The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is a not-for-profit organisation. It’s efficient, economic and effective but still needs financial resources to operate, and one of the biggest contributories is our MAG rallies. All our rallies raise money to keep MAG fighting against legislation that is detrimental to motorcyclists, so what better way to do it than by throwing the UK’s best parties for bikers. Starting in the 80s and 90s, some of the biggest include Yorkshire Pudding Rally, Stormin’ The Castle and The Farmyard Party.
The first Stormin’ The Castle was held in 1991 in the grounds of Witton Castle Country Park in County Durham, where it continues to be held now in its 32nd year. Originally organised by North East MAG the event eventually became its own company, Stormin’ Castle Ltd, but it continues to be organised and run by volunteers and its sole cause remains to raise money for MAG. At its peak, Stormin’ attracted over 7,000 attendees which has enabled the event to donate substantial amounts of money throughout the decades.
What to expect from Stormin’ The Castle 1st – 3rd September 2023
A custom bike show, with over 100 entries expected
Two stages with top quality bands plus live music in the main bar in the afternoon
Four bars onsite
Daytime entertainment such as stunt riders (details TBC)
Around ten catering units and 30+ trade stalls
Three huge camping fields surrounded by trees with over 120 toilets (cleaned throughout the weekend) and on-site showers.
To book your tickets or to learn more go to the Stormin’ the Castle website:
Yorkshire MAG Rallies
Into The Valley, The Farmyard Party and Yorkshire Pudding are all events organised by MAP Events, the company that evolved from Yorkshire MAG volunteers growing the events year on year. These rallies continue to be organised and run by dedicated volunteers all in the aid of MAG, with the exception of one paid position which is essential to make sure the events can continue on such a scale. To see what a Yorkshire MAG rally is all about watch their promo video here:
The Farmyard Party in 2005, however, was a talking point for the wrong reasons when it was struck by a flash flood and the River Wye burst its banks, decimating the rally site. Luckily the 8,000 attendees had left and only 60 MAG volunteers remained for the clean-up operation when the waters struck, or lives could have been lost. Some of our MAG crew had to be air lifted to safety and all lost valuable possessions. In true MAG spirit a ‘Marshalls Flood Appeal’ was started immediately to restore what was swept away.
Watch videos of the floods here:
Farmyard party floods 2005 part1 – YouTube
Luckily the sun has shone on The Farmyard Party since then. Watch the 2022 highlights here:
What to expect from Yorkshire MAG Rallies 2023
The Best Of The Rest
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So let’s extend a big “thank you” to all who volunteer their time and resources to raise money for MAG. Every rally is both a celebration of the biking community and helps to support the fight to keep our biking freedoms. With your support they will continue for another 30 years and, if you are heading to a rally this year, we will see you there!