May 21 2013.

Thanks to better weather and the introduction of new areas at the BMF Show in Peterborough last weekend, organiser The Mulberry Group has reported a welcome increase in attendance at this year's event over that of 2012.

Visitor numbers over the weekend totalled 42,432, representing an increase in footfall of 3,000. "The weekend gave us a small increase on last year," said Mulberry's MD Martin Chick. "Our target figure was 45,000; however, given the fact that the country is still suffering by way of economic difficulties, and some other shows won't actually be staged in 2013, we have to take the positives from this and continue to build on them."

The show featured new areas including a fledgling Vintage and Classic area featuring Bonhams and a fine display by the Vincent Owners Club. An Adventure and Overland Touring area also included a presentation stage hosted by Graham Hoskins (Motorbike Diaries Mad in the Med) and featured among others; Sam Manicom, Norman and Maggie Magowan, Ed March, Tom Woodrowe, Pat Garrod and Gary Taylor and Patsy Quick from Riders for Health.

"The weather certainly helped proceedings and the bike park on Sunday started to look like it did from a few years ago with marshals having to work hard to park them all up," added Chick. "Other additions to the show included a big screen which allowed visitors to watch the Moto GP qualifying sessions and the races live on Sunday. The cavalcade of clubs in the main arena was the biggest for a number of years and pretty much everyone left with a smile on their face and bags of motorcycle gear in their hands. The BMF Shows are still not back to the 'glory' years of the mid-to-late 70's but things are moving in the right direction."

Next show dates - Kelso Bikefest 5-7 July; Tailend 13-15 September.

For further information contact Martin Chick at The Mulberry Group on 01869 277077 or e-mail