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UK COACH HOLIDAYS

2015 COACH HOLIDAYS NOW ONLINE!

OPERATED BY SKILLS HOLIDAYS

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

LONDON MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS

Join us in the city of London where you will dine at King Henry’s Banqueting Halls for a medieval style feast to remember. You will also have time to explore the many sites and attractions the capital has to offer on this interesting two day break.

2 DAYS NEW

5 STAR LUXURY IN LONDON 2015

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

2 DAYS

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET & PARTY NIGHT

Join us on this two day break as we celebrate with an evening of festive fun. After our three course dinner it will be time to get your dancing shoes on and enjoy this unique weekend which will leave you with lasting memories. We also include visits to the spa towns of Cheltenham and Bath.

2 DAYS

BATH, STONEHENGE & SALISBURY FT BRISTOL - 2015

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

3 DAYS

BLUEBELLS & ORCHIDS AT KEW 2015

Bluebells and Orchids have long been known to grow in the conservation area at Kew and are indicators of British ancient woodland. This time of year is a beautiful time to see the spring flowers in bloom in these wonderful world famous 121 hectare gardens.

CANTERBURY & ROCHESTER XMAS MARKETS- COACH ONE

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

3 DAYS

CANTERBURY & ROCHESTER XMAS MARKETS- COACH TWO

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

3 DAYS

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW - 2015

Holding its first show in 1862 in Kensington and has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Known as the most famous flower show in the UK and perhaps even the world, it showcases a huge array of show gardens that will dazzle with flowers and plants that will amaze. A sell out tour for many years where early booking is highly recommended!

CHELTENHAM CHRISTMAS MARKET - FT GLOUCESTER QUAYS

Now in its 12th year, 2014 off ers an excellent opportunity for those with an eye for quality to experience one of the best Christmas markets in the UK. The promenade will play host to an array of internati onal traders displaying an enviable range of gift s and ideas. We also visit the unique waterside venue; Gloucester Quays.

2 DAYS NEW

CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LONDON 2015

Join the crowds that travel from far and wide to watch the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia.

2 DAYS

CHRISTMAS AT BARONY CASTLE

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

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN HAMPSHIRE

Enjoy Chirstmas in Hampshire you’re sure to have a festive experience to remember. Based in beautiful Hampshire, a diverse county which has rugged coastlines, unspoilt countryside, old villages and areas of natural beauty. Combine this with a stay at the Red Lion Hotel which provides excellent service and a home from home experience creating an exciting and unique festive atmosphere.

5 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN SUFFOLK

Enjoy Christmas in the beautiful setting of the Suffolk countryside. This break is full of festivities including a visit to see the local pantomime. We also visit the city of Cambridge renowned for its beautiful architecture and a trip to the oldest town in Britain, Colchester.

5 DAYS NEW

CORNWALL & THE SCILLY ISLES - 2015 - NEW

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

5 DAYS

COVENT GARDENS & OXFORD STREET SHOPPER

Explore two of the greatest places to shop in London on this two day break. Covent Garden is a charming area in London that has lots to offer from the famous market to small boutiques. A visit to London just wouldn’t be complete without visiting the world famous Oxford Street for a little retail therapy and to pick up some extra special Christmas presents.

2 DAYS NEW

DOWNTON ABBEY & THE COTSWOLDS - 2015 - NEW

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

5 Days

DUNOON & THE ISLE OF BUTE 2015

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

5 DAYS

EASTBOURNE FT BRIGHTON - 2015

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

5 Days

FOUR STAR CHRISTMAS

Enjoy a relaxed and pampered Christmas at the breath taking Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa. A 700 year old restored building that has been transformed into a luxury hotel with outstanding facilities surrounded by stunning parkland, ideal for a frosty Christmas stroll. For added luxury this tour also includes a spa treatment, with a selection of five treatments to choose from there’s something for everyone.

5 DAYS NEW

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED - 2015

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

3 DAYS

GOODWOOD REVIVAL - 2015

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

3 DAYS

GUERNSEY & THE ISLE OF SARK - 2015

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

5 DAYS

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND - 2015

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

2 DAYS

HAMPSHIRE TWIXMAS

Enjoy Twixmas in Hampshire, you’re sure to have a festive experience to remember. Based in beautiful Hampshire, a diverse county which has rugged coastlines, unspoilt countryside, old villages and areas of natural beauty. Combine this with a stay at the Red Lion Hotel which provides excellent service and a home from home experience creating an exciting and unique festive atmosphere.

3 DAYS NEW

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW - 2015

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

2 DAYS

HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW - 2015

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

2 DAYS

HAUNTED INNS OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY & PENDLE WITCHES

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

2 DAYS

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & BLETCHLEY PARK 2015

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

2 DAYS

ISLE OF MAN 2015

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

5 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT - 2015

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

5 DAYS or 7 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT 2014

Claimed to be Queen Victoria’s favourite resort island, the Isle of Wight lies just two miles off the coast of England; the pocketsized, traditional seaside island has something for everyone, from castles, golden beaches to quaint villages with thatched-roof cottages. In addition, half the island has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers over 500 miles of footpaths, even though the island itself only measures 23 by 13 miles.

5/7 DAYS

JERSEY IN STYLE - 2015

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

5 DAYS

LADIES DAY AT ASCOT - 2015

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

 

2 DAYS

LONDON & GREENWICH CHRISTMAS SHOPPER

London is an extraordinary place to be at any time of year, but it really comes alive during the festive season. With various markets situated at Hyde Park and along the Southbank of the River Thames the spirit of Christmas is expertly captured by the Capital. We also spend time in Greenwich which hosts its annual Christmas market that will definitely get you into the festive spirit.

2 DAYS

LONDON 2015

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

3 DAYS

LUXURY IN LONDON 2014

A quintessentially delightful break that boasts excellent customer reviews year after year. This five star break will inspire you to feel like royalty and gives you the chance to relax and indulge. Forget the Ritz we head to the prestigious Park Lane for a delicious a fternoon cream tea.

2 DAYS

MAGICAL MERSEYSIDE FT.LIVERPOOL & CHESTER 2015

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

4 DAYS

MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL - 2015

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

3 DAYS

MARITIME BRITAIN & THE MARY ROSE - 2015

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

NEW YEAR IN HAMPSHIRE

Enjoy New Year in Hampshire you’re sure to have a festive experience to remember. Based in beautiful Hampshire, a diverse county which has rugged coastlines, unspoilt countryside, old villages and areas of natural beauty. Combine this with a stay at the Red Lion Hotel which provides excellent service and a home from home experience creating an exciting and unique festive atmosphere.

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN LONDON

Celebrate in style and see the famous fireworks for yourself as London’s Southbank sees in 2015. This is the biggest party of the year and the whole city comes out to celebrate. New Year’s Day also sees the capital host its exciting international parade which has evolved to become one of the world’s greatest street party spectaculars. Expect dancing, music, live bands and colourful celebrations as up to 10,000 performers bring cultures from across the continents. But don’t forget about the bargains galore in the January sales.

2 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN SUFFOLK

See in the New Year on this beautiful break to Suffolk. We visit the city of Cambridge renowned for its beautiful architecture and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk’s cultural and historical gem, with its historic cathedral and prestigious shopping. We also visit Colchester the oldest town in Britain.

4 DAYS NEW

NEW YEAR IN THE COTSWOLDS

Celebrate New Year in the stunning surroundings of The Cotswolds, with visits to some of the most beautiful locations including Cirencester, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on the- Wold. We also visit the famous Stratford upon Avon and the elegant Regency spa town of Cheltenham.

4 DAYS NEW

NORTHUMBRIA EXPLORER - 2015 - NEW

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

FEATURING ALNWICK CASTLE & BEAMISH MUSEUM - 5 DAYS

PAIGNTON & THE ENGLISH RIVIERA 2015

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

PORTSMOUTH FESTIVAL OF XMAS- COACH ONE

Take a step back in time at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard as we celebrate the Victorian Festival of Christmas. With lively entertainment, colourful costumes and a large festive market this is a Victorian remembrance unrivalled by any other. Add that to a warm and friendly welcome at your chosen hotel and this short break delivers what is sure to be a memorable experience.

3 DAYS

PORTSMOUTH FESTIVAL OF XMAS- COACH TWO

Take a step back in time at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard as we celebrate the Victorian Festival of Christmas. With lively entertainment, colourful costumes and a large festive market this is a Victorian remembrance unrivalled by any other. Add that to a warm and friendly welcome at your chosen hotel and this short break delivers what is sure to be a memorable experience.

3 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS - 2015

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

2 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY 2014

The highlight of this weekend is the journey from Settle to Carlisle via rail. This 72 mile trip shows you some of the best views between the Dales and the border city of Carlisle.

2 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY 2015

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

2 DAYS

SIMPLY NORWICH 2015

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

than 1000 years.

2 DAYS

SKILLS PARTY BREAK 2015

Join the Skills team and up to four coaches of fellow guests for another party to remember on the annual Skills Party Break. Get your party clothes on and enjoy a fabulous three course meal followed by a dazzling disco to dance the night away. On this weekend break we also visit the beauti ful town of Nantwich and Chester.

2 DAYS

SOUTHBANK EXPERIENCE

Take a ride on one of London’s main attractions, the London Eye followed by a stroll around the Christmas Market that surrounds it. We also take a trip to the wonderful and magical ‘Winter Wonderland’ based in Hyde Park.

2 DAYS NEW

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW - 2015

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

2 DAYS

SPA BREAK - NORTON GRANGE 2015

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

full of pampering, relaxation and retail therapy.

2 DAYS

SUMMER OR AUTUMN AT KEW - 2015 - NEW

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

TALES OF TWO HALLS 2015 - NEW

Our guide on this tour, Simon Entwistle is re-knowned for his unique talent in reciting ghostly tales from Lancashire’s past. On this tour he will guide you around two ancient, historic houses that are both rich in history.

2 DAYS

TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW - 2015

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

2 DAYS

THAMES TALES RIVER CRUISES - 2015 - NEW

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

THE EDINBURGH ZOO EXPERIENCE - 2015

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

4 DAYS

THE GREAT RAILWAYS OF SCOTLAND - 2015

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

THE HAUNTED INNS OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY - 2014

Our tour guide on these tours is Simon Entwistle,who is well known for his incredible knowledge of haunted andhistoric areas. He is also a specialist ghost story teller and is famous for his knowledge of the Pendle Witches and their fascinati ng story. He has been on TV and radio telling his stories and comes highly recommended!

3 DAYS

THE HAUNTED RIBBLE VALLEY & PENDLE WITCHES - 2014

Our tour guide on these tours is Simon Entwistle,who is well known for his incredible knowledge of haunted andhistoric areas. He is also a specialist ghost story teller and is famous for his knowledge of the Pendle Witches and their fascinati ng story. He has been on TV and radio telling his stories and comes highly recommended!

2 DAYS

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO - 2015

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

3 DAYS

THE SIGHTS OF LONDON FT. THE SHARD 2015

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

2 DAYS

THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2014

With a £3 million budget, the three hour fast moving celebration of the Festive season features an electric fusion of famous chart topping favourites being sung alongside traditional carols. Combine this with 130 singers, dancers and musicians all performing their routines in amazing costumes surrounded by a glittering set, it’s no wonder the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is one of the most popular Christmas shows in the UK.

3 DAYS

TURKEY & TINSEL FT EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Get into the Christmas spirit on this wonderful Turkey and Tinsel break at The Winnock Hotel near Loch Lomond. Enjoy time at the not to be missed Edinburgh Christmas Markets, the wonderful area of Aberfoyle and a trip to the contemporary city of Stirling. All combined with an array of festive events at the hotel.

5 DAYS NEW

VICTORIAN SCOTTISH STEAM BREAK - 2015 - NEW

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

5 Days

WATERWAYS OF CHESHIRE & WALES - 2015 - NEW

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

5 Days

WONDERFUL GARDENS OF WALES - 2015

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

5 Days

WONDERFUL WILDLIFE OF SCOTLAND - 2015

From a picturesque base near the ‘bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond’, this exciti ng tour features the best of Scotland’s coast and countryside and its thrilling wildlife. From eagles to whales, Scotland has some of the most varied and magnificent wildlife in the British Isles. This tour highlights some of Scotland’s natural wonders, all framed by extraordinary highland scenery and traditional Scottish lochs.

5 Days

WONDERFUL WINTER SNOWDROPS 2015

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

3 DAYS

YORK & ST NICHOLAS FAYRE

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

3 DAYS

 
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