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 2018

Welcome to our 2018 holidays and short breaks brochure in which you will find our usual summer trip to Sidmouth, plus a Festive Break in December. Come with us to see the amazing Keukenhof Gardens and Flower Parade in Holland, visit Liverpool to see the Terracotta Warriors who are “on tour” from China and go “Over the Sea to Skye”. We also have a tour commemorating the end of the First World War, which visits some of the less well known memorials in the Mons area, two Antiques Weekends and much more. We look forward to seeing you on board soon…

  • 9 - 11 March Shepton Mallet Antiques
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    For this antiques and bargain hunters weekend, we will be making stops at various antique dealers as we make our way to and from our Bristol hotel on Friday and Sunday, with Saturday devoted to visiting one of the biggest antique fairs in the West Country, the Shepton Mallet Antiques and Collector’s Fair, at the Royal Bath & West Showground.

    What’s Included~
    2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

  • 30 March - 2 April Easter in Cambridgeshire
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    On this tour we have a chance to see “how the other half lived” at Audley End House, enjoy a guided tour of the university city of Cambridge, take a ride on the Nene Valley Railway and visit the home of the codebreakers: Bletchley Park.

    What’s Included
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to Audley End House & Gardens
    Guided tour of Cambridge
    Time to explore Saffron Walden, Cambridge
    Ride on Nene Valley Railway
    Scenic drive to Ely
    Entry to Bletchley Park

  • 20 - 23 April Dutch Bulbfields & the Flower Parade
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    Every Spring, Holland boasts an explosion of colour in the fields with its magnificent display of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. At the centre of it all is Keukenhof Gardens, justly named “The Greatest Flower Show on Earth”. This 32-hectare site is planted annually with some seven million bulbs in over 1600 varieties, resulting in an explosion of colour and a magnificent spectacle unique throughout the world. Find inspiration whilst you relax in beautiful surroundings as the spring flowers blend beautifully into a background of landscaped gardens, flowering shrubs and water features including a large lake. It is a sight that even non-gardeners will treasure forever. We have the opportunity to see the annual Flower Parade extravaganza and to visit the Netherlands open air museum.

    What’s Included
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to Keukenhof Gardens
    Flower Parade
    Entry to Netherlands Open Air Museum

  • 13 - 17 May Heart of Wales Steam & Cruise
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    This scenic holiday takes us to the heart of Wales where the rugged peaks and velvet slopes of the Cambrian Mountains create an enchanting landscape. Based in the delightful historic spa town of Llandrindod Wells, we travel to the west coast, returning part of the way by steam power on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. We take a cruise on the Brecon Canal and visit the lovely Hergest Croft Gardens overlooking the Welsh Marches.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Llandrindod Wells, Aberystwyth, Hay-on-Wye & Bath
    Ride on Vale of Rheidol Railway
    Entry to Hergest Croft Gardens, with cream tea
    Boat trip on Brecon Canal with buffet lunch

  • 28 May - 1 June Yorkshire: Three H Tour
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    A chance to see some of Yorkshire: the country’s largest county. We visit the World of James Herriot, Castle Howard and RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. We also take a ride on the North York Moors Railway and visit Belton House.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Stamford, Thirsk, York, Harrogate, Pickering & Whitby
    Entry to World of James Herriot
    Entry to Castle Howard
    Entry to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
    Ride on North York Moors Railway
    Scenic ride across North York Moors
    Entry to Belton House


  • 10 - 14 June Durham & the Gems of the Northeast
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    Best-selling author Bill Bryson wrote of Durham, “It’s a perfect city. If you have never been to Durham, go there at once”, so we’re taking you! A guided walking tour will give you a feel for the place. We explore the Durham Dales, with some of the highest and finest scenery in England and see the Silver Swan automaton in The Bowes Museum. No visit to the North East would be complete without visiting Beamish: The Living Museum of the North, and finish with a visit to a house “frozen in time”…

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to Nostell Priory
    Guided walking tour of Durham
    Time to explore Durham
    Entry to Beamish Open Air Museum
    Scenic drive through Durham Dales
    Entry to Bowes Museum
    Entry to Brodsworth Hall

  • 20 - 24 June Sidmouth: Round Robin & Secret Gardens
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    We return to the ever popular South Devon town of Sidmouth. During our holiday we visit beautiful Montacute House and Gardens, take the award winning “Round Robin” tour by boat, train and bus and visit Burrow Farm Gardens: East Devon’s Secret Gardens.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Time to explore Sidmouth, Honiton & Dorchester
    Entry to Montacute House
    Entry to Burrow Farm Gardens
    Round Robin tour


  • 29 July - 3 August Splendours of the Lake District
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    This lovely tour explores the Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the five tallest mountains, the deepest lake in England and two national parks. We see breath-taking views as we drive over the Kirkstone Pass (weather permitting), take in the spectacular scenery of Ullswater as we cruise the lake & have a tour (& tasting) at the Lakes Distillery. We also visit Levens Hall, home to some amazing topiary and take a ride on the South Tynedale Railway into the North Pennines AONB.

    What’s Included
    5 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Boat trip on Ullswater Steamer
    Ride on South Tynedale Railway
    Entry to Levens Hall & Gardens
    Tour & tasting at Lakes Distillery
    Time to explore Glenridding, Alston, Bowness-on-Windermere & Keswick

  • 13 - 17 August Puddings, Peaks & Perfect Treats
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    Savour the heritage and scenery of Yorkshire and Derbyshire as we experience some of the wonderful sights and attractions of the region: make your own Bakewell Tart, enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Peak District National Park, experience a VIP visit to Renishaw Hall & take a ride on a heritage railway.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Visit to Coventry Transport Museum
    Time to explore Coventry, Bakewell, Matlock Bath
    Bakewell Pudding Making Experience with tea/coffee
    VIP visit & tour of Renishaw Hall & Gardens, with morning coffee, light lunch & cream tea
    Ride on Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
    Entry to Baddesley Clinton

  • 26 - 29 August Liverpool & the Terracotta Warriors
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    Enjoy a unique opportunity to see the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors which return to the UK in 2018. The exhibition, staged at Liverpool’s World Museum, will be the first time in more than thirty years that these spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, will be brought to a museum in the UK outside London. Discovered in North West China in 1974, the Terracotta Army represents one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. The city of Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, now established as one of Europe’s most exciting city-break destinations.

    What’s Included
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to Trentham Gardens
    Guided coach tour of Liverpool
    Entry to Terracotta Warriors Exhibition
    Entry to Shugborough Estate

  • 9 - 16 September Scotland: Over the Sea to Skye
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    On this tour we visit Lewis, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides and Skye, the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Sometimes referred to in Gaelic poetry and song as Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Isle), Skye is considered by many to be the loveliest of all Scottish islands, its misty mountains and dramatic seascapes casting a spell over its visitors, kindling in them an urge to return again and again.

    What’s Included
    A total of 7 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Stornoway & Portree
    Ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway
    Full day guided tour of Lewis
    Ferry to Skye
    Entry to Skye Museum of Island Life
    Entry to Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

  • 27 September - 3 October Cornwall: Cornish Gold
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    Cornwall, England’s most southerly county, offers enchanting scenery, breath-taking coastlines, quaint villages and is famous for its wonderful gardens. Staying in Falmouth, which boasts one of the highest average sunshine records in Britain, we visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trerice manor house, go back in time at Flambards, Geevor Tin Mine and take a tour (& tasting) at Healey’s Cyder Farm

    What’s Included
    6 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to Flambards
    Time to explore Marazion & Falmouth
    Entry & guided tour, Lost Gardens of Heligan
    Entry to Trerice
    Tour & tasting at Healey’s Cyder Farm
    Entry & tour at Geevor Tin Mine

  • 8 - 12 October Cheltenham & The Cotswolds
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    The enchanting Cotswolds with their outstanding landscape of captivating villages of honey coloured stone walls and thatch buildings, gentle rolling hills, beech woods, streams and lush valleys are recognised as one of the most beautiful areas of England. On this tour, we take a ride on the newly extended GWSR, visit Sudeley Castle and the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Cheltenham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud & Cirencester
    Scenic tour of the Cotswolds
    Ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
    Entry to Sudeley Castle
    Entry to Cotswold Wildlife Park

  • 19 - 21 October WWI Alfa & Omega Tour
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    On this tour we visit the site of the first & last shots of the war for the British Army near Mons and the location of the signing of the final armistice at Compiegne. We shall also visit some of the less well visited sites of the Western Front.

    What’s Included
    A total of 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Indian Memorial & Portuguese National Cemetery, Neuve Chapelle
    British Cemetery, Aubers Ridge
    Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
    Museum of the Battle of Fromelles
    St Mary’s ADS Cemetery, Dud Corner Cemetery, the Loos Memorial & Loos British Cemetery
    St Symphorien Military Cemetery
    Le Cateau Military Cemetery
    Armistice Memorial at Compiègne
    Entry to Fromelles Museum
    Entry to Mons Military Museum
    Entry to Wellington Tunnels in Arras
    Tour around the Mons area

  • 16 - 18 November Devon Antiques
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    We visit Cirencester and Tetbury on our way westwards on Friday, returning once again to the Westpoint Exhibition Centre in Exeter, for Devon’s premier antiques fair on Saturday. Whilst in Devon we shall check out two antiques centres in Honiton and the interesting and friendly Trading Post antiques in Tytherleigh. Returning on Sunday via Dorchester and any minor fairs not yet published.

    What’s Included
    2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

  • 7 - 11 December Sidmouth Festive Break
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    For a festive pre-Christmas break why not shake of those winter blues and join us for a Turkey and Tinsel break in Sidmouth. This festive break celebrates ‘Christmas Eve’, ‘Christmas Day’, and ‘Boxing Day’ and includes traditional Christmas dinner with crackers and novelties, carols from the local choir, candlelit dinner, quiz and dancing to live music.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Time to explore Devizes, Sidmouth, Exeter & Winchester
    Festive boat cruise with mulled wine & mince pies


We are planning to run a Danube Cruise in October 2019 (5th to 14th)

At the moment we are wishing to gauge interest, so please let us know if you are interested in this. The itinerary is as below.

Day 1 to Dover, P & O ferry to Calais & on to Saarbrucken (or thereabouts)
Day 2 to Passau to board the boat
Day 3 guided tour of Melk Abbey
Day 4 guided city tour of Vienna
Day 5 guided city tour of Budapest & evening Budapest by night Folklore show with music & a glass of Schnapps
Day 6 free time in Budapest OR visit a stud farm & see Puszta Horse Show
Day 7 walking tour of Bratislava
Day 8 free time in Durnstein
Day 9 back on the coach from Passau to our overnight stop (possibly Cologne area, TBC)
Day 10 to Calais for the ferry & home
Price will be in the region of £1500 – £1600 (TBC) for a main deck cabin. Upgrades to Middle Deck Cabin or Panaroma Deck Cabin are available at approx £120 per person. Limited single cabins available the supplement varies according to cabin type.
The price includes tours as above, half board accommodation on the overnights, with full board during the cruise, with hot & cold buffet breakfast, lunch & 4-course evening meal followed by tea/coffee


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