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Royal Victoria Bus and Coach Festival to replace this year’s Alton Rally

In a bid to keep an event in Hampshire for bus enthusiasts, Xelabus a family bus and coach operator in Eastleigh, will be holding a Festival of Bus and Coaches at the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley alongside Southampton Water.


The event will be held on SUNDAY 16th JULY 2023 and is open for free entry for anyone who owns a preserved bus or coach or indeed any new buses wishing to be displayed. Entries are now open and contact can be made on for an entry form for either vehicle or stall.


Philip Blair, Commercial Manager at Xelabus said “It’s a real shame the Alton Rally has been cancelled this year as it is a very popular and successful event in Hampshire. Between 1983 and 2003 I was personally involved in organising a bus and coach rally at the country park and it will be a pleasure to provide this one off event again for our company”


We hope the event will be of interest to not only enthusiasts but visitors and with stalls and stands for transport related items plus the display of buses and the chapel, café and railway it should be a great day for everyone.


The event opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm.


A FREE Bus Service will operate with Historic Buses as follows:

0930 then every 30 minutes until 1400 from Southampton Central Station Southside

0935 then every 30 minutes until 1405 from City Centre Vincents Walk

0945 then every 30 minutes until 1415 from Woolston Link Road


The return journeys will be at 1020 then every 30 minutes until 1720 From Royal Victoria Country Park to Woolston, City Centre and Southampton Central Station (Southside)


For more information please contact 02380 644715 or 07770 852258