Somerset Moto Fest

A FREE two day event for the whole family

The inaugural Somerset Moto-Fest 2017 was held over the weekend of the 9th and 10th September 2017. Hosted by the spectacular Fleet Air Arm museum it was a fun free 2 day event with something for all the family, whether you arrived on 2 wheels, 4 wheels or on foot. Exhibitors included main motorcycle and car dealerships, training organisations, DVSA, Highways England, emergency services, cycle dealers and various demonstrations. We are hoping to make Somerset Moto-Fest an annual event so keep checking this website for further details.



What was on:

  • Test your motorcycle slow riding ability
  • Hone your skills at parallel or bay parking
  • Try out  one of the new dealer provided vehicles fitted with parking assistance programmes and learn more about the safety features available.
  • Take an assessed ride or drive accompanied by an advanced rider or driver
  • Try one of the demonstration bikes or cars from the dealers.
  • Children’s play area
  • Food & drinks available at the Swordfish Restaurant.
  • Competitions running daily


To download and A5 flyer for Moto Fest 2017 click here.

To download an A4 poster for Moto Fest 2017 click here.


Somerset Moto Fest 2017 Sponsors and Supporters


Rowcliffes Vauxhall, Somerset’s trusted Vauxhall dealership, specialising in new and quality used vehicles plus fantastic deals on servicing and repairs.


The Motorcycle Action Group campaigns to protect and promote the interests and rights of all riders, from learner to advanced. 

MAG membership is drawn from across the whole spectrum of motorcycling. We celebrate biking and the freedoms and independence it provides. 

MAG is the representative voice of riders in Local and National Government, because they are not aligned to any political party or ideology, their independence makes it possible for politicians and officials to work with them.


Urban-Glow creates innovative and superior quality high visibility apparel for motorcyclists. Made in the UK. See our products at:


Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a registered charity, established to provide relief from sickness and injury for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of an air ambulance.  We receive no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and rely on the generosity of the public for support.


Rock and Road

Your community bicycle store, a quality servicing & repair centre, a home for all things cycling.

We are based on the western side of Yeovil. We stock and sell bicycles of all types as well as loads of cycling accessories, clothing, helmets, footwear, and upgrades for your bike or for you!


A very active group of like-minded riders, Somerset Advanced Motorcyclists run a full calendar of group riding experiences throughout the year alongside the development of individual members towards their IAM RoadSmart advanced rider qualification and beyond.


Offering help and advice on car seats for babies and children of all ages. Expert staff on hand to answer questions on the latest car seat legislation including the changes to child booster seats.


Keeping you safe on our county's roads is a challenge for us. We have one of the largest networks of rural roads in the UK which are used by thousands of visitors every year, as well as our resident communities.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of road safety campaigning. We attend too many incidents and too many of those involve young drivers. We work with our partner agencies such as the police, ambulance and local authorities to get the message across in the most effective way.


South Western Ambulance’s Motorcycle Response Unit is proudly supporting Somerset Road Safety at this event and looks forward to meeting you. South Western Ambulance team of dedicated motorcycle paramedics will be available to discuss the realities of full time emergency medical response on two wheels. The unit is the first ever paramedic bike team covering the whole south west, ready to move anywhere in the region at a moment’s notice and is the first to set up joint working with Police Roads Policing Units and safety partnerships to proactively promote safer riding.



ADAS is an advanced drivers association based in Taunton. We are a membership only association able to offer a range of “driver improvement” training within Somerset. We can provide short “Improved Driver” programmes through to a range of internal and external advanced driving qualifications. We may also be able to provide a vocational pathway for those who would like the addition of a vocational qualification to add to their existing portfolio. We will be promoting our range of driver improvement training and advanced driving courses along with opportunities to develop existing, or newly acquired, advanced driving skills. We will also be offering a series of demonstration drives throughout the event.




           T = TRUCK     A= AND     C = CHILD     S = SAFETY

This is a DHL foundation training scheme to help cut the accident rate for children and adults, to make them aware of the hazards the driver of LGV vehicles face on a day to day basis. Be aware of the blind spots on the vehicle that the driver cannot see when sat in the vehicle. We all work for DHL on the Morrisons contract at the Bridgwater depot at Willow Green, we make sure the Morrisons stores are supplied with all the stock that the customer needs.


Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport. We carry out riding and driving tests, approve people to be riding and driving instructors as well as MOT testers, we carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, and check drivers and vehicles at the roadside, we also monitor vehicle recalls.


Taunton School of Motorcycling commenced training in 1996 and thanks to its reputation has continued to thrive in its core business: quality training in riding a motorcycle. A family run business, with the emphasis on quality riding tuition, more than just training to pass the test.


Riders is a family run business launched in 1976, with state of the art dealerships in Bridgwater, Bristol and Cardiff, they are authorised main dealers for BMW, Buell, Ducati and Harley-Davidson®. Owner Phil Jessopp started Riders from the shed at the back of his garden; the company now has over 45,000 square feet of floor space with branches in Bridgwater, Bristol and Cardiff and employs 65 staff. Riders of Bridgwater opened in Monmouth Street then moved to Wylds Road in 1989. Riders is still very much a family business, our staff are chosen because of their commitment, their knowledge and passion for motorcycles, we always try our very best to give 100%. In addition to selling new and used Harley-Davidson's, Ducati's and BMW's we also sell parts and accessories, clothing and much more. 


Total Triumph are the motorcycle dealership based near Taunton, Somerset serving customers from the whole of the South West and beyond.
They are a multi award winning dealer including the 2016 MCN Solus Dealer of the Year (South West)
In addition Total Triumph have been awarded the "Which Trusted Trader" accreditation.

The team at Total Triumph pride themselves on their care of their customers and looking after all their motorcycle needs.  With this in mind Total Triumph have highly respected technicians that are fully factory trained and Institute of Motor Industry accredited with vast experience of all makes of motorcycles.

Total Triumph invite you to come and visit their new expanded showroom giving you more room to look around the bikes as well as a new clothing area.  There is also a dedicated customer lounge with free drinks facilities, free Wi-Fi and they still have our very popular burger van on site.


Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists covers the Cheddar, Mendips and North Somerset Area.   We provide a friendly group of advanced and aspiring advanced riders the opportunity to train towards the IAM Road Smart Qualification update and to refresh their skills and the option to work towards becoming an IAM Master.  We have a  full calendar of group rides over the whole rear and a busy refresher and training programme.  Working with other groups and North Somerset Road Safety we also welcome non members and inexperienced riders to our public days at Burnham on Sea Fire Station over the spring and summer.


The roads in Avon and Somerset will be safe and secure for all road users.  We will achieve this through three key objectives:

Safe - We will work in partnership to reduce road casualties and improve road safety for all road users.

Secure - We will disrupt and deter criminality, counter terrorism and combat anti-social use of the roads.

Victims - We will provide a proportionate but quality collision investigation and service to support victims


IAM RoadSmart is delighted to support Somerset Moto Fest 2017, which promises to be a fun event celebrating everything on two and four wheels for all the family. There will also be the chance to learn a thing of two about road safety, and pick up a few words of advice that will keep you and your family safe – regardless of how they travel.


Freewheelers EVS is a registered charity, which offers an out of hours and free of charge courier service to the NHS. Our slogan "Riding for Life" describes our operation perfectly. We ride to play our part in saving peoples lives and we ride to save the NHS money that would otherwise be wasted on taxis or expensive couriers, but more than anything else we ride because we love it. In 2008, in recognition of the dedicated work of our volunteers, we were given The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest honour that a voluntary group can receive, equivalent in status to an MBE.


Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A roads.

Safety is our first imperative. Our aim is that no one should be harmed when travelling or working on our road network and we are committed to taking the action that will help us move towards our goal of bringing the number of people killed or injured as close as possible to zero by 2040. We also have responsibilities to ensure that the network is kept in good condition.  


Male and female instructors, manual and automatic cars, Pre  licence course, Learner and refresher lessons, Intensive courses,Motorway, Pass Plus, Advanced driving.


Headquartered at the Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, since our inauguration in February 1978 we have gone from strength to strength and now have over 120 people from all walks of life and from all over the Somerset region. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except January & August) where we offer a very full social calendar including a range of guest speakers. Every July we even hold our own Classic Car show where all are welcome.

TGAM is just one of the 200 local groups affiliated to IAM RoadSmart. As a road safety organisation our aims are very simple :

  • To improve the standards of driving on our roads
  • The improvement & promotion of road safety in Somerset and the
  • Administration of a nationally recognised advanced test

In other words we are dedicated to road safety and improving driver skills, and with our cadre of committed Observers we take new, novice, experienced, young and older drivers on a one to one basis and guide them all the way up to their IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driving Test. And, with an almost 100% pass rate, we feel justified in being quietly pleased with our results. If you would like to take the Advanced Driver challenge, or would like a free assessment drive to check out you level of driving skills, then please email our Associate Co-ordinator, John Gilbert at  or telephone him on 01278 – 651222 for more information.  


This year RoSPA celebrates 100 years of improving road safety. Looking back over the century of changing attitudes to safety, RoSPA's groundbreaking campaigns have led to big falls in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured. At Devon and Somerset Advanced Riders (DSAR) we aim to carry on this good work, specialising on lowering the risk to motor cycle riders, aiming to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident that could be life changing or worse.

At the Somerset Moto Fest 2017, DSAR group members will be available to discuss any aspect of advanced motorcycle training and the benefits that we feel it could bring to your riding. We will also be looking to provide short ride outs where you can either have an assessment of your own riding style/skills or just follow one of our advanced riders who will demonstrate riding to an advanced level.

We look forward to meeting you there at our stand and discussing the merits of advanced riding.


The NABD was set up in April 1991 by six bikers from Stockport and Manchester who would not accept the idea that disabled people could not ride motorcycles, scooters, or trikes. The initial project was to find a way to adapt a motorcycle for a rider who had suffered the amputation of his lower left leg in an accident. A fund raising party was organised and publicised locally and this prompted several other disabled people to contact the group asking whether it was possible for them also to ride motorcycles. Within 12 months the NABD had just over 100 members and had helped three disabled people to adapt motorcycles and ride independently. Each adaption had to be designed from scratch, the money raised and the engineering problems solved, but from this small beginning the NABD was later to become the world leader in the field of motorcycling for people with disabilities.


The Riders Branch is keen to attract motorcyclists and supporters of the Legion from across the globe. We already have Branch members from Cornwall to Scotland as well as Europe, Northern America and Australasia. We are brought together by our enthusiasm for motorcycling, and our willingness to support the aims and charitable efforts of The Royal British Legion. Branch members have the option to belong to more than one branch if they wish, allowing them to remain members of their local Legion Branch/Club as well as the Riders, which is a National Branch.


Furlong Tyres are a family run motorcycle tyre specialist established in Yeovil for over 40 years.  We stock over a 1000 motorcycle tyres for all types of bikes and have many special offers.  Our sister company offer a mobile car, van and 4x4 tyres fitted at your door, we also use this van to recover customer bikes with tyre related problems back to our depo for repair. We look after our bike tyre customers with extra discount on their car tyres.


Morgan Motorcycles is based in Yeovil and we opened in April 2011. We are a family-run business specialising in small capacity motorcycles and scooters. We also stock a range of budget friendly helmets, clothing and accessories. Passionate about motorcycling, we aim to provide excellent customer service through family values and selling quality stock at realistic prices. Our brands include Suzuki, Lexmoto, Motorini, United Motorcycles and Zontes. 


Quality, affordable DVSA approved Motorcycle training based in Yeovil. 

Morgan Motorcycle Training started helping people get on two wheels back in 2012 and our fresh approach to training has helped many riders enjoy the freedom motorcycling offers. From the beginning we decided that we would run our training courses by the day, giving students the freedom of paying for as many days as they actually need, and to be able to fit those days around home and work commitments.


Westerly BMW and MINI is a large main dealer located in Yeovil with full dealer facilities including sales of new and approved used cars and i electric vehicles, service, repairs and parts. We pride ourselves on quality products and excellent customer service.



We retail a unique, outstanding product, in terms of safety, for all pneumatic tyres (for motorbikes, a potential life-saver). Seals punctures up to 15mm diameter, through a mechanical and not chemical process. Non -corrosive, no shelf life/expiry. No speed/ distance restrictions, on /off road, tubed and tubeless tyres.

Originating from1960s for NASA to protect spacesuits, and adopted by the US Military to protect tyres from being shot at; it has a proven track record leading to approval for use by NATO, then UK Military and Emergency services after MIRA testing. Please visit our stand and see demonstrations of the product doing as it claims and actually working!


Dorchester & West Dorset Advanced Motorcyclists (pronounced Dawdam) is dedicated to improving riding standards and promoting road safety for motorcyclists in Dorset. 

It's primary aim is to help riders get the most out of their motorcycling and enjoy a range of social and biking activities whilst improving their road riding skills. DWDAM is an Official Provider of the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course the key objective of which is to help riders become better and in the process safer riders. It is a friendly and welcoming motorcycling group with regular biking related events.

Further details at 



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