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UK COACH HOLIDAYS

2016 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!

4 STAR LIVERPOOL 2016

Liverpool is an exciting city with an exhilarating atmosphere, lined with elegant buildings. Most famous for the birth of the Beatles, two world famous football clubs and the Grand National steeple chase and is just waiting to be explored!

 

4 DAYS

4* LONDON WEEKEND

This fabulous 2 day break weekend gives you the freedom to explore our wonderful capital city at your own pace.  London is buzzing with different things to do throughout the city so you won't be short of options.

2 DAYS

ANDRE RIEU LIVE IN LEEDS

THE UNDISPUTED KING OF WALTZ, Andre Rieu returns this year with a brand new UK tour “Love in Venice”! Accompanied by his Johann Strauss Orchestra YOU will be treated to a never before seen act filled with some of the most moving and beautiful melodies of opera as well as, the world’s most romantic waltzes.

2 DAYS

ASCOT COUNTRY LIVING CHRISTMAS FAIR 2016

Festive fun that the whole family can enjoy! Gather amongst friends for a dramatic race of jumps and hurdles with one of Ascot’s most valuable days of jumps racing. Away from the tracks there’s plenty more to keep everyone entertained; warm up with a mulled wine, indulge on mince pies and join in with the carol singers at this extra-special Christmas fair.

2 DAYS

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET 2016

Those looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience need look no further than the award-winning Bath Christmas Market. Each year Bath is transformed into a magical shopper’s paradise as over 170 chalets packed with Christmas splendour line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and stunning Bath Abbey.

3 Days

BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE AT BLENHEIM PALACE 2016

Britain’s most watched factual television show will be brought to life in a major new live countryside event set in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. This exciting new 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 AT CHRISTMAS FT RICHMOND XMAS FAIR 2016

Step back in time with the ghost of Christmas past and prepare to be enchanted by the traditional Christmas celebrations taking place at Beamish. This open air museum is regarded as one of the best in the world and vividly brings to life the region’s industrial heritage and classic festive celebrations.

3 DAYS

BRIGHTON & THE SUSSEX COAST 2016

England’s loveliest and liveliest city by the sea offers picturesque postcard views and lasting memories.

 

5 DAYS

CASTLE HOWARD AT CHRISTMAS 2016

Each Christmas, Castle Howard is transformed when its breathtaking interiors are adorned with thousands of sparkly baubles, garlands, candles and wreaths, just in time for Father Christmas. To add to the festive cheer, live music is performed under the Christmas tree or by the roaring log fire in the Long Gallery every day.

2 DAYS

CHARMING CHELTENHAM CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2016

Eat, drink and experience one of the best Christmas markets in the UK. The promenade in Cheltenham will once again play host to an array of international traders displaying an enviable range of gifts and ideas. We also visit the unique waterside venue; Gloucester Quays, the perfect combination to get you into the festive spirit.

2 DAYS

CHESTER & LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2016

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 HAMPSHIRE 2016

Enjoy Christmas in beautiful the midst of Hampshire’s rugged coastlines, unspoilt countryside, ancient villages and areas of stunning natural beauty. This tour also returns to the Red Lion Hotel in Fareham which always shows great festive spirit, making it a favourite destination for many passengers.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN PITLOCHRY:GATEWAY TO THE HIGHLANDS

Immerse yourself in Scotland’s stunning scenery as we take you to one of its most beautiful towns; Pitlochry, Gateway to the Highlands. On this trip you will discover Scotland’s picturesque Lochs and Glens of the Cairngorms National Park and explore Scotland’s newest city, Perth. This festive break ensures your Christmas will be filled with fond memories.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK 2016

Christmas is the best time to visit Snowdonia National Park when magnificent mountaintops are sprinkled with snow and villages sparkle in the twilight. You’ll find the Christmas atmosphere simply contagious so settle down with a mince pie and a warming tipple to discover all of the amazing wonders of Snowdonia.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN THE COTSWOLDS 2016

Escape this Christmas to the enchanting surroundings of the Cotswolds, glazed with gentle hillsides, white snow, peaceful, picturesque villages and a wealth of history. With a fabulous festive package included, this Christmas break will be hard to beat.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN LEEDS 2016

Have you started thinking about your Christmas party plans yet? It’s never too early and this year you and your friends could be “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree”. So gather up the Cavalry and join us for an evening of delicious food, dancing and merriment.

2 Days

CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT AT KEW GARDENS

Enjoy 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 all your favourite vintage rides and traditional festive fares on this breath-taking evening.

2 DAYS

CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT AT KEW GARDENS 2016

Enjoy 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 all your favourite vintage rides and traditional festive fares on this breath-taking evening.

2 DAYS

CORNISH GEMS:NEWQUAY,ST IVES & PADSTOW 2016

Cornwall is best known for its outstanding natural beauty and stunning coastlines. Relax and gently explore the real beauty the area has to offer. With visits to St Ives, Padstow and free time in Newquay you will get a real insight into one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK.

5 DAYS

DELIGHTS OF SHROPSHIRE 2016

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

Eastbourne’s Festive Celebrations 2016

The bells are ringing out for Christmas and what better ‘Claus’ for celebration do you need? We head to the seaside resort of Eastbourne for a festive getaway with all of the trimmings. Tranquil beaches, frosted parks and gardens are sure to send a sprinkling of that magical Christmas feeling your way.

5 DAYS

ENCHANTING EASTBOURNE 2016

Eastbourne is traditionally the sunniest place in the UK. Retreat here for a stay filled with breathtaking views, hidden gems and 8 miles of unspoilt coastline. What’s not to love?

5 Days

GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2016

Join thousands of motoring enthusiasts at Goodwood to rejoice in the most prestigious motor sporting event in the world! Step back in time and celebrate the past in the present as Goodwood brings to life the ferocious era from 1948 – 1966, featuring the pedigree of motor racing’s heritage, wheel-to-wheel racing, famous racing drivers, glamorous ‘grid girls’ and spectacular air-show displays. This magnificent event transports spectators back in time to the petrol-scented, exciting, thrillseeking heyday of British racing.

3 DAYS

GUERNSEY & THE ISLE OF SARK - 2016

Winding lanes, miles of green pastures sprinkled with traditional farm houses leading to dramatic cliffs and pristine sandy beaches. Full of unspoilt natural beauty, Guernsey is the perfect paradise.

5 DAYS

HALLOWEEN BALL 2016

Creep along for a night of ghosts, ghouls and ghastly goingson as we unleash our inner monsters for an extravagant evening of goose-bumps and fun!

2 DAYS

HAMPSHIRE & 'DOWNTON ABBEY' 2016

We are proud to feature Downton Abbey in our holiday programme once again. A sell out time and again, early booking is advised. For 2016 we have teamed it with some exciting excursions to Jane Austen’s House Museum and a journey on the Watercress Line.

5 DAYS

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW - 2016

Hampton Court Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. Gardeners will rejoice at the sight, smell and touch 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 2016

Standing tall as the country’s most prestigious independent show, Harrogate Flower Show features beautiful show gardens, giant vegetable competitions, stunning displays and expert demonstrations offering everything you need for the perfect gardening event.

2 DAYS

HIGHLIGHTS OF NEWCASTLE & NORTHUMBERLAND 2016

From violent Roman invasions to territorial battles between England and Scotland, the legacy of Northumberland’s embattled past can still be seen today, showcasing exquisite castles, battlefields and stately homes alongside sweeping Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and golden coasts.

5 DAYS

ICONIC SIGHTS OF ENGLAND FT STONEHENGE 2016

The Nation of Britain has a beautifully rich and embellished history; all around you can find places and relics that describe the rise and fall of great tribes and empires. From the brilliant city of Bath to the remarkable boulders of Stonehenge these momentous sites are as diverse as they are wondrous and reawaken stories to reveal the secrets of its past.

 

5 DAYS

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & BLETCHLEY PARK 2016

An enlightening 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 2016

In the Irish Sea, nestled between Great Britain and Ireland, you will discover an island with stunning scenery and unspoilt beaches coupled with a rich exciting history spanning over 8000 years just waiting to be discovered.

5 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT:VICTORIAN VENTNOR & OSBORNE HOUSE

We encapsulate miles of golden beaches, multi-coloured sand cliffs with traditional towns, quaint British villages and a trip to Queen Victoria’s grand Osborne House.

7 DAYS

ISLES OF SCILLY 2016

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

KENT FT CALL THE MIDWIFE TOUR 2016

The hit BBC period Drama ‘Call the Midwife’ portraying the lives of a group of Midwives working in a povertystricken London, during the 1950s, is the highlight this week. Surprisingly it takes us to Kent, Chatham Docks where many of these much loved episodes were filmed. From countryside to coast we also visit Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate for an engaging and mixed break.

5 DAYS

LLANDUDNO & THE FAIRYTALE GARDENS OF NORTH WALES

North Wales is flourishing with incredible natural scenery from record-breaking trees at Bodnant Garden, to beds of Snowdonia Lily and ice-age relics. Italian and Japanese inspired landscapes intertwine with shimmering lakes as exotic plants, usually found only in the Brazilian rainforest, grow blissfully at Portmeirion. Whether you’re an animal lover, a picnic connoisseur or just love nature this is the trip for you.

5 DAYS

LONDON CHRISTMAS SHOPPER 2016

From German-style markets along the Thames, to the dazzling Christmas lights on Oxford Street, this is the best place to start and finish all of your Christmas shopping. Our beautiful hotel is also a stone’s throw away from some of London’s most famous sights.

2 DAYS

LONDON FOUR STAR MINI BREAK 2016

Stick the kettle on and crack open the crumpets, we’re about to explore all that is wonderful about our glorious capital city.

3 DAYS

LONDON'S NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2016

Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations to welcome in the New Year. Whether you choose to indulge in exotic, 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

LUXURY IN THE COTSWOLDS 2016

Quintessentially English, the Cotswolds are an area of charming villages and picture perfect landscapes. If that wasn’t enough, we take a trip down memory lane to the filming location of BBC One’s ‘Poldark’ with the new series back in 2016, this is the perfect opportunity to capture a piece of history.

5 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - BLUES REVUE FT AMSTERDAM

Once again we will be enjoying the host of facilities on board a P&O Cruise Ferry as we travel across the channel, on a great value mini cruise to Amsterdam.  This time however there is a twist as this specially themed mini cruise features the very best of the international Blues scene with 2 great nights of live Blues music and entertainment onboard.

Amsterdam - One of the most colourful cities in the world, Amsterdam has much to be desired. Full of excitement, culture and wonderful architecture, there is always something new to discover in Holland’s great capital city.

3 DAYS

MULTI-CHANNEL EXPLORER JERSEY & GUERNSEY 2016

Welcome to the Channel Islands, where British and French influences infuse creating a diverse mix of unmissable stunning scenery, rich heritage and peaceful, unspoilt corners all waiting to be discovered.

7 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN HAMPSHIRE 2016

Spend this New Year in the timeless and elegant surroundings of Hampshire. Leave your cares behind as we return again to the Red Lion Hotel in Fareham, which has firmly established itself as a favourite amongst a host of Skills passengers.

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN THE LAKES 2016

Welcome in the New Year in the magical setting of the Lake District, the inspiration for our nation’s most celebrated poets. This relaxing break will surround you with Britain’s most beautiful postcard panoramas including majestic rolling hilltops, towering mountains and glittering lakes which have been stirring the imaginations of visitors for centuries.

4 DAYS

PAIGNTON & THE ENGLISH RIVIERA 2016

If it’s fun in the sun you’re looking for, the English Riviera has everything you need. Paignton, Brixham and Torquay offer 22 miles of un-spoilt beaches and spectacular coastline.

5 DAYS

PARIS: TOUR DE FRANCE

Welcome to the “City of Lights” or “City of Love.” Paris is certainly both and has always been considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. Whether it's a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, it doesn't take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

4 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS - 2016

Forget rush hour and sit back, relax and enjoy taking the beautiful surroundings on the water and on the tracks of the UK’s most enjoyable journeys.

2 DAYS

ROCHESTER DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 2016

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

SALISBURY & WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS

These quintessentially British cities are a sparkling treasure trove of traditional timbered buildings and gothic Cathedrals that light up during the festive season.

3 DAYS

SCOTTISH BORDERS FT THE LAKE DISTRICT 2016

Fall under the enchanting spell of the sheer beauty and history of the Scottish Borders and the Lake District. Discover the emerald forests, moorlands and rolling hills that have inspired noble poets and writers such as Robbie Burns and William Wordsworth.

5 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY 2016

A masterpiece of Victorian engineering, join us for an extraordinary journey that will capture your heart along the most stunning landscapes in the North of England. Be dazzled as we cut through beautiful scenery and breathtaking viaducts, before scaling the heights of the Mallerstang valley.

2 DAYS

SHREWSBURY FLOWER SHOW 2016

‘Flowers, Fireworks and Fun for All the Family’ - Much more than just a flower show you can expect to see grand marquee’s, live music performances, an outstanding garden displays at one of the country’s Premier Flower Shows!

 

 

2 DAYS

SKILLS PARTY BREAK 2017

Skills Holidays and the fabulous Best Western - 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 2016

Southport Flower show continues to flourish as the UK’s largest and longest running independent flower show.

2 DAYS

SPA BREAK - PARK HALL 2016

Perfect for any occasion and offering the ultimate in relaxation, over-indulge on this weekend filled with pampering and retail therapy because you’re worth it!

2 DAYS

STUNNINGLY ROYAL SCOTLAND 2016

Magnificent castles stand proud at the foot of cobbled streets and breathtaking scenery. Discover Scotland’s crown-jewelled past as we visit castles, towns and cities that have stolen the Royal Family’s heart.

5 DAYS

TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW 2016

This beautiful estate 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’s a hive of activity and a burst of colour.

2 DAYS

THAMES CHRISTMAS PARTY CRUISE 2016

This Christmas, let the sparkling lights and majestic sights of London by night become the backdrop to your festive celebrations with a Christmas Party Cruise along the famous river Thames.

2 DAYS

THAMES TALES RIVER CRUISE 2016

Take in the sights from the waters as you sail from Oxford right down to Greenwich over four fabulous days, making some beautiful and breath-taking stops along the way.

4 DAYS

THE HAUNTED RIBBLE VALLEY & PENDLE WITCHES-2016

Revisit the notorious legend of Pendle Hill, a story of murder, witchcraft and terror deep in the heart of Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Our guide on this tour is Simon Entwistle who has appeared on TV and Radio in the past and will take you on an entertaining journey through the history of this hauntingly beautiful landscape.   

2 DAYS

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO - 2016

With the world famous Edinburgh Castle forming the illuminated backdrop, the four corners of the globe will join together marking the 2016 Military Tattoo. Don your tartan colours and take to your seat to witness over 900 cast members coming together for a unique, spine-tingling, atmospheric show unlike any other.

3 DAYS

THE WALDORF: 5* LUXURY IN LONDON 2016

Feel like a VIP on this quintessentially delightful weekend of luxury in our remarkable Capital city.

2 DAYS

THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2016

Lights, camera, action! Join us for a festive extravaganza at the largest Christmas show in the country! Mesmerising magical surroundings shower you with sparkle and festive delight as we take our seats to enjoy this unique, three hour performance that delivers non-stop singing, dancing, comedy and music.

3 DAYS

TWINKLING COVENT GARDEN & OXFORD STREET SHOPPER

Covent Garden’s cobbled piazza and quirky market stalls are irresistible at this time of year so with your shopping all wrapped up, relax and let the good tidings roll.

2 Days

WARNERS:FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS AT CORTON VILLAGE

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well don’t wait any longer and make Warner’s your home on this fabulous break with the best of Christmas and New Year rolled into one. Join friends in the warm and wonderful atmosphere of Corton Coastal Village.

5 DAYS

YULETIDE YORK AND THE ST NICHOLAS FAYRE 2016

Watch York come alive at York’s St Nicholas Fayre featuring Victorian-costumed traders, carol singers and the delicious smell of hot chocolate laced with brandy. One of the most well-known open air markets in the UK, this Christmas market promises not to disappoint.

3 DAYS

 
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