Gowaan Festival 2024

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd September | Farmer Johns MTB park, Stockport UK

Gowaan Fest is BACK in 2024! With the same great activities and the same great venue! Come and join us for a women’s weekend of mountain biking, meeting new people and trying new things. You can certainly count on a fun-filled weekend, from pushing your limits on the airbag, or having a taster coaching session, to kicking back with a beer and watching the carnage of the dual slalom race unfold. The weekend is for everyone, bring along your families to enjoy a camping weekend (camping included with the tickets) and boys & girls under 8 go free!

  • Unlimited Trail Access

    We've got the entire bike park to ourselves for the whole weekend with amazing trails for all abilities.

  • Pumptrack

    Race your friends or get in the flow on the world class outdoor pumptrack.

  • Airbag

    Get ready to send it on the airbag! The perfect place to improve your jumping skills, get more comfortable in the air or learn new tricks.

  • Dual Slalom

    Go head to head with your heros during the Dual slalom race .

  • Podium & Prizes

    We've got podiums for race winners as well as plenty of giveaways and great prizes to win.

  • Film Viewing

    Get the first look at the latest film projects under the circus big top.

  • Coaching

    We've got coaching and skills sessions lined up throughout the weekend where you can learn to wheelie, get tips on jumping, cornering and more from professional coaches and pro athletes.

  • Workshops

    We've got everything from yoga to bike-maintenance workshops where you can learn new skills and techniques to help you on and off the bike.

  • Q&A Sessions

    We've got interesting talks and questions and answer sessions lined up with professional riders like Bex, Martha and special guests.

  • Food & Drink

    With all this fun, it's easy to work up an appetite.

    We've got amazing food vendors to keep you sustained over the weekend and a Moroccan style tiki bar where you can grab a drink with new friends.

  • Brand Expo

    Check out the latest tech and treat yourself to some bike bling from some of our amazing supporting brands and partners.

  • DJ

    Expect good vibes all weekend with a festival style event and a great atmosphere. There's a DJ set on Saturday night for those who came to party.

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Why we stared Gowaan fest?

"Our aim is to create a fun environment where women can join together and share the love of riding bikes with friends old and new!"

When is it?

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd
September 2024

Where is it?

Farmer Johns MTB Park
57 Cote Green Rd, Marple Bridge, Stockport, SK6 5EN, United Kingdom

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Is it for women only?

The rider passes are for women & girls, so riding activities are for women only. Men can purchase village passes and enjoy the atmosphere, do some shopping, and the non riding activities.

Can I come for one day only?

Single day passes may be available depending on whether or not the available tickets sell out prior to the festvial. Day passes do not include camping.

I’m worried I’m not skilled enough for this event.

Last year we had some beginners that came along and still had a good time, the riding is limited for absolute beginners but if you come with a Gowaan attitude, there are some coaching sessions aimed at people that have not been riding for long. We would suggest that if you can ride a blue trail (or more) at a trail centre then this festival is great for you!

Im coming on my own and worried I’ll be riding alone.

Fear not, there are plenty of people in the same boat. We tend to have an intro talk at the start of the event and hopefully help break the ice with others. 

How do the sessions work during the festival? Are they free?

The sessions are all included in the ticket (as well as 2 nights camping). You will be able to sign up for the sessions which are run at certain times, they will fill up on a first come first basis. Other activities are open all the time for you to jump on as and when you please.

Can I drop my kids off and leave the site?

All under 16s must accompanied by a rider or village pass holder aged 18+ for the duration of the festival. Under 18s can ride alone but need consent from their parent of guardian.

I’m a father bringing my daughter along, can I ride with her?

Sorry but you can only purchase a village pass, all the riding activities are for women. The site is a great size to be able to easily get around on foot and watch/follow the riding.

I want to bring all my kids, can boys ride too?

Any child, boy or girl, under 8 years old can come into the festival for FREE (with a village pass holder) and ride some of the activities (excludes airbag). Rider passes are available for girls +8yrs old.

Can I bring a dog?

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Dog poop must be picked up and binned.