Passengers hop on Beach Bus for its first weekend

Beach Bus Launch

Published Monday 29 July 2013

Passengers flocked to the Beach Bus on its first weekend to see the best of the New Forest coast and countryside.

The new service started on Saturday (July 27) with passengers heading to the beach at Lepe Country Park for sand, sea and free ice creams.

The Beach Bus also calls at popular attractions such as Exbury Gardens, Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, Hythe Ferry as well as Lymington throughout the summer holidays.

Ticket holders can hop on and off all day with adult day tickets just £5 and a group ticket for up to five people just £10.

Valerie and Peter Davies from Bitterne were among the first to ride the Beach Bus.

Valerie said: ‘We were in Lymington and they were giving out leaflets about the Beach Bus so we thought we would give it a try. We don’t know where we’re going to get off - we’re just going to play it by ear. It’s a great idea.’

A seaside themed launch for the Beach Bus was held at Hythe Ferry on Saturday (July 27) where families met Domino the donkey, rode the pier train for free, and enjoyed face painting, live music and tasty New Forest Marque nibbles.

The Beach Bus is operated by Wilts & Dorset in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, and supported by a Department for Transport grant to encourage car free travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Nat Taplin, transport officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The launch day was a great success with the first buses nearly full. People were queuing to get on and the rain stayed away. We look forward to welcoming many more locals and holiday makers on board.’

Ticket holders can enjoy 20 per cent off entry tickets at popular attractions such as Buckler’s Hard, the National Motor Museum and Puffin Billi Cruises, as well as a free ice cream at Lepe Beach. Beach Bus ticket holders also get £1 off Hythe Ferry tickets.

The Beach Bus runs every day until 1 September.

For a full Beach Bus timetable and details on discounts go to  or visit


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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