World’s first immersive cycling festival coming to Cheshire this September

Expect an all-inclusive weekend of bike-fuelled fun, music, dancing, feasting, comedy and wild swimming at Cholmondeley Castle

The world’s first-ever immersive cycling festival is coming to Cheshire this autumn to celebrate life on two wheels.

Situated at the stunning Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, which is 45 minutes drive from Manchester and 30 minutes from Chester, Velio will offer three days and three nights of cycling, music, comedy, feasting, wellness, talks, workshops and immersive activities.

By day, saddle up and enjoy five stunning cycle routes with options for beginners, experienced riders, disabled cycling, and mini kids rides.

Take it easy on the 3km or 14km routes or go for it on 30km, 60km or 100km.

The highlight of these rides will be the headliner ‘Velutopia’.

Stretching across 14km of closed roads, this adrenaline-fuelled event will take cyclists on an immersive tour with some surprises along the way – expect weird and wonderful oddities, mid-ride games and tasks, music and celebrations, say organisers.

The wellness programme, meanwhile, offers the chance to chill out in the hot tubs, do a yoga class, go wild swimming or paddleboarding, or visit the Cuddle Club for some doggy themed therapy.

The indoor cycling centre will appeal to bike buffs who can test out the latest bikes and accessories and experience virtual racing.

Alongside the cycling activities, you can enjoy entertainment, music and comedy across five stages.

Renowned vocal group Sister Sledge will be taking over the centre stage alongside fellow headliners Everything Everything.

Tribute performances include The Bootleg Beatles and Da Funk (Daft Punk Tribute), as well as Mr Motivator getting the party started on the main stage, and La Discotheque will host their own stage with acts such as Crazy P Soundsystem and Disco Classics featuring a live orchestra, with their fabulous flamingos, soul sergeants and queens to match.

You’ll also find comedian Jason Manford on the comedy stage, as well as Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorsandi and Lou Conran.

Communal feasting will be at the heart of the festival with The Great Village Feast – and the award-winning Greater Manchester restaurant Volta will be collaborating to produce the banquets at the festival.

Foodies will enjoy long table communal feasts championing the finest local produce, while speciality bars serve up a variety of tempting tipples ranging from wine and gin to craft beers and cocktails. 

In addition to being the first immersive cycling festival, Velio is proud to be the first ‘Flexi-Distanced’ festival. All the measures and teams are in place to run the event socially distanced or non socially distanced, whichever the guidelines dictate, so you can book in confidence.

Included in all tickets is standard camping for three days and three nights with access to a spacious campsite, toilets and showers. Motorhomes and campervans are welcomed, and you can also arrive to pre-erected tents.

Velio runs from  17th-20th September 2021. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 14th April at 9am with prices starting from £150 (with the 25% discount code) for three days and nights including camping. Payment plans are available from just £32 per month, and early birds can get a 25% discount by signing up to the newsletter at


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