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UK COACH HOLIDAYS

2017 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.

We hold Open Days and events throughout the year - we love meeting you and you can find out about all of our newest tours! If you would like to come along please join our email mailing list on the left hand side of this page!

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKETS FEATURING BOURTON & GLOUCESTER 2017

Those looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience need look no further than the beautiful, award-winning Bath Christmas Market. Each year Bath is transformed into a magical shopper’s paradise, as dazzling chalets packed with Christmas splendour line the streets surrounding the Roman baths and stunning Bath Abbey.

3 DAYS

OBAN & THE ISLE OF MULL 2018

Get ready for an enchanting adventure, as we take you on a picturesque journey through Scotland’s highlands. Staying in the town of Oban, on this break we have included a cable car ride up Aonach Mor, where you can experience breath taking views and excursions to the rugged Island of Mull and Inveraray.

6 DAYS

4 STAR LIVERPOOL 2018

An exciting city steeped in history, culture and attractions – this Liverpool city break has it all!

Most famous for the birth of the Beatles

 

A Liverpool city break has it all!

 

Liverpool is an exciting city filled with an exhilarating atmosphere and classic buildings. Most famous for the birth of the Beatles, two world famous football clubs and the Grand National steeple chase. It has a thriving arts scene and an abundance of museums and galleries all waiting to be explored.

3 DAYS

ALL INCLUSIVE LLANBERIS: LLANDUDNO & PORTMEIRION 2018

Enjoy this All-Inclusive break to beautiful North Wales! Staying at the foot of Mount Snowdon this exciting new trip combines award-winning beaches with fascinating history as we include admission to the uniquely captivating village of Portmeirion, and enjoy excursions to Conwy & Llandudno.

5 DAYS

AUTUMN COLOURS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT 2018

Autumn is a beautiful time for discovering the Lake District, experience the splendour and beauty of England’s largest National Park. On this break we include a must-do journey on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway as well as trips to Skipton, Lake Windermere, Bowness, Muncaster Castle and the World of Beatrix Potter.

5 DAYS

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKETS FEATURING OXFORD 2017

Those looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience need look no further than the beautiful, award-winning Bath Christmas Market. Each year Bath is transformed into a magical shopper’s paradise, as dazzling chalets packed with Christmas splendour line the streets surrounding the Roman baths and stunning Bath Abbey.

2 DAYS

BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE AT BLENHEIM PALACE 2018

BBC’s Countryfile is Britain’s most watched factual television show and now you can see it brought to life in a major live event set in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace. This exciting event will combine the tradition of the UK’s best country fairs with the editorial and presentation of one of the BBC’s flagship programmes.

2 DAYS

BEAMISH & DURHAM AT CHRISTMAS 2017

Step back in time alongside the ghost of Christmas past and prepare to be enchanted by the traditional Christmas celebrations taking place at Beamish, this Open Air Museum is one of the best in the world and vividly brings to life the regions industrial heritage and the town’s classic festive celebrations.  

3 DAYS

BLUEBELLS AT KEW GARDENS 2018

Witness the beauty of spring with this enchanting visit to Kew Gardens, home to one of the finest Bluebell woods in the country with a photo opportunity at every turn, but don’t just take our word for it.

2 DAYS

CASTLE HOWARD AT CHRISTMAS 2017

Each Christmas Castle Howard is transformed into a festive wonderland. Step inside and explore the breath-taking interiors adorned with thousands of garlands, candles and wreaths patiently waiting for Father Christmas’ arrival. On this break we also visit York.

2 DAYS

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW & KEW GARDENS 2018

Renowned as the most famous flower show in Britain and recognised all over the world the elegant RHS Chelsea Flower Show was originally held in 1862 in Kensington, but it later found its home in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital in 1913. You can expect to capture flourishing displays, a huge array of show gardens that promise to hypnotise and enchant you and flowers that you can’t find anywhere else!  

3 DAYS

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2018

Renowned as the most famous flower show in Britain and recognised all over the world the elegant RHS Chelsea Flower Show was originally held in 1862 in Kensington, but it later found its home in the grounds of Chelsea Hospital in 1913. You can expect to capture flourishing displays, a huge array of show gardens that promise to hypnotise and enchant you and flowers that you can’t find anywhere else!  

2 DAYS

CHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET & LIVERPOOL 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way to soak up that unforgettable festive spirit than strolling beneath twinkling lights, the crisp winter air filled with the sweet scent of Christmas biscuits and a host of traditional chalets waiting to be discovered.

2 DAYS

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018

“Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year)! 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and you can be a part of this year’s festivities as the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia come to London’s popular Trafalgar Square.

2 DAYS

CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE: PAGEANT OF POWER NEW 2018

Join us for the motorsport event of the year – the Pageant of Power & Speed! Since 2008 it has been the aim of the ‘Pageant of Power’ to showcase the very best of historic and contemporary automotive power, whether on land, sea or in the air!  

2 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN HAMPSHIRE 2017

On this charming Christmas getaway enjoy being surrounded by Hampshire’s unspoilt countryside from the comfort of our Grade 1 listed manor house hotel. Back with a brand new itinerary for 2017 on this beak we include visits to Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Winchester – perhaps most famous for its connections to Jane Austen.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN PITLOCHRY:GATEWAY TO THE HIGHLANDS 2017

Join us on a stunning Christmas Break in the heart of Pitlochry, as we enjoy this Christmas exploring some of Scotland’s most beautiful destinations including Blair Atholl, The Pass of Killiecrankie, Loch Tummel and the famous Queens View. With an unbeatable Christmas package, a festive Cream Tea, live entertainment and excursions to Dundee and Grenta Green this festive break ensures your Christmas is filled with fond memories.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN SUFFOLK 2017

This Christmas trip to Suffolk is simply picture perfect, whether you want to relax alongside friends or explore some of Britain’s most beautiful landscape this break has it all - with an excellent Christmas package at the hotel and excursions to Cambridge, Colchester, Bury St. Edmunds and the picturesque Suffolk villages of Lavenham and Long Melford.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN NEWCASTLE 2017

Let’s get the Party season started: Celebrate with friends, family and colleagues on a fantastic party night in Newcastle with Skills Holidays! You’re sure to be left in the Christmas spirit with free time in Durham and Newcastle and an unbeatable party night package.

2 Days

CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT AT KEW GARDENS 2017

Enjoy nothing but magical moments this Christmas with friends and loved ones on this unique after-dark experience at the world-renowned Kew Gardens. Prepare to be bewitched by winding, sparkling paths, dancing illuminated fountains, tunnels of lights and your favourite vintage rides and traditional festive fares on this breath-taking evening.

 

2 DAYS

COTSWOLDS & THE BLOSSOM TRAIL 2018

The Blossom Trail is one of the ‘Top Wonders of Spring’ – bringing a blend of soft pink tones of the cherry and apple blossom, that contrast beautifully with the white blossom. This enchanting break will take you through some of the most wonderful villages in England including; Worcester, Bourton-on-the-Water, Tewkesbury, Upton-On-Severn, Ledbury & Hereford.

4 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: BRITISH ISLES DISCOVERY CRUISE 2018

Beautiful landscapes, rich heritage, ancient traditions and interesting cultures are the treasures waiting to be discovered on this circumnavigation of the British Isles. It’s a wonderful opportunity to step ashore on our more remote islands, visit far-flung towns and villages and uncover tales of fascinating folklore. The Emerald Isle and charming Honfleur add something special to what promises to be a memorable cruise.

13 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: SCOTTISH HIGHLIGHTS & EMERALD ISLE 2018

This week long cruise is a wonderful showcase of some of the delights of Scotland and Ireland. Discover dramatic coastlines, picturesque harbours and prehistoric ruins on the beautiful islands of Lewis and Mull. Visit Belfast with its Titanic visitor experience, the bustling streets of Dublin and the seaport town of Cobh, formerly Queenstown of transatlantic liner fame, and your gateway to historic Cork.

8 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: SCOTTISH ISLANDS & FAROES 2018

This is a truly delightful Marco Polo summer cruise. Visiting Scotland’s wonderful Shetland and Orkney Islands, you’ll be treated to amazing scenery, a wealth of wildlife and the opportunity to visit ancient historic sites. Centrepiece on this cruise are the remote Faroe Islands. This archipelago of treeless islands studded in the North Atlantic is quite unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

9 DAYS

DEVON & SOMERSET STEAM & CRUISE 2018

All aboard! Join us as we explore the delights of Devon and the dramatic beauty of Exmoor National Park. On this break, we include a journey on the West Somerset Railway, as well as cruises along the Grand Western Canal – one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in England, and the Ilfracombe Princess.

5 DAYS

DORSET ESCAPE: WEYMOUTH, POOLE & BOURNEMOUTH 2018

Prepare for an enchanting Dorset escape, on this relaxing break to some of the UK’s most beautiful areas we include visits to Salisbury, Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth.

5 DAYS

EASTER IN EASTBOURNE 2018

After a phenomenal visit in 2017, we return to celebrate Easter in Eastbourne. Returning to the Cumberland Hotel which overlooks the seafront, you’re perfectly situated to explore Eastbourne’s Victorian pier, award-winning sandy beach and colourful gardens in bloom. We also include excursions to the iconic Beachy Head, wonderful Brighton and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

4 DAYS

EASTER IN GLOUCESTER & THE COTSWOLDS 2018

Spring is in the air, and it’s the ideal time to get away for a little rest and relaxation. This year visit Gloucester and the Cotswolds for an Easter to remember! With excursions to Worcester, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water & Cheltenham – don’t forget to keep an eye out because we might have hidden an Easter Egg somewhere for you!

4 DAYS

EASTER IN YORKSHIRE & NORTH YORKSHIRE RAILWAY 2018

This Easter enjoy the seaside delights of the Yorkshire Coast, on this short break we combine the romance and atmosphere of everyone’s favourite seaside towns with the dramatic views along the famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

4 DAYS

EXPLORING NORFOLK & THE SANDRINGHAM ESTATE 2018

This popular break to Norfolk is packed with wonderful attractions from start to finish. The highlight, is a visit to Sandringham House – the much-lived country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen. We also include an enjoyable broads cruise and excursions to the Thursford Collection, Kings Lynn and Cromer.

5 DAYS

FLORIMANIA AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE 2018

The perfect treat this Mother’s day – as the annual Florimania returns to Hampton Court Palace! Instead of bringing her flowers this Mother’s Day weekend, take your mum to see the sensational flowers at Hampton Court Palace and take some time out together to enjoy the stunning floral displays inspired by five centuries of history.

2 DAYS

GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2018

Join us for the world most celebrated historic motor racing event – the Goodwood Revival, this classic festival is all the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be. Back by popular demand we will be returning to the halcyon days of British Motor racing for a this magnificent event which transports spectators back in time to the petrol-scented, exciting, thrill-seeking heyday of British racing.

2 DAYS

GRASSINGTON DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 2017

Grassington travels back in time this Christmas for their annual Dickensian Festival, where visitors are treated to a glorious array of sights, tastes and smells from the bygone era. The village is adorned in Christmas lights and the streets come alive with traditional markets with shopkeepers and villages dressed in traditional Victorian costumes.

2 DAYS

GUERNSEY BY AIR 2018

Just a short journey from home, will transport you to a mystical island, that feels like you could be a million miles away - Great things happen in Guernsey! One of the largest of the Channel Islands and flourishing with natural beauty, Guernsey provides a peaceful environment for relaxing and an idyllic Continental atmosphere. On this break, you can relax in the comfort that everything is already taken care of with door-to-door pick-ups, return flights from East Midlands Airport, return transfers and an island tour all included. 

7 DAYS

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: NIGHT WHALLEY TOUR WITH SIMON ENTWISTLE 2018

When it comes to ghostly goings on, it seems that Lancashire has a great number of frightening fables, and this October we want to take you on a guided tour of some of the spookiest. Joined by our award-winning historian and guide: Simon Entwistle, we visit Pendle Hill and the Witch Museum, Townley Hall and enjoy a night-time guided walking tour of Whalley village.

2 DAYS

HAMPSHIRE, "DOWNTON ABBEY" & THE WATERCRESS LINE 2018

Re-visit historic Hampshire in good company, on this break we include entry into Jane Austen’s House Museum, a nostalgic journey on the Watercress Line railway and we’ll even be returning to the home of ITV’s hit TV series “Downton Abbey” – Highclere Castle.  

5 DAYS

HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW 2018

The perfect gift for garden lovers – Harrogate Flower Show is regarded as the country’s largest and most prestigious independent show! Held twice a year it welcomes over 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries and landscapers and features beautiful show gardens and competitions fun for the whole family!

2 DAYS

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & BLETCHLEY PARK 2018

Enjoy a thought-provoking weekend of history and secrets from the code breaking at Bletchley Park, which helped shorten World War II, to an intriguing insight into World War I & World War II at the Imperial War Museum in London.

2 DAYS

ISLE OF MAN 2018

The Isle of Man is simply magical, journey back in time with Skills as we visit this enchanting island with excursions to Laxey, Ramsey, Peel and Castletown. Filled with stunning scenery, unspoilt beaches and a rich history spanning over 8000 years this is a getaway you don’t want to miss.

5 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

Unwind on the Isle of Wight, where miles of golden beaches and multi-coloured sand cliffs fuse together with traditional towns and a Royal heritage.

7 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

Unwind on the Isle of Wight, where miles of golden beaches and multi-coloured sand cliffs fuse together with traditional towns and a Royal heritage.

5 DAYS

ISLES OF SCILLY 2018

Welcome to the Scilly Isles - beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt. Lying just off the coast of Cornwall, there are five inhabited islands and countless
uninhabited ones to explore, each with its own distinct characteristics. Scilly also boasts an incredible ancient history and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views and amazing wildlife.

7 DAYS

JAMIE OLIVER'S COOKERY SCHOOL: PASTA MASTER CLASS 2018

Whether you’re a beginner or a Mary Berry in the kitchen, this short break is an unmissable treat for all food lovers! Treat your taste buds with a pasta master class taught by a trained chef at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School and afterwards relax with a glass of wine and some delicious, fresh pasta!

2 DAYS

JERSEY BY AIR 2018

Lying between the shores of England and France, Jersey is a little taste of the continent with the familiarity of home! Voted number 1 in the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award for the UK’s top island, Jersey offers stunning scenery, spectacular beaches, emerald green valleys, medieval fortresses and a wonderful array of attractions.

5 DAYS

Jersey Christmas Market by Air “La Fête dé Noué” 2017

“La Fête dé Noué” simply translated into ‘Christmas Festival’ bring the Christmas season to Jersey with spectacular events, magical parades, twinkling Christmas lights and markets brimming over with festive treats and special gifts that bring Christmas cheer to the streets of St Helier. On this winter break, we have included a guided tour of that island and given you plenty of opportunities to enjoy an indulgent escape where nothing is too far away from your hotel room.

5 DAYS

JERSEY EXPLORER 2018

Escape to a subdued island that offers a mix of English reserve and French savoir-faire, timeless hidden valleys and scenes of continental flair. Its diverse attractions and stunning beauty offer something for everyone and makes Jersey an ideal destination.

5 DAYS

KENT: CALL THE MIDWIFE, CANTERBURY & WHITSTABLE 2018

Enjoy Kent: ‘Call The Midwife’, Canterbury and Whitstable, as we go behind the scenes of the hugely popular TV series ‘Call The Midwife.’ On this break, we’ll also enjoy a river cruise in the ancient city of Canterbury and excursions to Cambridge and Whitstable

5 DAYS

KYNREN: AN EPIC TALE OF ENGLAND NEW 2018

THE UK’s MOST SPECTACULAR OPEN-AIR LIVE SHOW: Kynren – an epic tale of England’, this year experience Bishop Auckland’s live action, extravaganza with Skills! As the sun sets, the action-packed show begins following 2000 years of English history, myth and legend, set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle. 

 

3 DAYS

LADY DIANA: HER FASHION STORY AT KENSINGTON PALACE FT LONDON SHOPPER

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. And, a new exhibition at Kensington Palace will celebrate her life and the evolution of her image and style. A fabulous tour with an overnight stay in the heart of Kensington. You will have free time to explore London and get those January sales plus admission to the Kensington Palace to adore the Diana's exhibition.

2 DAYS

LLANDUDNO'S VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA 2018

Each year Llandudno plays host to all things 19th century at the much-loved Victorian Extravaganza! Marvel at the Victorian costumed characters, old time fair rides, steam engines and witness the biggest highlight, the daily street parades which take place at midday!

3 DAYS

LONDON MINI BREAK 2018

Whether you’re visiting London for the first time or coming back for a special occasion, you’ll always discover a city full of unforgettable landmarks and exciting things to do!  

3 DAYS

LONDON'S NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2017

Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations to welcome in the New Year. Whether you choose to indulge in fine dining at one of London’s top restaurants, seek out an award-winning cocktail bar or end the year with a bang at the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Thames, this New Year’s Eve will be a truly exceptional experience.

2 DAYS

MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW 2018

The RHS Malvern Autumn Show is the perfect end to the gardening year! Bringing together everything we love about Nature, this great-value break is for food, gardening and nature lovers alike, as the event showcases a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more!

2 DAYS

MARITIME BRITAIN:BUCKLERS HARD MUSEUM & PORTSMOUTH 2018

Discover Britain’s maritime history on Maritime Britain: Bucklers Hard Museum & Portsmouth Dockyard – renowned as being one of the most important in the world, on this break we visit, Portsmouth Dockyard and Bucklers Hard Museum, we also include a cruise along the Beaulieu River.

5 DAYS

MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE: TOGETHER AGAIN TOUR 2017

This is your chance to witness two of the greatest voices in the world; the nation's leading musical theatre star, Michael Ball and the nation's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe live on stage together as they join forces for the first time in what promisies to be a true what promises to be a true spectacle of musical genius.

2 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN LIVERPOOL 2017

As one of the country’s most famous city destinations, Liverpool certainly knows how to celebrate from glamorous champagne fuelled evenings to intimate bars and the fantastic Albert Dock you’re sure to find the perfect way to bring in the New Year on this short break.

3 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN SUFFOLK 2017

Celebrate in style on our fabulous New Year in Suffolk, returning to the Mill Hotel we’ve included a New Year’s package that means the party starts as soon as you arrive! And with excursions to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Cambridge this tour has something for everyone to enjoy.

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN THE LAKE DISTRICT 2017

Ring out the old and welcome in the New Year in the magical setting of the Lake District. Treat yourself to a relaxing break surrounded by majestic rolling countryside and glistening lakes that have been stirring the imaginations of visitors for centuries.

4 DAYS

NORFOLK SEASIDE VILLAGES 2018

Whether classic seaside charm, beautiful wildlife or golden beaches are your thing, you’ll find them all on this break to Norfolk’s Seaside Villages. With leisurely excursions to Wells-next-to-Sea, Hunstanton, Cromer and Sheringham.

5 DAYS

NORTHUMBRIA EXPLORER 2018

2017 SELL OUT TOUR

Sweeping landscapes and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty form the background for this break to Northumbria, as we include excursions to Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Hexham Abbey, the Beamish Museum and a scenic tour of the Northumbria Coast!

5 DAYS

ORKNEY & THE CASTLE OF MEY 2018

Discover panoramic views, captivating landscapes, bountiful wildlife and over 5000 years of history on this Highland adventure to Orkney and the Castle of Mey! On this spell-binding break we include a guided tour of the Orkney Isles, where you will have the chance to visit; Skara Brae, Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, the Churchill Barriers as well as excursions to Dunrobin Castle, Castle May and Gardens, Thurso and Inverness. 

6 DAYS

Perthshire Escape: All Inclusive

Discover the breathtaking region of Perthshire on this all-inclusive stay. Travelling by coach is a wonderful way to visit Scotland, as you’ll get to see so much more of this beautiful country en-route and on this break, you can also experience the Falkirk Wheel and enjoy entry into Royal Yacht Britannia as well as excursions to Stirling, Edinburgh and Perth – Scotland’s newest city.

PICTURESQUE PEMBROKESHIRE: CASTLES, STUNNING COASTLINES & VINEYARD

Discover a beautiful corner of the UK on this picturesque break to Pembrokeshire. Explore spectacular coastlines, gorgeous gardens, castles and picturesque towns with included excursions to Picton Castle and Gardens, Colby Woodland Garden, Newgale, Solva, St David’s, Narberth, Tenby and a tour and tasting at Cwn Dei Vineyard.

5 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE 2018

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Gloucestershire as we take you on a journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and a trip along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

2 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF LANCASHIRE 2018

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic splendour of Lancashire! Included in your break is a journey on the iconic East Lancashire Steam Railway with a cream tea as well as a cruise along the Lancaster canal on the award-winning Widebeam Canal Boat Kingfisher.

2 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF YORKSHIRE - 2018

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views from the water and from the tracks on some of the UK’s most enjoyable journeys. On this break, we include a journey on the Worth Valley Railway and a Canal cruise in Skipton with a tasty cream tea served on board.

2 DAYS

RHS CARDIFF FLOWER SHOW

Welcome spring in style and kick-start the gardening season at the RHS Cardiff Flower Show. Set in Bute Park at the heart of Cardiff City Centre on this break you can celebrate the best of springtime and enjoy inspiring gardens at the first outdoor show of the fabulous RHS season.

2 DAYS

ROCHESTER DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 2017

Come away with us to the Norman cities of Canterbury and Rochester for their renowned Christmas markets. This three day break promises to be the ideal getaway with plenty of Christmas shopping and festive spirit.

3 DAYS

ROYAL MINT & CARDIFF CASTLE 2018

On this fascinating new break, we delve deep into British history, with visits to The Royal Mint – the only place in the world where you can watch the UK’s coins being made, and Cardiff Castle.

2 DAYS

SALISBURY & WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2017

These quintessentially British towns are a sparkling treasure trove of traditional timbered buildings, meandering cobbled streets and gothic Cathedral’s that light up during the festive season as the streets come to life with seasonal cheer.

3 DAYS

SCARBOROUGH: DISCOVERING THE YORKSHIRE COAST 2018

Discover the charming seaside treasures along the Yorkshire Coast in good company. On this getaway, we include excursions to Whitby, Scarborough, Harrogate, York and Bridlington and in-house entertainment will be provided during your stay.

 

5 DAYS

SCARBOROUGH:DISCOVERING THE YORKSHIRE COAST 2018

Beat the winter blues and discover the charming seaside treasures along the Yorkshire Coast in good company. On this getaway, we include excursions to Whitby, Scarborough, Harrogate, York and Bridlington and in-house entertainment will be provided during your stay.

5 DAYS

SECRET ISLANDS & WATERWAYS OF SCOTLAND NEW 2018

Many great adventures have started in Scotland – where will yours take you? On this leisurely break, we explore the Secret Islands and Waterways of Scotland. With included boat trips to the Inchcolm Island, the Isle of Arran with a guided tour, and a cruise around Loch Lomond.

5 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE EASTER SPECIAL 2018

Join us for an Easter getaway you’ll never forget, on an extraordinary journey through the most stunning landscapes in the North of England on one of the UK’s most amazing railway journeys! We also include an excursion to the York National Railway Museum

3 DAYS

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY & LUDLOW 2018

Prepare for this journey back through the ages as we step on-board a vintage steam-hauled train for a classic trip of a lifetime as we pass along riverside towns and unspoilt countryside.

2 DAYS

SHREWSBURY, IRONBRIDGE & BLISTS HILL 2018

Where better to learn about the UK’s Industrial revolution than at its birthplace! On this break, we include visits to Shrewsbury, Ludlow, RAF Cosford Museum and the unique Ironbridge Gorge, once described as the “most extraordinary districts in the world” as well as entry into Blists Hill Victorian Village.

5 DAYS

SKILLS PARTY BREAK 2018

Skills Holidays and the fabulous Hallmark - Queen Hotel, in Chester, would like to formally invite you back by royal ‘Skills’ appointment to the spectacular party break for another sensational evening.

2 DAYS

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2018

Southport Flower Show is now the UK’s largest independent flower show attracting over 80,000 visitors each year. Showcasing a mix of the finest flower and vegetable displays alongside specialist food demonstrations and celebrity guests.

2 DAYS

SPA BREAK 2018

Fancy a break from the stresses and strains in life? Do you have a special occasion coming up? A spa break is a fantastic way to treat yourself or that special someone, this weekend we give you the ultimate in relaxation, over-indulge, unwind and leave feeling rejuvenated and revitalised!

2 DAYS

SPRING COLOURS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT 2018

April is the perfect month for discovering the Lake District, experience the splendour and beauty of England’s largest National Park as it Springs into life! On this break we include a must-do journey on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway as well as trips to Skipton, Lake Windermere, Bowness, Muncaster Castle and the World of Beatrix Potter.

5 DAYS

STUNNINGLY ROYAL SCOTLAND 2018

"Entering the castle grounds is an impressive drive up when you first see the towers. So much of Britain' history walked through this castle. The display are beautiful and give an intimate history." Sierra M

 

This break to Stunning Royal Scotland offers a fascinating mix of rich history, myth and legend with simply stunning landscapes for you to enjoy. From Pitlochry – one of Scotland’s most beautiful places, we visit Scone Palace, The Black Watch Museum and Glamis Castle.

5 DAYS

TALES OF NORTHUMBERLAND: HADRIANS WALL, VIKINGS & HEXAM 2018

Let us take you on an epic tale of Northumberland! On this break we visit Carlisle Castle, Hadiran’s Wall, the Roman Vindolanda and Hexham – all whilst revealing stories of Viking life. We also enjoy a journey on the South Tynedale Railway.

4 DAYS

TALL SHIPS REGATTA: LIVERPOOL 2018

Don’t miss out – in 2018 Liverpool will host the start of the renowned Tall Ships Regatta! The magnificent event will mark the 10th anniversary since Liverpool was named the “European Capital of Culture” and will coincide with the International Mersey River Festival; a celebration of Liverpool’s wonderful and historic waterfront.

3 DAYS

THE EDINBURGH ROYAL MILITARY TATTOO 2018

BEST SELLER/SELL OUT FOR 2017

 

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been a long-standing favourite amongst our Skills passengers for many years. Set against the iconic Edinburgh Castle, on this break you can experience an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance as over 900 cast members join for a unique, atmospheric show unlike any other!

3 DAYS

THE EDINBURGH TATTOO 2018

Iconic and spectacular; The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, just got even better with our new longer duration break with Skills! Experience the greatest show on earth set against the iconic Edinburgh Castle. On this break, we also include excursions to Scone Palace, Gretna Green, Dundee and Edinburgh.

 

5 DAYS

THE SIGHTS OF LONDON:THE SHARD & RIVER CRUISE 2018

London is a world renowned city that needs little introduction, on this short break we experience two top London attractions with entry to the iconic Shard and a cruise along the River Thames.

2 DAYS

THE WALDORF: 5* LUXURY IN LONDON 2017

Whether you’re visiting London for the first time, or for a special occasion you’ll want to experience this quintessentially delightful weekend of luxury from start to finish. Staying at the world-renowned 5 star Waldorf Hotel, near the Theatre District, we have also arranged an Afternoon Tea at the hotel.

2 DAYS

THE WALDORF: 5* LUXURY IN LONDON 2018

Whether you’re visiting London for the first time, or for a special occasion you’ll want to experience this quintessentially delightful weekend of luxury. Staying at the world-renowned 5 star Waldorf Hotel, enjoy free time to discover London and perhaps treat yourself to our optional Afternoon Tea.

2 DAYS

THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2017

Lights, camera, action! Join Skills for another festive extravaganza at the largest Christmas show in the country. The Thursford Christmas Spectacular promises an evening of mesmerising sparkle and festive delight on this unique performance that delivers non-stop singing, dancing, comedy and music.

3 DAYS

TWIXMAS IN THE COTSWOLDS

After the festivities are over, now is the chance to recharge your batteries and enjoy some time away on our Twixmas in the Cotswolds break. Enjoy the delightful English cities of Cheltenham and Gloucester and take some time to reflect in the heart of England with visits to Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh.

4 DAYS

VALENTINES WEEKEND IN CHELTENHAM & GLOUCESTER 2018

Treat your loved one this Valentine’s day with the help of Skills, whether it’s a surprise or something you’ve planned together we’ve created a relaxing itinerary, with breakfast bags included on our luxury coach and welcome drinks at the hotel, this weekend is simply perfect for two.

2 DAYS

VICTORIAN SCOTTISH STEAM BREAK 2018

It’s full steam ahead on our new Victorian Scottish Steam break! Join us for this nostalgic mix of river and rail as we enjoy a steam cruise along Loch Katrine, a ride on the Falkirk Wheel and a journey on the award-winning Bo’Ness & Kinneil Steam Railway with a cream tea.

5 DAYS

WARNER'S FESTIVE BREAK: BEMBRIDGE COAST HOTEL - ISLE OF WIGHT

Enjoy a festive getaway on this exceptional Turkey and Tinsel break at Warner’s Bembridge Coast Hotel on the Isle of Wight. We have taken care of your early Christmas and New Year with excursions to Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin, and the most wonderful thing is, you’ve still got Christmas to look forward to.

5 DAYS

WARNERS:GUNTON HALL, SUFFOLK 2018

Leave your cares behind as we escape to Gunton Hall. This relaxing seaside destination is within walking distance of the beach, yet it is surrounded by beautiful Suffolk woodland, gardens and a picturesque lake, which give it a distinctly rural feel!  

5 DAYS

WELSH HIGHLANDS, ANGLESEY & PUFFIN ISLAND NEW

Join us in the Welsh Highlands for an unforgettable stay! On this wonderful new break, we include a journey on the Ffestiniog Railway, a fascinating cruise around Puffin Isle and included excursions to Anglesey, Llandudno, Penrhyn Castle and Caernarfon.

5 DAYS

Windermere Warmer

From the tranquil Lake Windermere to the wonderful world of William Wordsworth, explore the natural beauty and hidden treasures that Cumbria has to offer no matter the weather.

YULETIDE YORK AND THE ST NICHOLAS FAYRE 2017

Watch York come alive at York’s St Nicholas Fayre with Victorian costumed traders, carol singers and the delicious smells of roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate laced with brandy. 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, this Christmas market promises not to disappoint.

3 DAYS

 
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