Eastbourne Cycling Festival announces new ‘Early Years’ focus so children as young as 1 can take part.


Taking place on 2-4 June on the Western Lawns, Eastbourne Cycling Festival 2017 promises to be the most family-orientated yet. Now in its 7th year, the Festival has historically aimed to engage children from age 3 but a new Partnership with pre-balance bike Toddlebike has enabled the entry age to be set at just 1 (or as soon as you can walk!) Families will be able to enjoy their own designated area where age-appropriate bikes will be available to use, while parents enjoy a picnic and some fantastic cycling displays.


“We are very excited to have so much on offer for young families at the Festival this year. We have always strived to show off the widest range of cycling and cyclists at the event, but having Toddlebikes ticks an age box we haven’t previously been able to engage and will help to ignite a lifelong love of the sport”
Kim Washington, Organiser, Eastbourne Cycling Festival


To support this new Early Years focus, 12 Nursery ‘event partners’ from across the region have been selected and are currently practicing on Toddlebikes along with their balance bike and pedal cycling activity. These Nurseries and their children will be coming along on the day to show off their new cycling skills.


“The Children at Lions Cub Nursery has been taking part in Balanceability for 1 1/2 years and we have seen a vast improvement in their cycling skills. The children are always excited to use the balance bikes and now many have them at home too. With the recent addition of 6 Toddlebikes to our cycling equipment, our youngest children can now get involved and we’re all looking forward to joining in the fun at the Eastbourne Cycling Festival and showing everyone what we have learnt”


Kelly Youldon Piercy, Manager, Lions Cub Nursery


In addition to being firmly established as a cycling town, Eastbourne also has a keen focus on healthy outcomes for its children and is currently benefitting from the HALO project (Healthy Alternative for Little Ones) which aims to tackle childhood obesity. The Eastbourne Cycling Festival 2017 provides the perfect platform for cyclists, childcare organisations, parents and children to come together and explore tangible ways to build in healthy, active routines for children and engage with a new sport that they can enjoy throughout their lives.


The Eastbourne Cycling Festival is free to attend and takes place on Western Lawns on 2-4 June. The Festival offers a range of participation and spectator sports, ensuring that there is something for everyone regardless of cycling experience. For more information and a programme of events please visit http://www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com or contact Jo Hockley on johockley@toddlebike.co.uk.


Eastbourne Cycling Festival, 2-4 June 2017, Western Lawns, Eastbourne.
For more information or photos please contact Jo Hockley:
johockley@toddlebike.co.uk 07786 804547
Journalists and photographers are invited to attend on the day.
Eastbourne Cycling Festival www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com
Toddlebike www.toddlebike.co.uk
Lions Cub Nursery www.lionscubnursery.com