South East Bus Festival 2019

Apr 2, 2019

South East Bus Festival 2018

The South East Bus Festival will be taking place on Saturday 6th April at the Kent Showground, Detling. This year we have a huge surprise in store (but we are not giving away any clues until you read on!).

Calling All Bus & Coach Enthusiasts!

The South East Bus Festival is one of the major highlights of the annual Heritage Transport Show. This fantastic and unmissable show will be taking place on Saturday 6th April at the Kent Showground, Detling. We will be exhibiting at the event for the 3rd consecutive year, showcasing a range of vehicles from across The Group. This year we have a huge surprise in store (but we are not giving away any clues until you read on!) – this is something that we are exclusively revealing at the show. So make sure you drop by to see us!


The Heritage Transport Show

The Heritage Transport Show attracts transport enthusiasts from all over the country. It’s a celebration for heritage and vintage vehicles, from motorbikes to tractors and everything in between. This year the show is on track to hit a new record of 800 vehicles and 100 buses, making it one of the biggest heritage and vintage vehicle events in the South East.


The South East Bus Festival

The South East Bus Festival has been working in partnership with the Heritage Transport Show for the past 9 years. The Festival will showcase a collection of buses and coaches both vintage and modern. Visitors will be able to walk through 90 years of bus and coach history, with the oldest bus displayed having been built in 1929 right through to the brand new state of the art coaches – by The Kings Ferry Group, of course!

The Festival is filled with entertainment for all ages, from guest speakers and trade stands to free vintage bus rides around the showground, there really is something for everyone. The Show will also be hosting a Farmers Market with an incredible array of stands selling a range of delicious, locally produced food and drink.


We’re Exhibiting

By now you have probably already guessed that we will be exhibiting at the Festival, it’s one that we can’t miss. We’ve been exhibiting at this incredible show for years and we love showcasing our modern fleet to all coach and bus enthusiasts! This year we’re bigger and better, in 2018 we took 4 vehicles to the show , this year we’re taking 10!

We’ll be taking our brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo VIP coach, a 2017 Irizar VIP coach, an executive Irizar coach with our iconic Kings Ferry livery, a 2006 Irizar coach with our Ouibus livery and a 2015 Caetano National Express livery coach. Clarkes of London will be bringing their 2018 Yutong with the Crawley Town FC livery and a 2018 Yutong with Clarkes’ iconic livery. The most recent additions to the Group, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches will also be making an appearance. Stewarts Coaches are bringing their 2015 Irizar with their classic Stewarts livery along with their brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus and Woods Coaches are showcasing their 2017 Irizar single-deck coach.

The South East Bus Festival will be a first for The Kings Ferry Group, it’ll be the first family outing, with all four businesses coming together to showcase their fleet side by side. What a truly proud and unforgettable moment it will be.


What’s The Big Reveal?

While we can’t tell you exactly what it is, otherwise that would ruin the surprise, we can give you a few hints.

This surprise coincides with a recent event we held. It will provide a lot of opportunity to those who have an interest in coaches. We are one of the first coach operators in the South East to offer something like this.

What could it be?

You’ll have to come along on Saturday 6th April to The Heritage Transport Show, Kent Showground to find out!


Tickets for The Heritage Transport Show are £7 when bought in advance or £10 if bought on the gate. Children under 14 are free of charge. Visitor parking is free and there will be a variety of catering stands to choose from for food and drink.

For more information on The Heritage Transport Show and for details on purchasing tickets, visit the website here.



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