brand new show for 2023 showcases a diverse range of cycle interests – for everyone from adults to toddlers

Stonham Barns Park has hosted its first ever Suffolk CycleFest for bicycle lovers, enthusiasts and racers from across the region. The all-inclusive and interactive cycle show was heralded as a ‘huge success’ by organisers who put on a range of cycle activities including riding a local sportive (which was open to everyone with a bike – electric as well), BMX stunt riders, kids balance bike and electric cycling.

Suffolk CycleFest

Over 100 participants joined in 30, 60 and 100-mile Sportives – supported and run by Stowmarket and District Cycle Club – despite the blustery weather on the day. The event was a precursor to the just announced Tour of Britain which will once again include a stage in Suffolk.

Up-and-coming British Cycling star Abbey Thompson – who is sponsored by the leisure, retail and holiday venue Stonham Barns Park – attended the special one-day event.  Inspired by her father Leon Thompson to start cycling, Abbey has cycled in many national and international competitions and has cycled with British Cycling pro Megan Barker! Her favourite wins include the Paris Roubaix in France, the GB Road and TT National Championship and the Isle of Man National Youth series races. 

Abbey was present for a meet and greet and sportive session at the event chatting to visitors about her achievements and aspirations for 2023/24.

Her long-term aim is to be a famous professional cyclist and win the World Championship – and the women’s Tour de France!

Abbey Thompson

Abbey Thompson – from Crowfield near Stonham Aspal – competes in road racing, cyclocross and TT events both nationally and internationally. She is a national time trial champion in her category. Abbey seen here with her Dad Leon and others at Stonham Barns Park CycleFest Show.

Says Events Manager Joanna Daines, ‘Stonham Barns Park been hosting the Suffolk Youth Race Team (aged from 6-17 years) – for a few years.  The team use the showground as a practice track and the venue is the start/stop point for many regional club races and time trials.’

‘We are delighted that this debut event has been such a huge success for cycle clubs and cyclists everywhere.  As cycling has grown so much as a participation sport in recent years, we are looking forward to rolling out Suffolk CycleFest again next year for cyclists from the region.’

The show featured the Extreme Bike Battle Stunt Team, a Kids Balance Bike trail, bike specialists Maglio Rosso, Salice UK, Ipswich Cycle Speedway, Suffolk Police and Combat2Coffee.

Stonham Barns Park does not just offer great shows and events, it also has many attractions onsite including an owl and bird of prey centre, pirate adventure golf course, 9-hole golf course, vintage dodgem rides and funfair rides, fishing lakes, water activities lake, teapot pottery, restaurant, and tearoom and plenty of unique shops and much more.