Buses, Beer and Walks

12 - 13 October 2019

How does spending a weekend travelling around the Isle of Wight on a vintage bus and stopping off at various different pubs around the Island sound?

Now in its 6th year the ever popular Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend is almost upon us. With over 100 classic buses included in the 2 day event, and 15 different routes all over the Island, this is the perfect way to see what the beautiful Isle of Wight has to offer (and not just the pubs!).

The hop on, hop off services are all free of charge and each route starts and ends at Newport Quay in the centre of the Island. Stopping off in different towns and villages where you can choose to sample what the local pubs have to offer, take a wander around the local shops or simply have a walk through the countryside taking in some of the stunning views.  


With around 17,000 passengers attending the 2018 event, it is not to be missed!

Take a look at the route maplist of the pubs and a list of walks that were on the 2018 routes to help you plan your weekend. Travelling on the buses is completely free of charge however if you would like to support the event you can buy the bumper 112 page programme for a small charge, and this contains the details of the pubs, town maps, the routes and timetables. It also contains a selection of special offers. The programme is available from all participating pubs or on their website.

After all that exploring you will need somewhere to rest your head, so why not make the most of the weekend and book some accommodation. Red Funnel Holidays offer accommodation all over the Isle of Wight including hotel's, B&B's, self catering cottages and apartments and holiday parks, there is something for everyone and for any budget. Below is a selection of properties that are easily accessed by the Buses and Beers routes. What is even better is that if you book your stay with Red Funnel then you will receive 25% off your vehicle travel. 

The Orchards Holiday Park - Newbridge Nr. Yarmouth

Being on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there are stunning countryside views from all over the park. Award winning and family owned, the Orchards Holiday Park has high quality facilities and is ideally situated for walking, cycling and visiting attractions.

To celebrate the Buses, Beer and Walking weekend The Orchards are offering a SAVING of 15% on a 3 night stay from Friday 11 October in their static caravans, that's a saving of between £18 and £44.25 depending on the unit chosen!

Kingsmede - Whitwell

Steeped in history, Kingsmede Bed and Breakfast has an abundance of character and charm. The picturesque village of Whitwell adds a beautiful backdrop to your stay in this lovely guest house. You’ll experience locally sourced food and a range of facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. 

The Royson - Shanklin

The Royson is situated off the busy roads in a quaint cul-de-sac. This Bed and Breakfast is close to the coastal paths, offering spectacular views and long, leisurely walks. Guests will be met by the friendly and attentive hosts who have run this charming B&B for almost 10 years.

Mimosa Lodge - Cowes

Guests can expect large bedrooms and spacious bathrooms in a tranquil setting in the popular location of Cowes. It is easy to access from the Red Funnel Terminal, and offers a conservatory and extensive gardens to add a perfectly relaxing vibe to your stay. 

Cheverton Copse Holiday Park - Sandown

Cheverton Copse is a conservation award-winning family run park situated in a picturesque rural setting 1.5 miles from the towns and sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin.  The park is spaciously planned with lovely views of the surrounding downlands. The park offers a range of caravans to suit all budgets, sleeping up to 4 and 6 people.

Waverley Park Holiday Centre - East Cowes

Offering a lovely selection of caravans, Waverley Park is flexible and can accommodate for you and your needs. Situated close to the Red Funnel Terminal, your holiday can start as soon as you set foot on the Island. Complete with beautiful sea views and lush, green gardens, you’re sure to have a great Island break.

So whether you are jumping on a bus, walking to take in the stunning scenery or trying one of the many locals ales, we hope you have a fabulous time!