Educational school bus tours in Birmingham – guided tours of Birmingham with qualified city guides themed to your year group and subject matter – chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for science, medicine, education, sport and art – Birmingham has it all.
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The Big Brum Open Top Bus besides running as a fixed date sightseeing tour on a seasonal basis is available for hire all the year round offering themed educational tours of the city.
The bus tour is the perfect vehicle to inspire your children providing a sound basis for a knowledge of Birmingham. Work can be continued in the class room to develop pride in the city using a `top trump’ theme, photos and drawings.
We can provide tours on your own or hired double decker bus if more appropriate at any time – price on application.Tours last approximately one and a half to 2 hours with a professional qualified city guide experienced working with children. The bus can pick up and drop off at your school and has a capacity of up to 75 people – 40 upstairs and 35 downstairs. In many cases we have started the day with two classes swopping over at half time and then following on with another tour for another two classes. Drawing and photography have been an option at half time in Victoria Square.
Link your tour with a visit to the Library, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Back to Back Houses, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and more combining transportation with a themed event. Risk assessment available.
Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4
Britain – a diverse society – the tour can form the basis for the criteria listed in key stage 3 showing how Birmingham became a multi-cultural city. A celebration of the social history of our city.
Religious education Key Stages 1 and 2
Tours based on what religions are represented in your neighbourhood including a visit to a place of worship.
History at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 for years 5/6, year 8
Tours linked to Victorian Britain, how has life in Britain changed since 1948, Industrial revolution and local industrial changes, Birmingham World War 1 History bus tour, Birmingham World War 2
Geography at key stage 3
Exploring Birmingham, shopping, tourism, why is it cool to live in a city
Tolkien, Birmingham’s Literary Heritage, the Naughty Bus
General interest tours
Tours which develop pride, knowledge and identity with the city such as Brilliant Brum and Be Proud to be a Brummie, art and architecture in the city. This tour can be tailored to your school year and subject requirements. Developing the theme Be Proud to be a Brummie we can take a general look at the city including the major buildings of interest pitched at the right level for the age group concerned. Just riding on the Big Brum Open Top Buz is an exciting experience in its own right. We can explore the social and industrial history of the city and its geography comparing it with other regions of the country and our most recent theme has been studying the city as a tourist destination.
I would like to see all the schools in the city experience the Big Brum Open Top Buz as the tour develops pride in the city and unites the people of Birmingham. I would also like to show off Birmingham to all the schools in the UK!
The Birmingham Tours School Education Bus Tour is bookable all year round on a private basis. To discuss your requirements in more detail please contact Sue at Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School tours 2014
School tours 2015
Highfield School, Saltley combined there tour this year with a visit to St. Philip’s Cathedral – April 2015, Yarnfield Primary School – May 2015, Grendon Primary School – May 2015, Moseley C of E Primary School, Coventry came into Birmingham on a coach and then had a tour of the city on the Big Brum Open Top Bus because they love it so much – June 2015, Birches Green Junior School, Erdington combined their tour with a visit to the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – June 2015, Edgbaston High School for Girls enjoyed a Victorian themed tour of Birmingham – June 2015, St Bernadettes School – June 2015, Dame Elizabeth School – June 2015, Causeway Green School Oldbury – tour of Birmingham with a visit to the Central Mosque – June 2015, Whittington Oval School ride to the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with the owls aboard for the Little Hoot launch, Keresley Grange Primary School Coventry – end of term party to the Mega Bowl, Selly Park Technology College WW1 tour, Birches Green Junior School – September 2015, Wylde Green Primary School – September 2015, Sladefield School – September 2015, Whittington Oval School – September 2015, Whitehouse Common Primary School, St Matthews C of E Primary School Matthew Boulton bus tour – November 2015, Whittington Oval School WW1 bus tour – November 2015
School tours 2016
Sundridge Primary School – March 2016, Grendon Primary School – March 2016, Storywood Primary School – March 2016, Bournville Primary School – April 2016, Lightwoods Primary School – tour of Birmingham with a look at the Birmingham Central Library being knocked down and a look at the Grand Atrium in New Street station from the inside – visit to the Library and then return to school – April 2016, St. Anne’s Primary School, Bewdley – 2 school groups on their own coach – one group did the Brummie boaster tour while the other group went to look at the landscape gallery in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – perfect day trip. Prince Albert School in Aston – former school of Ozzy Osbourne – looking in particular at the Bull and local history – May 2016, Alston Primary School – May 2016, Edgbaston High School for Girls Victorian tour – June 2016, Moseley School Coventry – 2 coaches and then on to the Big Brum Buz – linking with the library – June 2016, St Bernadette’s School – June 2016, Causeway Green School – tour of Birmingham combined with a visit to the mosque in Small Heath – July 2016, Ark Tindal School – July 2016, Keresley Grange School Coventry – July 2016, Moor Hall School prom – July 2016, Selly Park School WW1 tour – August 2016, Whitehouse School – September 2016, Derwent School on own coach, Parkfield School, Sladefield School, Osborne Primary School World War 2 tour, Bournville School on covered double decker – October 2016.
School tours 2017
Cofton Primary School January 2017 – tour themed on art and China on the covered double decker, University of Wolverhampton Birmingham and Tolkien tour, Harlaxton College Tolkien tour, ECCG Martigny, Vivalangues Peaky Blinders tour on own coach, Forestdale Primary School themed on writing leaflets, Smiths Wood College, Stroud High School, Lightwoods Primary School, Moseley School, Our Lady of Fatima 50th anniversary, Edgbaston High School Victorian themed tour, Alston Primary School, St. Bernadette’s Primary School, Grendon Primary School
Check out highlights from Our Lady of Fatima 50th anniversary school tour of Birmingham – http://olfatima.bham.sch.uk/pdfs/event223-bigbrumbuz.pdf
Hi, – I just wanted to let you know that the girls had a great time on their bus tour and are currently busy making their art projects based on what they saw and did that day. Dave was really informative and the whole team was really friendly and fun so staff and students all really enjoyed the experience – Laura Arstall, Stroud High School
Hi – I wanted to email to say how much I enjoyed joining the Year 5 pupils and teachers at EHS on the Big Brum Bus last Thursday. The tour was fantastic (I learned so much!), the girls took loads in and all agreed that it was a fab experience despite the rain! – Rebecca Deacon – Edgbaston High School for Girls
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Dave and Simon for helping us organise and experience such an amazing morning. The children have been chattering non stop about it and were very animated when describing what they’d done to the head teacher.
Dave and Simon were very knowledgeable, professional, warm and courteous and everyone learnt something new, including the adults!Thank you once again – I’d have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who needed a tour of our amazing city.
Many thanks, Cat Beesley, KS1 Leader, Cofton Primary School
hi sue – it was a great tour and the children were really involved in the information provided by the tour guide. excellent all round, thanks and have spoken to my colleague about the photos – sue lambton – Yarnfield Primary School with so many children had 2 tours of the city – a great day out in Birmingham.
Hi – the day was a great success and the students enjoyed the experience. They learnt a lot about Birmingham and got to see some of the places to. The tour guide herself was amazing and was always shedding new information for us all to hear. The driver was also a lovely man and we would recommend this service again – Nicola Lambton, Year 9 Learning Manager, Heartlands Academy
Dear Sue – the children thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Birmingham. Mary was very kind to us and she was very knowledgeable. She told us lots of interesting facts about Birmingham. When we got back into the classroom we used our knowledge of Birmingham to make maps – we were really inspired. We even enjoyed the sing song! Thank you again – Matthew Priest, Lightwoods Primary School
Thank you for organising the trip yesterday. The children and the staff said how much they enjoyed it and Mary and Dick were very helpful, particularly with the wheelchair. The weather was good and the children definitely learned a lot! – Mel James, Moseley C of E School, Coventry
Hi Sue, just wanted to say a huge thank you to both yourself, Mary and bus driver for a lovely 2 days and I wanted to share the feedback i have had from staff and pupils.The comments i have had back were..
that trip was a brilliant experience,amazing,they had learnt a lot and it was fascinating, great fun, would advise people to go on it, the best trip ever!!
Can’t add any more, just to say again a huge thank you to you all. Please could you feedback to Mary and driver – regards Debbie, Dame Elizabeth School, Bournville
Yes it was fantastic! The children loved it and our guide was so informative- we all learnt plenty! A fabulous morning had by all! – Arpinder Bains, Wylde Green Primary School
Dear Sue, The trip worked very well. Mary has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Birmingham and the children absorbed lots of good information from her. I am sure we will be repeating the trip next year. Many Thanks – Mrs Anita Hawksworth, Educational Visits Co-ordinator, Whitehouse Common Primary School