Barnes' Blog

We're Hiring! - Coach Driver Apprenticeships

Posted On 08 February 2019 at 16:53 by nicola

We're Hiring! - Coach Driver Apprenticeships
Exciting News - We're hiring! 

We're thrilled to announce we will be running our coach driver apprenticeship scheme again starting from May 2019.

Being such a great success with last years apprenticeships, we're keen to kick start more coach driver careers!

There's no age limit, so whether your 17 & you've just passed your driving test, or over 50 wanting a new career path this may be the job for you!

Our very own Trevor (Who works in our coach hire department as well) has recently obtained his coach license through our apprenticeship programme and here is what he had to say about his experience...

"I have really enjoyed doing my Apprenticeship with Barnes Coaches, I have always wanted to drive a coach and with the support and training received from Matt at Barnes Coaches and Kevin at Somax, I have now passed my test! If I had an troubles, the support I received from Dave (our trainer) was 2nd to none. Thank you Barnes Coaches for running the apprentice scheme."


WIN a family pass to Cadbury World!

Posted On 08 February 2019 at 16:44 by nicola

WIN a family pass to Cadbury World!

Win a family pass to Cadbury World on Thursday 21-Feb-2019. Travel is included as part of our day trip programme.

There's so much to see and do for the whole family. From learning how your favourite confectionery is made and uncovering the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate, to growing your own virtual cocoa tree and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm melted Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Competition closes: Wednesday 13th February 2019, 23:59.

Enter here on our website.


New Booking Agent: Highworth Library

Posted On 29 January 2019 at 09:07 by nicola

New Booking Agent: Highworth Library

Exciting news! From Tuesday 29th January you will be able to make your day trip, theatre and concert bookings at Highworth Library.

The library can be found on Brewery Street, above the Co-op supermarket, and is open as follows:

Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm

We look forward to seeing you there!


Barnes Travel Club is now free!

Posted On 25 January 2019 at 11:29 by nicola

Barnes Travel Club is now free!

The Travel Club now free to all customers! 

As a travel club member you'll receive 4 exclusive emails a year containing discounted holiday offers. We will also send you an online day trip brochure each month so you can keep up to date with the latest day trips, theatre trips and concerts!

How to sign up:


  • For New members, head on other to and sign up for Barnes E-News
    (Make sure to tick all options you're interested in!)
  • For E-News members already subscribed - At the bottom of your latest E-News email from us Click "Update your preferences" and tick the Travel Club option.

Meet The Team - Shirley

Posted On 25 January 2019 at 11:03 by nicola

Meet The Team - Shirley

Meet The Team is back! Get to know the Barnes staff one by one so you can get to know the people that help make everything happen behind the scenes at Barnes Coaches.

We've started by introducing the lovely Shirley who's been with us for amazingly nearly 24 years now, we've done a quick question & answer session to help you get to know her!

If you don't mind us asking, how many years young are you? 83

How long have you worked at Barnes Coaches?  Since March 1995, coming up to 24 years

What do you do? Hotel invoices, stationery orders & much more

Favourite food? Fish & Chips and Chocolate

Any Hobbies? W.I, Ladies Group, Heritage Group, Theatre Club, Luncheon Club, Community Chair and Friends of Aldbourne Band. 

What do you like most about working in travel? Friendly workmates

Favourite destination? Yorkshire or Scotland 

What would you take to a desert island, and why? A Puzzle Book, A Pen with endless supply of ink and a Book listing all the plants/animals on the island so I know what to avoid!