About the South East Bus Festival

The annual South East Bus Festival will take place at Kent Showground on Saturday, 4th April 2020.

The event will bring together a huge number of buses and coaches, old and new, from across the South East and beyond, and is organised by the same team that has brought you nine previous events. 2020 sees us celebrate our tenth anniversary. It all started back in 2011 with our 'M&D 100' event that celebrated the centenary of the formation of the Maidstone & District bus company.

In 2019 there were 154 buses and coaches on display, around forty of which gave free rides around the showground during the course of the day. More than half of those vehicles attending, 79, had not been to the previous eight events.

Special themes
The main theme of this year's event will be the 50th anniversary of the formation of London Country Bus Services, alongside the tenth anniversary of the South East Bus Festival. These themes will feature in some of the activities that take place during the day.


Heritage Transport Show
The bus festival will again take place as part of Kent Showground's Heritage Transport Show which is expected to attract around 800 cars, commercials, tractors and motorbikes on display, ensuring a great day out for people with interests in all types of motor vehicles.

It will offer the same mix of attractions as in previous years, including a frequent (every five minutes) free bus service around the vast showground site, lots of sales-stands and displays of model buses inside the huge exhibition hall, talks by guest speakers and slide shows.

To find out more about what will be happening on the day, or to enter your bus or coach, please click the links below the photo at the top of this page.

The gates will open to the public at 10am and the event closes at 4pm.

The showground is located on the A249 at Detling, near Maidstone, Kent.

Keep up to date with Facebook
To keep up to date with news about the South East Bus Festival, visit the event's Facebook page.

As well as postings giving lots of useful information, details of vehicle entries are published as they are received, so take a look at the page and 'like' it to receive updates on your wall.

You'll find it at @southeastbusfestival or click the Facebook icon on this page.


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