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Tandem 2016 - UK National Rally
Kirkley Hall
Tyne and Wear, NE20 0AQ

Saturday 6th. - Saturday 13th. August

Angel of the North

Rally Report

Proposed T-shirt design
Kirkley Hall - - 2149017 by Andrew Curtis. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
Kirkley Hall - The sheep were removed just in time!

Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum

The Tandem Club 2016 National Rally was held at Kirkley Hall Campus, part of Northumberland College situated some eight miles north west of Newcastle City Centre. The Kirkley Hall Campus specialises in Agriculture and Horticulture. Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens are located within the grounds.
The hall is a 17th. century grade II listed building set in parkland. We had the use of a field and the campus facilities for showers, toilets, restaurant and bar. The area abounds with cycling routes taking in both flat and undulating countryside. Many historic sites and views are within easy cycling distance.

The Velocio Trophy and Hill Climb events took place during the week.
Results of both competitions.

The Area
For the first time in over 25 years the North East part of the Tandem club are proud to organise the 2016 National Rally. Kirkley Hall is just a short distance south of Northumberland National Park which  is the northernmost national park in England. It covers an area of more than 1,030 square kilometres (400 Sq. miles) between the Scottish border in the north to just south of Hadrian's Wall. It is one of the least populated and least visited of the National Parks. The park lies entirely within Northumberland, covering about a quarter of the county. This makes the area an ideal location for cycling
Of the 11 National Parks in England and Wales, Northumberland is the most northerly, most remote from large urban areas, least visited and least populated.   Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England. A legacy of its turbulent past, including the infamous Border wars which raged from the 14th to 16th centuries, Northumberland boasts over 70 castle sites.  Many have long since disappeared, some, like Dunstanburgh Castle and Berwick Castle, are romantic ruins. See others in their fully restored glory - like Bamburgh Castle, as seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland.
Feel the sand beneath your feet and the refreshing sea breeze in your hair with a visit to Northumberland’s magnificent coastline.  With more than 30 miles of beaches the Northumberland Coast is simply spectacular

The Event
A full range of activities was planned for the rally including:
Welcome party - Saturday
Evening Bar - every evening
Cycle Jumble - Sunday
Quiz Night - Monday
Tandem Games - Tuesday
Coach trip to Beamish Open Air Museum Wednesday.
Quirky Games - Wednesdy evening
Local food and drink. - Thursday 
Outward bound type activities; Climbing wall etc. - Thursday
Last night hogroast/picnic and Ceilidh - Friday

Velocio trophy (a treasure hunt style ride)

A varied selection of rides was planned and are available on our routes page.

Breakfasts, Packed lunches and evening meals were available each day if pre-ordered.


Map showing location of Kirkley Hall


Terms and Conditions.
Booking confirmation:
Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received in full and cleared which should be before the closing date for bookings. Dishonoured cheques will result in the cancellation of your booking.
Members Only:
U.K. Residents must be members of The Tandem Club (UK). Annual membership is £10.00 or €18 per year with membership for the first Joint Member or 'Family' member free. If you'd like to become a member of The Tandem Club, link to the Subscription Details page by clicking here. Non U.K. residents may be either members of the Tandem Club or their own regional club.
If you participate in any ride or event organised by the Tandem Club you do so entirely at your own risk. The Club, its officers and ride organisers accept no responsibility for loss, damage to property, accident, injury or death, that may occur, however caused, whether by negligence, deliberate act or otherwise.
 Cancellations and refunds.
The rally fee will not be refunded after the closing date. Refund of other components will depend on what the Club can recover from the campsite and/or other suppliers. Members may wish to consider taking out Holiday Insurance to cover losses the Club cannot refund.
 Photographs taken at the event may be published on the Tandem Club Website, The Tandem Club Facebook pages and The Tandem Club Journal.