© David Scard



I am sorry to announce that the 2021 Alton Bus Rally & Running Day planned for Sunday 18th July has been cancelled.


The event organising team has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and whilst the recent Government announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown has brought hope of better times ahead for all of us it has unfortunately not ended the uncertainty.


The Government has been clear that data, rather than dates, will be used to lift or relax any restrictions. So, if schools, shops, pubs, etc reopening causes an increase in cases then all subsequent steps in the roadmap will be delayed. Therefore, there is no guarantee that sufficient restrictions will have been lifted in time to permit the event to be held. Even if the roadmap goes exactly to plan date wise, the Government has yet to confirm the COVID-Secure requirements for businesses, social distancing measures and the restrictions on social contact and large events that will apply in Step 4, as these are all subject to the outcome of reviews that haven’t yet been carried out.


Although the event is still more than 4 months away, we would soon need to commit a large sum of money posting out entry forms and purchasing goods and services required for the event, so a final decision had to be made before this outlay was made. After examining all options, scenarios and the latest Government information we concluded that cancelling the event now was the best option to avoid a potential enforced cancellation with a large financial loss and to protect the future of the event. This has been a very difficult decision to make and one which has not been taken lightly.


The event has been running for over 25 years and is something I am immensely proud to head up and be a part of. As with many bus events across the country the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day is run solely by volunteers and the event relies heavily on vehicle owners, local operators, traders and public attendance for the event to be the huge success that it is.


I would like to thank everyone who was planning to enter a vehicle or stall or visit the event and I apologise for any inconvenience the cancellation may cause you.


Lastly to all our loyal supporters; my organising team, the event volunteers, vehicle owners, local operators, supporters, visitors and stall holders thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to seeing you all at the next event on Sunday 17th July 2022.


Stay safe everyone.


Best regards

Claire Barrett – Organiser of the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day



Alton Bus Rally & Running Day


One of Britain's biggest Bus Rallies & Running Days.


Display of over 150 Buses and Coaches from a variety of eras and operating areas.


Large display of other types of vehicles including Classic Cars, Lorries, Motorcycles, Vans, Emergency Services and Military vehicles.


Extensive network of FREE bus services re-creating the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's era of bus operation in East Hampshire.


Sales stands, catering outlets, toilets and FREE parking on site.


Entry to the event is FREE.


For more information about the event please click here.

© Andi North


© David Scard

2019 event summary and pictures


185 buses and coaches attended the event and around 50 of these were used to operate the network of free bus services which consisted of 16 routes. In addition there were also around 200 other vehicle exhibits and more than 60 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 in 2022 (note that the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

A BYD electric bus from the Stagecoach 'Guildford Electrics' fleet works an Alton Town Service at the 2019 event.

© Les Smith

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

A line up of former London Transport buses, mainly AEC Routemasters, on display at Anstey Park at the 2019 event.

© Andy Deamer

A Bedford VAL restored by Cresta Coaches of Alresford heads out of Anstey Park on a free bus service at the 2019 event.

© Andy Deamer

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