The Trust organises regular vintage bus running days, where you are able to enjoy free rides and sample a wide range of vehicles in their former habitats.

At our running days, you observe first-hand how the vehicles performed in service and build your own sense of how bus and coach travel has developed through the generations.

Our events have gained a nationwide reputation for authenticity and adventure, recreating the full experience of road transport in bygone days. They have become established, popular attractions for local communities and enthusiasts alike.

Why not come along and join us for a free bus ride?

Our principal events for 2020 are:


Penzance VR Revival & Vintage Bus Running Day - Sunday 19 April

A collaboration between the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society and TV&GWOT gives free rides around the spectacular scenery of the West Cornwall Peninsula. Find out more... Photo © Colin Billington.

Cancelled - back in 2021

Royal Blue NOTC Centenary Run - Friday 19-21 June

The Royal Blue long distance coach run will double as a celebration of the centenary of the National Omnibus & Transport Company (formed on 13 February 1920).  The concept is to visit the company’s principal operating hubs across the breadth of England. Photo © Colin Billington

Postponed to 2021

TVT Centenary Vintage Bus Running Day - Sunday 12 July

The Thames Valley Traction Company centenary falls on 10 July and it is intended that TV&GWOT’s running day to mark the occasion will be on the adjacent Sunday centred on Reading. Photo © Len Wright

Postponed to 2021

Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Day - Saturday 19 September

The narrow lanes of the South Hams will again see vintage buses covering traditional routes to beautiful coast and country destinations. Photo © Colin Billington

Cancelled - back in 2021


In addition to these and other events organised by the Trust for Supporters, our vehicles also attend events across the country throughout the year. Details are published on the Home page and on our Facebook page.


To get a flavour of TV&GWOT Events from previous years, follow the links below:

Penzance VR Revival and Bus Running Days

Didcot Transport Rally and Vintage Bus Running Days

Royal Blue Runs

Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Days

Reading-centred Thames Valley Displays and Vintage Bus Running Days

Supporter excursions


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