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UK COACH HOLIDAYS

2018 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-ON-THE-WATER 2018

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 2019

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

4* LONDON CITY BREAK 2019

Renowned for its fashion, arts and theatre scenes, the majestic city of London needs little introduction! So, whether you’re visiting for the first time, returning to celebrate a special occasion, or coming with friends you’ll always re-discover a city full of unforgettable landmarks and exciting things to do time and time again!  

3 DAYS

ALL INCLUSIVE LLANBERIS: LLANDUDNO & PORTMEIRION 2019

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

5 DAYS

ANDRE RIEU LIVE IN LIVERPOOL 2018

Enjoy a glittering short break combining the spectacular André Rieu with a visit to vibrant Liverpool. André Rieu, the ‘King of Waltz’ returns for another sensational tour! Renowned for his extravagant onstage charisma and magical music experience for yourself why André Rieu is one of the best-selling live acts in the world!

André Rieu - the so-called King of the Waltz - has a career spanning more than 30 years.

His orchestral tours draw more than 600,000 people per year. He has sold a massive 40 million CDs and DVDs and notched 30 No 1 chart positions, as well as receiving 500 platinum awards and three Classical Brit Awards for Album of the Year.

2 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 2018

* 2017 sell out tour

Those looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience need look no further than the beautiful, award-winning Bath Christmas market. On this short break we also include a one-night stay and the opportunity to enjoy charming Oxford for free time.

2 DAYS

BATH, STONEHENGE & SALISBURY 2018

Experience some of the richest history in Britain as we include excursions to Oxford, the Roman Baths, Salisbury – home to the spectacular Salisbury Cathedral and the mysterious rock formation of Stonehenge.

3 DAYS

BATH, STONEHENGE & SALISBURY 2019

Experience some of the richest history in Britain on this expedition to Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury. As the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the great unexplained wonders of the world.

3 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 2018

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

BOURNEMOUTH, POOLE & THE GLORIOUS NEW FOREST

Enjoy some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on this Dorset adventure. Explore the sandy beaches and towns of both Bournemouth and Weymouth along with a memorable harbour cruise departing from Poole Quay where you’ll sail by scenic destinations whilst taking in the local history via a live commentary aboard the boat. Plus – we’ve added in a delicious cream tea to enjoy at the peaceful Blue Pool Tea House.

5 DAYS

CAPTIVATING GARDENS OF CORNWALL 2018

Discover the captivating gardens of Cornwall on this bloomin’ brilliant break! With excursions to Trebah Garden, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the world-famous Eden Project; home to a flourishing range of rare, exciting and beautiful plants and trees.

5 DAYS

CASTLE HOWARD AT CHRISTMAS 2018

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 Leeds.

2 DAYS

CHANNEL ISLAND EXPLORER: GUERNSEY, JERSEY & HERM - AUG 2018

Just off the Normandy coast, lie the Channel Islands, comprising of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Herm, where British and French influences infuse to create a unique mix of exquisite coastlines, rich heritage, beautiful harbours and old-world charm.

7 DAYS

CHARMING CHELTENHAM & GLOUCESTER AT CHRISTMAS 2018

Eat, drink and be merry on this short break to charming Cheltenham and Gloucester Quays. Adorned in Christmas attire, this weekend is the perfect chance to indulge in a little Christmas shopping before the big day arrives!

2 DAYS

Chester & Liverpool 2018

Shoppers and city lovers are in for a wonderful time this Christmas, as we visit Liverpool and Chester on this great-value CoachStyle break!

2 DAYS

CHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET & LIVERPOOL 2018

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

CHRISTMAS IN PITLOCHRY 2018

Join us on this stunning Christmas Break in the heart of Pitlochry, as we explore some of Scotland’s most beautiful destinations including; Blair Atholl, The Pass of Killiecrankie, Loch Tummel and the famous Queen’s View. With an unbeatable Christmas package included at the hotel, a festive cream tea, evening entertainment and excursions to Dundee and Perth, your Christmas will be filled with cherished memories.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN MANCHESTER FT CHESHIRE OAKS DESIGNER OUTLET 2018

Have you started thinking about your Christmas party plans yet? This year you and your friends could be “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on our Christmas Party night! With an evening of delicious food and dancing, there will also be free time to enjoy Manchester & Cheshire Oaks designer outlet

2 DAYS

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN NEWCASTLE 2018

 

Get ready to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” on this Christmas party night in Newcastle! Celebrate with friends, family or 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 2018

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 along with your favourite vintage rides and traditional festive fares on this breath-taking evening.

2 DAYS

Cliffs of Moher & Galway Luxury Break

The West Coast of Ireland encapsulates some of the finest and most dramatic aspects of the Irish landscape. During your stay you can experience firsthand the alluring beauty of Ireland’s West Coast with excursions to the Cliffs of Moher, admission into Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre including a guided tour of the castle and visits to Athlone and Galway.

4 DAYS

COLOURFUL CORNWALL & THE SCILLY ISLES 2018

Cornwall and the Scilly Isles are an unspoilt area where picturesque natural parks meet golden coastlines. Relax as we explore a place unlike anywhere else in Great Britain with visits to the Scilly Isles, Newquay, St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum you will experience a real insight into Cornwall’s history and beauty.

5 DAYS

CORNISH HIGHLIGHTS AT ROSEMUNDY HOUSE: ST IVES, LANDS END & PADSTOW

Cornwall is home to many highlights but on this trip, we take you to some of our favourites. From the laid back seaside resort of Newquay through to the must-see popular tourist attraction of Land’s End, you’ll leave with fond memories after a trip filled with variety! Additional highlights include free time in St Ives and an excursion to National Trust’s Lanhydrock, where you can also enjoy a delicious cream tea.

5 DAYS

CORNWALL SPRING FLOWER SHOW FT LOOE, LISKEARD & THE ROSELAND HERITAGE COAST 2019

Cornwall is the perfect little getaway this springtime. With everything from sweeping bays and beautiful coastal scenes, to picturesque ports and ancient market towns, Cornwall is laced with unparalleled natural beauty and with our special itinerary there’s plenty for you to fall in love with.

5 DAYS

DISCOVER CUMBRIA

Cumbria is not only famous for its lovely lakes and stunning scenery, it’s also steeped in rich history which has resulted in some incredible castles and mansions being built along the way. Step back in time and come face-to-face with magnificent castles and ruins such as Wray Castle and Lowther Castle along with breath-taking buildings such as Holker Hall, Askham Hall and Rydal Hall; all of which come with their own well-kept gardens and land. There is also the chance to relax in the quaint towns of Kendal and Windermere.

6 DAYS

Disney’s® Enchanted Christmas

Unwrap the best Christmas gift early this year at Disneyland® Paris - The halls are decked in the season’s finery, and the whole family can fa-la-la-la-la as Disney Characters perform in Disney’s Christmas Parade. Meet Santa and a sackful of Disney Characters. It’s a sleigh-full of family Christmas activities sure to leave every member of your family merry long after the grand finale in Disneyland® Park. 

 

4 DAYS

EASTER IN EASTBOURNE 2019

The long Easter weekend is the best time of year to enjoy a relaxing break! Returning to the Cumberland (overlooking the seafront), you’ll be perfectly positioned to explore Eastbourne’s Victorian pier, award-winning sandy beaches and colourful gardens as they spring into bloom! We’ll even treat you to an Easter gift.

4 DAYS

EASTER IN YORKSHIRE & THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY 2019

 

Enjoy the sun, sea and sand this Easter as we cruise over to the coast combining the romance and atmosphere of everyone’s favourite seaside towns with the dramatic views along the famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

4 DAYS

Elvis Mini Cruise to Amsterdam

“IT’S NOW OR NEVER”: Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and prepare to be “All Shook Up” on this swingin’ new mini cruise, with two nights of live entertainment on-board celebrating the ultimate King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Elvis Presley!   

3 Days

FALMOUTH, THE EDEN PROJECT & ST IVES

Discover the beautiful South West Coast in luxury on this wonderful trip to Falmouth, the Eden Project and St Ives. Travelling by our Club Class coach, you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying the spectacular views that this part of the country has to offer. There are also excursions to the famous landmark of Land’s End (the most south westerly part of England) and the Eden Project which is filled with tropical and exotic flowers, plants and trees.

6 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 2018

Travel back in time this Christmas to the annual Grassington 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, shopkeepers and villagers 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

GUERNSEY BY AIR 2019

just a short journey from home, will transport you to a mystical island, that feels like you could be a million miles away – 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.

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

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

HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW 2019

The perfect gift for garden lovers – Harrogate Flower Show is regarded as the UK’s premier gardening events! 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 everyone!

2 DAYS

HEBRIDEAN ISLAND HOPPER 2018

Join us again on our very popular Hebridean Island Hopper! Discover a truly unique way of life as we discover the rich history behind these beautiful inter-connected islands. See the 5,000 years old Callanish stones with your own eyes and marvel at the Iron Age structure of Carloway Broch which is said to be over 2000 years old. There’s also the opportunity for you to sit back and relax whilst admiring the spectacular view from the comfort of your own seat during the guided tour through Lewis and Harris. Other excursions include Isle of Skye, the Uists, Inverness & Spey Valley.

7 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

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & BLETCHLEY PARK 2019

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 Anglesey, Caernarfon Castle & Snowdonia

Visit the idyllic resorts of Llandudno & Snowdonia and prepare to fall in love with many beautiful landscapes including Anglesey, Conwy, Betws y Coed and Llanberis. You’ll also be able to walk in the footsteps of royalty in the magnificent Caernarfon Castle, which is said to be one of the most expensive castles ever built by a King of England!

5 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 MAN 2019

Discover the sea‐bound kingdom of the Isle of Man on this great‐value getaway. Unearth beautiful scenery, hidden in lush valleys and beneath rugged coastlines and learn all about its own captivating history! UNESCO has designated the Isle of Man a biosphere reserve (one of only five in the UK), marking it out as one of the most beautiful spots in Britain to enjoy nature – so if you want a little slice of silence and tranquillity, then this is the destination for you.

5 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT EXPERIENCE 2018

For many years now the Isle of Wight has been a popular destination amongst our passengers. Returning to the Trouville Hotel in Sandown, we enjoy miles of beaches as well as included excursions to the famous Needles, one of the most photographed areas on the Isle of Wight and the Mottistone Gardens.

5/6 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

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.

6/7 DAYS

JERSEY BY AIR 2019

Lying between the shores of England and France, Jersey is a little taste of the continent with the familiarity of home! Voted 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 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

JERSEY EXPLORER 2019

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

llANDUDNO'S VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA 2019

Each year the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno plays host to a fantastic festival of all things 19th century at the much-loved Victorian Extravaganza! Marvel at the Victorian costumed characters as they wander through the Victorian street fair, old time fair rides and steam engines then witness the biggest highlight the daily street parades that take place at midday!

3 DAYS

London & Bluewater Shopping Centre 2018

Love shopping? Then this break is definitely for you, shop until you drop with friends or loved ones on this bargain break to Bluewater Shopping Centre and London!

2 DAYS

LONDON ARMISTICE: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM 2018

Join us in London for a special weekend of Remembrance held by The Royal British Legion.

On this memorable break we have a chance to watch the National Service of Remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and visit the Imperial War Museum along with St Albans.

2 DAYS

LONDON CHRISTMAS SHOPPER FT HARRODS 2018

Season’s greetings! Struggling for Christmas gift inspiration this year? Well, wrap up all of the gifts on Santa’s list on this weekend to London and Harrods. From twinkling department stores to Christmas markets it’s the perfect festive shopping experience!

2 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 NEW YEAR'S SALE SHOPPER 2019

Join us for a fantastic mini-break to London and be prepared to shop until you drop in one of Europe’s most exciting cities! With prices this low, this weekend you can bag yourself more than just a bargain with an overnight stay and plenty of free time to explore London.

2 DAYS

LONDON'S NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2018

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

NATIONAL TRUST PRESENTS MUSIC & LIGHT FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY

If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high-street crowds this Christmas, then look no further than the National Trust! On this short break we wrap up warm and step outside to discover the magical Music & Lights event at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden.

2 DAYS

NEW Christmas in Eastbourne 2018

Make Christmas in Eastbourne the best Christmas yet! Let us take all of the hard work out of the festivities, leaving you to relax and enjoy yourself (without any washing up!). On this holiday we include visits to Beachy Head, Hastings, Battle and Brighton as well as admission into the magnificent Winter Wonderland Illuminations at Drusillas Park.

5 DAYS

NEW Christmas in Harrogate & The Yorkshire Dales 2018

Step into Christmas as we visit Harrogate and the enchanting Yorkshire Dales. Relax on this festive getaway, which includes a full Christmas package at our stylish hotel in Harrogate with a gala dinner and a party night, plus visits to York, Richmond, Ripon and Knaresborough.

5 DAYS

NEW Classic Canterbury Christmas 2018

This year, why not enjoy a classically British Christmas in Canterbury! This world-famous Cathedral city was one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimages and knowledge; today it continues to inspire visitors with its incredible natural beauty, grand Medieval architecture and historic intrigue. On this enchanting stay we include admission into the majestic Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Abbey along with visits to St Albans, Herne’s Bay and Whitstable.

5 DAYS

NEW Laver Saver – Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers & Rochester

Join Leeds Castle for its fifth annual Festival of Flowers; often described as the “loveliest castle in the world, on this short break unearth a mysterious and magical floral world, which will dramatically transform the Medieval fortress into an enchanted castle.

Watch the video here!

2 DAYS

NEW Scotland Explorer: Inveraray, Isle of Bute & Sterling

Discover a land of dramatic landscapes, grand castles and cities from the comfort of a Laver coach, on this Scotland Explorer. On this tailored break, we include admission to Inveraray Castle, Stirling Castle and an unmissable excursion across to the peaceful Isle of Bute.

5 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN LIVERPOOL - Celebrations at the Cavern club 2018

To Liverpool for free time to enjoy New year celebrations at the infamous Cavern Club

3 DAYS

New Year in The Lake District 2018

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

NEW: 1930'S TYNESIDE NEWCASTLE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES! 2019

Tyneside Cinema is an important piece of history, both locally and nationally. Originally built as Newcastle’s News Theatre in 1937, it is the last purpose-built newsreel theatre in the UK still operating as a cinema today. Offering a rich and diverse artistic programme of film and film heritage, sit back, relax and step into the wonderful world of film on this break.

2 DAYS

NEW: DISCOVERING WARTIME KENT: FT DOVER, CANTERBURY & CHATHAM HISTORIC DOCKYARD

On this tour discover war time secrets and beautiful historic locations - There is a lot waiting to be explored!

2019 - 3 DAYS

NEW: EASTER BLUEBELLS AT KEW GARDENS 2019

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.

4 DAYS

NEW: Exploring Cotwolds antiques and its charming villages 2019

On this break, we bring the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ to you! If you have an eye for antiques or just fancy having a go then this is the perfect break for you. On this quirky trip we have arranged an antiques day with money to spend and complimentary tea and coffee followed by an evaluation of your purchases in the comfort of the hotel. As well as excursions to Stow-On-The-Wolds, Bourton-On-The-Water, Burford & Chipping Campden.

5 DAYS

NEW: GLOUCESTER DOCKS TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL 2O19

Set sail for the magnificent Gloucester Tall Ships, as this award-winning festival makes its return voyage to the UK’s most inland port this May! Surrounded by beautifully-preserved Victorian Warehouses, reveal in the splendour of the high seas and bygone days as they are magically re-created at the historic Gloucester Docks.

3 DAYS

NEW: HEART OF ENGLAND RAIL JOURNEYS

Embark on some of Britain’s best-loved and most stunning heritage railways on this fantastic new break! Enjoy unforgettable journeys the Severn Valley Railway, Gloucester Warwickshire Railway & Dean Forest Railway as well as visits to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shrewsbury, Gloucester, Hereford & Worcester.

5 DAYS

NEW: LIVERPOOL FT TERRACOTTA WARRIORS 2018

Returning to the UK after a decade the famous Terracotta Warriors are an army of intricately-carved sculptures of the soldiers of China’s first Emperor – Qin Shi Huang. This unmissable exhibition at the Liverpool World Museum will showcase some fascinating ancient Chinese artefacts never before seen in the UK alongside the unique Terracotta Warriors. This promises to be a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss! 

2 DAYS

NEW: Portsmouth historic dockyards festival of Christmas 2018

Soak up the magical atmosphere at Portsmouth’s Festival of Christmas! This annual extravaganza transports visitors back to a by-gone era where a cast of colourful characters roam the snowy cobbled streets and rub shoulders with a medley of street entertainers. On this break we will also visit Winchester, and enjoy some free time in Bournemouth.

3 Days

NEW: ROSE GARDENS & TULIPS AT THE GRAND WADEDESON MANOR FT BURY ST EDMUNDS 2019

The elegant Waddesdon Manor is home to one of the finest Victorian horticulture in Britain including formal gardens, trees and walks, an Aviary full of exotic birds, and an impressive collection of 18th century sculptures. Originally designed as a ‘pleasure ground’ for guests staying at the Manor, the gardens have since been described as an “earthly paradise, somewhere to pause and enjoy” are still enjoyed today for their immense beauty and calm.

2 DAYS

NEW: SPRING IN BLOOM: EVESHAM BLOSSOM TRAIL, VALE VILLAGES & RIVER CRUISE 2019

From the tranquil banks of the River Avon to the peaceful wooded slops of the Cotswolds, Evesham Vale offers some of the prettiest countryside in the United Kingdom. Experience the stunning Blossom Trail and witness as the Vale erupts in a wonderous haze of colours from the delicate whites of the pear and plum, to the radiant shades of pink from the cherry and apple blossoms.

5 DAYS

NEW: TORQUAY DELIGHTS FT DARTMOUTH STEAM RAILWAY & BERRY POMEROY CASTLE 2019

Experience award-winning beaches and the delights of Torquay at any time of the year with Skills! With an included journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and an unmissable visit to the English Heritage Berry Pomeroy Castle – one of the most romantic Victorian ruins in England. On this break, take advantage of the mild climates of the English Riviera and enjoy a stress-free getaway.

5 DAYS

PAIGNTON & THE ENGLISH RIVIERA 2018

Famous for its swaying palm trees, piers and golden coastlines, Paignton & the English Riviera brings a touch of the Mediterranean to Britain! On this break, we also visit the idyllic destinations of Torquay, Polperro and Looe!

 

5 DAYS

PAIGNTON & THE ENGLISH RIVIERA 2019

Famous for its swaying palm trees, piers and golden coastlines Paignton & The English Riviera brings a touch of the Mediterranean to Britain! On this break, we also visit the idyllic destinations of Torquay, Polperro and Looe!

 

5 DAYS

Pembrokeshire & Tenby

Hidden away in South Wales you will uncover a remote but beautiful corner of the UK, towering cliffs are the backdrop to our break with included visits to Tenby, Hilton Court Gardens, Aberglasney Gardens and Swansea.

6 DAYS

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

RAILWAYS AND WATERWAYS OF LANCASHIRE 2019

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

RELAXING IN WALES: PORTMEIRION, LLANBERIS & STOKESAY CASTLE

Set amongst the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, the Llŷn Peninsula is the ideal destination for our break. Staying in Criccieth, which boasts one of the most beautiful locations in Wales, we have arranged a carefully planned itinerary with excursions to the English Heritage Stokesay Castle, Portmeirion, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Llanberis and Llangollen.

5 DAYS

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW & KEW GARDENS 2019

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

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2019

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

SALISBURY & WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on this festive trip to Salisbury, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral Christmas markets! These quintessential British towns are a sparkling treasure trove of traditional timbered buildings, meandering cobbled streets and gothic Cathedrals that light up during the festive season.

3 DAYS

Scenic Scottish Gardens, Holyrood Palace & the Lake District

Come and see the world’s largest equine sculptures up close, re-discover the compelling history of Edinburgh on a guided walking tour and relax in Stirling alongside friends on this fascinating break to Scotland. To make your break even more enjoyable we have included admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, free time in Stirling and afternoon tea.

5 DAYS

Seaside Mystery Tour

It’s back! Our popular Mystery Tour is here again by popular demand. There’s nothing more exciting than finding out where you’re visiting after months of waiting in anticipation and we’re certain that you won’t be disappointed! One thing we can share with you is… don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade because we’re going to the seaside!

5 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY 2019

The Settle to Carlisle Railway is one of the UK’s most scenic and impressive railways. This year join us for an extraordinary journey through the viaducts, tunnels and some of the most stunning landscapes in the North of England on this spectacular railway journey.

2 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY CENTENARIAN CELEBRATION 2019

2019 is an extraordinary landmark for the Skills Group as we celebrate our Centenary year! Step back in time on this nostalgic trip on the enchanting Settle to Carlisle Railway and toast to our 100 years with a complimentary glass of fizz.

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

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY & SHREWSBURY 2019

Prepare for this truly enchanting journey back in time as we step on-board a vintage steam-hauled train for a classic trip of a lifetime on the spectacular Seven Valley Railway.

2 DAYS

Shropshire Gems: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury & the Severn Valley Rail

Tucked away on the English Welsh border Shropshire has remained unspoilt and comparatively unchanged. So if you’re looking for a chance to get away from it all this spring and indulge a little then this break is the answer.

5 DAYS

 
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