BMF Bears and Bikes 2020 details announced

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Published on 12 July 2019 by Mike Waters

The British Motorcyclists Federation’s 60th anniversary Bears and Bikes event will be at Traquair House (pictured) in Scotland on May 15-17 2020, and we can confirm that the bands, traders and clubs in the lists below will be there too. More are yet to be announced, so keep an eye on the dedicated Bears and Bikes Facebook page here for more announcements as they happen!

To book your tickets to Bears and Bikes at just £20 for BMF members, £25 for non-members and £10 for Saturday only, go to the Event listing here.

Front House front
There will be live music on Friday and Saturday on the Walled Garden Stage from the following acts:

joanov arc

Exploding onto the international music scene in 2015, JOANovARC are the new queens of rock. The band is a global phenomenon, their live shows are electrifying, their reviews are outstanding and their fan base is rapidly growing. See them live at Bears and Bikes! (websiteFacebook)

57964062 2248683281883009 4833830802242404352 nThe Spirit Levellers
Formed in 2005 by frontman and guitarist Mal Kitchen, the Spirit Levellers have added a few more members over the years and continue to bring the songs and energy of The Levellers to delighted audiences across the UK. (Facebook)

stn1Storyteller’s Night
The UK's premier tribute band to the music of Magnum, Storyteller's Night are a highly professional outfit covering Magnum's much-loved ‘70s and ‘80s period. (website)

62457429 1292455077597858 439867215899000832 n 1Twisted System
Twisted System are a top-class and authentic tribute to the career of the mighty Twisted Sister. They were set up by lifelong Twisted Sister fans who want to bring back the raw, high-energy live performances that the band were renowned for and entertain the rowdy headbangers of the UK once more. (website)

26219538 1844589935551096 2548089901329208418 nThe Gypsies
This band have headlined the BMF event at Kelso in 2014, played the Peterborough Arena for the BMF a few times, and now they will be playing at Bears and Bikes 2020 on the Friday night too. They will bring the party to you, and this band knows how to party! (Facebook)

Backdrop newExhibit A
These guys are one of the best rally party bands around. Exhibit A have played The Farmyard to Rock and Blues, and will be partying with you on the Saturday night. (website)

ConSpiracyConspiracy Rising
Critics have long been reporting that guitar music is dead, but Conspiracy Rising disagree and are proving it is alive and well! They are a great live band with an equally great choice of songs played to a very high standard, so you'll enjoy this one... (website, Facebook) acoustic acts and an all-day DJ.


Motorcycle Law Scotland
Motorcycle Law Scotland is a specialist law firm representing motorcyclists who have been injured in motorcycle collisions through no fault of their own while riding in Scotland. The firm has offices in Peebles, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and the lawyers themselves are keen motorcyclists. (website)

Saltire Motorcycles and Alba Customs
“The team at Saltire Motorcycles and Alba Customs are delighted to have been invited to the BMF’s Bears and Bikes event. It’s already looking to be an exciting event in such a beautiful location, so make sure you all come along to support the BMF and have a really fun weekend!” (website)

Two Wheels Edinburgh
“Scotland’s number one Honda and Triumph dealer is pleased to confirm that it will be sponsoring Bears and Bikes 2020. Two Wheels has been a Honda dealer since 1986 and has recently been appointed the only Goldwing dealer for Scotland. Edinburgh Triumph is a foundation dealership, having been with Triumph since 1991." (website)

Holywood Service Station
Bears and Bikes will also include a classic and vintage bike show of off-road and on-road bikes, and South West Scotland and Cumbrian Royal Enfield dealers are kindly sponsoring it in conjunction with the BMF. (Facebook)

Kirkaldy Kawasaki
Scotland's premier dealer for Kawasaki motorcycles, offering new and used sales, parts, accessories, repairs and service. (websiteFacebook)

- A Slice of Sweetness (website)
- Gigography (website)
- Bazzar Pixie (website, Facebook
- Foxy Hats'n'Crafts (website)
- The Craft Cavern (website)
- APT Engraving (website)
- Wyrd Tony Pagan Armour and Jewellery
- Clan Jewels
- Something Different Chilli (website)
- Rooks and Roses (website, Facebook)
- Lauman Media & Publishing (website, Facebook)
- The Huggi Tree (Facebook)
- Ear Moldz at CCM Laboratories (Facebook)
- Tweedvale Motorcycles (Facebook)
- The Borders Eclectics

- National Association of Bikers with a Disability (NABD) (website)
- Vulcan Riders Association (VRA) (website)
- Riders’ Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland (website)
- Evolution Women's Motorcycle Club (website, Facebook)
- CMA hosting Holy Joe's Café (website, Facebook)   
- Motorcycle Funerals Limited (website, Facebook
- Edinburgh and District Advanced Motorcyclists (EDAM) (website, Facebook)
- Blood Bikes Scotland (website, Facebook)
- Harley Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain (website, Facebook)
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Biker Down (Facebook)
- Armed Forces Bikers (AFB) (website, Facebook
- Galashiels Ex-Service Pipe Band (websiteFacebook)
- The BMW UK Club (website)
- Blue Knights Law Enforcement MCC (website)
- Celtic Dragons MCC
- Lothian and Borders Classic and Vintage MCC (Facebook)
- Barry Sheene Replica Bike Display
- Knot Custom Trikes
- Traquair Belly Dancing Tribe (Facebook)

Dave MikeThe David Hailwood Experience
Dave Hailwood (left), son of the great Mike Hailwood (right), will be showing a selection of his father’s spectacular machines at Bears and Bikes 2020. A 12-times Isle of Man TT winner who later went on to compete in Formula 1 as well, Hailwood Sr was one of the greatest racers of all time and the wide range of machines that he rode to victory are well worth a look.

George Formby No Limit Tribute
A tribute to George Formby and his TT-winning Shuttleworth Snap, stars of the 1935 comedy classic film No LimitFormby is played by Graeme Hardy in a tribute act that includes a replica of Formby’s home-made racer – actually a 1926 Model P Triumph underneath the chequered streamlining! Just like George, Graeme strums the ukulele and sings a range of classic George Formby songs in character. He will be riding the Shuttleworth during Bears and Bikes 2020. 

- Traquair Arms Hotel (website, Facebook, call Clare on 01896 830229)
- St Ronan's Hotel (website, Facebook, book direct for best rates and call Cath on 07769 632002)
- The Old Town Hall B&B (website, Facebook, call Pam on 01896 830277. Off road bike parking by prior arrangement)
- Crumbs Homebaking B&B (Facebook, call Barbara on 01896 833846)
- Woodknowe B&B (website, Facebook, for best rates book direct on 01896 831272)
- Caddon View Country Guest House (website, Facebook, look for ‘long stay’ discounts on the website or book direct with Lisa and Steve on 01896 830208)
- Cleikum Mill Lodge (website, Facebook, call Graham on 07790 592747) (Self-catering, accommodate groups up to 10/12)
- The George & Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose (website, Facebook, call 01896 822308 to book, ample bike parking and drying facilities) 

If you are wondering about staying over at Bears and Bikes at Traquair House itself, we have a deal for you!

Assorted Events is run by Bud Davidson and Chantal Cooper, who have more than 15 years’ experience in events and operational management including organisation, logistics and transport. They’re offering a pre-pitched camping solution for attendees of Bears and Bikes 2020 – or, to be precise, two of them.

Option 1Option 1 consists of a 4m bell tent, two memory foam mattresses, two sheets, two pillows with covers and a lantern. Ten are available for two people for two nights for £150, and another is available for two people for three nights for £180.


Option 2Option 2 consist of a Hudson 500 nylon tent, two air beds, two sheets, two pillows with covers and a light. Ten are available for two people for two nights for £100.


Both options come with a choice to also purchase new sleeping bags for £20 per bag (to be ordered at the time of booking). Additional guests are charged at £15 per person per night, up to a maximum of three people in a bell tent and four people in a nylon tent. 

To book, please visit the Assorted Events website here.

- Barc Taxis (Facebook, call Kerrie on 01721 721212)

There will be a hog roast, pizza oven, fish and chip bar, Holy Joe's Cafe and hot and cold food available throughout the day.

Traquair House springTraquair House
Traquair is Scotland's oldest inhabited house and it dates back to 1107. It has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491, and offers an unrivalled location for camping and facilities alike. Find out more here:

- The Garden Café (website)
- Traquair House (website, Facebook)
- Traquair brewery (website)

At the Bears and Bikes event, there will be:

- Bar with a fine selection of Traquair Ales 
- The Garden Cafe
- Campsite and shop
- Free entry to the house and grounds (Friday 15th and Saturday 16th only).

Arrival photography will be taken by Photographer Ahead (Facebook).

For more information and for ticket sales, email or call 0116 279 5112.