Weekends Away


New Weekends Away Programme

  • Fri 7th – Sun 9th May – Isle of Wight (Andy England)

  • Fri 25th – Sun 27th June – Pub Camping Weekend (Czes Wicherek)

  • Fri 2nd – Mon 5th July – Carry on up the Dart (Chris North)
  • Fri 9th – Sun 10th July – HOGS on the Farm (Howard Pullen)
  • Fri 16th – Mon 19th July – No Dragon, just Bisons with the Mons Chapter (Dell Evans)
  • Thu 22nd – Sun 25th July – Snowdonia (Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle)
  • Fri 30th Jul – Mon 2nd August – Reims Champagne Run (Al Denton-Miller)

  • Fri 13th – Sun 15th August – Cirencester Rally 2021 (Eileen Ostinelli)
  • Fri 20th – Sun 22nd August – Women in Motorcycling (Liz Getgood)
  • Fri 27th – Sun 29th August – Ironbridge Shropshire (Steve Routh)

  • Thu 2nd – Mon 6th September – Weinfest (Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle)
  • Fri 24th – Sun 26th September – Rumble up the Arras (Roger Bonnici)

  • Sat 16th – Sun 17th October – IoW TT Diamond Races TBC (Andy England) – POSTPONED to 2022

Assistant Director Paul Cutler co-ordinates the Weekends Away Programme

Friday 7th May – Sunday 9th May

Isle of Wight (Andy England)

Cancelled due to the Covid restrictions – new dates will be confirmed in due course. Please don’t contact the hotel as they are closed at present and there is only skeleton staff on, also they have not agreed the price or the date until there are clear government guidelines for larger groups.

Contact Andy for more details

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Friday 25th June – Sunday 27th June

Pub Camping Weekend (Czes Wicherek)

A relaxed weekend riding approximately two hundred miles or so each day before camping and retiring to a local hostelry for something to eat, a few beers and a night under the stars. The next day, we will get up when we are ready, explore the local area for places of historical interest before returning to our camp base for dinner and some further refreshment.

More details closer to the time.

Contact Czes for more details and to book

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Friday 2nd July – Monday 5th July

Carry on up the Dart (Chris North)

This is a very chilled ride to the Palace Hotel (spa facilities and indoor pool), Paignton, Devon which is right on the sea front. On arrival a 6-course meal is included in the price, including bed and breakfast for 3 nights.

4 days, 3 nights. Total mileage 450, longest ride 175 miles. 10 Rooms currently reserved. Prices to be confirmed but roughly £130 for two B&B&D (6 course evening meals) per night. Price for single not confined either but is about £20 less than a double.

Depart from GH-D at 10.00am stopping on route at a pit stop location to be decided later. Then onto Palace Hotel, Paignton, Devon.

On Saturday the bikes are given a rest, and a short walk to Paignton Round Robin Steam Package train, currently at £30 per person, and for the over 65 at £28:50 per person (but prices not confirmed) for a fabulous trip along the River Dart Valley arriving at Dartmouth via a short ferry crossing.

A meander around the town, grab something to eat prior to a steamboat ride to Totnes, then an open top bus back to Paignton. The evening is a non-event, and for members to explore the town and then eat at the hotel which has a great bar and outlook over the beach and sea, plus live entertainment.

The following day is a ride into Brixham one of the largest fishing towns in the country. Fabulous fish & chips for lunch. Then do as one please, but to be back in time for dinner at the hotel.

The following morning and after a leisurely breakfast the ride back home. Leaving the hotel at about 10.30, returning via A303 and stopping at the Route A303 Cafe for a pit stop. Then onwards home.

Deposit of £25.00 per person (non-refundable) is required at booking. Members need to book directly with the hotel with no cost to Hogsback Chapter. Coded ref will be given to participants prior to booking with contact details of hotel etc, as I’ve negotiated the prices. This all depends on COVID restrictions being relaxed.

Contact Chris for more details and to book

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Friday 9th July – Sunday 10th July

HOGS on the Farm (Howard Pullen)

Here are the provisional plans for HOTF 2021 as per 2019 flyer but with these changes subject to Hogsback committee approval

  • Friday Night Band to be confirmed Saturday Tickets ? TBC
  • 11.30am – Saturday Ride to Wiston Steam Rally or coast
  • 3.00pm – Harley Games and Tractor Driving competition
  • 5.00pm – Tour of farm and Carp Lakes and scenic views of Petworth
  • 7.00pm – Party on the Farm Hog Roast and rocking to Throbbin Hood (tbc)

Contact Howard for booking and more details

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Friday 16th July – Monday 19th July

No Dragon, just Bisons with the Mons Chapter (Dell Evans)

Dell & the road crew support will take us on a 3-night trip to see our friends in the Mons Chapter. The DouDou festival we were originally going to see has been cancelled so instead we are planning a vist to a Bison farm in the Ardennes on the Saturday and Waterloo on the Sunday.

Accommodation at the Hotel Lido is an easy short walk to the town centre with secure parking on a B&B basis. A lovely ride on Friday to Mons led by the road crew with a nice stop offs on the way. Other details are being sorted and will be adapted as restriction allow. Monday will include an interesting stop on the way back with us back home in good time. Already 80 members booked and 5 bikes with 10 rooms left be quick. Cost: Hotel rates per night £82 per room plus £10 for breakfast (optional). Secure parking £2.5 per bike per night. Deposit £65 is refundable up to the end of April

Update 24th March : All those registered to go on the Mons trip should have received an e-mail from me detailing the room allocation. Anyone who has not received the e-mail please, contact me at director@hogsbackchapteruk.org. We currently have 50 bikes and 68 members going with a couple of rooms vacant.

Contact Dell for more details and to book


Thursday 22nd July – Sunday 25th July

Snowdonia (Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle)

An interesting ride to one of the best little villages in North Wales. Suitable for all and no motorway riding, good food and stunning scenery.

  • Travel up on Thursday using A and B roads with a stop for lunch which will need to be pre ordered.
  • Friday and Saturday will be bimble throughout Snowdonia with visits to a castle or two and if you feel adventurous, we could try Zip World.
  • Travel back on Sunday using a different route and if we have time, we will take in the Elan Valley.

Cost: Rooms are £120 regardless of occupancy and breakfast £5 per head. Currently 17 rooms are booked with a further 8 available.

Contact Robin for more details and to book

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Friday 30th July -Monday 2nd August

Reims Champagne Run (Al Denton-Miller)

A cheeky long weekend away trip to Reims, capital of the Champagne region of France. Expect a total of around 500-600 miles riding on the other side of the channel and lots of good food and wine. We depart on the Friday morning via Eurotunnel for a 200-mile run down to Reims. We will stop for coffee and fuel, visit the Thiepval Memorial and make a lunch stop in Pozieres.

Our hotel is the Hotel Campanile Reims Centre which gets good reviews, has secure parking for the bikes and is only a 5-minute walk to the sights of Reims. Friday evening will be a meal in Reims.

  • On the Saturday morning, we will meet up with the Reims HOG Chapter and they will join us for a ride that they call ?Le Champeniose? which lets us see the most beautiful places of the Mountains of Reims and the Marne Valley. We will take lunch at ?L?Auberge Champenoise? in Moussy near to Epernay and then continue in the afternoon through the woods to Trepail where we will taste Champagne at a vineyard. Back in town we will have a group dinner and of course more chances to sample the local sparkling beverages.
  • Sunday will be a free day to relax and sightsee in Reims itself. Maybe visit a Champagne house or two? I will run a group ride in the morning if there is enough interest.
  • Monday will be a ride back to the Tunnel and will be flexible depending on timing. We can either visit another Great War site or if the weather is not good, we could do a straight run up the autoroute.

This ride is suitable for all bikes and riders and we will do no more than 80 miles between fuel stops.

Costs: Hotel cost is just under £80 per double room per night. 25 rooms available in total. I will give priority to those who were originally booked on the 2020 Reims trip that was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Contact Al for more details and to book


Friday 13th August – Sunday 15th August

Cirencester Rally 2021 (Eileen Ostinelli)

The 4th edition of our legendary Cirencester Rally organised by the Hogsback Chapter. With UK and European guest chapters to be invited. On the grounds and with accommodation at the Royal Agricultural University. There is a lot of interest from other chapters for 2021.

Hogsback members should pay deposits (£50 per room) before we open up bookings to other chapters. Date to be confirmed. For anyone that moved their 2020 deposit to 2021 your booking is secure. If you had your 2020 deposit refunded you will need to book again. To avoid any disappointment, get your booking in quickly.

Room Availability: Double/twin rooms, Single rooms, plus very limited camping and Motor home/caravans

Cost: All meals + room or camping. Single £165, Twin £275, Double £285 All with ensuite bathrooms. Subject to change

Contact Eileen for more details and to book


Friday 20th August – Sunday 22nd August

Women in Motorcycling (Liz Getgood)

A fun and action-packed weekend that brings together female riders, from experienced riders to learners. At Tutbury Castle you will find bikes, clothing, accessories, tour, inspirational speakers, workshops and meet-ups all focused on women?s needs in motorcycle riding.

The (not just) LoH event of the year!

Contact Liz for more details and booking


Friday 27th August – Sunday 29th August

Ironbridge Shropshire (Steve Routh)

A World Heritage Site and the beating heart of the Industrial Revolution, the Ironbridge Gorge is home to some amazing museums that make for an unforgettable experience.

  • Friday a bimble up via Marlborough and the Cotswolds arriving around 4-5.00pm at our Hotel.
  • Saturday a nice ride through the Welsh countryside to Port Merrion, so you can choose to be a name of just a number!!
  • Sunday a visit to the Bliss Hill Victorian Town Museum or the RAF Cosford museum as participants wish.
  • Monday a ride via different roads home via the Cotswolds.

Friday and Saturday evenings experience live music at the hotel in Ironbridge subject to change with Covid restrictions.!! https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/explore/blists-hill-victorian-town/

Accommodation: £270 for three nights including breakfast for a couple. Slightly cheaper rooms for single occupancy

Ride now full – Reserve List in operation

Contact Steve for more details and to book

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Thursday 2nd September – Monday 6th September

Weinfest (Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle)

A ride to the wine festival of middle Moselle, staying in Bernkastel-Kues.

  • Thursday will be an early start on the Eurotunnel down to the hotel, this is a day to crunch the miles, but we will have many comforts stops and lunch en-route hopefully arriving at the hotel by 5.00pm.
  • Friday a ride out to Konz H-D through the high roads surrounding the Mosel stopping for coffee and cakes.
  • Saturday takes in the roads along the Mosel to Cochem for more coffee and cake then to Koblenz H-D, returning to the Hotel in time to join the festivities and fireworks.
  • Sunday a non-bike day to allow the excesses of the previous evening to wear off so we can take a cruise along the Mosel and then watch the parade of floats in the afternoon.
  • Monday early start to crunch the miles back to the Eurotunnel and home.

Cost: Rooms are £130per night for a double including breakfast.

Currently the 12 rooms are fully booked. Contact Robin to get on the reserve list.

Contact Robin for more details and to book

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Friday 24th – Sunday 26th September

Rumble up the Arras (Roger Bonnici)

The weekend will be catering for all levels of rider and inclusive to trikes. We shall take a coastal route from Calais then inland to end up in Arras for a hearty lunch. Later in the evening we will have dinner in the centre of Arras.

Saturday we will peruse the massive
street markets before a possible ride out after lunch. Evening meal is planned for a centrally located restaurant. Sunday will be a casual scenic ride back to Calais. The expected mileage for the weekend should be around 250-300 miles.

Roger has EIGHTEEN rooms reserved with the Arras Ibis hotel with a mix of doubles, twin and single rooms for TWO nights including breakfast. Expect to pay per night approximately 80? per couple/double or twin room and 65? per single room. Local taxes taken into account.

There is a great interest in this weekend with people desperate to jump the queue so in fairness to all, people will have to get on the list quick by emailing me on roger.bonnici@hogsbackchapteruk.org and once confirmed following up by sending a deposit of £69.00 per room by BACS to

Hogsback Chapter; Sort Code 30-92-70; Acc No.Reference ARRAS (followed by your initials)
(Please note that deposits are non-refundable unless the room can be occupied by some other person. Deposits will be deducted from your final bill on departure)


All available 19 rooms on the Arras weekend have now been reserved. I’m assured that the hotel still has 2 more rooms available should we reserve them before Friday 22nd January. I will deem the reservations closed by that date. -RB

Only 1 room left now – RB

19/01/2021 – No rooms left ! – RB

08/03/2021 – Due to change of date for this trip, two double rooms now available – RB

Contact Roger for more details and booking

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Saturday 16th October – Sunday 17th October

IoW TT Diamond Races TBC (Andy England)

The Isle of Wight is set to welcome motorcycle road racing for the first time in 2021 with the all-new Diamond Races. The Diamond Races will take place on a 12.4-mile circuit on the south of the Isle of Wight, with the course incorporating a five-mile blast along the coastal military road.

Two practice days will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, with Isle of Man TT-style time trial races taking place on the Saturday. For the inaugural event, the Superbike, SuperSport and Lightweight class of machinery will be raced, with demonstrations for sidecars and electric bikes planned.

Exact dates are to be confirmed, but organisers are aiming to run the event the week after the British Superbike finale – which will ensure big names from the world of road racing who also compete in BSB, such as five-time TT winner Peter Hickman, three-time winner Dean Harrison and one-time victor James Hillier.

This weekend away is currently in the very early planning stages only.

09/02/2021 – It is being reported in the Bike press (link to article) that this year?s Isle of Wight Diamond Races debut has been postponed as the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and the amount of work still to be done for an October launch has caused the organising team to rethink their plans.

Please log your expression of interest with Andy