Velio Festival

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This 3-day festival celebrates all things cycling. With 5 stages of music & comedy, wellness programme, boutique camping, & much more, the whole family can enjoy this immersive cycling experience. Enjoy the unique location and festival vibe this summer.
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Velio Festival (14-15 yrs old), Velio Festival (6-13 yrs old), and Velio Festival (Adult)
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Fri, 17 Sept 2021
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Cheshire, Malpas SY14 8AH, UK
Fri, 17 Sept 2021
Velio Festival (Adult):
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for Velio Festival
Velio Festival (Adult)
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14km
£34.00 - £160.70
Velio Festival (14-15 yrs old)
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14km
£21.50 - £65.50
Velio Festival (6-13 yrs old)
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14km
£11.50 - £17.50
Route information
Welcome to the very first Velio Festival, located at the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle, in the Cheshire countryside. The festival will be Velio's annual celebration of life on two wheels, a world-first cycling and activity festival experience. Alongside some pretty amazing people, the organisers have created a packed festival programme whether you’re a cyclist or just want to come, switch off and enjoy the festivities for a few days.
The Rides
The rides are made up of 5 routes including 3k, 30k, 60k and 100k. Velio have also created the 14k Velutopia. There are routes for beginners to the experienced, as well as disabled cycling and kids.
What can you do each day?
  • Unlimited rides around the 3k loop (included in Festival Entry)
  • 1 ride around the 14k Velutopia (included in Festival Entry)
  • 1 ride around one of the additional rides: 30k, 60k, or 100k (additional fee)
3k
The 3k internal cycling track is included in your Festival Entry and can be ridden as many times as you wish throughout your stay.
14k Velutopia
The Velutopia is included in your Festival Entry and you can ride it once a day. The Velutopia is a new type of cycling, the 14k route is filled with entertainment on completely closed roads. There will be finish line parties, live commentary, party pit stop zones and a spectator’s podium.
You will be able to choose when to book your Velutopia ride when the options are released closer to the event.
Additional Rides
The additional rides are available at a supplementary fee and take place on both Saturday and Sunday. The 100k will set off first thing in the morning, followed by the 60k and then the 30k.
30k
This route is for anyone, but open to beginner riders. On both days it is expected to take a beginner rider between 90 and 120 minutes to complete the course. The route will be flat and with 1 party pit stop with entertainment, toilets and refreshments. The route will be different on both days, so don't worry about taking on the same distance twice!
The 30k routes are for people age 15 and over. Children 12 years and over may accompany a parent on this ride.
60k
This route is aimed at intermediate riders, and it is expected to take riders approximately 180 minutes to complete the course. The route will will have 2 party pit stops with entertainment, toilets and refreshments. The route will be different on both days, so don't worry about taking on the same distance twice!
The 60k routes are for people age 16 and over. Children 12 years and over may accompany a parent on this ride.
100k
This is an advanced ride with 728 metres elevation on Saturday and 516 metres elevation on Sunday. It will take an intermediate/advanced rider around 4-5 hours to complete the course. The route will will have 3 party pit stops with entertainment, toilets and refreshments. The route will be different on both days, so don't worry about taking on the same distance twice!
The 100k routes are for people age 18 and over. Children 12 years and over may accompany a parent on this ride.
The Music
Velio love their music and comedy at Velio, so they have packed 5 stages of international acts, live music, DJs and comedy across the weekend. With an eclectic mix of bands, house, disco, funk, soul and jazz through the weekend and some secret performances waiting to be discovered. At Velio, they're all about the fun, not the finish line and their stages are no different!
Sister Sledge – Everything Everything – Elder Island – Futureheads – The Bootleg Beatles – Todd Edwards – Friendly Fires (DJ) – Norman Jay MBE – The Cuban Brothers – Cinthie – Kidnap – Fleetmac Wood – The Illustrious Blacks – Da Funk Daft Punk Tribute - Disco Classical (Live Orchestra) – Crazy P Soundsystem- Illustrious Blacks – PBR Streetgang – DJ Paulette – James Holroyd + 50 more
Comedy
Sit back, grab a drink and get comfy for daytime comedy with some of the UK’s biggest comedians. Proudly created alongside their partners at Altitude Comedy Festival, they have the amazing Jason Manford, Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorshandi, Lou Conran and Keith Karnan, all hosted by the incredible Andrew Maxwell.
Wellness & Activities
It’s never been more important to look after ourselves and live a balanced lifestyle. Working alongside their amazing partners Getahead, the event has a packed programme spanning Lady Cholmondeley’s picturesque gardens and the amazing natural lake. Whether you want to try something new or practice something you already love, there is something for you.
Mr Motivator - 2 Days of Workshops & Talks - Yoga - Meditation - Wood-Fired Hot Tubs - Walks - Runs - Paddleboarding - Wild Swimming
Feasting & Banquets
Packed with the finest feasts and banquets you will find at any festival! From award winning chefs, unique dining experiences and long table banquets we have everything covered from a quick bite to a multi-course extravaganza. Local produce and local craft ales will be served alongside nations favourites and the event will cater for all dietary requirements. A fine coffee programme (of course!), wine bar (and tasting), cocktails, and the Great Feast Village to get together to celebrate great food in the picturesque location by the Cholmondeley lake.
Kids
Not leaving the little ones out, there is a full programme of kids comedy, music, games, activities and even a kids wellness programme, plenty to keep them happy all weekend.
Camping
Included in all weekend tickets, is camping for 3 days and 3 nights. As standard, you will have access to a very spacious campsite, with toilets and showers. If you would like the ease of not bringing and putting up a tent, at an extra cost, the event has pre-erected tents for you to choose from at the ticket check out. They range from 2-8 person tents and you can add optional airbeds and sleeping bags. Motorhomes and campervans are also welcomed at an additional fee.
Boutique Luxury Camping Village
After an extra special experience to look forward to? Look no further. This boutique village really is providing an extra level of luxury. Choose from a range of Bell, Lotus or Mahal Tents, 2 to 8 people. Memory foam mattresses, 13.5 tog duvet, 200 thread count linen, bedside lights and tables come standard with all tents and upgrades of electricity, toiletries, mirrors, towels + many more available. You will also have access to luxury showers & toilets and the pamper parlour with all your home comforts plus much more!
Flexi-Distance Policy & Ticket Guarantees
Everyone needs something to look forward to this summer, which is why Velio have created the first ‘Flexi-Distanced’ festival. This means they have all the measures and teams in place to run the event socially distanced or non socially distanced, whichever the guidelines dictate. So you can book in confidence and have something in the diary to look forward to. If Velio are directed they are unable to run socially distanced by the authorities at the time, everyone will be able to choose to keep hold of their ticket for the rearranged date, or get a full refund of the face value of the ticket and any extras like the boutique village, so you can book in confidence.
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What's included
  • 3 Days & Nights to switch off and celebrate at the incredible Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire
  • Velutopia 14k loop included in entry
  • 3k loop included in entry with unlimited access
  • 30k, 60k and 100k rides available to purchase
  • 5 Stages of Live Music & Comedy from International Artists
  • Activity programme including guided walks, organised runs, paddleboarding & wild swimming
  • 2-day programme of cycling talks and workshops
  • Wellness Programme inc Wood-fired hot tubs, Yoga & Meditation, Talks & Workshops.
  • Boutique Village for Luxury Stays and Spacious Camping Options
  • In-door cycling arena with the latest technology & equipment
  • Great Feasts & Banquets, Wine tasting, Boozy Brunch, Award-Winning Chefs, Cocktail Bars
  • Kids Comedy, Music, Games, & Activities
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How to get there
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Cheshire, Malpas SY14 8AH, UK
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Camping
Camping is included in the price of a standard ticket. There are options to upgrade your camping experience, just select that you'd like to be contacted for more information.
Entrants can choose to upgrade their camping experience to the following options:
  • Boutique Village
  • Pre-Pitched Tents
  • Live-in Vehicle Pass
Boutique Village
There are 4 glamping ticket options available. All the glamping tickets come with the following amenities:
  • Bed with memory foam mattress
  • 13.5 tog duvet and pillows
  • Luxury Toilets, Luxury Showers
  • Pamper Parlour
  • 200 thread count linen
  • Bedside tables & lights
  • Parking
  • Complimentary Glass of Prosecco
The Bronze Tent: Includes the above amenities.
The Silver Tent: Includes the above amenities as well as the Pamper Parlour (hairdryers, straighteners, mirrors and complimentary toiletries), tables, chairs, mirrors, blanket box, and a clothes rail.
The Gold Tent: Includes the above amenities, Pamper Parlour, tables, chairs, mirrors, blanket box, clothes rail, eye-masks, earplugs, LED lanterns, toiletry hamper, towels, cushions.
The Lotus Belles: Includes the above amenities, Pamper Parlour, tables, chairs, mirrors, blanket box, clothes rail, eye-masks, earplugs, LED lanterns, toiletry hamper, towels, cushions, chandelier, rug, dressing gown, torch, and magazines.
Pre-Pitched Tents
This option is perfect for those looking to travel lightly, the tent will be all set up ready for you, and you can leave it behind on Monday. The options for tents are as follows:
  • FreeDom Tent - Sleeps 2, 1 Sleeping Room
  • StarDom Tent - Sleeps 4, 2 Sleeping Rooms, Blackout Bedrooms, Central Area
  • KingDom Tent - Sleeps 6, 3 Sleeping Rooms, Blackout Bedrooms, Centra Area
  • SupaDom Tent - Sleeps 8, 4 Sleeping Rooms, Blackout Bedrooms, Central Area
By Car
The festival site is located off the A49 Whitchurch/Tarporley Road, between Warrington and Whitchurch. Navigate to the postcode SY14 8AH where you will be directed to the car park via signage and/or traffic marshals.
Parking
Parking (including accessible parking) is available for purchase. More information on access will be provided soon.
As part of the organisers environmental commitment, they encourage lift shares, but only within Government guidelines as stated at the time of travel.
By Train
The nearest train stations to the festival site are as follows:
Wrenbury, Whitchurch, Nantwich, Crewe
There are no bus services running to the castle from these stations, so other methods of transport, such as a private car, taxi or bike should be used to get from the station to the site and vice versa.
By Bike
You can arrive to Velio by bike and use the safe & insured bike storage on-site at the festival once you’re accredited. If you are arriving by train and then wish to cycle from the station, please see below the approximate distance it will take for you to arrive at Velio Festival.
Wrenbury station – approx 36 min cycle (↖︎167 ft ↘︎23 ft) Whitchurch station – approx 42 min cycle (↖︎157 ft ↘︎115 ft) Nantwich station – approx 1hr 3 min cycle (↖︎285 ft ↘︎43 ft) Crewe station – approx 1hr 25 min cycle (↖︎292 ft ↘︎108 ft)
Event day logistics
The event and campsite open on Friday Afternoon and close on Monday at noon.
Exact timings will be available closer to the event date.
Age Requirements
  • 30k: 15 and over
  • 60k: 16 and over
  • 100k: 18 and over
For all 3 distances children over the age of 12 can be accompanied by an adult.
It is asked that only those with access requirements who are in training or compete regularly take part in the 30k, 60k and 100k routes as these are reasonably advanced cycle routes.
The 3k and 14k routes will be accessible to all.
The following rules apply to minors (under the age of 18):
  • No person under the age of 18 will be permitted entry without being accompanied by an adult. In this instance, an adult must be 21 or over to accompany a minor.
  • There must be no more than five minors to one adult.
  • Alcohol is only purchasable to those of or over the age of 18.
Bike Hire
Bikes are available for hire at the event (subject to availability) if you require one.
FAQ's
How do I upgrade my camping for the Velio Festival?
If you are interested in any extras, glamping, pre-pitched tents, insured and secure bike storage, or parking, please state that you'd like to enquire about these options when purchasing your weekend ticket.
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Is the Velio Festival suitable for those with accessibility requirements?
Yes, absolutely! Velio has comprehensive access facilities to ensure people with access needs can take part in the fun. This includes free personal assistance tickets, a dedicated accessible campsite, and extensive access facilities around the event site. Please get in touch if you need assistance with something.
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Can I buy tickets on the day for the Velio Festival?
Unfortunately not, all tickets must be purchased in advance.
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How will I receive my tickets for the Velio Festival?
Tickets will be emailed to the email you use to register for the event closer to the event date. If your tickets have not come through 2 days before the event, please get in touch.
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Will my bike be safe at the Velio Festival?
Yes definitely, there will be a secure and insured bike storage system on site to help give you some peace of mind.
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Do I have to camp at the Velio Festival?
Yes, the full event experience wouldn't be the same without the camping! Included in the ticket price is 3 full days of camping with full amenities including, showers, toilets, drinking water, etc, at no extra cost. Entrants can also upgrade their camping experience by booking one of the Boutique Glamping packages. However you can also book a day ticket for any of the 3 days which doesn't include camping.
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What size tent shall I bring to the Velio Fesitval?
There is no restriction on the size of the tent you need to bring, just make sure it fits your group comfortably. It is asked that all festival goers do not use single use tents and take all of their camping equipment home with them after the festival, or bring anything excessively large.
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Can I bring a campervan to the Velio Fesitval?
Yes, campervans can be used for an additional fee.
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Are pets allowed at the Velio Fesitval?
Unfortunately pets are not allowed at the event.
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What are the age requirements for the Velio Festival?
Velio Festival welcomes people of all ages! The following rules apply to minors (under the age of 18): No person under the age of 18 will be permitted entry without being accompanied by an adult. In this instance, an adult must be 21 or over to accompany a minor. There must be no more than five minors to one adult. Alcohol is only purchasable to those of or over the age of 18.
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How many of the different cycling routes can I do at the Velio Festival?
Please note you are only able to take part in one of the 30k, 60k or 100k per day plus the Velutopia route (which is included in the price of your ticket). You can also ride around the 3k internal loop as many times as you wish (also included in the price of your ticket)
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