Get your tops off on the beach
11 months ago
Yellow Buses has recorded more than 24,000 passenger journeys on its iconic open top buses since they took their tops off at Easter.
The Bournemouth-based company introduced its Buster’s Beach Bus after repeated requests from passengers.
The service runs all day between Boscombe and Sandbanks, giving great views of coastal scenes and serving many of the resort’s cliff-top hotels.
Despite the inclement weather, tourists have been keen to hop on them and with the town again named as the leading resort, passenger numbers are expected to rise.
Bournemouth was ranked as the best seaside town for families in the country by the website ‘dayoutwiththekids.co.uk’.
Over 2,000 families were quizzed on their favourite resorts and what they love most about the coast.
They were asked about a wide range of topics - from sea and sunshine to ice cream and crabbing.
Towns were also judged on family attractions, the number of beaches in a ten mile radius, fish and chip shops, Instagram interactions, the cost of an ice cream, average temperatures and number of rainy days during August.
This means that Bournemouth is in the prestigious ‘Gold’ category, indicating that the town is one of the most well-rounded seaside resorts in the country.
The accolade recognises seaside towns that perform strongly in terms of clean beaches, safety, fun things to do, good weather and beauty spots.
David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses, said: “If you are planning a trip to the Bournemouth seaside, what better way to see the best bits than on an open top bus?
“Buster’s Beach Bus runs half-hourly through the day and passengers can hop on and hop off.
“Those with English National Concessionary passes can travel free, and families and a group of up to five people can get a day ticket for £15.
“From Bournemouth shops to sandy flip flops on Sandbanks beach, passengers can see the fantastic views of Old Harry Rocks whilst travelling along the coast, and the route serves many of the hotels.
“Bournemouth is a great place to visit for a staycation, and the open top bus is a great way to see the best of what Bournemouth and Poole have to offer.”
Lisa O’Keeffe, senior brand and content manager at dayoutwiththekids.co.uk, said:
“Going to the seaside is a staple part of British childhood, and as the research shows, it's still a firm favourite for families.
"UK seaside resorts have benefitted hugely from the rise in staycations in recent years, and as the trend continues to grow, it’s really exciting to see all the towns on this list really embracing family visitors and improving their offer.”
Bournemouth has received a further glowing accolade recognising it as a top tourist destination, reaching number four in a poll by holidaycottages.co.uk of the best places for a UK trip away.
According to research, 54% of Brits are planning a 'staycation' during 2019 with 22% more likely to holiday in the UK than abroad, due to growing Brexit concerns.
The study analyses survey data from 2,000 UK holidaymakers - including footfall figures and 'social data'.
Holidaycottages.co.uk predicts the nation's tourist industry will be worth over £257 billion by 2025.