Plans are well advanced for the forthcoming Reading Buses open day, which this is themed ‘Out of this World.’ It will be held at the Great Knollys Street depot this Sunday, 1 July, starting at 11.00.
The open day is a chance for the town and company to come together for a fun day to celebrate all things bus and this year features Storm Troopers, themed ‘worlds’, space themed cakes and more.
A fancy-dress competition is open to children 11 and under, if they dress up in a suitably out of this world outfit they could win a space prize. Says Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses chief executive officer: “The competition will be judged by me at my last ever open day as a member of Reading Buses staff. We are aiming to judge the competition at 12.30by the Autism Berkshire bus. All children who dress up will get a small prize too. Adults and older children are encouraged to dress up, but unfortunately will not be eligible to win the prize.”
This year’s chosen charity is Autism Berkshire which will be present on the day and the organisers hope to beat the £8,000 raised for their 2017 charity of the year Red Balloon Learner Centres.
There will also be all the usual fun at the family-friendly Open Day featuring the barbecue, bus wash rides and behind the scenes tours. Visitors can also get their name up in lights on the front of a bus.
And for those enjoying the sunshine on Sunday, there will also be a plentiful supply of cold drinks on offer and an ice cream van which, judging by the weather predictions, is sure to be one of the most popular attractions.
There will not be any parking available at the depot. “We have a free shuttle bus running along Friar Street and Station Road in the town centre that will bring people back to the depot – so please leave the car at home and we will see you here,” says Gilbert.