Skinners have been operating a programme of coach holidays and short breaks since the early 1980s, and have included a door-to-door service since 1999: we pick you up from your front door to start your holiday and take you safely home at the end.

Our door-to-door service is available free of charge within the area specified in our holiday brochure if you live outside this area, just call us for a price.

At Skinners all excursions described in the holiday you choose are included in the price you pay… we don’t add any extras later and expect you to pay more.

5 Reasons to holiday with Skinners…

  1. We pick you up at your front door, so you don’t have to worry about your luggage
  2. The coach won’t go without you
  3. You can sit back & admire the scenery/chat with friends/have a snooze
  4. You’ll meet interesting people & probably make new friends
  5. The coach will make comfort stops, so you can stretch your legs & not suffer from that well known Easter complaint…“Hot Cross Bum!”

Holidays and Short Breaks for 2019

2019

Welcome to our 2019 holidays & short breaks brochure. This year we have three trips to the ever popular Sidmouth: a spring break, on which we have many single rooms, our regular summer holiday & an early December festive break. We visit Evesham for the spring blossom, Bristol for Easter & Harrogate for the Christmas Market. Come with us to explore Lincolnshire, Kent & North Wales & take a ride on the Jacobite Express in Scotland. By popular demand we return to Thursford for the Christmas Spectacular & have 2 antiques trips: to Wales & Newark. We also have a cruise on the Danube on the MS Serenity, so read on & pick your holiday(s) & we look forward to seeing you on board soon…

  • 25 - 29 March Sidmouth in the Springtime
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    Join us on the first of three visits this year to Sidmouth, nestled between the majestic red cliffs of Peak and Salcombe Hills, and the green hills of the Sid Valley. You’ll be captivated by the charm and timelessness of this picturesque coastal town, carefully nurtured and preserved to remain a constant pleasure.

    What’s included:
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Time to explore Shaftesbury, Sidmouth & Wimborne Minster
    Guided tour of Dartmoor with cream tea
    Entry to Coleton Fishacre
    Cost £470
    (Nat Trust members less £11.80, but must bring card)

  • 11 - 14 April Blossom Trail
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    The Vale of Evesham is renowned for its strong horticultural links with, for a few weeks in the spring, roadsides ablaze with colour – the soft pink tones of cherry and apple blossom contrasting with the white of the pear and plum. We visit Batsford Arboretum, with (weather permitting) breath-taking displays of Japanese Cherry and maple trees nestled amongst carpets of bluebells and other wild flowers; The Vyne, where we can see rooms recently opened to the public for the first time & take a ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

    What’s included:
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to The Vyne
    Guided tour of the Blossom Trail
    Entry to Batsford Arboretum
    Return trip on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
    Time to explore Evesham & Cheltenham
    Entry to Waterperry Gardens

    Cost  £420.00
    Single room supp  £69.00
    (Nat Trust members less £10.80, but must bring card)

  • 19 - 22 April Easter in Bristol
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    Join us for a fascinating Easter break based in the lovely city of Bristol. We visit the Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the SS Great Britain and the new Being Brunel exhibition and have a guided tour of Bristol. “There have been more US astronauts than BA Concorde pilots”… Find out more with a guided tour at the newly opened Aerospace Bristol, including seeing inside Concorde Alpha Foxtrot.

    What’s Included:
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Bristol & Bath
    Entry to WWT Slimbridge
    Entry to Aerospace Bristol including Concorde Alpha Foxtrot
    Guided tour of Bristol
    Entry to SS Great Britain & Being Brunel
    Cost  £425.00
    Single room supp  £94.00

  • 3 - 5 May Welsh Antiques
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    This weekend we make visits to Cirencester and Gloucester on our way to Wales. Spend the day at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, for the first day of the two-day International Antiques and Collectors Fair of Wales, and make stops at Lechlade and Newbury on our way home. Even if you don’t find a bargain, you will enjoy a pleasant weekend break.

    What’s Included:
    2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Cost  £270.00
    Single room supp  £40.00
    Entry to antique fairs not included

  • 20 - 24 May Lincolnshire Legends
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    Lincolnshire is an outstanding area of ever-changing landscapes and exciting scenery, shaped by a rich tapestry of fascinating heritage, passionate people and intriguing traditions. From the iconic towers of Lincoln Cathedral to the beautiful stone town of Stamford the county is dotted with historic houses to visit and rolling countryside to enjoy. We have included entrance to some of the very best destinations – the magnificent Burghley House, Gainsborough Old Hall, Easton Walled Gardens and the recently opened International Bomber Command Centre.

    What’s Included:
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Lincoln and Louth
    Entry to Burghley House & Gardens
    Entry to International Bomber Command Centre with guided tour
    Entry to Gainsborough Old Hall, with guided tour
    Scenic drive through Lincolnshire Wolds
    Entry to Easton Walled Gardens
    Cost  £545.00
    Single room supp  £40.00
    (Eng Heritage members less £7.47, but must bring card)

  • 11 - 15 June Sidmouth
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    We return to the elegant Regency town of Sidmouth for our summer visit, stopping at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens on our way. During our stay, we visit Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s holiday home and step back in time as we take a horse-drawn boat trip on the Grand Western Canal.

    What’s Included:
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Entry to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
    Entry to Greenway House & Gardens
    Return ferry Dartmouth to Greenway House
    Time to explore Sidmouth, Bickleigh Mill & Lyndhurst
    Horse-drawn boat trip with cream tea
    Cost  £578.00
    (Nat Trust members less £11.50, but must bring card)

  • 26 - 30 July North Wales
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    Staying in the lovely town of Caernarfon with its famous castle, we take a canal cruise over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, whilst enjoying a Welsh cream tea, a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway and a visit to the pretty village of Portmeirion.

    What’s included:
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    All rooms are en-suite with TV, telephone, hairdryer & hospitality tray
    Time to explore Caernarfon & Betws-y-Coed
    Ride on the Ffestiniog Railway
    Entry to Portmeirion
    Canal cruise with Welsh cream tea
    Cost  £490.00
    Single Room Supp  £128.00

  • 5 - 9 August Isle of Man - Land of Myth & Legend
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    The Isle of Man, midway between Britain and Ireland, is only 13 miles wide and 33 miles long yet offers a wide variety of town and country. This unique self-governing kingdom has its own parliament and is renowned for its relaxed pace of life, wonderfully preserved and totally unique heritage and culture. So different is this island that there are some unique animals, such as the tailless Manx cat and the four-horned Loaghtan Sheep. Our holiday base is the resort of Douglas, the capital of the island. A lively town with a magnificent bay and promenade, colourful gardens, plus the award winning Manx museum.

    What’s Included:
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Ride on Isle of Man Steam Railway
    Entry to Cregneash Village
    Visit the Sound Visitor Centre
    Ride on the Manx Electric Railway
    Ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
    Time to explore Douglas, Peel & Ramsey
    Cost  £608.00
    Single room supp  £42.00

  • 15 - 17 August Newark Antiques
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    Started in 1985 and taking place six times a year, the Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair enjoys the distinction of being included in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A magnet for dealers from across Europe, North America and Asia, this compact and crowded fair has vendors in a number of buildings around the showground site as well as in marquees, or exposed to the elements outside. Add to this, visits to antiques centres and local fairs and you have a great short break in prospect, another must for your events diary.

    What’s Included:
    2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Cost  £270.00
    Single room supp  £60.00
    Entry to antique fairs not included

     

  • 8 - 10 September Kentish Explorer
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    On this short break we explore the beautiful countryside and coastline of Kent, the Garden of England. We visit the lovely town of Tenterden, take a ride from the desert at Dungeness to the Cinque port of Hythe on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, learn about the role that RAF Manston played in WW2, visit the coastal towns of Margate and Whitstable, the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne and end with a visit to Leeds Castle, “the loveliest castle in the world”.

    What’s Included:
    2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Ride on Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
    Entry to RAF Manston Museum
    Visit to Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
    Time to explore Tenterden, Hythe, Margate & Whitstable
    Visit to Battle of Britain Memorial
    Entry to Leeds Castle
    Cost  £295.00
    Single room supp  £36.00

  • 15 - 21 September Steam & Sail in Fort William
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    Discover the beauty of the Scottish west coast on this fabulous holiday, which includes visits to Oban, a circular cruise on Loch Lomond and a ride on Britain’s only mountain gondola. However, the highlight of this tour is a return journey on the magnificent Jacobite Steam Train as it puffs away through magnificent scenery.

    What’s Included:
    A total of 6 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    1 hour circular cruise on Loch Lomond
    Return trip on Ben Nevis Gondola
    Return trip on Jacobite Steam Train
    Time to explore Fort William & Oban
    Cost  £757.00
    Single room supp  £99.00

     

  • 5 - 14 October Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest
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    The Danube links ten countries on its incredible journey from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania. Great cities, scenic valleys, magnificent gorges – it’s as diverse as it is long, telling a story at every turn. Join us as we cruise from Passau to Budapest and back, passing through four countries and visiting 6 towns/cities along the way…

    What’s Included:
    A total of 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, plus 7 nights full board on board MS Serenity (drinks not included)
    Guided tour of Melk Abbey
    Guided city tour of Vienna
    Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace
    Guided city tour of Budapest
    Budapest by night including Folklore show with music and a glass of schnapps
    Puszta horse show
    Time to explore Dürnstein
    Main deck twin cabin  £1,499 per person
    Middle deck twin cabin £1,605 per person
    Panorama deck twin cabin £1,715,per person
    Main deck single occupancy  £1,875
    Please note that we require a £200 per person non refundable deposit for this tour at the time of booking. Final balance is due 30/6/19
    We have to provide our final cabin requirements 12 weeks prior to arrival. After this stage any cancelled cabins will be charged in full. We advise all passengers to take travel insurance because of this policy

  • 22 - 25 November Harrogate Christmas Market
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    For this tour we are staying at the Majestic Hotel, just a short walk from the Christmas market and the main shopping area of Harrogate. The Christmas Market is a traditional event with a Yorkshire flavour, with everything from festive food and drink to gifts, home decorations, hand-made accessories and more. We visit beautiful Castle Howard, decorated for Christmas, with the running deer as the theme and finish with a visit to York’s Christmas market. Whatever you’re looking for, and whoever you’re shopping for, you should find it this weekend!

    What’s Included:
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Nottingham, Harrogate & York
    Entry to Castle Howard
    Cost  £393.00
    Single room supp  £63.00
    Please note that we have 3 single rooms with no supplement. Those with a supplement are for twin/double for use as a single

     

  • 29 - 30 November Thursford Christmas Spectacular
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    The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the biggest and most exciting Christmas show in England, providing the ultimate Christmas musical experience, with a blend of Christmas entertainment, songs, carols, dazzling dancers and beautiful costumes. The Theatre Building is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with a myriad of lights and decorations and shops crammed with wonderful gifts. It’s a very popular event… so please book early!

    What’s included:
    1 night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    All rooms are en-suite with TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer & hospitality tray
    Time to explore Bury St Edmunds
    Thursford Christmas Spectacular ticket
    Cost £225.00
    Single Room Supp  £28.00
    ***Please note: Depending on our ticket allocation, the performance could be either day and the itinerary may be changed to reflect that.

  • 8 - 12 December Sidmouth Festive Break
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    For a festive pre-Christmas break why not shake off those winter blues and join us for a Turkey and Tinsel break in Sidmouth, a town that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman. One of the most beautiful and unspoilt resorts in the country, set in lush pastures and craggy cliffs, ideal for an unhurried lifestyle, with shops that have retained the personal and friendly service of a country town.

    What’s Included:
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Time to explore Winchester, Sidmouth, Torquay & Exeter
    Entry to Kents Cavern (optional) £8.00
    Entry to Bygones Museum (optional)  £6.00
    Visit to the Donkey Sanctuary
    Visit to Wilton Shopping Village
    Cost  £443.00

     

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To give you complete peace of mind about your payments to us, we have arranged financial protection of your holiday money through the Bonded Coach Holidays Scheme. This is operated for coach tour operators by the national trade association The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.

Please ensure that your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is valid when you travel (they are valid for up to 5 years). To renew, phone 0845 606 2030. It’s best to have your old one handy, but you can renew the whole family’s cards with one phone call & they arrive by post a few days later. The EHIC does not remove the need for travel insurance