Your Feedback 2016

A Selection of your Comments and Questions

Absolutely amazing event. Word of mouth told me it could not be missed. 1100 miles round trip for our vehicle from North East Scotland. Well organised. Will be back for sure.
John Carson

You got it right this time although rather oversubscribed on some routes. Thank you to the landlord of the Fighting Cocks who took all of us to Chale as the bus was full.
G Croker

Thank you from us as well, Sam

Brilliant Event. Will be bringing a group of 30 pax next year for three nights on IOW. Please email dates ASAP.

Next year we will be running the event over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October.
See Facebook event.

Just to say what a fabulous day on saturday we had. There was 6 of us we did 11 pubs and 7 buses. The drivers and all concerned made it a fantastic experience. Well done to all!
Adrian White

We (four of us) came over at the weekend for our 1st Beer & Buses, and can I say through your (Wightwash) magazine what a fantastic operation it was. We stayed at the Chequers, & did the south & east of the island, using buses, Island line, & IOW steam. Brilliant!
Please pass on our thanks to all those involved in what was a massive logistical exercise to arrange all the transport, beer, liaison with publicans, & production of a really great guide book. We are looking forward to coming again next year.
Kind regards,
Keith Sharman ,

Great weekend again this year with fab buses & pubs but really feel there needs to be some sort of restrictions on the buses to stop the weekend shoppers/free riders.
We buy two brochures every year & don't even have to show them.
Just think where it's getting bigger each year there needs to be some sort of ticket that you have to purchase & show each time you get on a bus.
Had fantastic ride out to the White Mouse in Chale. Lovely pub.

Sadly, due to Ministry of Transport legislation, we cannot charge for travelling on the buses.

Congratulations to all again this year, the level of organisation must be immense and for all the owners to run the buses at their expense is something else. Went on the west wight tour on the Saturday with my little boy, pushchair in tow and all drivers and passengers were very helpful making it much easier to get round and sample a few jars. Nana had nipper on the Sunday and a great time was had by myself and some friends over shanklin/sandown/ryde and bembridge way including some classic old buses which bought back memories. Went to pubs never been in before and the discounts topped the weekend off - roll on next year!

Just a heart-felt appreciation for an excellent weekend from three happy B3 goers! Pass our thanks on to all the other organisers too
We started on Saturday with a trip on the steam railway (sorry to see your first breakdown at the Lavender Farm - must have been giving you rescheduling nightmares) and then on to Yarmouth. Sunday was spent in West Cowes - lurched from the Anchor straight into the Lit Fest!
Thanks again for a fabulous weekend.
Very Best Wishes,

Just to say what a fabulous day on Saturday we had. There were 6 of us. We did 11 pubs and 7 buses. The drivers and all concerned made it a fantastic experience. Well done to all!

How many people used the weekend as a free bus ride around The Island and deprived real ale enthusiasts of a seat?
There are major walking events on The Island without turning the beer bus weekend into one.
(name and email supplied)

Although the original idea was for a "beer bus weekend", it soon became apparent that it needed to be more than that to secure backing from Isle of Wight Tourism and our other sponsors. Therefore it became the "Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend" to cater for bus enthusiasts, real enthusiasts and walkers. Last years returned comment cards provided us with the following statistics: Primary interest buses - 57%, primary interest pubs - 36%,. primary interest walks - 6%. We apologise for those who experienced delays to their planned journeys and are trying to find ways to address the problem for next year.

Had a great time on Saturday lovely experience. A big thank you to the young lady volunteer who reunited me with my phone. Thanks, see you next year.
David Herbert

Hi, we have The Havelock, a guest house in Shanklin. I'd just like to say what an outstanding sucess the beer & bus weekend was for our guests and for us. Have you thought about organising 1 a month through the summer season or twice a year? It's a lovely way for people to see and get around the island. Well done to all involved. Dave & Ann Bunney

Hi Dave & Ann
Thank you for your kind comments.
I'm afraid that as the weekend is run entirely by volunteers, including the bus owners/drivers, running one event a year is more than enough! Planning for next years event (14th & 15th October 2017) will start in January.

You may be interested to know that both our pubs were packed all weekend. On Saturday, Newport Ale House had its busiest day since we opened five and a half years ago. Well done to you all

Thanks Mark
Well done to you too!

This is the first time my partner and I have done the beer and bus weekend and I must say we've had a great time! Just wondered what the dates are for the next one so we can book it into the calendar now! Is it run twice a year? Can't wait for the next one keep up the good work!!

Susan Renouf

Hi Susan
The dates for next year are 14/15 October 2017
There is only one weekend a year as it takes 10 months to plan!