|Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour
FIXED DATE BUS TOURS FOR 2013
BIG BRUM OPEN TOP BUZ SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for science, medicine, education, culture, sport and art – Birmingham has it all.
A live guided exciting adventure through the UK’s second city – the Brummagem tour takes you to the commercial heart of the city and includes the major buildings of architectural interest. Following the road to the unique Jewellery Quarter which really emphasises why Birmingham was known as the city of a thousand trades in Victorian times we then travel along Broad Street – the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys. Picking up the highway to Edgbaston – home to the manufacturers of the city and the international cricket ground we link up with the Tolkien trail and the world famous Cardinal Newman Oratory. Entering the city from the East side we get the full panoramic view of St Martin’s Parish Church and the new state of the art Bullring shopping complex with the iconic building of Selfridges.
Dates: the Big Brum Open Top Buz as a hop on hop off tour by request will be running ONLY every Saturday and Sunday from 27th April to 29th September 2013 except for the first Sunday of the month (May to October) when we will be operating as the MUSEUM HERITAGE BUS.
Tour times: 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30
Meeting point: corner of Colmore Row and Waterloo Street, Victoria Square, next to the Council House.
Tickets cost: £12 adult; £10 concessions, £8 students, £5 children (5 to 15 years), £20 family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children), £8 special Brummie ticket (proof of address or accent will be required!) Ticket valid for the day.
Alterations to running of Big Brum Buz tour times as follows:
Saturday 14th September - tickets cannot be booked for the 12.30 tour as it is free of charge as part of Heritage Open Days and bookings are being taken by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download the 2013 flyer click here.
Tickets for the Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing tour can be purchased on the bus or booked in advance in person at the Birmingham Central Library Reception or online by clicking here or ring the Oxboffice booking line on 0845 6801926.
This tour is available on a private basis at any time throughout the year. Guided tours on your own or hired coach, covered double decker or the Big Brum Open Top Buz by arrangement - tours tailored to your organisation or school group requirements - contact Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555, 078051 15998, email email@example.com.
What it can do:
The bus is an ambassador for the city - besides running as a fixed date tour it is continually available for private hire throughout the year for corporate clients, schools, universities, wedding parties, organisations, WI’s, etc. Check out our Days Out in Birmingham and Bus Tours page if you would like a themed event.
Marketing to date:
How you can use the bus:
What has happened in 2012:
The bus has been operated by Kings Norton Coaches very successfully with two wonderful bus drivers Mick and Ken who have given their help and support. Unfortunately, Ken will no longer be working with us in 2013 and I would like to welcome Barry who is a great addition to the team. Barry has a wealth of knowledge as he helps out at Wythall Bus Transport Museum. The bus ran every weekend from the end of April to the end of September and I have got to say the weather was dreadful for the most part of the season which obviously influenced the number of visitors we had on the bus. However, we have again taken part in various wonderful events and occasions and in particular have enjoyed many successful school outings.
What it should do:
BIG BRUM OPEN TOP BUZ SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROPOSAL FOR 2013
The concept is a chain bracelet – all of Birmingham’s people & places united together
Birmingham had a sightseeing bus about 20 years ago operated by the main company in the business City Sightseeing. The time was right to have a bus again and this is what happened in 2009.
As a qualified Heart of England Blue Badge tour guide I was embarrassed that Birmingham did not have a bus as I see it as an essential requirement plus a walking tour to promote any city. The unique selling point of the Big Brum Buz is that it is the ONLY open top sightseeing bus tour in Birmingham offering a complete live guided one hour tour covering the major points of interest from both an historical, architectural, cultural and contemporary aspect.
The bus brings Birmingham in line with other major cities in the UK and abroad and the tour is hosted by expert qualified Heart of England Blue Badge Guides all of whom are passionate about Birmingham.
Having approached City Sightseeing and many other bus companies nobody was interested so I subsequently, bought a bus. Central Connect operated the bus in its first year as it requires an operator’s licence. In 2010 Johnsons Coaches took over the operation of the bus and in 2011 Kings Norton Coaches. As it is not possible to run the bus on a commercial basis I set up Friends of the Big Brum Buz. We need more friends to help with the running costs of the bus especially as it is an old bus needing maintenance. All income from Friends of the Big Brum Buzand any private hire work helps keep the bus on the road for the fixed date tours during the season.
How people in Birmingham benefit:
The bus can bring in visitors with the opportunity of `spend’. It specifically improves the opportunity of `spend’ within the region encouraging visitors to the NEC, ICC and NIA to stay longer. It helps the local economy, in particular, by linking all tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., via the bus stops connected to the travel network.
Stay safe in a clean and green city:
The bus makes people proud of their city emphasizing that the rest of the UK and the World see their city as a place of interest which is worth visiting. Their community has value and they want to belong.
The bus can be used to develop care and support for older people and vulnerable children and better support for people with long term conditions and their carers.
Enjoying a high quality of life:
It is an essential requirement for any city, offering a complete live guided one hour tour covering the major points of interest from both an historical, architectural, cultural and contemporary aspect. The bus links the renowned cultural and leisure opportunities that are available in the city.
Making a contribution:
It is accessible for all members of the community allowing for people from varying backgrounds to value one another. It forges links with all communities in Birmingham and can be seen as focal point helping all communities identify with the city.
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