Museum 21st July

Sunday 21st July 13

The Museum comprises four large halls. Each hall has ground floor and upper levels telling the stories of naval aviation from the first manned kites towed behind naval vessels, to helium filled airships, seaplanes, bi-planes and the carrier borne aircraft of WW2 and modern Sea Harriers and helicopters

Battle of the Atlantic

The battle Britain could not afford to lose

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of World War II. It began on the first day of the war and continued until the German surrender in 1945. Winston Churchill said the campaign to keep the convoy routes open was ‘the dominating factor all through the war. Never for one moment could we forget that everything happening elsewhere, on land, at sea or in the air, depended on its outcome…’ The battle to control the shipping lanes across the Atlantic involved thousands of ships and cost the lives of more than 30,000 Merchant Navy seamen. Its loss would, in all probability, have meant defeat in the war.

For Britain and Germany, it was the battle that neither side could afford to lose.

WK VMCC Rally The Friers Aylesford.

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club 29th

International West Kent Rally 2nd- 5th August 13

The Friars Aylesford ME20 7BX

Machines on show date from the 1900's through to the late 1980’s.

In 2012, 65% of the entries were British, 14% Japanese, 10% German

with the balance including US, Italian, French, Spanish, Danish, Russian

and Hungarian motorcycles.

Come and see the fantastic display of classic machines a great selection of

Trade and Club stands and check out the auto jumble.

Come and join us at The BMW Club South East Marquee

Sunday 4 August 2013

Herne Bay Carnival 10 August 2013

Great beaches lined with brightly coloured beach huts reflect the great character of this seaside town. Sporting enthusiasts; rowers, yachtsmen, and jet ski riders pursue their passion in Herne Bay's waters adding a thrilling dimension to the natural marina.

The seafront has much Victorian architecture and in the spring and summer months the town's beauty is enhanced by the seafront gardens, bringing floral colour for visitors to enjoy and it is also a focal point for summer concerts, other musical events.

Saturday 10 August 2013

Start time now 6.00pm

Popham Mega Meet 18 August

Weymouth Beach Races 20 October

Weymouth Beach Motocross

Sunday 20thOctober 2013

This exciting national motocross event attracts over 250 top riders from all over England, machines ranging from 125cc to 500cc riders aged 15 years upward, with several top women riders competing in this annual event. Crowds of over 15,000 pack Weymouth Seafront to enjoy the thrills and spills of this unique spectacle.

The Museum of Living History Hampshire 10 Nov.

Milestones, Hampshire's living history museum

November 10th2013

The county’s more recent past is brought to life at Milestones, Hampshire’s living history museum.

This award-winning museum houses a network of 19th and early 20th century streets.

Thousands of authentic bricks, slates and tiles have been used to create a network of life-size street scenes, complete with period houses and even a working pub. Factories and industrial buildings are also striking features, representing important local manufacturers such as Taskers and Thornycrofts.