We've had time to recover and reflect -

Definitely a Weekend of two halves; Saturday thousands queing patiently in the sunshine, Sunday hundreds sheltering from the rain (although it dry up later).

It didn't start well. High winds in the Solent and a ferry breakdown left several buses stranded on the mainland. The last bus to make the crossing arrived at 5am Saturday morning!
This meant that all our "stand by" buses were drafted in to service to cover existing routes leaving none for contingency.

Although we didn't leave anyone behind (we hope), there were some unaviodable delays and we thank those effected for their patience.

Nevertheless, overall it was once again a great success and we would like to thank:

Shall we do it all again next year? - YOU BET! In fact we can now confirm that "Beer and Buses 2019" will be over the weekend of Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October. See you there!

Here are some statistics gleaned from the completed comment cards...

Percentage of Visitors/Residents:
Vistors: 43% - Residents: 57% (2017 - Vistors: 58% - Residents: 42%)

Primary Interest:
Buses: 46% (2017 - 58%)
Pubs/Beer: 51% (2017 - 37%)
Walks: 1.5% (2017 - 2%)
Steam Railway 1.5% (2017 - 3%)

Top Ten Most Popular Pubs
1/ Castle, Sandown
2/ Buddle, Niton
3/ Highdown, Totland
4/ Joe's Bar, Niton
5/ Solent Inn, Ryde
6/ Railway, Ryde
6/ Sun, Hulverston
6/ Gallybagger, Chillerton
8/ Ye Old Village Inn, Bembridge
9/ Crown, Shorwell
10/ Cowes Ale House

. Click here to see a list of the participating vehicles and click here to see what beers the pubs had to offer.

See what you and your fellow travellers thought of the Weekend on the Your Feedback page.
and finally, if you couldn't make it, watch Alan Benns's video of Route C 2017. to give you a taste of what you missed.



We are pleased to be part of Visit Isle of Wight Travel Ambassador's Green Star Scheme which encourages car-free holidays on the Isle of Wight. As they say - "Drive less, see more!"

As well as of offering advice on travelling to the Island, there are Green Star suggestions of what to do while you're here.
If you are thinking of having a car-free holiday on the Isle of Wight have a look "getting here" page for more details.

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