Beer and bus lovers are invited to join the perfect “pub crawl” as the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the IW Bus Museum join forces again to host the Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend.
The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend takes place on 17th and 18th October and offers visitors and local people the opportunity to ride on vintage buses, combined with a good walk through the Island’s autumn landscape – and a pint or two of real cask ale at the end of it.
Vintage buses visiting the Island and from the IW Bus Museum collection will operate a regular hop-on, hop-off service to transport visitors to and from pubs located right across the Island. All bus journeys will operate free of charge, but people are encouraged to support the event by purchasing a weekend programme, which costs just £6 and includes special offers, timetables and details of all bus routes.
The newly expanded event is supported by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) as part of their “Drive Less” and “See More” initiative. As the organisation tasked with increasing visitor numbers to the Island, VIOW is keen to encourage people to leave their car at the hotel and explore the Island’s spectacular scenery from the seat of a bus.
Zoe Stroud, LSTF Project Manager, said “We are delighted to be able to work with the organisers on the Island’s Classic Bus, Beer and Walks Weekend.
“Classic buses are a real incentive for people to get to and from the pubs easily and we hope that the facility encourages people to consider public transport as a viable option for other journeys”
Ben Bartram, Event Co-ordinator said: “Last year’s event was a great success, and with the increase in routes from 5 to 8, and the increase in the number of pubs involved and vehicles operating, we hope to build on the success of last year’s event and help to maintain the Isle of Wight’s position on the map as a great destination for a weekend break at any time of year”
“The IW Bus Museum have moved from Newport to Ryde this year, but we are operating the event at both sites to give greater coverage of the Island and give people even more choice when planning their weekend”.
For more information about the Isle of Wight Classic Bus, Beer and Walks Weekend, please go to www.iwbeerandbuses.co.uk. The programme costs £6 and is available to purchase from The Guildhall or order direct from the event website.
Notes to Editors:
The “drive less” and “see more” initiative was launched by Visit Isle of Wight in July 2015. Developed as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project, a newly-trained team of Travel Ambassadors has been appointed to welcome visitors and encourage them to consider using sustainable transport options during their stay on the Island.
Based at the new Guildhall Visitor Centre in Newport – which forms part of VIOW’s new headquarters since it relocated to the heart of the Island last month – the four travel ambassadors are also be available at locations across the Island to help anyone who needs travel advice. These include the ferry ports, attractions, key transport hubs and events both on and off the Island.
The Isle of Wight Bus Museum moved in early 2015 from Newport Quay to the old bus garage in Park Road, Ryde and has enjoyed good visitor numbers and positive feedback in their first season of operations there.
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