It started in 2002 with an idea by the founders of Bikers Make A Difference – BMAD, Kelvin and Jayne Halloran. That idea was to have a social gathering of bikers on Paignton Seafront in Devon and to raise valuable money for local charity. BMAD is now, probably, the biggest biker, music and beer festival in the South West of England. There are also regular Bike Nights running from the beginning of June until the end of September on Wednesday evenings from 6pm.
Paignton Bike Night finally saw its birth in 2003 and has gone on to become the longest running largest regular social gathering of bikers in the South West of England. Each year on Paignton Seafront there are regularly a mile of bikes parked side by side every Wednesday evening from the beginning of June to the end of Sept.
Due to the success of Paignton Bike Nights they now organise a Bike, Band & Beer Festival weekend called Paignton Bike Festival which is held on Paignton Seafront. The first Festival was in May 2005 and proved to be a total success not just for their charities but also for all concerned including the many sponsors and traders that attended.
BMAD (Bikers Make A Difference) has been operating since 2003 to raise money to provide funding to sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people up to the age of 19 in the TQ area; and other charities that also provide services to the local TQ communities which directly or indirectly benefit young people.
Through the annual Bike, Beer and Music Festival and the weekly Bike Nights from May to September, they raise money for their chosen charities and individuals in the TQ Area. They’ve become a tourist attraction for Torbay which supports the local businesses such as bed & breakfasts, hotels, campsites, food outlets and other local amenities.
The BMAD festival runs from Friday to Sunday on early May bank holiday weekend.
More information on BMAD here