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Emergency Replacement Transport

Transportation does not always go according to plan. If you require emergency transportation, The Big Coach Company will gladly assist you.

Our modern fleet of coaches can be booked by anyone, at any time.

Our on-board facilities include:

  • Toilet*
  • CCTV*
  • Drinks facilities*
  • Folding seat-back tables
  • Climate control
  • Lap belts or three-point seat belts

*These are available on certain coaches, please specify if you require them when booking.

We will find the coach that best suits your requirements. There are usually coaches available at our depot that can be dispatched immediately. They are kept in excellent condition, and you can expect a pleasant ride on board.

We are here to assist you when you require emergency transportation and need it quickly. One of the primary advantages of coach travel is the freedom it provides.

We will be able to dispatch vehicles to your location to pick up groups of any size, allowing you to make travel plans quickly and safely. If you are stranded without transportation, we will assist you as soon as possible.

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Your Event Travel – SORTED!
Why you should travel to events by coach?

Summer is rapidly approaching, and your calendar is filling up. With all of the excitement, we’ll concentrate on getting you there so you can concentrate on the action. We’re with you every step of the way, whether you’re heading to one of the UK’s many festivals, seeing music royalty, or cheering on your side at the biggest sporting event.

Here are our tips to show you why travelling with The Big Coach Company is the best solution to get you out and about this event season…

1. Arrive Event Ready

When you travel with The Big Coach Company, you can begin enjoying your event as soon as you get on the road.

Let the party to begin onboard by surrounding yourself with other event-goers, and with your guaranteed seat, you’ll be able to enjoy the whole ride in luxury.

2. Avoid The Drama

Is your GPS directing you in the wrong direction? Can’t your friends read a map? Avoid these travel mishaps by travelling to your events with us.

Our wonderful drivers know where they’re going so you don’t have to. All you have to do is book your tickets and we’ll take care of the rest. Moreover, you won’t have to fight for a parking spot when you arrive!

3. Save The Planet

Traveling by coach not only saves money on individual fuel and parking, but it also helps to drastically minimise your carbon footprint.

Coach travel is one of the greenest forms of transport, so you can be friends with the environment as well as each other!

4. It’s Direct

Our coaches will drop you off as near to the action as possible. There will be no more long walks from the parking lot or navigating complicated paths from the railway station; instead, simply get off the coach and into the heart of the activity.

For many events, our coaches arrive directly into coach parks, so you won’t be able to be dropped off any closer! Even better, after the event is complete, your coach will be there to greet you.

5. And Relax…

If you’ve spent the weekend partying at a festival, crowd surfing at a concert, or cheering and chanting at a sporting event, you’re probably looking forward to a sit-down!

When you travel with The Big Bus Company, you can be certain that we will take care of your return journey. You just sit back, relax, and let someone else drive.

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5 Locations to Visit after Lockdown

The past year has undeniably been a strange and difficult one for us all, but with the easing of COVID-19 Lockdown measures easing, and as many of you will know, the pandemic has massively affected our industry but we do believe that hope is on the horizon. Therefore, we’ve curated a list of 5 places for your coaching travel inspiration in 2021.

1. Liverpool (of course!)

How could we not start with our home city of Liverpool? It’s a city brimming with heritage and culture. It has a strong maritime history as well as being a modern-day haven for art lovers, theatregoers and museum fans. Liverpool’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is down to its stunning waterfront and amazing architecture. You’ll never be short of things to do in Liverpool, whatever your interests. Beatles fans can take in all of the famous landmarks including Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the iconic Cavern Club, and museum lovers will enjoy the Tate Liverpool Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Or if you prefer a relaxing break, Liverpool has lots of scenic parks and the Albert Dock is a lovely place to sit with a coffee and watch the ships come and go.

2. Lake District

This destination is more of a broad term, but nonetheless; you can visit the Lake District for Britain’s finest scenery, greenest countryside and grandest views. Its stunning patchwork of lakes, valleys and woodland areas make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether it’s on a casual bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills. While the weather is unpredictable, showers and racing clouds only emphasise the amazingness of the cracking scenery.

3. Blackpool

The UK’s favourite holiday resort continues to attract millions of visitors. Families and couples, young and old, Blackpool’s unique appeal is that it appeals to everyone. Whether you’re looking for thrills and excitement, family entertainment and historical, beautiful gardens, alongside stunning beaches, Blackpool has it all. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo, the Blackpool Tower, the Illuminations and a packed year-round events calendar all add to the charms of this seaside spot.

4. Cornwall

Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline with miles and miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and huge creeks – and every mile is accessible on foot. Take a picnic and the dog through fields fringed on a remote beach; clamber down stepping-stone cliffs to rock pools that are works of marine art; swim with seals and harmless sharks. Surfing is a big draw, for all ages – bodyboarding too – and lessons are available on most of the beaches.

5. Last but certainly not least, London

There can be few more cosmopolitan cities on earth than London. People pour in from across the world to visit, work or live. Londoners are used to hoardings marking the progress of colossal infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the restructuring of King’s Cross-St Pancras, and new skyscrapers, even entire new areas, such as the Olympic Park and Battersea Power Station south of the River Thames, are being heavily populated by tourists from far and wide. Restaurants, bars and theatres are always buzzing and the range of events on offer – from sport to food, from music festivals to theatre – is unbeatable in the British Isle.

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COVID-19 Secure Travel with The Big Coach Company

How are we making your journey with The Big Coach Company safe and secure?

At The Big Coach Company, the safety of our guests and employees will always be our number one priority and as a result, we have introduced new procedures when you are ready to travel with us again. We are continually monitoring the government’s advice and will keep this information updated with any changes in line with the evolving guidance.

The maximum capacity of our coaches will be reduced and seats will remain empty to allow for social distancing for guests who are not from the same household. Customers with specific seat requirements for medical reasons are advised to let us know when making a booking so that this can be taken into account.

Our coaches will undergo an enhanced daily cleaning routine, including sanitisation of all touchpoints. Our coaches will be sanitised at the departure and destination and touchpoints cleaned before customers board and disembark their coach.

The air conditioning on our coaches will always supply the largest amount of fresh air possible. The air in the interior of the coach is permanently exchanged; with complete air exchange taking more frequently than once a minute.  The fresh air is taken in from outside and the circulating air remaining only in cooling mode on hot days is cleaned by highly efficient filters. These filters filter out particles from a size of 0.5 micrometres upwards. Droplets containing the virus, or dust particles to which it adheres, can thus be detected and filtered.

Do not travel if you’re experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms.

These include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. 

Follow social distancing guidance and follow instructions from our interchange teams and drivers regarding social distancing.

Wash your hands before travelling and if you can, bring hand sanitiser for use during your journey. Please be patient as queues are likely and loading and disembarking will take longer than usual.

To help with social distancing, please do not arrive at your departure point more than 15 minutes in advance of your booked journey time.

Keep to your designated seat throughout your journey and only use the onboard toilet if unavoidable.

Once you have arrived at your destination, wash your hands regularly using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser and maintain a safe distance from others from outside your household.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands.

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What to Pack for a Summer Festival

Summer is finally with us and that means the season of festivals has arrived. Whether you are into rock, indie, folk or heavy metal, it pays to be organised when getting ready for a few days of music in a field or forrest somewhere in the UK. This means booking your coach travel, but also packing everything you need.

If you have never been to a festival before, then you may be looking for a few pointers. It’s amazing what might come in handy that you never even thought of. So please read on for our quick guide to the essentials.

Pack for rain and shine

The unique thing about festivals in the UK is that you could feasibly encounter several seasons in one day. This means being prepared and packing both your wellies and your sun block. A rain poncho will also come in useful, as will a hat to keep you from getting burnt.

Toilet roll

While the porter loos are likely to have a plentiful supply of toilet roll at the beginning of the weekend, this may well have run short by the time thousands of festival-goers have arrived. Pack your own and wrap it in a plastic bag to keep it dry.

Wet wipes

With no access to a shower, wet wipes become your best friend when it comes to personal hygiene. Bring a packet and you’ll be popular among your fellow festival-goers, who will all want to pinch one.

Camping gear

Making sure you have a tent and sleeping bag may be common sense, but bring extra camping equipment, such as a mat to lie on and a foldaway chair to sit on once the music has finished. These will make your experience more comfortable.

Something to identify your tent

It is amazing how similar tents can look at night and some people may have bought the same model as you. With thousands of tents in a field, it can be difficult to find yours. Bring along a flag, banner or something of this nature that will help you get back to yours quickly.

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5 Benefits of Coach Travel Over Other Types of Transport

Regardless of whether you are heading for a day out in Manchester, heading off on holiday or simply commuting to work, coach travel is becoming a far more popular option for travelling across the UK. There are a number of exciting reasons that make coach travel a fantastic alternative to driving or catching a train. How many of these benefits do you recognise?

Comfort

Without a doubt one of the most positive reasons for travelling via coach is that it is far more comfortable than other forms of transport, particularly the likes of buses and trains. Modern coaches are air conditioned, spacious and well maintained, meaning you will always be able to enjoy your journey in a relaxing and comfortable surrounding.

See the country

If you’re driving long distances, the chances are you’ll rarely get the chance to enjoy the wonderful scenery that exists throughout the UK as you concentrate on the roads.

However, if you’re sitting back and relaxing on a coach, you’ll be able to gaze out of the window and enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful landscapes that are situated along the majority of our roads. It’s a fantastic way to see the country while you travel.

Lower your stress levels

Commuters and holidaymakers alike will be more than accustomed to the sort of stresses that can come from driving to a destination. Whether it’s because of the busy roads and dealing with traffic jams or trying to read a map or follow confusing sat nav instructions, driving long distances, especially into cities, can really get your stress levels up.

However, with coach travel, you’ll be able to sit back and let someone else deal with the roads. Instead of focusing on driving, you can listen to music, read a book, look at the countryside passing or even socialise with other passengers. It’s a very relaxing way to travel and removes the worry and stress that can comes with taking to the roads by yourself.

Safety

Going hand in hand with lower stress is a heightened level of safety that can come with coach travel. If you don’t know the roads or aren’t sure of where you’re supposed to be going, you can be wary of what you’re doing, perhaps even feeling unsafe on a road where everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing.

With coach travel, you’re being driven around by a professional driver who knows exactly where he or she is going, and they will know the roads like the back of their hands, giving you peace of mind that you can remain safe when you’re making your journey.

Inexpensive 

For commuters in particular, travelling by coach can turn out to be a rather cost effective way to get to work. If you calculate the cost of petrol, road tax, car maintenance, tolls or congestion charges, it all adds up to make driving into work a rather costly venture.

However, if you are commuting via coach, you are making one simple payment, and you are in a much better position to see what you are spending. It’s also likely to work out far cheaper than driving in every day, as well as being a more convenient way to travel.

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Essential Entertainment for Travelling by Coach

Summer is finally here folks, and with it, comes the entertainment. Planning a trip to Alton Towers? What about visiting Chester for some Roman history? Wherever you’re going, whoever you’re going with, you’re going to need some entertainment for the journey. After booking your coach travel, have a look below for our favourite ways of making a long journey seem a little shorter.

Thank you for the music

Few things beat a good MP3 player or Smartphone for a long trip up the motorway. Load up your favourite tunes and you’re set to go. If you prefer spoken words to songs, there are plenty of free podcasts available on the internet. Why not download the latest Bugle for a funny look at this week’s news? Failing that, Radio 4 offers dozens of programmes in podcast format every week.

Have I got amusement for you

A quiz is a great way of getting everyone involved. Prepare some questions before boarding, bring along a suitable prize and most importantly, make it fun. Consider adapting a panel show from TV to account for the coach theme for maximum entertainment, such as Would I Lie To You or Never Mind The Buzzcocks. You may find that some of your friends are as funny as the comedians that appear on these programmes.

Reading time

An old reliable stalwart, reading has provided passengers with entertainment since books were first invented. We like to imagine Queen Nefertiti crossed the River Nile with a scroll in her hands. Fast forward more than 2,000 years and books are now even more portable with the invention of e-readers and tablets. These let you take your entire book collection with you on a long journey – perfect if you’ve been known to get through a story quicker than anticipated.

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Have a Flipping Good Pancake Day

Come on, admit it, eggs, flour, milk – three simple ingredients that add up to one flipping brilliant result. All hail the humble pancake. Yes folks, it’s finally Pancake Day!

Crepes or buttermilk? Sweet or savoury? Classic lemon and sugar or mango and pistachio dosa? Whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of some of the best pancakes in the region.

The Interesting Eating Company
Situated on on Allerton Road in Liverpool, The Interesting Eating Company is known for its pancakes – among other treats – and are offering a wide range in time for Shrove Tuesday.

These will include plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Alongside the classic lemon and sugar, and strawberry with Nutella, the team at TIEC have devised creations including Reese’s Cups with cream and chocolate sauce, Kinder with cream and Nutella and Twix with marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

117 Allerton Road, Liverpool L18 2DD
www.theinterestingeatingcompany.co.uk

Black Dog Ballroom
To celebrate the beginning of Lent, as well as quitting smoking, you can have FREE pancakes at Black Dog Ballroom! Available in both the NQ and NWS branches, buy yourself a drink and get free pancakes – that’s all there is to it. Nice.

Black Dog Ballroom NQ, Basement Affleck’s Palace, Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Black Dog Ballroom NWS, 11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
www.blackdogballroom.co.uk

Puffle Waffle
Okay, not quite so much a Pancake joint, Puffle Waffle can be described as Puffy, Soft, Crispy and Yummy. Each Waffle is made up of 30 puffs which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The puffs can be broken off to dip in your ice cream or to share. (Although sharing that never happens!)

The Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AS
www.pufflewaffle.co.uk

Menagerie
Take advantage of Menagerie’s ‘Pancake Pic & Mix’ for only £7.50. Choose a stack of fluffy American Pancakes with a choice of Nutella, chopped strawberries, honey & chocolate chips with an option of whipped or double cream. On top of this they also have a delightful special cocktail ‘Breakfast at Menagerie’ consisting of Santa Teresa Linaje Rum, Licor 43, Caramel, Cream, Chocolate Chips & Mini Fluffy Pancake. Nice.

Menagerie, One New Bailey, New Bailey St, Salford M3 5JL
www.menagerierestaurant.co.uk

Bus Stop

This place in Warrington has it all, vegan friendly, vegetarian and most importantly stacks of fluffy American Pancakes with lots and lots of topping choices like chocolate, strawberries and so much more.

13 London Road, Stockton Heath WA4 6SG, England
www.restaurantsnapshot.com/BusStop/

The Beagle
To celebrate the beginning of Lent, as well as quitting Lotus Biscotti Spread, get yourself to The Beagle in Chorlton for a FREE pancake with every food order. In such a lovely setting, it’s hard to resist such an offer. Nice.

The Beagle, 456a Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 0BQ
www.beaglesabout.com

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Celebrate Chinese New Year in Liverpool

Whether it’s a family tradition or you just want an excuse to continue the festivities and learn about another culture, Chinese New Year is an exciting event and one that Liverpool knows how to host.

10 years on from the Year of the Rat in 2008, the city of Liverpool will celebrate the year of the Dog with a kaleidoscope of culture, art, sights and sounds.

While many people worry about the prices of trains or the stress of driving, taking the coach can be a quick and cost-effective way of making it to the city celebrations. With enough space for you and all your friends, you can enjoy the journey without any of the tension caused by finding your own way there.

A three-day celebration will take place across Liverpool’s Chinatown; an area of Liverpool adorned by an iconic Chinese Arch, that was gifted to the city in 2010 by twin city, Shanghai; The largest outside of China itself.

Lighting up the Chinese Arch, the Black-E and The Arch, there will be projections, music and lighting, that together will tell the story of Liverpool’s incredible Chinese history and culture.

Starting from the very beginning, when many Chinese sailors came to Liverpool as part of a new shipping line company, the displays will take spectators on a journey through to present day and beyond to the ambitious future of Liverpool’s Chinese cultural ties.

Chinese New Year will be part of the ‘China Dream’ season, that sees Liverpool embrace contemporary Chinese arts and culture from February 2018 to October 2018.

China Dream will inspire visitors with a programme including the wonder of the Terracotta Army at the World Museum the Moon Festival and Shanghai Film Festival.

More information will be announced soon but follow the conversation with the hash tags #ChinaDream#CNY and #Liverpool2018 on social media.

Photograph credit: Arthur John Picton on Flickr.

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Last Minute Coach Hire this Christmas

It has really snuck up on us, don’t panic but it’s now December! That means the number of days we’ve got left for Christmas shopping is getting critically low.

Not to panic, though, there are plenty of places to head when you want to go shopping, and you’re sure to find everything you could possibly need for shopping in Liverpool or Manchester.

Stress free

Travelling into a big city like Liverpool or Manchester can be a pain sometimes. At Christmas time, this is only exacerbated with the rush of last minute shoppers. From the moment you arrive at the Christmas Markets to the multiple journeys criss-crossing the city, you will wish there was a better option.

Thankfully there is! Booking a last minute minibus or coach trip for you and your friends will mean you don’t have to catch specific connections, battle through crowds to get on the train or even know where you’re going. You can just sit back and relax as a big coach driver takes you to the heart of your shopping experience. In our opinion, it’s the only way to travel; especially at this time of year!

Make it fun!

What could be better than shopping with friends? Booking a minibus or coach makes it easier for you to make a day of it as a larger group. You can all travel together, arrive at the same time and know where you need to be at any given time.

To add to this, you can also give your trip a little cosmopolitan trip. If you were driving to your Christmas shopping destination, it would mean not being able to stop off for a drink during the day. However, if you get the coach, you and friends can nip in somewhere festive for a bite to eat for lunch and even a few cocktails, hic. It’ll really help to break up the day and make the whole thing feel more like an event.

Getting home

Imagine if you were planning to head back home after you picked up everything you could possibly want for Christmas on the train, only to find there’s nowhere to store all of the presents you’ve bought. It’s a nightmare, but a real possibility when you’re travelling via this method. It can even restrict what you buy.

For our coach travellers, however, there is the added bonus of storage space under the coach. This means you can buy as much as you want, and have the peace of mind that there’ll be more than enough space under the coach to carry all of your presents home.

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