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Send Us A Postcard Competition

Posted On 22 July 2019 at 15:36 by nicola

Send Us A Postcard Competition

Barney Bear is back with a summer glow and is ready for the school summer holidays! We’re giving our tiny customers the chance to #WIN their very own Barney Bear as well as a £10 Barnes Gift Voucher!

Throughout the holidays we will be giving out free postcards and Barney Bear stickers to all of the children (3 – 15 years old) on our summer day trips, we'd love to hear about your day with us, whether you want to write a little message or draw a picture about what you got up to!

To be in with a chance of winning a prize, you must:

• Write a message or draw a picture on your postcard about what you got up to on your Barnes Trip
• Include your name, address and phone number (So we are able to contact the winner)
• Pop it in an envelope and send it to us! – Barnes Coaches, Unit E, Woodside Road, South Marston Park, Swindon, SN3 4AQ

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  1. Competition runs from Thursday 25th July - Sunday 1st September 2019.
  2. This competition is strictly for children only between the ages of 3 – 15 years old.
  3. There can only be one entry per child, per trip.
  4. There is a total of 50 prizes to be won (x1 teddy bear + x1 £10 Barnes Gift Voucher)
  5. Barnes staff and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  6. The prize offered cannot be exchanged for any cash alternative.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries delayed, lost or mislaid.
  8. Barnes cannot return the postcards to you.
  9. Barnes decision is final in all matters relating to the competition.
  10. Your details will be added to our customer databas, unless requested otherwise.
  11. Winning postcards will feature on our website & social media pages - by sending in your postcard you are allowing us to do this. (Any personal info eg. address & phone numbers will be hidden)



Work Experience - Harry

Posted On 19 July 2019 at 14:16 by nicola

Work Experience - Harry

The last couple of weeks we've had the lovely Harry join us from Warneford School on work experience. He been out & about with our driver's helping them with their daily tasks and assisting with passengers on day trips!

Here's what Harry had to say about his time with us...

What did you like the most about your time at Barnes? 

"Seeing a different view out of the window every day!"

What did you like the least?

"Cleaning sand out after trips to the beach."

What was your favourite day out?

"Sandbanks, had never been there before and very pretty."

What surprised you the most? 

"How many challenges drivers face every day and how brilliant they are at solving them."



Apprentices - Dave & Sophie Hit The Roads!

Posted On 08 July 2019 at 15:11 by Barnes

Apprentices - Dave & Sophie Hit The Roads!

This week our newbie apprentices Dave & Sophie ventured out for their first coach driving lessons whilst being supervised by our training manager David. Well done - Keep up the good work! 


Work Experience - Charlie

Posted On 05 July 2019 at 14:56 by nicola

Work Experience - Charlie

This week we've had Charlie join us from St John's School in Marlborough on work experience. He joined our workshop team & was helping us keep our coaches in top notch condition, Thanks for your hardwork!

Here's what Charlie had to say about his time with us...

What was your biggest surprise? 

"How clean and organised the workshop is! Plus how friendly and helpful the 4 mechanics have been!"

What was yoru biggest challenge?

"The hard to reach grease points"

What did you enjoy the most?

"Cleaning and repainting the wheels"


100th Anniversary Model Coaches Available To Pre-Order!

Posted On 04 July 2019 at 08:52 by Barnes

100th Anniversary Model Coaches Available To Pre-Order!

We have several exciting plans in the making for the celebration of our 100th Anniversary in 2020 - The first being the opportunity for YOU to buy your very own model of a Barnes Coach!

The models are to be produced by the reputable Oxford Diecast and will be a replica of our ultra-modern Irizar i6 Integral tri-axle coach with 61 seats in our famous green colour scheme and modelling our new grey signwriting. The coach is registered YN18 ZNP.

There will be only 1000 of these in production, available from September 2019. 

Pre-order this great little piece of 'Barnes 100' memorabilia for only £24.95* 
(*Plus Postage & packaging if required)

You have the choice of collecting them from our yard (South Marston in Swindon, Wiltshire) or paying an additional £5 for them to post it to you.

For further details and ordering information see here >