Calne Bike Meet

Calne Bike Meet™ is an annual, free to attend event bringing together motorcyclists and the local community.

After a successful event in 2023 we’re pleased to say that we’ll be back again for 2024. As always, the meet is held on the last Saturday in July which for 2024 makes the date¬†Saturday 27th July

Our small, Wiltshire town is taken over for the day by every variation of two wheeled machinery imaginable. To find us, use the postcode SN11 0EH, that’ll drop you right into the heart of the action.

To give you an idea of what to expect – we start to see the first bikes arriving in the town at around 8am, our first live band takes to the stage at around 10am and the music carries on throughout the day, with the last notes ringing though the town at about 6pm.

That’s not the end of it, there are plenty of venues in and around the town that carry on well into the night and Calne welcomes you to stay and make the most of them.

About

The first Calne Bike Meet was held back in 2000 when two charity organisers (Calne Rotary) invited a few local motorcycle clubs into the town.

For the first year or two the meet remained quite small, but it didn’t stay that way for long and soon grew to be recognised as a major event locally, nationally and beyond.

Being held in the town centre, on open public roads makes it a unique event in the motorcycling calendar, and being free to attend allows our whole town to be involved.

With rapid growth year-on-year, it was realised that the Calne Bike Meet could be a force for good (as well as a good day out).

As a not-for-profit event it is required that we meet a few requirements, one of those is to have and to honour a charter. It’s quite a long document so we’ll keep it short here and focus on the best bit – the charities we help.

Each year we look at how we can use your money to do good things and we do that by donating to a local charity, a national charity and a charity with a connection to motorcycles. Our AGM is an open, public meeting – you’re welcome to join us at the next one to hear how the Calne Bike Meet really does make a difference.

Every year our team of volunteers gathers together local clubs and traders to provide an event with something for everyone.

Always on the last Saturday of July it should be in your calendar already!

Join us at the next one for great bikes, live music and a warm welcome to our town.

Charities & Sponsors

Our 2024 charities are currently in discussion. Please find the 2023 Charities and sponsors who received donations below.

Freewheelers EVS is a registered charity which offers an out of hours, free of charge courier service to the NHS. Freewheelers transport blood, pathology and microbiology specimens, patient notes, X-rays, breast milk and other medical supplies, plus deliver every night to two local Air Ambulance bases.

Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities to grow the greater wellbeing of the motorbike community. Their ultimate aim is to reduce suicide amongst bikers in the UK. They are building a free, dedicated national network of trained mental health first aiders who can support bikers and their families across the UK.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance logo

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust is a registered charity providing an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is operational up to 19 hours a day, every day, and is called to, on average, three incidents a day in its helicopter and two critical care cars.

A great example of just how much good the Calne Bike Meet can do; the 2022 event generated a total of ¬£8,000 for our chosen charities:

Representatives from some of these charities joined us at our cheque presentation evening and gave a great insight into how these donations will be used; we look forward to


Our 2023 sponsors are:

To make the event happen and allow us to give so generously to our selected charities we ask for help, and every year the fantastic business community in and around Wiltshire answer our call.

The Calne Bike Meet is and will always be a free event. It’s for the benefit of the town and the motorcycling community more widely.

However, while the best things in life might well be free, there are many things that aren’t and a lot of those are needed to make sure the Calne Bike Meet is a safe and comfortable event for people of all ages and abilities.

We are proudly sponsored by Bevirs LawButfield BreachHills Waste Solutions and MiPermit.

Bevirs Law are our lead sponsor and have been serving the legal needs of Calne and surround towns for over 100 years. With legal services covering accident claims, residential conveyancing, family law and much more, we are very pleased to have them working alongside us this year

Butfield Breach has supported the Calne Bike Meet for many years and are Calne’s number one estate agent. Their support of this and many other local events is unwavering, they are a credit to our town.

Hills Waste Solutions is a long-term supporter of the bike meet. Keeping an entire town centre clean and tidy is no easy feat, but the facilities provided by Hills makes it all possible.

MiPermit enable car park operators to accept electronic payments for Pay & Display car parking, residents and visitor permits, and season tickets. Each electronic permit is digital, meaning that you do not need to display anything in your vehicle. You simply pay and go.

Live bands and entertainment

Headlining at the 2024 Calne Bike Meet will be Moretallica!

Joining Moretallica will be El Toro, bringing classic dancefloor rock.

More bands for 2024 Calne Bike Meet will be confirmed in due course.

2024 Calne Bike Meet may see the return of the speakers stage, stay tuned for more information!