A collaboration between the Island’s branch of CAMRA and the Isle of Wight Bus Museum, the event will be supported by nearly 100 classic buses and around 80 pubs.
This year there are 14 special bus services operating over the weekend, using classic buses spanning seven decades. The buses will operate from the Bus Museum in Ryde and Newport Quay, linking as many real ale pubs as possible. The services also offer options for those who like to walk as well, using the island’s network of footpaths.
Last year’s event attracted large numbers of people from the mainland, as well as people from all over the island.
Now an established and significant event in the Island’s tourism calendar, it is only possible because of the substantial input of volunteers. Many of the preserved buses and coaches come from the mainland at the owners’ expense, with some travelling considerable distances. The Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA was one of the earliest to be formed and its members provide vital voluntary support to the bus services by acting as marshals and information points.
No fares are charged on the special bus services, but users are encouraged to purchase a programme for £6. All of the proceeds go towards the upkeep of the museum and its expanding collection of vehicles.
Further information can be found at www.iwbeerandbuses.co.uk.