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Pedal power getting visitors in a spin for the GY Wheels Festival

Learn to ridePedal-powered attractions of all shapes and sizes will be joining the prestige, classic and novelty cars along Great Yarmouth seafront for the GY Wheels Festival, on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

Taking place between 10am and 5pm on both days, this free festival is an opportunity for families to get up close to some very special motors, in addition to enjoying other fun activities.

Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Wheels Festival Committee, the popular festival is now in its third year and aims to support the local economy by providing yet another reason to visit the resort throughout the season.

As part of the Pushing Ahead project to promote cycling and walking, Active Norfolk, the county’s sports partnership, has arranged a host of pedal-powered fun and cycling confidence building activities, including can-crushing, paint-spinning and balloon-blowing bikes.

There will be learn-to-ride sessions for all ages, bicycle maintenance workshops and an adventure course with bikes provided. Local colleges will be bringing their engineered smoothie-making bikes and blade bikes.

Meanwhile, people will have the chance to ride some really wacky bikes, courtesy of Doc Spinoff and his Tricky Tricycles.

In addition, the Extreme Wheels roadshow will be delivering further cycle-related fun, with a mobile skate park and KMX karts.

The GY Wheels Festival is sponsored by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA), Joyland and the American Diner, Active Norfolk and the Department for Transport.

Cllr Barry Coleman, chairman of the borough council’s economic development committee, said: “The fantastic array of pedal-powered activities at this year’s GY Wheels Festival will complement the motor-powered attractions, offering even greater reason for people to visit and get into a spin on the seafront.

“In addition to being a cheap and environmentally-friendly means of transport, cycling helps you to enjoy more of the outdoors while keeping fit and healthy. This year, the seafront was the start and finish for the spectacular Tour de Broads South, so it is great to build upon that excitement with lots of cycle fun at the GY Wheels Festival.”

Gareth Brown, chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd, said: “Cycling is a popular pastime for many, and lots of tourists bring their bikes to Great Yarmouth when they come on holiday as Norfolk’s roads are ideal for a leisurely ride and the perfect way to discover tea rooms and cafes off the beaten track in the local area. Incorporating cycles into the Wheels Festival, taking place just as the Tour de France gets into its second week, is a great way to remind people that two wheels can be just as much fun as four.”

Ben Jones, Active Norfolk Director, said: “We’re excited to be part of the popular Wheels Festival this year and give attendees who are interested in motors and engineering a chance to get a new take on cycling. There are lots of terrific cycling opportunities in and around Great Yarmouth, and we hope people will learn more about the local paths and pedalways, improve their cycling skills and confidence, and have fun at the festival.”

Other attractions at the festival will include bespoke hotrods from the National Street Rod Association (NSRA), special vehicles from the East Coast Pirates Car Club, Lotus Carltons and other big Vauxhall Opel makes from the Autobahn Stormers Club, plus some GT40s and a vintage Austin truck.

Details of further festival attractions will be announced over the coming days.