Celebrating 100 years of buses - Event weekend 2nd - 4th July 2021

3 months ago Fri 28th May 2021

Bus100 - Celebrating 100 years of buses on Blackpool & the Fylde Coast

Friday 2nd July 2021 marks 100 years since Blackpool Transport (then named Blackpool Corporation) operated its first bus route. To mark the occasion we’ve put together a packed weekend of events set to take place between Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th July.

With support from the Fylde Transport Trust, we have a range of free and bookable events taking place. Take a look below!

Check out our commemorative booklet here.

Friday 2nd July

Special Heritage Bus Tours: 14:00, 16:00, 18:00

Departing from Blundell Street (Rigby Road), travelling along the promenade to Cleveleys, then following much of the route of the first ever bus route operated by Blackpool Transport, returning via the promenade to Rigby Road.

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins

Price: From £3 adults per person

Pre-booking is essential. Book your tour here.

Saturday 3rd July

Bus Parade: 10am

Saturday 3rd July will see a convoy of up to 20 buses parade from Starr Gate to North Pier in groups of five, a few minutes apart. The parade will begin from 10 am, with buses dating back as far as 1959, displaying buses through the ages. Members of the public are welcome to view the parade from any location along the promenade.

Bus Display: 12 - 4pm – Blackpool Tower Headland

A static display of 10 rare vintage buses will take place opposite the famous Blackpool Tower on the comedy carpet. You’re invited to come and take a look at our display of buses where we’ll have a range of merchandise and information to share and discuss. You’ll also be able to pick up a free copy of our commemorative Blackpool Bus100 booklet.

Free Vintage bus rides: Service 1: 12 – 6pm

Ride on Heritage buses along Blackpool’s famous promenade between Pleasure Beach and Gynn Square.

Buses will run every 15 minutes. Just turn up and go, no pre-booking needed. View the timetable here.

All journeys are free of charge but donations are welcome. Any donations collected will contribute to our company charity for 2021 which is Trinity Hospice as well as the preservation of our Heritage Trams.

Beer & Buses event: From 7pm

Time to socialise whilst riding around on some classic Blackpool buses from yesteryear. The Fylde Transport Trust will be linking Blackpool’s North Pier with Castle Gardens and Poulton hostelries on a FREE bus service, departing every 30 minutes from 1900 to 22:30 with the last departure from Poulton at 23:00. Turn up and go, no pre-booking required.

Sunday 4th July

Special Heritage Bus Tours: 11am, 1pm, 3pm.

Departing from Blundell Street (Rigby Road), travelling along the promenade to Cleveleys, then following much of the route of the first ever bus route operated by Blackpool Transport, returning via the promenade to Rigby Road.

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins

Price: From £3 adults per person

Pre-booking is essential. Book your tour here.

Zoo & Stanley Park Circular Tours

FREE Classic buses to Stanley Park and Blackpool Zoo, operating to/from Blackpool Tower every 20 minutes from 10:30 to 16:00, provided by Fylde Transport Trust. Turn up and go, no pre-booking required.

Free Vintage bus rides: Service 1: 11 – 5pm

Ride on Heritage buses along Blackpool’s famous promenade between Pleasure Beach and Gynn Square.

Buses will run every 15 minutes. Just turn up and go, no pre-booking needed. A timetable is available here.

BLACKPOOL BY BUS

The Fylde Transport Trust are collaborating with local authors Paul and Brian Turner to produce the definitive history of Blackpool’s century of buses from 1921 right up to the present day. Follow FTT on Facebook to stay posted on the publication date and pre-orders of this limited edition hardback book.

All covid protocols will be followed at the time of the event depending on current government guidance.