GoNorthEast Road Festival

GoNorthEast Road Festival

To celebrate the eagerly awaited opening of the AWPR/B-T project and to thank the local community for their patience throughout the route’s development, a unique weekend-long festival is planned for Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018.

The GoNorthEast Road Festival will offer visitors a range of free exhibitions and entertainment within a festival-style village along part of the route of the new road. In addition to the festival attractions, people of all ages and abilities will have the chance to cycle and walk along a picturesque part of the new road in the Dee Valley, including crossing a new bridge over the River Dee.

Highlights of the community festival include:

  • Transport through the ages – 120 vintage and modern vehicles on display curated by locally based event partners Grampian Transport Museum including a penny-farthing, The Shore Porters Society’s 17th Century wagon, a 120 year old Gavioli & Cie steam organ, Guy Martin’s record-breaking (112mph) Rourke speed bike and a Tesla Model S.
  • Interactive displays on new technology and engineering from Shell’s Eco Marathon teams and the Greenpower Formula 24 initiative.
  • A car simulator, a toy car arena and loads more activities for children including face painting and murals created by toy cars.
  • International and UK street performers.
  • ‘Borrow a Bike’ will see a stock of up to 200 bicycles, helmets and safety equipment offered to people of all ages and abilities to travel their choice of distance along a closed 4km loop on the road.
  • A Country Walk allowing people to explore a further 1.8km beyond the event arena to enjoy the picturesque Dee Valley.
  • The GNE Cycle Experience offering a further opportunity for up to 1,500 cyclists to register to cycle an 18km closed-road loop of the new AWPR on the morning of Sunday 9 September.

An event map is displayed below:

Booking Information

This is not a ticketed event. However, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, there is a maximum capacity level. We are therefore asking visitors to pre-book their preferred travel times to ensure demand is spread across the full weekend.

By reserving your journey in advance, you will guarantee your seat and you will receive a confirmation which will allow you to travel on your chosen shuttle service. The system will show you which buses still have space. Those who choose not to book their journeys in advance will be allocated a shuttle on a first-come-first-served basis and may have to wait for a bus which has capacity.

Please note: For safety and security reasons, the only way to access the festival site is by using the free Shuttle Bus service provided by official transport partner Stagecoach. This service will operate from two locations – Union Terrace and Kingswells Park & Ride. Further shuttle buses will be available from Craibstone for cyclists who have completed the GNE Cycle Experience and wish to visit the festival on Sunday from 10am to 4pm ONLY.

The GNE Cycle Experience requires advance registration to allow cyclists to bring their own bike and enjoy an 18km closed-road loop of the new AWPR. The link to register is below.

BOOKING INFORMATION:

To book your shuttle from the Kingswells Park and Ride, please click here

To book your shuttle from Union Terrace, please click here

To register for the GNE Cycle Experience,  please click here

You can also contact the box office team about all bookings by calling: 0844 573 8455* from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday or by emailing: BoxOffice@unique-events.co.uk

Find out more about the event and plan your visit using the FAQ section below.

Still need more information? Email info@awprgonortheast.co.uk with your query or call our information helpline on: 0330 058 6714 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (calls charged at local rate)

*Please note that calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Mobile networks charges may be more expensive.

About the GoNorthEast Road Festival

A. The GoNorthEast Road Festival will be located on the new road in the River Dee valley on the boundary between Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

A. The GoNorthEast Road Festival will take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018.The festival is open 10am – 5pm on both days.

The GNE Cycle Experience will take place on Sunday 9 September from 9am.

A. The GoNorthEast Road Festival will offer visitors a range of free exhibitions and entertainment within a festival-style village along part of the route of the new road. In addition to the festival attractions, people of all ages and abilities will have the chance to cycle and walk along a picturesque part of the new road in the Dee Valley, including crossing a new bridge over the River Dee.

Highlights of the community festival include:

  • Transport through the ages – 120 vintage and modern vehicles on display curated by locally based event partners Grampian Transport Museum including a penny-farthing, The Shore Porters Society’s 17th Century wagon, a 120 year old Gavioli & Cie steam organ, Guy Martin’s record-breaking (112mph) Rourke speed bike and a Tesla Model S.
  • Interactive displays on new technology and engineering from Shell’s Eco Marathon teams and the Greenpower Formula 24 initiative.
  • A car simulator, a toy car arena and loads more activities for children including face painting and murals created by toy cars.
  • International and UK street performers.
  • ‘Borrow a Bike’ will see a stock of up to 200 bicycles, helmets and safety equipment offered to people of all ages and abilities to travel their choice of distance along a closed 4km loop on the road.
  • A Country Walk allowing people to explore a further 1.8km beyond the event arena to enjoy the picturesque Dee Valley.
  • The GNE Cycle Experience offers an opportunity for up to 1,500 cyclists to register to cycle an 18km closed-road loop of the new AWPR on the morning of Sunday 9 September.Please note the GNE Cycle Experience is now fully subscribed. People of all ages and abilities can turn up and take part in Borrow a Bike on Saturday 8 September and Sunday 9 September where our team of bike technicians will supply and adjust a bike to your requirements with helmets and safety equipment.

A. For safety and security reasons, the only way to access the festival site is by using the free Shuttle Bus service provided by official transport partner Stagecoach. This service will operate from two locations – Union Terrace and Kingswells Park & Ride. The outgoing shuttle bus service will run frequently from 9.30am until 3pm and the returning shuttle bus service will depart from the event site from 11am until 5.30pm, on Saturday and Sunday. To book your shuttle from the Kingswells Park and Ride, please click here To book your shuttle from Union Terrace, please click here.

A. No, this is not a ticketed event. However, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, there is a maximum capacity level. We are therefore asking visitors to pre-book their preferred travel times to ensure demand is spread across the full weekend.

By reserving your journey in advance, you will guarantee your seat and you will receive a confirmation which will allow you to travel on your chosen shuttle service. The system will show you which buses still have space. Those who choose not to book their journeys in advance will be allocated a shuttle on a first-come-first-served basis and may have to wait for a bus which has capacity.

To book your shuttle from the Kingswells Park and Ride, please click here

To book your shuttle from Union Terrace, please click here

Please note the GNE Cycle Experience is now fully subscribed. People of all ages and abilities can turn up and take part in Borrow a Bike on Saturday 8 September and Sunday 9 September.

A. The GNE Cycle Experience requires advanced registration to allow cyclists to bring their own bike and enjoy an 18-km closed-loop of the new AWPR. Please bring your ticket to show to the stewards. Please note the GNE Cycle Experience is now fully subscribed.

A. If your plans change, you can contact us to enquire about amending your travel time by emailing: BoxOffice@unique-events.co.uk or calling  0844 573 8455 (Please note that calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Mobile networks charges may be more expensive)

A. We want this celebration of the new road to be accessible to everyone in the local area, but for safety reasons, there will be a limit on the number of visitors who can safely be on-site at one time. Our event team will carefully manage this. During particularly busy periods visitors may have a short wait before buses are cleared to enter the site.

A. To avoid any unnecessary delays for attendees and to ensure tthat it is fully inclusive and safe we are encouraging people to book timed sessions to reduce potential queueing. Your booking is only valid for the day and time confirmed, if you can’t make the event anymore or would like to change the time, please contact us and we will endeavour to accommodate you where possible.

Those who choose not to book their journeys in advance will be allocated a shuttle based on availability, on a first-come-first-served basis on arriving at either pick up point.

A. We would encourage visitors to use public transport into Aberdeen City Centre, where possible and then use the free festival pick-up point at Union Terrace. If you plan to drive, please consider using Kingswells Park and Ride in the first instance. Free bike parking facilities are available at both bus shuttle locations.

Parking is available at Craibstone Park & Ride for those pre-registered to take part in the GNE Cycle Experience. There is no dedicated bus service for this element.

A. We encourage sustainable and active travel from your home to the event pickup locations and bike parking facilities are available at both. Access to the event arena will be in dedicated free shuttle buses via a junction of the AWPR which is closed to other traffic. Anyone attempting to access in any other way will not be permitted for security and safety reasons.

Parking is available at Craibstone Park & Ride for those pre-registered to take part in the GNE Cycle Experience.

A. We encourage everyone to park at Kingswells Park and Ride as this will be the only access point for the public. Local road restrictions will be in place to prevent parking in the vicinity of the event arena.

Parking is available at Craibstone Park & Ride for those pre-registered to take part in the GNE Cycle Experience.

A. For the safety of everyone attending the event, no bikes will be permitted within the main event arena (excluding display bikes and our medical cycle response). If you wish to take part in Borrow a Bike, our team of bike technicians will supply and adjust a bike to your requirements. If you require an access bike, please contact our team by emailing: BoxOffice@unique-events.co.uk or calling  0844 573 8455 (Please note that calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Mobile networks charges may be more expensive). We will do all we can to facilitate your request. We will also supply helmets and Hi Vis clothing to all riders with knee and elbow pads available for children.

A separate GNE Cycle Experience offers a further opportunity for cyclists who have registered to bring their own bikes to cycle an 18-km closed-road loop of the new AWPR on the morning of Sunday 9 September. Please note the GNE Cycle Experience is now fully subscribed.

A. There are lots of activities and fun things to see and do throughout each day and the festival programme will not change from Saturday to Sunday. We are encouraging people to reserve their preferred bus time in advance to ensure you get a seat. An online booking system is due to launch on later this week and a link will be made available on this page.

A. The Country Walk and Borrow a Bike events will be open for the full duration of the Road Festival. When you arrive on-site, please familiarise yourself with the available event map. You do not need a bike to take part in the cycling element, all bikes, safety helmets and equipment will be provided.

The GNE Cycle Experience requires advance registration to allow cyclists to bring their own bike and enjoy an 18km closed-road loop of the new AWPR.

A. Yes. There will be a need for a limited number of roads to have restricted access around the event area. Any residents affected by these will be informed directly.

A. This is a family-friendly event and there will be activities and entertainment suitable for children from three years old throughout the weekend. It will also be possible to take children’s buggies on-site. A family room is available on-site within the Welfare Stop. This is also the location for the official First Aid post.

A. For safety and security reasons no animals, except for assistance dogs, will be permitted on-site.

A. There is no set time limit but we advise guests should allow two to three hours to explore and enjoy the event.

A. Guests will have access to toilet facilities, disabled toilet facilities, high dependency unit, welfare team, family room and a first aid team.

A. No liquid containers over 500ml will be permitted and any liquids in an unsealed container will be removed from guests during the security check. Food and drinks will be available to buy from stalls within the event arena throughout the weekend and there will be outdoor dining and seating areas available for visitors. There will be water available in the cycling and walking areas.

Please ensure you have cash available if you would like to buy food or soft drinks as some catering teams may not be able to process card transactions. Please note this is an alcohol-free event and alcohol will not be on sale or permitted on-site.

A. Your safety is our priority and as standard in major public events, simple bag checks will be carried out to prevent any prohibited items being brought on-site.

Prohibited items include:

  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Liquid within an unsealed drinks container
  • Any liquid over 500ml
  • A bag larger than 45cm in height and 30cm in depth
  • Any other item that is offensive or deemed unsuitable for entry to the event

A. No, but please remember capacity at any one time will be limited and short waits may be necessary at particularly busy periods.

A. We advise visitors to wear sensible footwear and to bring waterproof clothing as this is an outdoor event. Dress for the Scottish outdoors in September!

A. No left luggage facilities will be available on-site or at the shuttle service. Please note no bags larger than 45cm in height and 30cm in depth will be permitted to site.

A. No, we do not have an ATM. We suggest you bring cash with you if you would like to buy food or soft drinks from one of the event food villages.

A. Yes, we have a high dependency welfare unit with adult changing, hoist systems and an accessible toilet. There are disabled toilets and medical teams located throughout the event arena. Some activities taking place over the weekend have been altered to maximise the inclusivity.

A. All elements of the site are accessible without the need to use steps apart from the performance stage.. Please note that parts of the event are on a gradient, but the full event arena is on tarmacked or hardstanding surfaces.

A. The event will have background music and announcements from speaker systems. The levels of the speaker systems are reduced so you can talk without the need to elevate your voice. We will only have one lighting system at the performance stage, this will not have any strobe or flash lighting.

A. The Road Festival will, at times, be a busy event arena. If you or a person within your party would like advice on the best time to travel or if you’d like more information relating to any access requirements, then please contact our team by emailing info@awprgonortheast.co.uk who will be more than happy to help you.

A. Our Event Partner Stagecoach have a fleet of low floor, easy access buses that can carry a limited number of wheelchairs, approved mobility scooters and unfolded buggies. If you or a person within your party would like advice on the best time to travel or if you’d like more information relating to any access requirements, then please contact our team by emailing info@awprgonortheast.co.uk who will be more than happy to help you.

A. The AWPR/B-T project will benefit communities right across the region and, inevitably, the impacts of construction have also been felt widely.

For visitor safety and security, it is essential to transport people on to the site in a controlled fashion. Access to the event will be via shuttle bus only. We are fully aware that residents in the area around the event have had to endure a significant level of disruption throughout the project construction. Consequently we have made it a priority to minimise any further inconvenience to residents by using dedicated parking sites for this event and urging people to use public transport into the city centre where they will be bused to the event for free. This is also the most effective and fairest option for all.

A. Further details of traffic restrictions will be communicated to affected residents directly. While the festival will be mostly contained within the AWPR site, as with any major event there will be some impact to the road network and it will be necessary to implement minor local traffic restrictions for safety reasons. As well as choosing travel hubs for the event with dedicated parking, these local measures further  protect residents from any unnecessary disruption. Local access will be maintained throughout.

A. There is no age limit for the event but any person under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18years old. Younger children may also enjoy the Borrow a bike element within the main festival arena where they can cycle a route up to 4km.

A. No the route will be marshalled at regular turning points if you want to turn back at any point.

A. I can advise that bike repair kits will be stationed every 3km along the route. Marshalls will also be present on the route and will be able to contact a welfare vehicle which can collect people and their bikes if necessary.

A: If you want to make a charitable donation for taking part in Borrow a Bike, the GNE Cycle Experience or for attending the GoNorthEast Road Festival you can do so through JustGiving.

The event is registered with JustGiving, so you can set up your fundraising profile or log in to your existing profile and pick your chosen charity here: https://bit.ly/2PAZQgM

EVENT ENTRY TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Any person under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult who is over 18 years old
  • Prohibited items
    • Glass
    • Alcohol
    • Liquid within an unsealed drinks container
    • Any liquid over 500ml
    • A bag larger than 45cm in height and 30cm in depth
    • Any other item that is offensive or deemed unsuitable for entry to the event
  • Management reserves the right to refuse entry or request a person to leave the event if:
    • They are acting in a manner deemed inappropriate by management
    • They are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • On entering the event you consent to official filming, photography and sound recordings as members of the public, which may be used in future promotions by organisers
  • No pets allowed – except for assistance dogs
  • No bikes permitted within the main event arena or on the event shuttle bus (excluding display bikes and official event bikes). A separate cycling element featuring a 18km loop will be held on the morning of Sunday 9 September. Cyclists who have a pre-booked ticket will be permitted access and to exit at Craibstone for this event only.
  • Organisers reserve the right to make changes to advertised event time(s) and schedule(s)
  • Organisers reserve the right to implement any restrictions/conditions deemed necessary before and during the event to ensure the safe management of the event