Monday 29 October 2018

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Saturday 10th November - Yardley Wood, Birmingham


Join us to celebrate Yardley Wood Bus Garage's 80th birthday!

On 9th November 1938, Birmingham City Transport opened a new bus depot in Yardley Wood, a quiet parish of Birmingham surrounded by lush green fields. Today the garage still stands and is one of National Express West Midlands' 9 bus depots.
2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the garage's opening and to celebrate the occasion, Yardley Wood's passionate team of drivers, engineers, and operational support staff are opening the garage for one very special day.
The garage will be open to the public on Saturday 10th November 2018, between 10am - 3pm; entrance is free so come and have a look around a real working bus garage!
Here's what you can expect on the day:
  • Vehicle Exhibition - If you like strolling down memory lane or you just really like buses, there will be a range of vehicles on display from across the National Express business and some kindly loaned from our friends at Wythall Transport Museum.
  • Live Music - We're extremely lucky to have live music throughout the day from The City of Birmingham Brass Band and The Shirley Pipe Band!
  • Ride the Bus Wash - Ever wanted to be on a bus when it's being washed? Now you can!
  • Children's Party Bus & Bouncy Castle - Let the little ones have a play on a cleverly converted soft play party bus, or jump around on a bouncy castle!
  • Charity Raffle - Enter our raffle for the chance to win prizes including 4 tickets to Alton Towers, cinema tickets and a game of tenpin bowling! All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the West Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. 
  • Memorabilia & Stalls - Browse a range of stalls and meet Trams to Trenches author Doug Smith.
  • Refreshments - Our canteen will be open on the day serving a range of hot food and drinks, we'll also have our Sweet Cart on site for those with a sweet tooth...

Yardley Wood and the Home Guard

As well as celebrating the garage's milestone birthday, the day will also be spent remembering and honouring those who have served their country, with November 2018 marking 100 years since the end of World War I.
Through independent research, the team at Yardley Wood have also found that during World War II over 3,500 Birmingham City Transport staff members were enrolled in the Home Guard, an organisation of local defence volunteers comically immortalised by the BBC sitcom Dads Army.
To commemorate the efforts of these men, there will be the opportunity to learn more about the Yardley Wood and the Home Guard on the day, including the names of those who served in the local regiment.

How to find us...

You can visit us at: Yardley Wood Bus Garage, Yardley Wood Road, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, B14 4BN
Get to us by bus: Services 218 27 stop right outside!

Travel to the garage in style and relive the past, with a ride on a bus of yester-year!
Yardley Wood will be operating a heritage bus service throughout the day, which will serve run a circular route from the garage to Yardley Wood train station, Billesley and Maypole.

Fare Information:
Adult Single£2
Adult Day Ticket£4
Child Single (5-15 Years)£1
Child Day Ticket (5-15 Years)£2
Family Day Ticket
(Up to 2 adults and 4 children)
Concessionary Pass Holders£1
Special Offer - 50% off fares when presenting a valid National Express West Midlands travel card, daysaver or mTicket. 

It's not everyday that you get to ride on a heritage bus or explore a working bus garage, so make sure that you share your day out at Yardley Wood on social media!
Tag us in your photos and videos - @nxwestmidlands - and use the hashtag #YardleyWood80 and we'll share some of our favourites with our followers!