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We’ve again partnered with Red Fox Cycling, to offer guided bike rides from different cities to Shambala. Cycle from Brighton, London, Bristol or Sheffield to the festival!

Exact start locations and stop off points below may be subject to change.


The first thing to note is that although, regardless of ticket type, anyone can join the rides by buying a Red Fox guided ride ticket, but if you buy a Cyclist adult entry ticket with a £20 discount you must also buy a guided cycle ride. Get your tickets HERE.

If you book a discounted Cyclist Adult festival ticket, but don’t arrive at the festival on a Red Fox guided ride – your ticket is not valid for entry. 

All routes have been tried and tested – they are scenic, safe and frequently off road. Riders will be accompanied by a support van which will carry everything that you don’t want to!

Although all tickets are to be bought on the Shambala ticket page please note that these tours are provided by an independent third party Red Fox.  Please see their website for more information and full terms & conditions, and direct any questions to

More info on all Red Fox’s packages can be found here.


The folks at Red Fox Cycling have handpicked campsites for our riders to lay their weary heads, on route. The cost of your tent pitch is included in your package. You can either bring your own tent along in the support van, put it up and take it down yourself, or for an extra fee, Red Fox team can sort you a ‘comfy upgrade’ where they will pre-pitch one of their tents for you with an air-mat and travel pillow – the Red Fox team will invite you to book this option in Spring 2021.


All rides are set to arrive at Shambala on Thursday, early evening. You’ll get a free programme when you arrive and secure bike storage. As an extra well done, lovely Annette who runs our Shambala Healing Fields will be hosting two FREE revitalising, relaxing, muscle-healing workshops for all red fox cyclists on Thursday and Friday evening! More info to come on this next Spring.


In 2019, just under 1,500 of you travelled to Shambala from Brighton. So, in our continuing quest make cycling accessible to everyone, we’re adding Brighton as a ride departure point in 2020.

This will be the longest of all rides at 165 miles, but a gorgeous one, as it takes in the South Downs, Surrey Hills and the Chilterns an route. And, we’ve designed it to join up with the London group from Wednesday.

Ride start date: Tuesday 25th August 2020

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Don’t worry, nobody expects you to cycle back from the festival too! You’ve already proved that you are absolute warriors, so for gods sake put your feet up! If you’ve got pals at the festival with room in their vehicle for your bike, feel free to jump in with them, but Red Fox will also be offering a return journey in a coach, back to Brighton for an additional £25 – your trusty bikes will be transferred back in the support van at the same time.


The Red Fox team have your breakfast and lunch covered – you’ll either be booked in for pub lunches/meals on the way, or the team will rustle you up some tasty grub from the support van – complete with tables and chairs for an alfresco meal. They’ll also sort out snack breaks along the way. Dinner is up to you, but there are great country pubs a short walk from both of our overnight campsites so you won’t struggle to find some grub!


If you’ve still got your stabilisers on, this probably ain’t for you – however, it’s hardly the Tour De France, either. The Red Fox team has tried this route and they’ve deemed it ‘challenging’. You are looking at covering about 55 miles a day  (with snack stops and rest breaks, naturally) so please take this into account when deciding if this is for you – if you’ve never cycled very far before, have a good old think about whether you’d manage – and perhaps do a bit of training.


The rides cover a fair old distance, so this is adults only really, though an exception could be made if you’d like to bring a particularly cycling-mad teen with you, who has previously covered distances like this happily. Drop us an email on if you think your teen fits the bill and you’re keen to get them booked on with you.

For more details of the Brighton – Shambala ride, head to Red Fox Cycling Tour’s itinerary of the ride. Head to our ticket page to get your Cyclist festival ticket HERE.

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