BikeLights news!

We can now announce our replacement parade date for the postponed 2018 event is:

January 26th 2019

with an earlier start time because of shorter daylight hours of 4.30pm.

More news and updates soon!

The BikeLights team

BikeLights 2018 is less than a week away..!

We’re very excited to be in the final run-up to our event this week, with lots of last-minute preparations going on, artists & schools finishing their creations and builds ready for the parade, and artist-led workshops taking place in a range of community settings.

Our production team are busy putting all the last practicalities in place including running a special volunteer steward briefing this Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Exchange, Molesworth Street, Wadebridge – if you would like to help us run our event safely and can spare a few hours to help out please do come along! Your help really does make all the difference!

Our open workshop on Saturday saw an amazing 95 people of all ages creating colourful and inspiring bike attachments and installation pieces all ready for the event! Don’t worry if you missed this – we still have our free on-the-day workshop at POP Gallery on Saturday 13th so if you’re not sure what to create then come down and let our artist team help you out! Reg, Max, Janie and Laura will be on hand between 11am and 5pm, along with the lovely team from Wadebridge Bike Shop once again offering their brilliant FREE bike safety checks!

We are also delighted to be a partner in Circus250 this year. Our event forms part of a year-long and UK-wide  celebration of the art form of Circus, which is an amazing 250 years old in 2018…! You can read more at http://circus250.com.

Do check this page again for more updates and news! See you on Saturday!

The BikeLights and Wadebridge Creative Hub Team

ANNOUNCING BIKELIGHTS 2018

‘FLYING CIRCUS!’ Saturday, October 13th 2018 The BikeLights team are now delighted to announce that our magical and much-loved illuminated bicycle-based parade for all the family will take place this year at 6.45pm on Saturday 13th October on the streets of Wadebridge. Now in our fifth year, as well as receiving hugely valued local support and beginning to establish some exciting new partnerships, BikeLights and Wadebridge Creative Hub are delighted to have gained Arts Council and FEAST funding to further develop the event’s artistic activity and reach as well as our community impact longer term. See our funders and sponsors page for more info on this! Meanwhile we are already planning our schools and community activity as well as our artist call-out, so keep checking this site and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more info on things as we go. Posters and postcards will be on the way very soon once designer Jago Silver has worked his magic on our lovely theme, so look for those appearing in shops and schools in September… MORE SOON! The BikeLights team
_MGL1411 Happy New Year to all BikeLights enthusiasts! 2017 saw the largest number of entries yet – 674 with lots of gorgeous illuminated Minibeast bikes, Wadebridge Coasters’ 10 bike caterpillar, a musical rickshaw, a husky pulling a snow queen sled and a beautiful wheelbarrow dragonfly! Congratulations to Nanstallon, Port Isaac, Boscastle and Wadebridge Primary Academy on their fantastic school bikes. The BikeLights team wish to thank this year’s funders – St Breock REG Community Fund, Pengelly CE Fund and Middle Treworder Fund, and Feast. Thanks also to the Air Cadets for volunteer stewarding, and the team of street collectors mainly from Wadebridge Rotary Club. The funds collected will go towards next year’s event. Watch this space for 2018 date and plans.

BikeLights Saturday 14th October 2017 – Minibeasts

Sticker Design mockHere is the latest information on the plans for the day of BikeLights. Please check our Facebook page for last minute updates.

This year is all about Minibeasts. Spiders, ants, butterflies, bees, wasps, flies, woodlice, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars – we are excited to see what you do with your bikes this year…

From 11 am at Pop Cafe Gallery – BikeLights Minibeasts Fun Palace. A drop-in bike decorating workshop where we will be celebrating the Minibeast. Bring your bikes, pushchairs, mobility scooters and walkers and get help and inspiration to decorate them to this year’s theme. There will be artists to help with ideas and some basic materials, and strings of lights to buy for £3.50.
Pop Cafe Gallery, Unit 5, Trevanson Street, Wadebridge, PL27 7AW (opposite Lidl).

6.15 pm decorated bikes start to assemble for procession in Lidl car park. Entry by donation, please pay what you can, we suggest a minimum of £1 per bike.

6.45 pm procession sets off on guided route through town-takes about 1 hour. There will be a rolling road closure as the procession moves through town.

Approx 7.45 pm procession returns. Pop Cafe, Tiny Thai, Wild Bake are all open as the procession returns. Best to pre order any food earlier in the day!

BikeLights day, Saturday 15th October 2016

Here is the latest information on the plans for the day of BikeLights. Please check our Facebook page for last minute updates.

The BikeLights site is the Piggy Lane car park, behind the Fire Station and Lidl in Wadebridge.

Site opens to the public at 1 pm. Street food available all afternoon and evening.

Drop-in bike decorating workshops from  1 pm.  Bring your bikes, pushchairs, mobility scooters and walkers  and get help and inspiration to decorate them to the theme “marvellous machines”. There will be artists to help with ideas and some basic materials, and strings of lights to buy for £3.50.

All afternoon the Pedal Emporium will offer bike powered fun with  smoothies, paint spinning and bubbles.

The cinema tent will be running a programme of bike themed films.

Approx 2 pm: Bike stunt display by ThinkBikes, London’s leading bike stunt display team.

6.15 pm decorated bikes start to assemble for procession in Lidl car park. Entry by donation, please pay what you can, we suggest a minimum of £1 per bike.

6.45 pm procession sets off on guided route through town-takes about 1 hour.

Approx 7.45 pm procession returns. All bikes to be parked in the Lidl car park holding area.

Approx 8. pm Special finale parade by schools’ projector bikes,  spectacular bikes and illuminated stunt display by ThinkBikes in the fenced off parade area in Piggy Lane car park.

Celebrations until 10.30 pm with DJ set and live set by Friday Funk Social Club.

Decorating workshops for mobility scooters and walkers

Monday 3rd October 2 – 5 pm
Saturday 15th October  from 1 pm at the BikeLights site.

Come and join artist Alessandra Ausenda to decorate your walker or scooter with lights for BikeLights this year. Bring your own scooter or borrow one from Concern Wadebridge.

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Claire testing the awkward slope at Anneka’s!

 

Marvellous Machines- Projector Bikes with Tom Harding & JOLT and artist Reg Payn

 

Wadebridge Creative Hub and DR2 would like to announce a fantastic ‘Digital Bike Project’ for Bikelights 2016- a 3-day workshop project with visiting specialist artists- it takes place in September and October 2016, ready to roll after the summer break. Bikelights 2016 is on Saturday 15th October.

The idea is simple- to make 7 amazing “Projecting Bike Creations”, one in each of 7 schools (years 4/5 or 6)- decorated bikes with hand-held digital projectors mounted on them , themed around this year’s Bikelights subtitle “Marvellous Machines”. Wadebridge Creative Hub has been able to get Arts Council funding to make this project very affordable for schools. We are working with the incredibly talented digital animations and projections specialist, Tom Harding. (Tom has made digital projections for Jaguar-Landrover and Elton John amongst many others- he’s extraordinarily clever). Tom and his 2 assistants can work with a group of 6 young people in one whole day to make a short digital stop-frame animation on a subject of your choosing- (think “Marvellous Machines”).

Visual Artist Reg Payn will then work in school for two further days each with up to 24 young people (working in groups of 8) to create the bike itself- a unique two wheeled creation, based around the same theme as the animated film. Reg’s Bike creations for Bikelights are something of a local legend. So the outcome will be what we call “Projector Bikes”- 7 fabulous bike creations that can project animations onto the ground and walls as they move around. We will organise a special “Projector Bike Parade” as part of the post-procession celebrations on October 15th so that all 7 digital projector bikes can be appreciated in all their glory (in darkness) by the assembled masses!

7 Schools confirmed:

Wadebridge Academy

Boscastle Primary

St Breock Primary

Port Isaac Primary

St Mabyn Primary

Nanstallon Primary

St Wenn