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UK COACH HOLIDAYS

2015 COACH HOLIDAYS NOW ONLINE!

OPERATED BY SKILLS HOLIDAYS

Join a Skills Holiday in Britain from local joining points in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire. Alternatively join our British coach holidays by taking advantage of our FREE park & ride service located at our head office in Nottingham close to M1 junction 26.

4 Star London Christmas Shopper

The sparkling city of London is perfect for all your Christmas shopping must haves with famous stores like Harrods showcasing their outstanding  Christmas window displays and see the street set alight with glorious Christmas decorations. With an endless list of things to see and do visiting London during the festive period is not to be missed.

2 Days

4 STAR LIVERPOOL

Liverpool is a city of many contrasts and colours. It will be forever synonymous with the birth of the Beatles, two world famous football clubs and the Grand National steeple chase. It also has a thriving arts scene and has an abundance of museums and galleries just waiting to be explored not to mention the masses of shopping opportunities.

3 Days

5 STAR LONDON SALES

Treat yourself and join us on luxury break staying at the 5 Star Waldorf Hilton Hotel; an ideal location to explore the capitals thriving shops and markets for the eagerly awaited January sales!

 

2 DAYS

5 STAR LUXURY IN LONDON 2015

A luxury weekend staying at the 5 Star Waldorf Hilton Hotel where a delicious afternoon tea is served followed by time to enjoy the fabulous hotel facilities and to explore the capital. A quintessentially delightful break that boasts excellent customer reviews year after year.

2 DAYS

A CHARMING CHESHIRE CHRISTMAS FT CHESTER & LIVERPO

Cheshire is a wonderful and interesting place to visit at any time of year but at Christmas it is simply charming. Breathtaking countryside and rolling hills border the wonderful cities of Chester and Liverpool where you will have free time to explore these fascinating areas, but Cheshire also hosts many beautiful parks and gardens and this Christmas we visit the tranquil gardens and parkland of Dunham Massey.

5 DAYS

A FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS IN A CASTLE

Discover Southern Scotland and the city of Edinburgh rich in culture whilst staying at the historical Barony Castle. With stunning scenery, quality accommodation and all the traditional trimmings this five day Christmas break delivers it all.

5 Days

Bath Christmas Market

Bath is transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland for the festive season. One day is simply not enough time to spend in Bath and it’s Christmas Markets so enjoy this two day festive break to explore this wonderful town and its amazing shopping opportunities.

2 Days

BATH, STONEHENGE & SALISBURY FT BRISTOL - 2015

Join us to experience some of the richest ancient history in Britain, and much of the most stunning architecture in Europe. With an inspiring and intriguing iti nerary, this tour is full of interest, discovery and features some of the most visited places in the UK.

3 DAYS

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN WALES

Join us on this two day break as we celebrate with an evening of festive fun. After a day exploring it will be time to pop on your dancing shoes and celebrate the festive season in style with a three course evening buffet style meal and party. This weekend will leave you with cherished memories, and a few new friends. We also include visits to Cardiff and Gloucester Quays.

2 Days

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN WORCESTER

Join us on this two day break as we celebrate with an evening of festive fun. After a day’s shopping it will be time to pop on your dancing shoes and celebrate the festive season in style with a three course evening gala meal and party. This weekend will leave you with cherished memories, and a few new friends. We also include visits to Birmingham’s famous Bullring and historical Worcester.

2 Days

CORNWALL & THE SCILLY ISLES - 2015 - NEW

Cornwall and the Scilly Isles are known best for their outstanding natural beauty and stunning coastlines. Relax on this five day break and gently explore the real beauty the area has to offer. With visits to St Ives, Falmouth and the Scilly Isles you will get a real insight into one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK.

5 DAYS

DOWNTON ABBEY & THE COTSWOLDS - 2015 - NEW

Visit some of the picturesque counties in the country that created the perfect setting for some of the most popular TV series and fi lms that we all know and love.

5 Days

DUNOON & THE ISLE OF BUTE 2015

Situated on the east side of the Cowal Peninsula and more accessible by sea than land- Dunoon has an attractive ‘island feel’. Dunoon and the Isle of Bute sit amongst an unspoilt natural landscape that’s undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest destinations.

5 DAYS

EASTBOURNE FT BRIGHTON - 2015

Visit the place known as the sunniest place in the UK located on the south coast of England, Eastbourne has a stunning 8 miles of unspoilt coastline waiting to be discovered.

5 Days

Festive Jewels of Cornwall

The sparkling city of London is perfect for all your Christmas shopping must haves with famous stores like Harrods showcasing their outstanding  Christmas window displays and see the street set alight with glorious Christmas decorations. With an endless list of things to see and do visiting London during the festive period is not to be missed.

 

5 Days

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED - 2015

This is the largest motoring party in the world. A magnificent summer weekend that brings together a heart-racing mix of cars, celebrities and motor sport ‘royalty’. The Festival of Speed attracts everything from 200mph supercars, F1 racers and 19th century steam powered carriages showcasing the heroic, historic and world’s best known cars. All cars are painstakingly selected and personally invited by the event’s founder, Lord March. This ensures quality and an award winning show, for which no other displays such a diverse range of cars and motorbikes. Enjoy the star studded line up of drivers, sights, sounds and smells all in one place.

3 DAYS

GOODWOOD REVIVAL - 2015

We invite you to join us on one of the most exciti ng dates in the annual motorracing calendar. Step back in time and celebrate the past, in the present. The historic estate of Goodwood House hosts its annual festival to celebrate Goodwood Circuit’s golden era from 1948 – 1966. Thousands of festival-goers gather at the circuit to enjoy one of the most prestigious motor sporting events in the world. Featuring the pedigree of motor racing’s heritage, wheel-towheel racing, famous racing drivers and period displays - this magnificent event transports spectators back in ti me to the petrol-scented heyday of British racing.

3 DAYS

GUERNSEY & THE ISLE OF SARK - 2015

Guernsey is part of the most southern group of islands that make up the British Isles; it sits in the Bay of St Malo which is less than 30 miles from the French coast. Although geographically closer to France, Guernsey still remains loyal to the British crown and has done since Norman times. Winding lanes, miles of green pastures sprinkled with traditional farm houses lead to dramatic cliffs and pristine sandy beaches. Full of natural beauty, Guernsey provides a peaceful getaway.

5 DAYS

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND - 2015

Award winning historian Simon Entwistle and his unique talent in reciting ghostly tales takes you on a spooky journey into Lancashire’s past. Simon comes highly recommended and has appeared in many TV and Radio shows.

2 DAYS

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW - 2015

Hampton Court Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. Gardeners will rejoice at the sight, smell and touch of all things horticultural. You can enjoy inspiring display gardens and marquees. Get involved in exhibitions, watch demonstrations and learn hints and tips to take back to your own garden, buy gifts and gadgets and sample several tempting catering options - a glorious day out is guaranteed!

2 DAYS

HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW - 2015

Harrogate Flower Show is the country’s most prestigious independent show. Featuring beautiful show gardens, amazing giant vegetable competitions, stunning displays and expert demonstrations off ering everything you need for the perfect gardening event.

2 DAYS

HARROGATE, YORK AND LEEDS

Join us on this fantastic value for money four day break for an amazing £129pp!

INCLUDES

3 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast staying at the beautifully located

Bagden Hall Hotel in West Yorkshire

Awarded Trip Advisor  

Certificate of Excellence 2014

Visiting:

The historic city of York

The bustling city of Leeds

The beautiful spa town of Harrogate

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Hepworth Wakefield Museum

 

All this for £32.25 per day!

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4 DAYS £129!

HAUNTED INNS OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY & PENDLE WITCHES

Award winning historian Simon Entwistle and his unique talent in reciting ghostly tales takes you on a spooky journey into Lancashire’s past. Simon comes highly recommended and has appeared in many TV and Radio shows.

2 DAYS

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & BLETCHLEY PARK 2015

A fascinating weekend full of the history from the code breaking at Bletchley Park which is said to have helped shorten World War II to a fascinating insight into both World Wars at the Imperial War Museum.

2 DAYS

ISLE OF MAN 2015

In the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland you will discover an island with stunning scenery and unspoilt beaches. As we make our way around this island we seem some of the Isle of Mans rich history spanning over 8000 years. The island’s culture is a unique mix of its Celtic and Norse origins and its people are renowned for their relaxed, friendly approach to visitors.

5 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT - 2015

Many golden beaches, pretty villages, quaint litt le shops and traditional attractions make this Island as special as it is.

5 DAYS or 7 DAYS

JERSEY IN STYLE - 2015

Jersey has the best sunshine records in the British Isles. With over 20 beaches, coves and spectacular scenery, it takes you from sweeping bays in the south, to dramatic cliffs in the north and tax free shopping, it’s no wonder Jersey is so popular.

5 DAYS

KENT FT CALL THE MIDWIFE TOUR - 2015 -NEW

Enjoy Kent from countryside to coast on this fabulous five day break. Visiting Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate and the filming locations of the hit BBC Drama ‘Call the Midwife’ at Chatham Docks makes this an interesting and varied break away. 

5 DAYS

LADIES DAY AT ASCOT - 2015

A sell out tour year after year, Ladies day at Ascot is a luxurious experience that everyone should sample at least once. Style, sophistication and grace provide a glamorous backdrop to one of the world’s most famous horse racing venues. Whether you choose the more formal atmosphere of the Grandstand enclosure or the less formal Silver Ring, a great day is to be had by ladies and gentlemen alike.

 

2 DAYS

LONDON 2015

Explore this wonderful city at your own pace over three days as much or as little as you like. The familiar sights of the city are even more spectacular when seen in person and the many att ractions and shopping opportunities are simply unlimited!

3 DAYS

London Medieval Christmas Feast

Join us in the fascinating city of London and step back in time and dine at King Henry’s Banqueting Halls for a medieval style feast to remember with unlimited beer & wine! You will also have time to explore the many sites and attractions the capital has to offer on this interesting two day break.

 

A medieval themed Banquet with unlimited drinks*

2 Days

MAGICAL MERSEYSIDE FT.LIVERPOOL & CHESTER 2015

On this wonderful break explore the wonders of Merseyside as we take a cruise across the River Mersey and explore two historic cities that sit side by side; Liverpool and Chester.

4 DAYS

MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL - 2015

Little known to most, our canal and waterway systems have played a key role in the development of our countryand still play a pivotal role in the history of our nation.

3 DAYS

MARITIME BRITAIN & THE MARY ROSE - 2015

Join us to experience some of the richest maritime history in Britain, and modern maritime culture. With an inspiring and intriguing iti nerary, including Portsmouth Dockyard which is situated within a working Naval base, the dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy’s past, present and future.

NEW YEAR IN HAMPSHIRE

Experience the diverse county of Hampshire’s hosting beautiful seaside resorts and captivating countryside as we visit the vibrant cities of Winchester and Portsmouth. This tour provides a unique and exciting New Year while staying at one of Skills’ customer favourite hotels, the Red Lion Hotel in Fareham.

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN LONDON

Celebrate in true style and see the world famous fireworks for yourself as London’s Southbank promises to bring in 2016 with a bang. This is the biggest party of the year and the whole city comes out to celebrate. New Year’s Day also sees the capital host its exciting international parade which has evolved to become one of the world’s greatest street party spectaculars. Expect dancing, music, live bands and colourful celebrations as up to 10,000 performers bring cultures from across the continents. But don’t forget about the bargains galore in the January sales.

2 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN PARIS

A city known for its fine cuisine and romance, Paris is certainly a most fascinating place to visit at any time of year.  Whether it be sipping on a glass of champagne in one of the many street side cafes, catching sight of Notre Dame as you cruise along the River Seine or staring up in awe at the Eiffel Tower, it is not hard to see why this city is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world.  On this New Year break you will have the opportunity to soak up the sights of Paris and draw in the New Year whilst watching the spectacular fireworks. 

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN SURREY

Spend New Year surrounded by some of the finest landscapes England has to offer, immerse yourself in stunning panoramic views over the rolling hills of Surrey and remember to pack your camera as this new 2015 tour takes you to some of the most beautiful and historical parts of England. 

4 DAYS

NORTHUMBRIA EXPLORER - 2015 - NEW

Northumberland is full of charm and character with a treasure trove of golden sands. History and mystery flows through this stunning area which has one of Britain’s best views from Alnwick Castle. Discover what the North East corner of England has to offer on this five day break.

FEATURING ALNWICK CASTLE & BEAMISH MUSEUM - 5 DAYS

PAIGNTON & THE ENGLISH RIVIERA 2015

Paignton and the Cambria Hotel have both been long standing favorites in the Skills brochure; this year will be no different. Paignton is one of three towns that make up Torbay, affectionately known as the English Riviera, together with Brixham and Torquay.

PICTURE PERFECT SUFFOLK

Enjoy the beautiful Suffolk countryside on this 5 day break, full of adventure, seaside air, traditional markets and breath-taking scenery.  We also visit Colchester and Aldeburgh.

5 DAYS -NEW

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS - 2015

Journey back in time and appreciate the nostalgia of our British transport system and the gloriousness of how it used to be. Forget rush hour and sit back, relax and enjoy taking the beauti ful surroundings on the water and on the tracks of the UK’s most enjoyable journeys.

2 DAYS

Rochester Dickensian Christmas Markets ft Canterbu

Visit the Norman cities of Canterbury and Rochester for their renowned Christmas markets which attract people from far and wide. This three day break promises to be the ideal getaway with plenty of Christmas shopping and festive spirit.

 

3 Days

ROYAL CHRISTMAS IN SURREY FT HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Spend Christmas surrounded by some of England's finest landscapes and stunning panoramic views over the rolling hills of Surrey. The hotel offers a home from home Christmas making this a relaxing festive break away with full board basis on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and two night’s entertainment. We also visit Windsor and Hampton Court Palace making this a Christmas to remember.

5 DAYS

RÜDESHEIM & FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Set in the town’s chocolate box old quarter, Rüdesheim is a lovely travel destination at any time of the year but during the pre-Christmas season the atmosphere is magical.  Teamed together with Germany’s oldest and most popular Christmas market in Frankfurt makes for a festive treat.

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY 2015

A truly memorable journey along a 73-mile long railway line, highly regarded as England’s most scenic railway journey. The journey will also take you through many rural villages, market towns, Eden Valley and beauti ful dales.

2 DAYS

SIMPLY NORWICH 2015

A fine medieval city with so much history to explore, beautiful 21st century architecture and unrivalled heritage spanning more

than 1000 years.

2 DAYS

Skills Party Break

2016 will be a date for your diary that you don’t want to miss. Lords and Ladies, Kings and Queens are invited back by royal ‘Skills’ appointment to the spectacular party break where we were treated like royalty. After a hit 2015 break join the Skills team for another party night of fun and fabulous dining at the Best Wester Premier - Queens Hotel, Chester, followed by a breakfast fit for a King, including some fizz to start your day.

2 Days

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW - 2015

Located in Victoria Park, Southport Flower Show is the UK’s largest and longest running independent flower show and an event that receives incredible ratings year after year.

2 DAYS

SPA BREAK - NORTON GRANGE 2015

Stunning countryside and landscaped gardens surround this 4 star spa hotel where you can enjoy this indulgent spa weekend

full of pampering, relaxation and retail therapy.

2 DAYS

SUMMER OR AUTUMN AT KEW - 2015 - NEW

Whether you visit Kew Gardens to see the vibrant colours of summer or the warm shades of autumn you are sure to be mesmerised by what’s on offer in these wonderful, world famous, 121 hectare gardens.

TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW - 2015

This beautiful estate of Tatton Park holds its annual RHS Flower Show. The show offers a fresh and unique appeal, bursting with hundreds of different species of flowers, trees and plants. It is a hive of activity and a burst of colour.

2 DAYS

THAMES TALES RIVER CRUISES - 2015 - NEW

Sail along the UK’s second longest river on this fabulous four day, four cruise tour. Take in the sights from the waters as you sail from Oxford right down to Greenwich over four days making some beautiful and breath-taking stops along the way.

THE EDINBURGH ZOO EXPERIENCE - 2015

Panda to your every wish and join us at Edinburgh Zoo for a once in a lifeti me experience of a close encounter with Tian Tian and Yang Guang. We also enjoy free time in Edinburgh to enjoy this historic and majestic city.

4 DAYS

THE GREAT RAILWAYS OF SCOTLAND - 2015

Discover a place of timeless beauty and variety where you will see mountainous landscapes looming above tranquil lochs that mirror the sky.

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO - 2015

With around 900 cast members coming together for the moving grand finale of the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne this really is a moment you aren’t likely to forget in a hurry. The atmosphere is indescribable to say the least and can easily bring a goose bump to your skin and a tear to your eye!

3 DAYS

THE SIGHTS OF LONDON FT. THE SHARD 2015

This break takes you to the Shard the tallest building in Western Europe to take in the breath-taking views from its 360° viewing gallery. We also take in the sites from the Thames, sailing along whilst enjoying an afternoon tea.

2 DAYS

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Join us for a festive extravaganza at the largest Christmas show in the country! Mesmerising magical surroundings shower you with sparkle and delight with this three hour performance that delivers non-stop singing, dancing and music, many of which are West End performers.

3 Days

Turkey & Tinsel Ft Edinburgh Christmas Markets

2014 saw our first Turkey and Tinsel break at The Winnock Hotel in Scotland following its great success we join us again and get into the Christmas spirit on this wonderful tour. Featuring the not to be missed Edinburgh Christmas Markets, stunning Aberfoyle and the contemporary city of Stirling.

5 Days

VICTORIAN SCOTTISH STEAM BREAK - 2015 - NEW

Join us in this picturesque base near the ‘bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond’, for this exciting tour featuring the best of Scotland’s coast and countryside, all seen through the glorious nostalgia of heritage steam travel.

5 Days

WATERWAYS OF CHESHIRE & WALES - 2015 - NEW

This wonderful trip is bursting with charm and history from some of the UK’s stunning waterways. We sail downstream in Shrewsbury to the English Bridge, enjoy a peaceful cruise through the stunning Dee Valley and across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and we also visit the must see Anderton Boat Lift.

5 Days

WEYMOUTH TURKEY & TINSEL

With its fine Georgian buildings providing a grand backdrop to its golden sandy beaches, Weymouth has been a popular seaside resort for many years due to its rich heritage and magnificent coastline.  This is a great holiday destination to celebrate a Pre-Christmas break.

5 DAYS

WONDERFUL GARDENS OF WALES - 2015

The beauty of the broad valleys, sweeping coastlines and tall mountain ridges of South Wales has long been the inspiration of romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and acts as a stunning backdrop to our tour. This trip celebrates the diversity of Welsh nature in the form of some of the best man-made and natural gardens in the UK, whilst also touring the area’s great industrial heritage.

5 Days

York St Nicholas Fayre & Party Night

York’s St Nicholas Fayre is one of the most well-known open air markets in the UK. Stretching out across the city’s main streets and into the historic city halls each stall offers something different and unique. We also visit the quaint spa town of Harrogate and Leeds for the annual German Christkindelmarkt.

2 Days

 
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