Always inspired… Beer & Buses

Always inspired… Beer & Buses

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Our Island home is always inspiring our work and approach to projects, whether it be our stunning coastlines and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, through to the diverse range of festivals, events and gatherings occurring throughout the year.  

One of the staples of the Isle of Wight events calendar, is the Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend which comes around every October across the Island.  We were able to meet the organisers of this much-loved Island event as part of our ongoing ‘Inspiration-on-Sea’ feature, originally published in Wightlife magazine, which we produce quarterly on behalf of Wightlink.

Tim Marshall, Isle of Wight Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale and Bill Ackroyd, Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum

Tim and Bill join forces each year to help organise the popular Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend. Now in its sixth year, the event takes place on 12-13 October, when over 85 classic buses and coaches from the Island and beyond descend on the Island to transport passengers to and from over 120 pubs, clubs and venues.

Tim: “I’m a semi-retired professional musician and as such spent very little time on the Island earning a living. However, it’s a wonderful place to come home to, especially after working away.

Bill: I love the Island for the peace and quiet, and lack of traffic.

Tim: My favourite place on the Island has got to be the top of Culver Down. There are spectacular views, even when it’s dark (with the lights of Portsmouth)… and of course there’s a pub!
Bill: For me, the views along the Military Road are hard to beat.

Tim: I’d have to say Beer & Buses is my favourite Island event.
Bill: Agreed, it’s got to be Beer & Buses of course!

Tim: My fondest memories of growing up on the Island is beachcombing with my Dad and brother on what we used to call ‘Ladder Chine’ near Chale.

Bill: My earliest memory of the Island is coming on holiday to Sandown, staying at the Savoy House Hotel in 1956.

Tim: If I only had an hour on the Island, I’d probably go to the pub, of course! I’m not brave enough to name one specifically.

Bill: I am! I’d have a pint of Fuller’s ESB in King Harry’s Bar, Shanklin.”


We work closely with CAMRA to help promote the event, as well as regularly producing publications and guides including the Official Isle of Wight Pub Guide. At Solent we pride ourselves at being able to flexibly adapt to working in different sectors and marketplaces, providing solutions for clients depending on their individual requirements.

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