David Scard



I am sorry to announce that the 2020 Alton Bus Rally & Running Day planned for Sunday 19th July is cancelled.


This decision has been made in light of the current world pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the uncertainty that surrounds this. As you can imagine this has been an agonising decision to make and one which has not been taken lightly. After weighing up all options, scenarios and working with facts and guidelines from the government we concluded that this was the best option to avoid a potential enforced short notice cancellation with a large financial loss and to protect the future of the event. Although the event is still 4 months away, we would soon need to commit a large sum of money purchasing goods and services required for the event, so a final decision had to be made before this outlay was made.


The event has been running for 25 years and is something for which 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 preservationists, local operators, traders and public attendance for the event to be the huge success that it is.


As a bus preservationist myself I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my fellow preservationists and operators across the country the very best of luck through this time of uncertainty and financial hardships. The ramifications of the current situation can already be felt with the coach and bus industry suffering heavily due to this pandemic. Im sure many preservation projects will suffer too with vehicles stood dormant for the next few months with owners unable to afford maintenance, storage and running costs.


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


We will publicise the cancellation as widely as possible and we will contact everyone who has entered a vehicle or stall to the event. All stall holders that have paid for a pitch at the 2020 event will receive a full refund.


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 18th July 2021.


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 2021 (note that the 2020 event is cancelled).

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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