Showbus coming to Donnington Park this year

Showbus moves to Donnington Park for 2016, with 400 vehicles due

Showbus, the world’s biggest coach amd bus display show, will be held at Donington Park for the first time on Sunday 25 September.

The event, now in its 44th year, will see up to 400 coaches and buses arrive at Donington Park for a colourful display of old and new vehicles that have formed the backbone of the British industry for decades.

To be held on the circuit’s Tarmac Lake, Showbus will allow visitors and those who work in the transport sector to discover the latest information on restorations, take free bus tours of the local area, visit memorabilia stalls and much more.

A class leading drive-a-bus simulator featuring OMSI2 software will also be available to trial in the indoor Launch Pad area

The new central location for the show is expected to attract many new displays from exhibitors based too far away from previous venues.

This year’s event is linked with the Barton Fleet Review, commemorating 150 years since the birth of Thomas Henry Barton OBE, founder of the local transport company.

Its soon to be redeveloped premises in Chilwell will be open in the morning with some of the old fleet members on show, with many of these moving to Donington Park to form a display in the afternoon, with vehicles expected including a 1911 Charabanc to the lowest double-decker ever built.

A special electric bus service from East Midlands Parkway will be operated every 20 minutes by Nottingham Community Transport to the Donington Park Main Entrance, where a free shuttle will take visitors to the heart of the show, while the East Midlands Airport Skylink services will also serve the park entrance.