Alton Bus Rally & Running Day


The event is one of Britain's biggest Bus Rallies & Running Days.


Established in 1995, the event is held on the third Sunday in July each year.


The 'Rally' features a display of around 150 Buses and Coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. In addition there is also a large display of other types of vehicles including Classic Cars, Lorries, Motorcycles, Vans, Emergency Services and Military vehicles.


The 'Running Day' consists of a network of free bus services operating from Alton to surrounding villages and towns, re-creating the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's era of bus operation in East Hampshire. Buses also connect with Mid Hants Railway Steam and Heritage Diesel Trains.


From strolling around the exhibits on display in the pleasant setting of Anstey Park, to riding on the free bus services through the beautiful Hampshire countryside and watching or travelling on the Mid Hants Railway's Steam and Heritage Diesel Trains there is always plenty to see and do whatever forms of land transport you are interested in.


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An open top Volvo Olympian enters the Bus Station at Anstey Park to work The Original Alton Sightseeing Tour at the 2019 event. Richard Kirwin

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The 2019 Event


Over 150 buses and coaches attended the event and around 45 of these were used to operate the network of free bus services which consisted of 16 routes. In addition there were also more than 200 other vehicle exhibits and 50 sales stands. Over 5,000 visitors attended the event and more than 40 volunteer members of staff did their best to ensure everything ran smoothly and everybody had an enjoyable day.


A big thank you to everyone who attended the event, especially all the vehicle owners. You helped to make the event a huge success. We hope you enjoyed your day and look forward to seeing you next year.


Pictures from the 2019 event will be added to the Gallery soon

During this year's event the Organisers' were made aware of a bus exhibit displaying inappropriate messages on the vehicle's electronic destination display. The vehicle concerned was asked to leave the site immediately and those responsible told not to come back with that or any other vehicle in future years. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated at the event.


Please accept our apologies if you saw these inappropriate messages and were offended by them.


Finally, we would like to thank all the visitors who reported this matter to our staff which enabled us to take prompt action.



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