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2017 COACH HOLIDAYS NOW ONLINE!

OPERATED BY SKILLS HOLIDAYS

Join a Skills Holiday in Britain from local joining points in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire.

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

OBAN & THE ISLE OF MULL 2018

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

6 DAYS

4 STAR LIVERPOOL 2018

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

Most famous for the birth of the Beatles

 

A Liverpool city break has it all!

 

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

3 DAYS

ALL INCLUSIVE LLANBERIS: LLANDUDNO & PORTMEIRION 2018

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

5 DAYS

AUTUMN COLOURS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT 2018

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

5 DAYS

BATH, 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

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

Benidorm 2019

Escape to the sun, sea, sand and timeless charms of Benidorm! Relax along miles of golden beaches, enjoy first-class food and explore Spain’s rich culture and vibrant history with excursions to the sun-kissed areas of Alicante, Altea, Guadalest and Valencia.

 

10 Days

BLUEBELLS AT KEW GARDENS 2018

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

2 DAYS

BRIGHTON & ARUNDEL 2018

Brighton is one of the most popular destinations in the UK, offering a mix of Regency heritage and unconventional seaside delight! On this break, discover England’s ancient history with excursions to Chichester and Arundel, and a chance to explore Arundel Castle on our optional excursion! We also enjoy a visit to Worthing – renowned for its fabulous shopping!

 

 

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

CASTLES OF NORTH WALES 2018

On this break, you’ll discover some of the majestic castles of North Wales including the very grand Conway Castle and the geometrically beautiful Beaumaris Castle – you’re sure to pick up lots of historical gems along the way! There’s also the opportunity to enjoy the North Wales seaside with free time to explore Llandudno and Prestatyn.

5 DAYS

CASTLES, HALLS AND GARDENS OF NORTHUMBRIA

Northumberland is a region that boasts lovely countryside and miles of heritage coastlines. On this break, we include excursions to Stephenson Railway Museum, Bamburgh Castle, Whalton Manor Gardens and Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens.

5 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

CHANNEL ISLAND EXPLORER: GUERNSEY, JERSEY & HERM - JUNE 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

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW & KEW GARDENS 2018

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

3 DAYS

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2018

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

2 DAYS

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018

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

2 DAYS

CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE: PAGEANT OF POWER NEW 2018

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

2 DAYS

CHRISTMAS IN 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

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

COTSWOLDS & THE BLOSSOM TRAIL 2018

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

4 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: BRITISH ISLES DISCOVERY CRUISE 2018

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

13 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: SCOTTISH HIGHLIGHTS & EMERALD ISLE 2018

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

8 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: SCOTTISH ISLANDS & FAROES 2018

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

9 DAYS

DEVON & SOMERSET STEAM & CRUISE 2018

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

5 DAYS

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

DORSET ESCAPE: WEYMOUTH, POOLE & BOURNEMOUTH 2018

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

5 DAYS

EASTER IN EASTBOURNE 2018

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

4 DAYS

EASTER IN WONDERFUL WEYMOUTH

The Easter weekend is the perfect time of year to take a relaxing getaway and where else than Weymouth. Classic coastlines and the beautiful Jurassic Coast make Weymouth one of England’s most-loved seaside resorts. On this break, we have included excursions to West Bay, Bournemouth and a harbour cruise in Poole, helping you to enjoy all the delights of spring. 

5 DAYS

EASTER IN YORKSHIRE & NORTH YORKSHIRE RAILWAY 2018

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

4 DAYS

ELEGANT SIDMOUTH

For many years Sidmouth has been one of Laver Holidays most popular destinations! “A town caught in timeless charm”. Sidmouth combines colourful gardens, leisurely walks and a rich history. For this break we have also included a cruise and visits to Seaton, and visits to Bristol, Exeter and Gloucester.

5 DAYS

ENCHANTING EASTBOURNE 2018

Leave you cares behind as we visit enchanting Eastbourne; known as the ‘Sunshine Coast,’ Eastbourne is renowned for its British charm, elegance, chalk cliffs and award-winning beaches. On this 5-day break, we also include visits to Lewes, Brighton, Bexhill & Hastings.

5 Days

EXPLORING NORFOLK & THE SANDRINGHAM ESTATE 2018

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

5 DAYS

FLORIMANIA AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE 2018

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

2 DAYS

GLORIOUS GUERNSEY & THE ISLE OF HERM BY FERRY- 2018

Guernsey is a traveller’s paradise, home to Britain’s cleanest beach; Vazon Bay, and the world’s smallest chapel, the Little Chapel. Here you can discover miles of green pastures and winding lanes sprinkled with traditional farm houses, dramatic cliffs and golden sandy beaches.

5 DAYS

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED - 2018

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 in one place! We also include excursions to Windsor and Greenwich, making it our biggest motoring event yet!

3 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

GUERNSEY BY AIR 2018

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

7 DAYS

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: NIGHT WHALLEY TOUR WITH SIMON ENTWISTLE 2018

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

2 DAYS

HAMPSHIRE, "DOWNTON ABBEY" & THE WATERCRESS LINE 2018

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

5 DAYS

HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW 2018

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

2 DAYS

HAWORTH 1940'S WEEKEND 2018

Step back in time to wartime Britain with Skills, and relive the 1940's at one of the UK's most popular themed events; the Haworth 1940's weekend! Enjoy the live re-inactments, music, dances and displays to commemorate the iconic era of British history.

 

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

ISLE OF MAN 2018

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

5 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

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

7 DAYS

ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

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

7 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 2018

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

5 DAYS

JERSEY EXPLORER 2018

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

5 DAYS

KENT: CALL THE MIDWIFE, CANTERBURY & WHITSTABLE 2018

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

5 DAYS

KYNREN: AN EPIC TALE OF ENGLAND NEW 2018

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

 

3 DAYS

LADIES DAY AT ROYAL ASCOT - 2018

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot is the world’s most glamorous race and this year you could be a part of this prestigious event. Ladies and gentlemen don’t get left behind on this sell-out tour as we have included a complimentary breakfast bag en-route, a welcome drink on our coach and excursions to Windsor, London and a full day at Royal Ascot.

3 DAYS

LADIES DAY AT ROYAL ASCOT - 2018

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

 

2 DAYS

LAVER SAVER: CHATSWORTH FLOWER SHOW

Set in the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth House, prepare to be amazed by the beautiful creations of world class horticultural experts at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

2 DAYS

LEGENDARY CORNWALL: PRIDEAUX PLACE, TINTANGEL & LOOE 2018

Let the Legends of Cornwall capture your imagination on this fascinating break! Staying in Looe, on this break, we include a guided ‘Legends tour’ day – where you can hear all about great Cornish folklore – as well as a guided tour of Prideaux Place, and excursions to Padstow, Mevagissey and Perranporth.

6 DAYS

LLANDUDNO'S VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA 2018

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

3 DAYS

LONDON MINI BREAK 2018

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

3 DAYS

LONDON'S NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 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

MARITIME BRITAIN:BUCKLERS HARD MUSEUM & PORTSMOUTH 2018

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

5 DAYS

Mini Cruise: Brussels Flower Carpet

Discover the spectacular Brussels Flower Carpet in style on one of our mini cruise breaks. Taking place every two years, the Brussels Flower Carpet is a special event where the Grand Place Square is transformed into a magnificent flowering mass of colour.

3 DAYS

Mini Cruise: Ostend

Treat yourself to a short break with a difference on this new mini cruise to Ostend! Known as ‘The city by the sea’ and famed for its glorious seaside areas, Ostend is a vibrant city rich in history, yet with a modern look and feel that welcomes tourists through the year

 

3 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 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: LIVERPOOL FT TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

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: Mini Break – Maastricht & Valkenburg Christmas Caves

Kick off your festive season with a trip to Holland’s Christmas capital! On this mini break we will take you to the enchanting city of Maastricht as well as Valkenburg where you can enjoy the unique and cosy Christmas markets hidden away in the charming Velvet Cave!

3 DAYS

New: Rhine in Flames 7 Days 2018

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular that takes place along the most scenic stretch of the Rhine. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colors as beautifully illuminated boats sail out into the river and firework displays light up the river on this truly mesmerising trip! 

7 Days

NORFOLK SEASIDE VILLAGES 2018

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

5 DAYS

NORTH DEVON EXPLORER:BUDE, CLOVELY & RHS GARDEN ROSEMOOR

Bideford, in North Devon, is home to some of the most beautiful coast lines in the British Isles; experience sandy beaches and quaint unspoilt villages on this break, as we enjoy excursions to the unique, privately owned village of Clovelly, Bude, Barnstaple and RHS Garden Rosemoor.   

5 DAYS

NORTHUMBRIA EXPLORER 2018

2017 SELL OUT TOUR

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

5 DAYS

ORKNEY & THE CASTLE OF MEY 2018

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

6 DAYS

PICTURESQUE PEMBROKESHIRE: CASTLES, STUNNING COASTLINES & VINEYARD

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

5 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE 2018

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

2 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF LANCASHIRE 2018

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

2 DAYS

RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS OF YORKSHIRE - 2018

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

2 DAYS

RHS CARDIFF FLOWER SHOW

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

2 DAYS

RHS HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW - 2018

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

RHS TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW 2018

Set in the magnificent parklands of Tatton Park in Cheshire, this RHS Flower show offers a spectacular day out with a fresh and unique appeal not only to plant lovers but friends and family too. 

2 DAYS

ROYAL MINT & CARDIFF CASTLE 2018

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

2 DAYS

SCARBOROUGH: DISCOVERING THE YORKSHIRE COAST 2018

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

 

5 DAYS

SCOTLAND IN MINIATURE: ISLE OF ARRAN & LOCH LOMOND

Home to sights unlike anywhere else in Britain, ‘Scotland in Miniature’ might just be the best way to sum up the country’s seventh largest island – the Isle of Arran. On this taster of the Scottish Highlands, we’ve included a cruise and a scenic drive around Loch Lomond, return ferries over to the Isle of Arran, admission to Brodick Castle and free time in Prestwick. With tea and cakes served at the hotel we ensure that there are no strangers on this break, just friends you haven’t met yet.

 

5 DAYS

SECRET ISLANDS & WATERWAYS OF SCOTLAND NEW 2018

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

5 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE EASTER SPECIAL 2018

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

3 DAYS

SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY 2018

The Settle to Carlisle Railway is one of the UK’s most scenic and impressive railways travelling through viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales. On this extended break we also visit Harrogate, Skipton and York.

3 DAYS

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY & LUDLOW 2018

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

2 DAYS

SHREWSBURY, IRONBRIDGE & BLISTS HILL 2018

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

5 DAYS

SINGLES: 4* IRISH EXPERIENCE

This is the ideal break if you want to experience a new destination, in good company! On this great value break we stay in a 4* hotel, where you can even indulge in a little ‘me’ time with a 25% off voucher on spa treatments! We’ve also included excursions to Dublin, Belvedere Castle and a River Cruise along River Iffey.

5 DAYS

SINGLES: NORFOLK COAST & COUNTRY

Discover the magic of north Norfolk on this wonderful holiday! Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and regularly voted as the bird watching capital of the UK on this break you are free to enjoy the delightful mix of the nostalgic seaside towns of Sheringham and Wells-next-the-Sea as well as its quaint country villages.

5 DAYS

SINGLES:SCARBOROUGH & THE YORKSHIRE COAST

Discover Scarborough and the delightful Yorkshire Coast on this luxurious Club Class getaway. Enjoy this unique stretch of coastline and discover its gorgeous seaside towns with visits to traditional resorts such as Bridlington, Filey and Whitby, and picture-perfect fishing communities like Robin Hoods Bay.

5 DAYS

SKILLS GROUP GET-TOGETHER 2018

In 2019 the Skills Group will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, with preparations already underway and lots of events planned throughout the year - We invite you to join us on this weekend for the official launch for our centenary Holiday brochure!

Along with free time in Durham and Newcastle, we will also have planned a fabulous Disco and party night with a drinks reception and a 3 course dinner. We look forward to welcoming you on board

2 DAYS

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW 2018

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

2 DAYS

SPA BREAK 2018

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

2 DAYS

SPRING COLOURS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT 2018

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

5 DAYS

 
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