Highlights 2013



Highlights 2013

Wednesday 6th February

We provided a tour for the students of Oxford Brookes University which was a great success.

Saturday 16th February

Princess Productions came to Birmingham to film a dance group from the city called Antics.
The five boys performed on "Got to Dance" hosted by Davina McCall on Sky One on Sunday 3rd March.
The bus formed a backdrop to the story of where the boys came from. If you want to find out more about Antics check out their website here


Monday 4th March

For the second year running Highfield School in Saltley enjoyed two tours on the Big Brum Open Top Bus. When someone asks me why I run the bus, the answer is what could be better than seeing all the excited faces of the school children and hearing them scream when they went under Saltley Viaduct. I hope to have some photos shortly and the weather was amazing.

Tuesday 5th March

St Dunstans School enjoyed a school tour on the Big Brum Open Top Bus. When the MAC was reopened back in 2010 it was St Dunstans children who came on the bus singing all the way from Kings Heath to the MAC as part of the celebrations.

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Sunday 10th March - Mothers Day

I am looking forward to the fabulous wedding of Shakir which will take place at the New Bingley Hall - check out the photos in the right hand column. On a freezing cold night Shakir's friends and family boarded the Big Brum Buz to drive round to the entrance of the New Bingley Hall while fireworks appeared to be let off from Hockley Flyover - an amazing sight. Shakir texted me afterwards to say the Big Brum Buz was the talking point of the wedding - thank you.

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St Patricks Day 17th March 2013

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Saturday 20th April 2013

St Georges Day Festival - the Big Brum Buz provided free half hour taster tours which as always were full to capacity - thank you to everyone who donated to the charity bucket.

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Monday 22nd April 2013

An educational tour for City Road PrimarySchool which was hugely enjoyed by all who took part.

Saturday 27th April 2013

The launch of the Big Brum Buz for the 2013 season and the launch of the Big Brum Buz book. A fabulous tour guided by Mary and then a reception at the Cube kindly sponsored by Mark Davies of Hotel Indigo and Marco Pierre White Restaurant in the Champagne Bar. We were very fortunate that various guests and councillors including the leader of Birmingham City Council kindly attended the event.

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Wednesday 1st May 2013

Hillstone School Primary School in Shard End had a great tour on the Big Brum Buz - the very best way to see Birmingham - on top of a bus!

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Breaston WI had a guided tour of Birmingham on their own coach - this is what they said:

"On behalf of Breaston WI & friends, I would like to thank you for co-ordinating our trip yesterday, we all enjoyed it immensely. I will text Mary, as she was an absolutely brilliant guide, and gave us all an overview of Birmingham which was a joy and has made several of us wish to return for another visit, longer this time! All in all an educational and fabulous day out".

Saturday 11th May 2013

The Big Brum Buz provided the transport for the wedding of Mrs Nimbo Raj from their home in Tipton to Wolverhampton - Mick the bus driver said everyone looked amazing - you can check out the photos on the wedding bus page.

Sunday 12th May 2013

At 2.30 as part of Middle Earth weekend the Big Brum Buz provided a Tolkien themed tour starting at Sarehole Mill. Even though it was raining the bus proved very popular and I was very impressed with Sarehole Mill and the whole event.

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Friday 17th May 2013

Tipton Youth Football Club celebrated all their wins with a drive through the town. What more could you ask for than a tour on an open top bus just like the major football clubs. This is what they said:

"Sue - the bus and Mick was fab - all of our club had a great time - it will stay in our kids memory's for ever - we would like to book the the bus at the end of next season weekend if poss - thank you for hiring the bus to us it was great"

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Sunday 19th May 2013

Free Radio ran their annual charity event to raise money for Walk for Kids. The Big Brum Buz provided the transport for Jo and Sparky to follow the walkers encouraging them onwards and upwards. We started the day at Rookery Park in Erdington and the sun was shining - a brilliant day - check out the video here.

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Friday 24th May 2013

A wonderful tour of Birmingham for Broadway School - look how happy Ian the guide was on the day.

"Despite the cold and drizzle, a good time was had by all. The guide was very friendly and informative and the pupils all enjoyed the chance to really `see' the city they were living in. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes. Many thanks for arranging this for us" - kind regards Sue Shiel - Broadway School, Birmingham


Saturday 25th May 2013

It's Pride Weekend again - fantastic - I think this was the best ever Pride Parade.

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Sunday 2nd June 2013

The Big Brum Buz as the Museum Heritage Bus visited Sarehole Mill and Blakesley Hall - a wonderful sunny day. We also provided the bus for the Dolman Street Museum Collection Centre Open Day - the bus which was absolutely beautiful was provided by Wythall Transport Museum.

Friday 7th June 2013

A school tour for Summerfield Primary School - brilliant!

Friday 14th June 2013

Bromsgrove School Tolkien tour - a magic outing and fascinating excursion from Ian the guide.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20th, 21st and 22nd June 2013

Brilliant tours of Birmingham on the Big Brum Open Top Buz to promote Birmingham University and, of course, Birmingham to future students and their families. We provided two tours each day which were absolutely packed.

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Friday 28th June 2013

Around 6pm on a Friday night our brilliant guide Alan did an architectural tour for the Urban Design Forum of the Royal Town Planning Institute - I think they had a great time and hopefully were inspired by the buildings of Birmingham.


Saturday 29th June 2013

Knowle Football Club hired the bus to celebrate their success by taking a ride through Knowle, Dorridge and Solihull - what a great idea.

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Tuesday 2nd July 2013

St James Church of England Primary School in Handsworth enjoyed a wonderful tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz.

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Saturday 6th July 2013

A fabulous private party starting from Highbury Hall in Moseley with a Tolkien twist!

Friday 12th July 2013

An end of term celebration for St Joseph RC School in Sutton Coldfield - all those happy faces.

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Friday 26th July 2013

Wedding for Tracey and Sarah starting from Birmingham Registry Office - as always a very special occasion.

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Skills to Shine Summer School had a private tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz to show off Birmingham to the pupils of St Pauls School, Edgbaston.

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Monday 19th August 2013

The NEW TV series "From Birmingham to Bombay" started - 19th to 23rd August at 12 noon on Foodnetwork UK. Alan Coxon the presenter, writer and producer of this services used the Big Brum Buz while filming on location in Birmingham - check the footage out here

Wednesday 21st August 2013

An early morning tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz for members of the Royal Sun Alliance Pensioners Association finishing with lunch at Chamberlain's Fish and Chip Restaurant on the Hagley Road - below is the feedback from Joan.


Thanks for your e-mail.  The written feedback I received on the day from the members was all very positive.  Some of them even took the time to phone me the next day to say how much they enjoyed their day. 

Diana was a mind of information about places in Birmingham and its history - she was really interesting to listen to.  Mick went down well with the ladies who were really grateful when he very kindly dropped one or two off before returning us back to Colmore Row.  As for Chamberlains, we had a warm welcome from Simon and his staff and the food was delicious.  Thanks for recommending it.   All in all a really enjoyable day.

i'm hoping that when the Committee get to meet and discuss its arrangements for next year, we can hopefully look at running a similar event.

Wednesday 28th August 2013

A really enjoyable tour for future students at Birmingham University showing them the `student' highlights of the city.

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Thursday 5th September 2013

A really fun tour of Birmingham for DBS Law finishing at Chamberlain's Fish and Chip restaurant on the Hagley Road.

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Saturday 14th September 2013

Tours for Birmingham University at 2.30 and 3.45pm to show off to future students and parents what a great city we have.

Sunday 15th September 2013

A guided tour of Birmingham to celebrate a very special year for a private birthday party.

Monday 23rd September 2013

Aston University familiarisation tours for new students on the Big Brum Buz with Mick and Mary.

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Wednesday 25th September 2013

Birmingham City University familiarisation tours for new students on the Big Brum Buz with Barry and Mary.


Saturday 28th September 2013

A specially devised guided tour of Birmingham for a very special birthday for a very special lady. The route chosen highlighted moments in their life which made Birmingham particularly close to their hearts.

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"It was a lovely day Mum and great fun with everyone there and the bus trip was a laugh. Thank you. We read the Birmingham Buz  booklet when we got home  and Richard and I were amazed to learn more new things about Birmingham"

"Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for an amazing weekend, like Sarah and Katie have mentioned before me the buz trip was so much fun, I loved hearing everyone's memories if Birmingham, and seeing where people had grown up and danced in jazz clubs, brilliant!"

"Yes, it should really be us thanking you, Jenny, for such a brilliant, funny, original day!  What an absolute laugh on the buz and amazing that there were so many stories uncovered on the tour - that is definitely a huge addition to all our memory banks.  Lovely for the children too to have a glimpse and a sense of their heritage"

Sunday 20th October 2013

It was the half marathon again. Although the day started off rainy it improved hugely and apparently there was a turn out of around 20,000 people - how fantastic is that. Michael and Ricky ran this year and had there best times yet. The bus was stationed again at the intersection of the Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road so that we see the runners go past at around 4 miles from the start and then on the other side 8 miles - a difference in pace by this point! Please check out the photos in the right hand column.

Monday 21st October 2013

A tour on the bus in the rain for Shireland Academy showing off the area to new parents. A great tour with Mick the bus driver and Ray Gardiner from the Academy.

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Great Barr Primary School enjoyed another really informative guided tour of Birmingham on a covered double decker bus which had access for wheelchair users.

Thursday 24th October 2013

A tour of Birmingham by Peter Sellick introducing new vicars to the city.

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Saturday 26th October 2013

Birmingham University Open Day - again giving a great impression of what Birmingham has to offer.

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Sunday 27th October 2013

The ghost bus was a huge success with a full bus and a fasinating insight into ghostly stories of Birmingham.

Monday 18th November 2013

St Matthews C of E primary school on Duddeston Manor Road took in the highlights of Birmingham.

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Tuesday 19th November 2013

A guided tour of the city for students of cooking in French on their own coach in French!

Sunday 8th December 2013

The Christmas Lights bus tour is the highlight of our season and this was the best year ever. A full bus, good weather and wonderful carol singing. Thank you as always to Mary our guide, Mick and Dawn the bus drivers and Peter Allen who came along and took some wonderful photos of the event. Afterwards the office Christmas party was held at Cafe Rouge in Harborne - an excellent night out.

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Sunday 15th December 2013

The final event of the year was a private birthday party for a special birthday for a family from Stourbridge. Although the weather was not the best great fun was had by all.

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