Reading Buses 2018 Open Day

Autism Berkshire is Reading Buses’ 2018 Charity of the Year and the biggest fundraising event of our 12-month partnership was the company’s 2018 Open Day at its depot in Great Knollys Street on Sunday, July 1.

A big team of volunteers from Reading Buses turned out to make the event a success, along with Autism Berkshire staff and volunteers.

The Autism Berkshire bus is moved into pride of place for the display

Noah Buck tried out slime-making at the Autism Berkshire stand after a visit to the facepainting team

Crowds streaming into the depot after the official opening

Vintage buses from Berkshire and further afield were among the attractions

The cleanest bus in town – this purple route 17 double-decker spent the day giving rides through the bus wash

The Autism Berkshire bus waits its turn as the bus display is assembled in the depot yard

And stretch… some super slime-making

There was the chance to take a break on a special quiet bus

Vintage London Routemaster buses operated a free shuttle service to the event from the town centre

Reading’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Paul Woodward, cut the ribbon to open the event

Wendy White of My Mood Stars joined us to talk to visitors about her My Mood Stars tactile toys

Bus ballet as the depot team line up the display for the open day

What else in a World Cup week? The penalty shootout challenge

The colourful crescent of Reading Buses vehicles

Like a super-sized car wash – a trip through the bus wash

Reading Renegades RFC ran a rugby skills challenge

Visitors enjoy the sunny scene

Open-top buses operated tours around Reading during the event

Death Vader and some stormtroopers visited the Autism Berkshire bus

The Deputy Mayor meets Darth Vader

Members of the Autism Berkshire team get busy making slime

Reading Buses’ HR director Caroline Anscombe gets stuck into slime-making