Kids called on to get creative and Colour the Coach for Bath

Kids called on to get creative and Colour the Coach for Bath

National Express is calling on kids in Bath to get creative and design a summer advert for their city – to take pride of place on the side of a coach.

The UK’s largest coach operator’s national Colour the Coach competition challenges youngsters aged 5-15 to enter by designing a summer-themed poster promoting their home town / city and encourage people to visit some of the amazing locations on National Express’s unrivalled coach network.

The six regional winners – whose designs will be whittled down to a shortlist by a panel of judges before being put to an online vote – will see their posters splashed across the side of a National Express coach this summer for thousands to see.

And to encourage the development of their creative talent, each winner will also receive a quality art set including a range of brushes and paints.

National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy, who is on the judging panel said: “Colour the Coach is a fantastic competition which each year, leaves us stunned by the creative talent that we see on display. Our coach services travel to hundreds of destinations so the winning designs will be on display all over the country. I’m calling on kids in Bath to prepare their palettes this summer and produce a poster that really blows us away.”

Visit Bath is encouraging local kids to show off their artistic attributes and design a poster which could become a moving billboard for the town / city and attract more visitors.

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Bath said: ”This brilliant initiative is a great opportunity for youngsters to both show off their artistic skills and to highlight what a great place this is to visit, with so many wonderful attractions. It’s time to pick up your pen and Colour the Coach!.”

Colour the Coach’ is open to children aged 5-15 years. Entrants need to draw a poster promoting their hometown, incorporating a summer theme, on a landscape A4 sheet of paper using whatever drawing materials they want.

Entries should be sent by post to National Express Coach Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD, or via email to

Entries must include the entrant’s full name, age, address and an email or phone number the competition deadline is midnight on Tuesday 12th June.

Artists can share their designs via social media with the hashtag #colourthecoach or tagging @nationalexpress but entries will not be accepted by this channel.

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