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Join us for the weekend in beautiful Ballater, Aberdeenshire


Our next event is on

 29th Sept to 1 Oct 23 

What's on at Thrive 2023?

Bikes. Family. Local Business

This years Thrive is jam packed with something for everyone. Whether you are a hard core cyclist, outdoor enthuisast, a parent with kids to amuse or just fancy some good food and entertainment, we have you covered.

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You could win one of the following:

- A full suspension mtb worth over £3000
- A pair of Santa Cruz Reserve alloy wheels worth over £650
- An EVOC backpakc worth over £200
- Troy Lee body armour worth over £160
- A pair of Vittoria tyres worth over £120

- More prizes to be added!

Get your tickets from


Film Night

Hosted by Santa Cruz

29 Sept from 7pm


Family Activities

Fairground rides, stalls, education and soft play

30 Sept &

1 Oct


Bike  & Accesory Brands

29 different companies with the latest kit.

30 Sept &

1 Oct

Mountain Bike

Demo Rides

Over a dozen bike brands to choose from

Morning or Afternoon

30 Sept &

1 Oct


Clan Stunt Team

Two showings a day!

30 Sept &

1 OCt


Local Businesses

20 different organisations with stalls

30 Sept &

1 Oct


Guided Rides

5 companies to pick from

30 Sept &

1 Oct

A Bite

Food and Music

8 Food providers open all day

30 Sept &

1 Oct



Come and meet the local heros, even get to sit in a Fire Engine!

30 Sept &

1 Oct


Book a Demo Ride

Not sure where to ride?

We have some top class guiding companies operating over the weekend at Thrive.

Fully qualified, totally knowledgeable and able to make sure you get the most out of your day. Why not book a demo bike from Cyclehighlands and take it with you?

  • Santa Cruz Film Night
    Santa Cruz Film Night
    Fri, 29 Sept
    29 Sept, 19:00 – 21:30
    Ballater, Station Square The Victoria & Albert Halls, Ballater AB35 5QB, UK
    29 Sept, 19:00 – 21:30
    Ballater, Station Square The Victoria & Albert Halls, Ballater AB35 5QB, UK
    Come and spend an evening with the Santa Cruz rep team. Bring the popcorn and settle in for an evening of mountain biking movies.
  • Thrive
    Sat, 30 Sept
    30 Sept, 09:00 BST – 01 Oct, 17:00 BST
    Ballater, Ballater AB35, UK
    30 Sept, 09:00 BST – 01 Oct, 17:00 BST
    Ballater, Ballater AB35, UK
    Let us know you're going to attend and receive updates plus other goodies at the event!

What we're about


Thrive is first and foremost about riding bikes.


Aberdeenshire is one of the UKs top cycling areas. We want to promote and help improve riding in the region.


We are family orientated and make sure we have something for everyone at our events.


We want to help introduce kids to cycling and the outdoor experience.  


The Thrive team are entrepreneurs and business people. 

We recognise that the stronger the local economy the more the community benefits.

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We're local

Thrive takes place in Ballater, Aberdeenshire. 

We love the local area. We look to help the local economy benefit from the incredible adventure tourism on offer in the region.

Thrive is scheduled in late summer to help extend the tourist season.


Thrive Business Partners

“My bike is more than just a bike.
It's my path to fitness, mental wellbeing and quality time.

Gavin Baxter,

Deeside Thistle MTB

“We had a great time at the Thrive Festival.  We were able to connect with new youth members and leaders, growing our club and engaging really positively with other local companies."

John Patterson,

Balmoral Bar

"If I could I would have two thrives a year. It was the second busiest weekend after games weekend that we had. I thought it was a great thing for the village as it provides something for people that aren’t just interested in biking."

David Murray,

On Call Support Watch Commander, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

“With lots of Visitors to the Area, we were delighted to be asked along to the first Thrive Mountain Bike Festival in Ballater. 

It was a great way to Interact with the Mountain Bike Community and to have the discussion about acting carefully and responsibly whilst out on the Trails in the Area”.


KT Boutique, Ballater

"Brilliant weekend! Great to see so many visitors to Ballater. Lots to see and do for all ages, not just the experienced cyclists. 
Excellent idea, supporting small businesses and the local economy. Really hope THRIVE takes place every year! "

Mark Read,

Deeside Camper Conversions

I would just like to thank you all for the great event last year and also hope this year will be the same for all traders and the entertainment for the public.

As a local Campervan Conversion company business in Ballater we were really grateful for the good costs for the trade stand and the amount of work we generated from your fantastic weekend.
We would highly recommend this event to all. 

Looking forward to the same this year, keep up the good work Thrive team!!!!!!

Working to promote, maintain and improve riding in Aberdeenshire

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