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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Batribike at Countryfile Live

The Batribike Team has been at Countryfile Live this weekend. The sunshine, blue skies and soaring temperatures set the scene for a fantastic event. We were invited to be on the Datatag stand to show a couple of our bikes and to promote the Stealth Pro Cycle system that we fit as standard to all our e-bikes.
One of the huge ancient oak trees that are all over the Blenheim estate
After a bit of discussion Ralph and I agreed that the best plan was to stay on site in our caravan if that was possible. Thankfully there was an exhibitor camping area and we arrived on Wednesday evening before the show start on Thursday. We were so glad that we had made this decision once we realised just how many cars were trying to get in and out of the car parks every day. We were certainly lucky to avoid all that queuing, and we got a lovely walk across the site.
The Batribike Falcon and Storm before the show opened on Thursday
Being at a show like this is always enjoyable, we get to see past customers who like to come over and chat about where they have been on their Batribikes, we love to hear their stories. We also enjoy talking to potential new customers, we are passionate about our e-bikes and it is good to tell everyone about them.

All four days of the show were busy with at least 25,000 reported visitors every day. Everyone I spoke to was having a great time with so much to see. That is one disadvantage for us when working at a show, we don’t get much time to look round. We did manage to sneak out a couple of times and saw some great craft activities going on. There was everything you could imagine from dry stone walling and hedge laying to willow weaving, and on a smaller scale, painting and pottery to knitting.
Big Knitting with broomsticks!
The vintage Big Wheel looked stunning against the blue sky
Stripey deckchairs were all about the site  for visitors to take a rest
Opposite our stand was the ‘Farming in Action’ area with huge modern tractors and machinery on display. In the arena vintage tractors towing bailers were demonstrating old farming techniques. We didn’t even get as far as the main arenas with their various animal displays.
Hay turning
Hay bailing
On Thursday and Friday the stand was visited by members of Thames Valley Police, they actively promote security marking and believe it is important in reducing crime and aids in returning recovered property. The Datatag team were able to demonstrate the different systems to police cadets who were doing some training at the show.
Discussing Batribike and Datatag with Robin Heywood of Thames Valley Police
The only downside to the show was the poor mobile phone signal we had on our network. This made it impossible to post to social media during the event. However thanks to Helen from communications at Thames Valley Police, I was able to use her signal to post some pictures to Twitter and Facebook on Friday.

On Saturday we were delighted to meet Adam Henson, a Countryfile presenter who has become famous for Adam’s Farm, where he protects rare breeds of farm animal. Adam took time out of his busy schedule to come down to the Datatag stand. He told a visitor to the stand that he has the system fitted to all of his tractors.
Discussing Batribike with Adam Henson
He was very interested when we told him that Batribike is based in rural Lincolnshire and said that he was very pleased to hear that we fit Datatag as standard to the Batribike range of e-bikes.

After the show closed that evening we went to the “Craven Arms” pub area of the show and had a stone baked pizza that had been cooked in the side of a Land Rover! We sat in the sunshine in the deck chairs in front of the BBC sound stage listening to live music with a cold drink and a pizza – what a great end to the day.
Land Rover pizza oven
Sunday was another busy day with lots of visitors, everyone was enjoying the sunshine and the show. When it came to the end of the day it seemed like nobody wanted to go home, that surely is the mark of a good event.

Thanks to everyone at Datatag for making us welcome on the stand, we had a great weekend.