All Included with Your Show Ticket
All free, just turn up and join in! We expect some of our workshops to be super popular so it’s first come, first served. We will be adding to the workshops regularly!
Here We Ride
Here We Ride, whose resident artist Lianne designed our fantastic show logo and showed a few people how to draw last year, will be providing some fun printmaking workshops.
Printmaking workshops will allow you to experience lino printing. This traditional form of printmaking is easy to achieve at home. You can choose one of 4 designs to print and take away for yourself as well as a demonstration of how to cut and print a lino cut. Come grab yourself an exclusive print and a fun experience!
Kate Harrington returns to offer specialist biker yoga sessions at the event – yoga techniques and stretches specific to where bikers have the biggest problems.
As an accomplished motorcyclist herself, Kate first discovered the benefits of yoga as an international road racer competing at the Isle of Man TT races. She has always taken a pride in keeping fit, particularly aerobic and endurance training to help her with the racing. In 1997 whilst in the Paddock an older lady came up to her and said “young lady, you really should learn how to breathe properly!” She was staggered; she was the fittest person she knew! BUT being curious, she went along to a class…
Kate then practised mostly Hatha for a few years, and mostly for the physical aspects, in 2005 Kate decided to learn more and took the Yoga for Health Foundation General Teaching Training wanting to learn more of the spiritual and the Anatomy & Physiology. Teachers from this school include Fiona Agombar and Bill Feeny. This course was over 200 hours, 2 years with 8 intensive weekends, in between residential weekends there were essays and assignments to complete.
It was never Kate’s real intention to teach, but in Oct 2009 she was asked by the Studio Manager at Fitness First to take on a new class, as they hadn’t had yoga there before. Kate found she thoroughly loved sharing her passion for yoga, and soon was asked to take on more classes.
In 2015 Kate built her own studio to teach 1:1 classes, small group classes, and host various workshops and other Teacher Trainings.
Through learning, going on to teach and then running her own workshops, Kate will bring a refreshing take to all those who would like to learn how to use yoga to help them as bikers.
We will be running 3 x 30 minute sessions throughout the show, all included with your ticket. Most of the sessions will be standing, but feel free to bring your own mat for the sit-down bits! There will be a special session on Sunday morning for all those happy campers to help get you back on the road!
Claire van den Bosch
Mental Health in Motorcycling
Claire van den Bosch came to riding relatively late at the ripe old age of 39, starting off on a BMWR850R which she proceeded to drop 13 times in 5 weeks before buying the Hornet which sealed her fate as a lover of 4 cylinder Hondas. She now rides a CB650F, and gets her kicks from short and long tours around the UK and Europe, as well as days out around the twisties of Kent, Surrey and the Sussexes. Claire is an Observer with London Advanced Motorcyclists and now only occasionally drops her bike…
Also a psychotherapist in private practice, a person living with complex trauma and a recovering addict, Claire has developed a particular passion for encouraging others living with trauma, and especially women, to try learning to ride and earning their Advanced Rider badge as part of their healing journey. She also has a knack for supporting existing riders who find anxiety is blocking them from experiencing the full joy of riding.
Claire says “I started my own healing journey from childhood trauma (including experiencing domestic violence) in my late teens, got clean from addiction in my early 30s, started training as a psychotherapist in my mid 30s and personally found that learning to ride at this point in my life (I was 40 when I got my full licence) totally consolidated the healing I’d been doing… I particularly love to encourage other women to find the same healing I’ve found through riding, and to support them to overcome the self doubt and anxiety that often makes learning to ride and earn their advanced rider badge harder than perhaps it is, in general, for men.”
In the first part of this workshop Claire talks candidly about her early life experiences and the stony path through alcohol drug and sex addiction common to so many adolescents and adults living with untreated trauma who are searching for some sense of self worth and freedom from anxiety and loneliness.
In the second half of the session Claire explores all the different ways in which riding a motorbike might just be a journey of inner healing as well as an outer adventure, sharing insights from integrative psychotherapy, trauma informed recovery work and neuropsychology.
Louisa of Lucky Bumblebee Racing
Introduction to Racing
Lucky Bumblebee Racing was formed in September 2021 by Louisa, a newcomer to biking and a Honda fan, and Den, a veteran rider and a Suzuki V-twin lover.
With a plan to track and maybe race, a ’98 GSXR 750 and a ’99 TR1000R were acquired and made track ready. The bikes are named Lucky and Bumblebee respectively.
“We are at WIM22 to promote and champion ladies on track. There aren’t enough of us. We want to help change that.
I am hosting a couple of 15 minute casual yet interactive ‘workshop talks’ on our stand to tell attendees how track days work, how to go about booking, how to hire bikes or take your own, things to expect on the track and on the day, and about gaining my ACU license.”
Go and visit Louisa on her stand at the show and meet the infamous Lucky and Bumblebee!
‘Dirty Dining’ Camping Cookalong
Lisa Thomas from 2ridetheworld will also be hosting a workshop at our event in August in addition to being an inspirational speaker! ‘Dirty Dining’ is about cooking on the road and is interactive- you can bring your own stove and food items and cook-along, or just come and watch for tips!
Suggested items to bring: camp stove and fuel, cutting board, knife, medium sized cook pot and handle, spoon or ladle, can opener. Cook-a-long detail: Lisa will be cooking one of her favourite recipes from her camp cook book “DIRTY – DINING”. The recipe and ingredients will be available closer to the time on our website so you know what to bring along. We can’t wait for this!
Beginner & Intermediate Motorcycle Maintenance
Ellie Garner of Ducati Worcester will once again be hosting both beginner and intermediate motorcycle maintenance workshops at the event. After gaining her full bike license in 2016 and managing the brave feat of a 3000+ mile tour around Europe solo, Ellie got a part time job in a garage in Bristol in the hopes of learning a new trade. In 2017 she took her level 2 and 3 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair qualifications and found a job in a motorcycle dealership in Sutton Coldfield. In 2019 she worked one weekend a month for Wigley racing touring with British Super Bikes to Donnington, Assen, Knockhill, Snetterton, Silverstone and Oulton Park before moving to Ducati Worcester.
“As a woman into motorcycling and being a part of the motorcycle world, I am proud to say that it was my mum that sparked my interest in motorbikes, I was only young so a Yamaha YZ125 looked very mean to me! As I grew up I was always interested but my love and passion for biking didn’t ignite until I was 23; I was travelling in Sri Lanka and the only real sensible mode of transport was two wheels, as I moved onto New Zealand I found myself working on farms and using quads and dirt bikes, extremely fun times had!
Once my travels were over, I found myself at a bit of a loss as to where to go with my life. I tried a variety of jobs in pubs and construction, all valuable lessons learned along the way but the spark wasn’t there… until I went for my full bike licence at the age of 26 and realised that I had found my joy in life so I took my new “big bike” my 1998 FZS600 Fazer who I’ve named Freddy on a tour around Europe all because I wanted to ride and gain confidence in this new found love. From the ride I then wanted to be able to fix and maintain Freddy, so on I went to become a mechanic…”
Workshops – Beginners – In this workshop she will be going through the very basic maintenance techniques you can use to make sure you feel safe on your ride knowing you have performed the basic but essential checks.
Intermediate – In this workshop she will show you how to make adjustments once you have performed the basic checks.
Workshops are held on a first come, first served basis so keep an eye on the timetable!
First Aid For Bikers
As a qualified First aid Instructor with her own training company (TrainAidInc) Judy has tailor made her FAB FIRST AID FOR BIKERS COURSES to include not only Scene Management and Emergency Life Support Skills at Scene, but, modules very relevant to the biking community of 2022 and onwards.
With the knowledge that more bikers are venturing further afield within the UK or abroad, Judy looked at some of the general medical issues that could raise their ugly heads when out riding.
If you don’t know that the guy you just met on a ride out has angina, and he has an attack, it’s going to:-
1. Take you by surprise
2. Take you longer to deal with it
3. You might call 999 resources unnecessarily
What if you need to put a broken leg in traction? What are the protocols for ‘at scene’ in European countries? How to apply a tourniquet 🤔
Stuff you NEED to know – First Aid saves lives!!
Women on the Trail, an Introduction to Trail Riding
‘Women on the Trail, an Introduction to Trail Riding’ by Fern Hume of the Trail Riders Fellowship.
Have you wanted to get into trail riding and don’t know where to start or would like to know more about it?
“I have a trail bike. Can I just ride anywhere off road?”
Trail riding in England in Wales is an immensely rewarding countryside pursuit, bringing adventure and exploration together with technical riding skills, orienteering and land access knowledge.
It is enjoyed in sunshine, wind, rain and snow throughout the year in some of the countries most striking landscapes, from the wild moorlands of Northumberland, over the rocky mountains of North Wales to the flat farm plains of Lincolnshire and down to the furthest reaches of Devon and Cornwall.
This session will cover topics such as:
-What bike do I need?
-What training is out there?
-How do I plan a route?- Navigation devices, Green Roads Map, Byways, UCRS, GPX Files
-What to wear- gearing up for the ride
-Finding riding groups around the country
Lisa & Simon Thomas
Have you ever wondered how the pro’s get those spectacular photos we see in the magazines and on TV? Don’t miss this chance to get private tuition from professional photographers Simon and Lisa Thomas of @2ridetheworld . Simon and Lisa have offered to arrange a special Women In Motorcycling photo walk where they be showing you how to capture and create powerful images. Along with how to set up your camera, which functions to use and why and how to avoid the mistakes that can ruin a great image.
As the owners of Living Lens Photography Photo workshops, you’ll be in great hands. A recent student wrote: “I can’t recommend them highly enough. Simon & Lisa clearly have extensive knowledge of photography, but more importantly possess the people skills (and patience) to be able to teach to a group with mixed abilities and knowledge. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they didn’t use jargon. Brilliant!”
Lisa & Simon Thomas are internationally acclaimed professional travel photographers, authors, experienced public speakers and killed educators who have spent 20-years shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Featured by Professional Photography Magazines, SmugMug, Nikon, SKYLUM, Adobe, Fujifilm and BMW, Simon & Lisa began working full-time in the photography industry in 2003. Since then they have visited more than 80 countries, and collaborated with major companies, brands, NGOs, and tourism agencies on nearly every continent. Combining in-camera techniques, with advanced post-processing, the adventurous pair have developed a unique style of photography that has become well known around the world.
Their photos have been seen on the covers and pages of some of the worlds most widely circulated publications including Digital Camera Magazine, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Adventure Bike Rider and Men’s Health Magazine as well as displayed in fine art galleries, the Nikon Centre Gallery (official gallery) and Photography events worldwide.
It’s a hump day! Let’s make it easier to get through this week with ANOTHER workshop announcement!
“We are all inspired by inspirational speakers who go on once in a lifetime around the world adventures. However these are not possible for many at various points due to commitments such as jobs, mortgages, children and funding. So what can we do in the mean time?
I rode overland to Nepal in 2012, however on returning to the UK and settling back into the routine of a mundane office job, I needed to escape again, and in the space of 2 years I went on several 2 week adventures to Nepal, Morocco, Thailand, Peru, and two UK to Slovenia and Spain trips. It is possible to spice up regular life with adventurous trips!
I will be giving a guide on how to plan budget adventures in short 2 week trips to both exotic and closer to home locations on your bikes, looking at how to plan, book flights, rent bikes or prep your own bikes, sort accommodation, prepare you and your bike, what to pack, plan an itinerary, keeping safe on the road as a woman traveller and making the best of your two weeks away.”
Layla Relf (Base Hairdressing)
Hair Care for Bikers
We welcome in Layla Relf of Base Hairdressing who will be hosting 2 workshops on hair care for bikers:
Workshop 1 (How to work and style your “Helmet Hair”)-
Talking through the biggest frustrations when it comes to styling hair when wearing a helmet. Layla will give live demos on easy ways to style your hair that will be comfortable to wear under your helmet but also are cute and fashionable. You will then be able to get hands-on on trying to style your own hair with Layla’s guidance!
Workshop 2 (How to achieve the best looking hair; hair care tips and tricks)-
This will be a broader subject on hair care in general! The right shampoos and conditioners, the right products to use and why. There’s chance to ask questions about hair in general, and Layla can give advice specific to your hair. She will also talk about colours and cuts and what’s in fashion currently.
About Layla- “I’m a Warrington (Cheshire) based stylist. I have 6 years of experience under my belt in all things hair. I work as an educator at our training academy Base Hairdressing in Warrington town centre where I train new stylist the skills they will need to be a top stylist. I have done some photoshoot work for Schwarzkopf Professional and have had my work featured in the May issue of Creative Head magazine this year. I want to help as many ladies feel confident to try new styles and help them to achieve amazing hair everyday.
I am also a fellow biker myself and taken up biking this year! My bike is a Lexmoto LXS 125 who I have named Gaz.”