Take your kids to the 2019 Cycle Show for a great family day out

If you're looking for a bike themed activity to a) keep your Cycle Sprog entertained and b) that everyone in the family can enjoy, then I can highly recommend a day out at the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. We have been three times with our Sprogs over the past few years, and we've all had a brilliant time.   This year the Cycle Show takes place from Friday 13th September through to Sunday 15th September 2019 and as always there will be plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Discount tickets for the Cycle Show 2019

We've some good news for you too. The nice people from the Cycle Show are kindly giving Cycle Sprog readers a discount on the tickets (as well as paying for our time in writing this article for them, which explains some of the many things there are for families to enjoy at the show).

Discounted tickets for the 2019 Cycle Show for Cycle Sprog readers

Adult tickets are usually £15.50 in advance and £19 on the door. Children 10 years of age and under visit the show for free (please note - you may be asked to show proof of your child's age if they look older than 10 years of age).  Those aged 11 – 16 years are charged  £10 in advance and £12 on the day. However, this year the organisers are offering Cycle Sprog readers two offers:

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.20 per on-line booking (£2.50 if you want the tickets posting to you).

What's there to do with kids at the 2019 Cycle Show?

With two huge halls full of bikes and cyclists there will be so much to do that I guarantee you won't see everything. Here's a few of the things I'll be looking out for at this year's show.

Kiddi Motto always have a fun and colourful stand, showcasing their range of helmets and balance bikes. Last year they launched their first full 2-in-1 kids cycle helmet and I'm looking forward to seeing what treats they have in store for us this year.

Kiddimoto full face kids helmet

Another stand I'm really excited about visiting is Little Rider. They're a new company stocking a range of mountain biking clothing for very little Cycle Sprogs. It's quite unusual to have quality cycle clothing in such small sizes and it's good to see someone filling this gap in the market.

Little Rider toddler MTB jerseys

Whyte Bikes have just released their latest kids bike - the 24" wheel Whyte 303. So far I've only seen it in pictures so I'm really looking forward to seeing this up closer on their stand.

Whyte 303 24 inch kids mountain bike

As always there will be a kids test track - this year the host is Hope Academy, who run a very popular bike rental scheme.  They will no doubt have a queue of eager young riders keen to put their bikes to the test, and their group of experienced advisors will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Cycle Show 2019 Kids Test Track

Practical help and advice will be available from the Komoot Cycle Advice Stage throughout each day of the show and the Main Stage will host inspirational talks from pro-riders and experts across road and off road disciplines.

Some of the names I'm sure Cycle Sprogs will be inspired by include 4 times World Champion Mountain biker in Down Hill and Enduro Tracy Mosely, who will be talking on the Saturday about her journey of becoming a world champion rider and taking part in the last ever Transprovce 6-day alpine endure.  Also on Saturday MTB legend Martyn Ashton and UCI Women’s team CCC-Liv cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio will be fascinating speakers to listen to.

On the Sunday members of Team Madison Genisis will be talking about life in the domestic peloton as an aspiring World Tour rider - something I know many Cycle Sprogs would love to do!

For older kids, there's a pump track, which looks like it will be great fun.  No booking is needed, but all riders will need to sign a disclaimer form at point of registration. It's suitable for ages 12 and over only, and all under 16s will need to have a parent/guardian do this for them for access to track.

Pump track at the 2019 Cycle Show

For parents and older teenagers (aged 16 and over) there's the main Bosch MTB Test Track which will feature a range of adult standard and electric mountain bikes to ride around the NEC on an off road track . I'm predicting that the e-bikes will be popular with those parents struggling to keep up with your Sprog on the trails (as I am!). This is open for 16 years and over only (height and ability permitting) and ID is needed to ride these bikes.

Despite all the organised activities for kids, we find it's always the sheer number of bikes, exciting new cycling related products and exotic cycling locations that grab our boys attention and keep them occupied for hours.  Having competitions like "Who can find the most expensive bike" or "Who can find the most famous bike" can be great fun!

Taking the kids to the 2019 Cycle Show at the NEC

Trying to get as many freebies as possible is also one of their favourite occupations - just make sure they don't sample too many energy gels if you don't want an over stimulated child on your hands!

When is the 2019 Cycle Show?

The 2019 Cycle Show takes place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September 2019. The Friday is always much quieter than the other two days, so if you don't have school / work commitments it's a great day to visit with smaller kids.

Where is the 2019 Cycle Show being held?

The Cycle Show is held at the NEC in Birmingham. In previous years the show has been held in halls as far away from Birmingham International station as is possible. This required a very long walk for those arriving by train. The good news is this year the Cycle Show is taking place in halls 2 and 3, which are much closer to the station, hopefully making the return journey at the end of a long day much easier.

How much does it cost to take kids to the 2019 Cycle Show?

Children 10 years of age and under visit the show for free (please note - you may be asked to show proof of your child's age if they look older than 10 years of age).  Those aged 11 – 16 years are £10 in advance and £12 on the door.  Adult tickets are £15.50 in advance and £19 on the door. However, this year the organisers are offering Cycle Sprog readers two offers:

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.20 per on-line booking (£2.50 if you want the tickets posting to you).

If you want more information about visiting the Cycle Show and what to expect, check out these other posts:

Disclosures:  Cycle Sprog was paid by the Cycle Show to write this post. We will get to attend the show free of charge on Trade Day (like all other members of the cycling industry).  We are members of several affiliate schemes, which means if you make a purchase after clicking on some of the links on this page we may get a small commission. This is what helps us keep the website going. Thanks for your support.

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