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2019 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

4* City Break: Liverpool

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

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exhibition at Windsor castle

Come along to Windsor castle to cast your eyes upon A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wedding outfit exhibition which features the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.  The Duchess chose Ms Waight Keller for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, and for the impeccable tailoring of her creations. The Duchess and Ms Waight Keller worked closely together on the design.

The Duke of Sussex's wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the 'Blues and Royals'), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.  As the uniform specially commissioned for the occasion is required for use by His Royal Highness, an identical uniform made for The Duke by Dege & Skinner a few years earlier will be displayed.

DAY TRIP BY COACH

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 FT KESWICK, LAKES DISTILLERY & RAILWAY 2019

Experience the splendour and beauty of England’s largest National Park, The Lake District! On this break we enjoy an award-winning cruise along Ullswater, as well as admission into the captivating Lowther Castle and the National Trust’s Hill Top Farm.

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 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 2019

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

British Isles Discovery Cruise

This cruise around our fabulous, history‐packed islands is a voyage of fascinating, overlooked wonders. Peaceful hills and valleys descending to the sea, river estuaries teeming with wild‐life, bustling fishing harbours and quaint old towns all combine to showcase our great island heritage. Discover some of our more remote offshore islands, highlights of Ireland, and a taste of France on this cruise holiday to remember. 

12 Days

British Isles Discovery Cruise

This cruise around our fabulous, history‐packed islands is a voyage of fascinating, overlooked wonders. Peaceful hills and valleys descending to the sea, river estuaries teeming with wild‐life, bustling fishing harbours and quaint old towns all combine to showcase our great island heritage. Discover some of our more remote offshore islands, highlights of Ireland, and a taste of France on this cruise holiday to remember.

12 Days

CAPTIVATING GARDENS OF CORNWALL: EDEN PROJECT, TREBAH GARDENS & HELIGAN 2019

Discover the Captivating Gardens of Cornwall on this bloomin’ spectacular break! Visiting a bouquet of gardens including Trebah Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, we also head to the unique Miack Theatre.

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 2019

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 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

COLOURFUL CORNWALL & THE ISLE OF SCILLY 2019

Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt – relax as we explore a place unlike anywhere else in Great Britain. Offering miles of golden sandy beaches, timeless destinations and encircled by crystal blue waters, from the moment you arrive, you’ll fall in love with Colourful Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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

Dunster by Candlelight & Lynton

Step back in time as the village of Dunster lights its Medieval streets with just candles. This magical event, which begins at dusk, is a unique chance to enjoy the village and its magnificent castle illuminated much more softly whilst joining in on the traditional atmosphere.

3 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

Elegant Sidmouth Celebrations: Dartmouth, Plymouth & Torquay

Join us on this festive break in Sidmouth, a beautiful town “caught in timeless charm”. During your stay we enjoy excursions to Exmouth, Exeter and Torquay, a Dartmouth River Cruise and a festive package that includes classic carol singing after dinner, festive quizzes, afternoon tea and cake.

 

5 DAYS

ENCHANTING EASTBOURNE 2019

Leave you cares behind on this break to enchanting Eastbourne; known as the ‘Sunshine Coast,’ Eastbourne is renowned for its British charm, elegance, chalk cliffs and award-winning beaches.

5 DAYS

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED - 2019

The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world and is the only event, other than the British Grand Prix, where British fans can see many of the F1 cars in action!

3 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 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 ghost walk with Simon Entwistle Ft the Haunted Samelsbury Hall 2019

When it comes to ghostly goings on Lancashire has a great number of frightening fables. This October, we’ll be joined by Simon Entwistle –Lancashire’s much-loved story teller – for a fun and fascinating visit to the infamous Samlesbury Hall, one of the most haunted locations in Britain, Barrowford Visitor Centre and Witch Museum.

2 DAYS

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW 2019

Gorgeous gardens, fabulous florals and fantastic shopping – the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has it all! This year, experience the world’s largest annual flower show held in the setting of an historic palace on this bloomin’ brilliant break.

 

 

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

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 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: VICTORIAN VENTNOR & OSBORNE HOUSE 2019

From truly stunning coastlines to unique experiences the Isle of Wight is the perfect holiday destination at any time of the year! Surrounded by miles of golden beaches and crystal waters, visit the timeless towns and villages of Ventnor Godshill and Yarmouth and enjoy excursions to Queen Victoria’s Osborne House and Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

7 DAYS

ISLES OF SCILLY 2019

Welcome to the Isles of Scilly. These outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt islands are an idyllic place unlike anywhere else in Great Britain! Offering miles of untouched golden beaches, timeless destinations, ancient history and surrounded by crystal blue waters, from the moment you step foot on St Mary’s, you’ll never want to leave.

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 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: CANTERBURY & HERNE BAY FT CALL THE MIDWIFE 2019

This corner of England is one of the best UK destinations for a short break. Whether you’re looking for beautiful beaches, stunning architecture or delicious food and drink – Kent has it all! On this break we also go behind the scenes of the hugely popular TV series ‘Call the Midwife’ for a uniquely guided tour around Chatham Docks.

 

Door - Door service

5 DAYS

KYNREN: AN EPIC TALE OF ENGLAND NEW 2019

2018 SELL OUT TOUR

 

THE UK’s MOST SPECTACULAR OPEN-AIR LIVE SHOW: Kynren – an epic tale of England! Experience Bishop Auckland’s live action, extravaganza. 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

LADIES DAY AT ROYAL ASCOT - 2019

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 Queen Anne enclosure or the less formal Windsor enclosure, a great day is to be had by ladies and gentlemen alike.

3 DAYS

LADIES DAY AT ROYAL ASCOT - 2019

 

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 Queen Anne enclosure or the less formal Windsor enclosure, a great day is to be had by ladies and gentlemen alike.

 

 

2 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 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 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 2019

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

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 Christmas in Sidmouth

Christmas in Sidmouth is the perfect time to relax and rejoice with friends. This year come away with us and enjoy a magical journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and visits to Bath, Paignton and Exeter. Plus, with a simply divine Christmas package at the hotel, we’ve taken care of all the trimmings especially for you.

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: A TASTE OF LUXURY IN THE COUNTRY FT THE BEAUTIFUL BELLE LINE 2019

Experience a Taste of Luxury in Yorkshire on this quintessentially delightful getaway. Treat yourself and indulge your sweet tooth with visits to the chocolate Patisserie Viennoise, which brings a taste of the Continent direct to Otley and Cream Tea at the world-famous Betty’s Café Tea Room.

3 DAYS

NEW: BEHIND THE SCENES: WIMBLEDON MUSEUM & TOUR 2019

Experience the history and traditions of The Championships at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum on an expert-led guided tour! Get up close to the famous trophies in the award-winning museum, test your skills on the Batak wall and discover how The Championship has developed since 1877.

2 DAYS

NEW: BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL FT FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDE EXPERIENCE 2019

 

Buckle up and experience the UK’s biggest air festival! Award winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival is so much more than just an air show, with entertainment in the air, on land and at sea – it’s not too be missed. On this special aviation break, we also visit Bristol’s fascinating Aerospace Museum, home to the Concorde Alpha Foxtrot.

5 DAYS

NEW: BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL 2019

Let’s fly, fly away to Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta, the largest annual meeting of Hot Air Balloons in Europe! Attracting over 130 Hot Ait Balloons from across the world, this spectacular event features over 100 Hot Air Balloons taking off alongside boutique stands, fairgrounds rides and lots of traditional entertainment for the whole family.

3 DAYS

NEW: CLASSIC CAMBRIDGE FT IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM DUXFORD & RIVER CRUISE 2019

Drift away on this delightful new break to classic Cambridge, with an intriguing visit to the iconic Imperial War Museum. Winding along the River Cam is an idyllic way to re-discover Cambridge’s exquisite architecture, exuding history and tradition.    

2 DAYS

NEW: DISCOVERING WARTIME KENT:FT DOVER, CANTERBURY & CHATHAM DOCKYARD 2019

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: EXPLORING ELEGANT STATELY HOMES OF EAST ANGLIA 2019

Norfolk’s history of wealthy landowners means a legacy of magnificent stately homes that are open to the public! From Tudor mansions to Georgian palaces, East Anglia is blessed with some of the country’s grandest stately homes and places to visit.

5 DAYS

NEW: EXPLORING NORTH WALES VINTAGE TRAIN JOURNEYS 2019

Jump on board for this enchanting journey exploring beautiful North Wales on some incredible vintage trains including the Ffestiniog Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway & Llanberis Lake Railway. Escape the hustle and bustle as we weave through the stunning countryside.

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: Northern Scotland’s Majestic Castles & Highland discovery 2019

NEW: Northern Scotland’s Majestic Castles & Highland discovery Ft the Loch Ness

A tour of the Highland’s is probably one of the most incredible journeys you could make – for many, it really is the trip of a lifetime – The best way to discover this dramatic landscape is by coach on this fascinating break filled with culture, history, architecture, stunning scenery and if you’re lucky a glimpse of Nessie!

 

Due to the natural of this tour, it is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

6 DAYS

NEW: OXFORD FT INSPECTOR MORSE & MIDSOMER MURDERS CRUISE 2019

Go behind the scenes of some of the Nation’s Favourite Television Series as we reveal the fascinating filming locations used for Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murder’s and Endeavour! Discover the beautiful university city of Oxford and sail along the River Thames as we visit some of the charming locations that have played a key role in these British television favourites!

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: SCOTTISH WILDLIFE UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE 2019

Featuring : Seabird catamaran cruise, red kite spotting and mountain safari...

Wild and wonderful, Scotland is home to 90,000 species and has a rich and diverse natural history. So, whether you want to hear the cheerful chirp of a dawn chorus, see a graceful soaring Red Kite, or sail alongside playful Dolphins on this break you can get up close and personal with the wildest of residents.   

 

Due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

6 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: STEPPING BACK IN TIME SALUTE TO THE 40'S VINTAGE FESTIVAL 2019

Keep Calm and Carry on at Salute to the 40’s – at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, it’s one of “Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals.” Paying homage to the heyday of the big band, this festival showcases the best that this era has to offer! From vintage stalls, to nostalgic sing‐a‐longs and 40’s entertainment, vintage car parades and much more. The historic Dockyard will be transformed into a tribute to all things 40s!

3 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

NORTHUMBRIA EXPLORER FT FARNE ISLANDS 2019

Northumbria is a magical kingdom home to magnificent castles, historic towns and sweeping landscapes. On this incredible exploration through this ancient landscape we enjoy visits to Bamburgh Castle and The Roman Vindolanda as well as a fascinating cruise around the Farne Islands, these National Trust owned islands were declared by broadcaster Sir David Attenborough as his favourite place in the UK to see nature at its best.

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

PICTURESQUE PEMBROKESHIRE: COASTLINES, VINEYARD & THE GWILI RAILWAY 2019

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, a journey on the Gwili Railway and a tour and tasting at Cwn Dei Vineyard.

5 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF YORKSHIRE - 2019

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

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

Rosemundy House Festivities: Falmouth, Lappa Valley Railway & Truro

Christmas time is here and we invite you to join us for some festivities at Rosemundy House Hotel!

This gorgeous Georgian hotel is a long-standing Laver favourite and our time here comes with a fabulous festive package including; a sherry reception, mince pies & mulled wine and a delightful cream tea. On this joyful break we also enjoy a journey on the Lappa Valley Railway and visits to Looe, Falmouth, Truro & St Austell.  

5 DAYS

Scottish Isles & Faroes Cruise

Taking you north to the remote and beautiful Faroese archipelago and delightful Scottish Islands, this cruise promises to be the perfect get away from it all summer break. You’ll be amazed by the wealth of breathtaking scenery, bountiful wildlife and dramatic nature. Each time you step ashore discover fascinating traditions and cultures, explore historic cities and learn of the mysteries surrounding ancient sites. 

8 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 & 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

SKILLS PARTY BREAK 2019

In 2019 the Skills Group will be celebrating their centenary, and with a whole year of events planned we’d like to invite you back to the stunning Premier Queen Hotel, in Chester for this extra special party break where we’ll be celebrating our 100th Birthday in extravagant fashion! Joined by friends, family and colleagues of the Skills Group this promises to be a right royal occasion! 

2 DAYS

SPARKLING SPA BREAK 2019

Fancy a break from the stresses and strains in life? Our spa breaks make the perfect getaways for couples looking to unwind together, or friends planning to have a relaxing weekend away! Our break includes a sparkling glass of wine on-board our coach, discounted spa treatments and free time in Manchester.

2 DAYS

SPRING COLOURS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT 2019

Experience the splendour and beauty of England’s largest National Park – The Lake District – as it Springs into life! On this break we enjoy an award-winning cruise along Ullswater, as well as admission into the captivating Lowther Castle and the National Trust’s Hill Top Farm.

5 DAYS

SUMMER AT KEW GARDENS 2019

Kew Gardens is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. As the former summer residence of King George III, it is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site that is now home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants.

2 DAYS

THE WALDORF: 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 4 star Waldorf Hotel, enjoy free time to discover London and perhaps treat yourself to our optional Afternoon Tea.

2 DAYS

THE WALDORF: LUXURY IN LONDON 2019

Experience the truly British tradition of Afternoon Tea at one of London’s most famous hotels, The Waldorf Hilton. Perfect for any special occasion, a romantic break or an indulgent retreat with friends on this break you’ll dine within the historic and elegant surroundings of the hotel, complete with original chandeliers and iconic pillars inspired by the grand cafés of Europe.

 

2 DAYS

Thursford Christmas Spectacular – Longer Duration

Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is recognised as one of the country’s largest Christmas shows.  A Laver customer favourite year after year, this break promises to deliver an extravaganza of dancing, music and laughter.

5 DAYS

THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2018

“Thursford show excellent, would not hesitate to come on your tour again.” Mrs S Jones

“The Hotel was second to none. Great value for money and we couldn’t fault anything. Shall be booking again.” –Mrs P Haberfield

 

“The whole experience was superb!” – Mrs Pearson

 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

VALENTINES WEEKEND IN YORK & HARROGATE 2019

Romance is in the air this Valentine’s Weekend! Whisk your Valentine away on a lovers’ retreat to Harrogate and York, staying in a 4-star boutique hotel. From start to finish you’re sure of an indulgent break with complimentary breakfast bags (made for sharing), a glass of buck’s fizz served with dinner and free time to explore the magnificent cities of York and Harrogate. 

2 DAYS

WARNER'S GUNTON HALL: SUFFOLK 2019

Leave your cares behind on this break to Gunton Hall – a Warner Holiday’s Leisure Resort. It may be within walking distance of the beach, but it’s surrounded by picturesque Suffolk woodland, gardens, a tranquil lake and pitch and putt course. On this break you can relax, knowing that everything will be taken care of from comfortable accommodation, to a fabulous array of activities including bowls and a buzzing, sociable atmosphere that Warner’s is well-known for.

5 DAYS

YULETIDE YORK AND THE ST NICHOLAS FAYRE 2018

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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