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Summer is the time the UK comes alive with events. There’s something to suit all types from music festivals to dog shows. If you’re an event or festival virgin though, it can be difficult to decide where to go.

The guys at Bikesure, the free thinking specialist motorcycle insurance broker, have taken a look at what lies ahead on the biking festival calendar and made some recommendations.

The Biker Guide has a comprehensive list of events both big and small from rallies and ride-outs for charity to larger weekend festivals. Ride Trader is another site crammed full of event listings.

One of the most popular biker festivals of the season is the Rock and Bike Festival held in mid July on the Elvaston Castle Showground, Derby. Featuring over 20 bands and competitions including the best and worst tattoo, this is a real bikers’ bash.

There’s also MAG’sThe Farmyard Party held in June at Duncombe Park Estate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Sponsored by Bikesure this is said to be Europe’s biggest and best bike rally. It’s been going for 26 years so the organisers should have got the hang of how to put on a biking shindig by now. There’s bike bands, blues bands, dance music , cafes, bars and much more.

Although not a primarily a biker’s festival Bloodstock, the UK’s largest heavy metal festival, is very popular with bikers. Held at Walton on Trent in Derbyshire it is four days of head-banging bliss, featuring over 100 bands.

If you prefer your bikes without music then The Custom Motorcycle Show in June, staged alongside the Custom Car and Hot Rod Festival at Beaulieu, Hampshire, promises a weekend packed with British and European manufacturers, engineers and designers. Weekend tickets include camping and entry to all events.

The Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory Park in July, hosted by the Vintage Motorcycle Club, offers opportunites to ride the original Mallory Park Circuit. There’s a variety of motorcycle sport to watch and a huge Trade and Autojumble area featuring over 120 stands.

Thundersprint in Northwich, Cheshire is billed as one of the biggest motorcycle events of its kind in Europe. It’s for young and old, hard core race fans and classic enthusiasts. For really keen Thundersprint fans, the action starts very early on Sunday morning as the bikes, and riders, undergo their pre-event safety checks at 6am. The sprint races are held right in the middle of the show.

And of course no list would be complete without mentioning the Isle of Man TT races held at the end of May to beginning of June. It’s so popular that you need to start planning a year ahead to get the best accommodation and even camping sites book up quickly.