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.

In 2010 Skinners of Oxted began an association with Palmers Travel of West Kingsdown and we now produce one holiday brochure for the two companies.

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!”


Short Breaks & Holidays by Coach for 2017

Welcome to our 2017 holidays and short breaks. This year we have tours to all four countries of the British Isles, staying just outside Aberdeen in Scotland, in Killarney in Ireland, visiting the Gower Peninsula in Wales & various destinations in England, including the Isle of Man. We have two trips to the ever popular Royal York & Faulkner Hotel in Sidmouth: one in March, the other in June. At Easter we visit Rutland, England’s smallest county, with visits to Barnsdale Gardens and Oakham Castle. We take a trip to Lyon by train, travelling from Ebbsfleet on the Eurostar, then on the TGV from Lille. We are again working with Fred.Olsen cruises, this time offering a “Wonders of Iceland” cruise on board Black Watch, sailing from Dover & have a Three Countries Christmas Markets Tour. Last, but not least, we return to Thursford for their Christmas Spectacular. We look forward to welcoming you on board in 2017.

  • 10 - 12 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

  • 24 - 28 March Springtime in Sidmouth
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    A spring break in one of our most popular destinations, staying at the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel situated on the seafront in the enchanting South Devon coastal town of Sidmouth, where the River Sid trickles down to the sea between cliffs of warm pink rock. For hundreds of years Sidmouth was a tiny fishing village then, in the 19th century, it was transformed into the smart seaside resort we see today, complete with its charming Regency villas and Victorian cottages.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Time to explore Winchester, Seaton, Colyton, Sidmouth, Exmouth & Shaftesbury
    Entry to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
    Visit to Donkey Sanctuary
    Ride on Seaton-Colyton Tramway

  • 15 - 18 April Rutland & Beyond at Easter
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    This tour includes a visit to Rutland, the smallest county in the UK, and home to some beautiful scenery, together with the spectacular Barnsdale Gardens created by Britain’s best loved television gardener, Geoff Hamilton. We also offer a chance to visit the market town of Melton Mowbray to sample some of the famous pork pies and Stilton cheese

    What’s Included
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Cambridge, Melton Mowbray & Stamford
    Cruise on Rutland Water
    Entry to Barnsdale Gardens
    Guided tour of Oakham Castle
    Entry to Burghley House

  • 11 - 16 May Isle of Man FULLY BOOKED
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    In the heart of the Irish Sea off the north west coast of England lies the Isle of Man, a unique self-governing kingdom with its own parliament, renowned for its relaxed pace of life. 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
    5 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Full day guided tour of the south part of the island
    Ride on Isle of Man Steam Railway
    Entry to Milntown House
    Entry to Laxey Wheel & Mines
    Ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
    Time to explore Douglas

  • 14 - 18 June Sidmouth LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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    The picturesque town of Sidmouth on the south Devon Coast, is charming and unspoilt and a sanctuary from the excesses of modern day tourism. Famed for its wealth of fine architecture, the town centre offers an excellent range of individual shops and is a pleasure to browse.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Afternoon Tea on arrival
    Time to explore Lyndhurst, Sidmouth, Totnes & Exmouth
    Ride on South Devon Railway
    Boat ride along Jurassic Coast with sandwich lunch
    Entry to Stourhead House & Gardens

  • 30 June - 14 July Wonders of Iceland Cruise LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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    We are once again working with Fred.Olsen Cruises to offer our customers the opportunity to see Europe from a different perspective on board one of their contemporary, stylish ships that are big enough to have all the facilities you need but are small enough so you always feel comfortable and at home.

    The wonders of Iceland await you on this sensational sailing aboard Black Watch, which includes scenic cruising past some of the country’s most breathtaking natural wonders, and calls in to spectacular destinations.

    This holiday is operated by Greatdays Holidays ABTA Y0380 for whom Skinners of Oxted is an authorised agent. Bookings are made subject to Greatdays Holidays Fred Olsen Cruise terms & conditions.

    What’s Included
    14 nights Full board, with all inclusive drinks package
    Transfers to/from Dover

  • 5 - 11 August Killarney, Jaunting Cars & the Ring of Kerry
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    Ireland’s beauty is legendary – from the lush, green pastures to the deep, moody lakes and the wild, rolling hills, the superb scenery of the rugged, south western corner of Ireland is unsurpassed! On this tour we experience the mystical and unspoilt region of the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry and the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula, once described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on earth”. We take a ride in a traditional Jaunting Car, a boat trip on Lough Leane and visit the lovely Fota House and Gardens.

    What’s Included
    A total of 6 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Waterford, Blarney, Killarney & Tralee
    Jaunting Car ride
    Boat trip on Lough Leane
    Full day guided tour of the Ring of Kerry
    Scenic tour of Dingle Peninsula
    Entry to Fota House & Gardens

  • 21 - 25 August North Devon Delights
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    Wherever you are in Devon, you’re never far from dramatic coastlines and magnificent scenery, with spectacular stretches of ocean coast, where moors and country meet the sea. Historic Barnstaple provides the base for our North Devon short break. We have visits to the delightful RHS Rosemoor Gardens and Arlington Court, we see Dartington Crystal being made, take a trip on the West Somerset Railway and still have time to explore the historic pannier market in Barnstaple.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Lacock village, Lynmouth & Barnstaple
    Ride on West Somerset Railway
    Entry to Arlington Court
    Entry to Dartington Crystal Factory Experience & Visitor Centre
    Entry to RHS Rosemoor Gardens
    Visit to Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre
    2 Course pub lunch

  • 10 - 14 September South Wales - Gower Peninsula LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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    The 19 mile-long Gower Peninsula is famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches as well as its richly varied natural environment of heathland, limestone grassland, marshes, dunes and oak woodlands. Come and discover why Dylan Thomas wrote so passionately about his home town of Swansea, Wales’ second city, sitting on a 5-mile sweep of Swansea Bay. The natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast and the Gower peninsula are famed all over the world.

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Entry to ss Great Britain
    Entry to Gower Heritage Centre, with Guided Tour of Gower Peninsula & Cream Tea
    Time to explore Tenby & Carmarthen
    Ride on Gwili Railway
    Entry to Royal Mint Visitor Experience

  • 21 - 25 September Norfolk Treasures
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    Norfolk is one of England’s most picturesque counties. Perhaps best known for its windmills and the Broads it offers a revitalizing getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy Britain. The Norfolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and it enjoys status equivalent to a National Park

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Newmarket, Walsingham, Wroxham & Norwich
    Entry to National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art
    Entry to Shirehall Museum & Walsingham Abbey Grounds
    Ride on the Wells-Walsingham Railway
    Boat trip on the Norfolk Broads
    Entry to Sandringham House & Gardens

  • 29 September - 1 October Peterborough Antiques
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    Started in 1999 this twice yearly event has now grown into one of the largest showground Antiques Fairs in the country. Held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough the show now attracts buyers and sellers from all over Europe. With over 1,000 stalls selling something for everyone, the show is within four permanent buildings, trade marquees and outdoor pitches. Add to this, visits to antiques centres and local Sunday fairs and you have a great weekend in prospect, another must for your events diary.

    What’s Included
    2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

  • 4 - 10 October Scotland - Three Castles & a Wee Dram
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    On this holiday we take a ride on the incredible Falkirk Wheel, see the Kelpies, the biggest equine sculptures in the world, visit some of Scotland’s most magnificent castles, visit Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering and, of course, have a “wee dram” after a tour of the Glenfiddich Distillery.

    What’s Included
    A total of 6 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Boat trip on Falkirk Wheel
    Entry to Duff House
    Entry to Drum Castle
    Entry to Crathes Castle
    Tour of Speyside Cooperage
    Tour & tasting at Glenfiddich Distillery
    Time to explore Banbury

  • 17 - 18 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
    Time to explore Bury St Edmunds
    Thursford Christmas Spectacular ticket

  • 4 - 8 December Turkey & Tinsel in Shropshire
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    A festive break in the lovely county of Shropshire, staying in a country house hotel. We spend some time in Birmingham at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, visit some of the museums in the amazing Ironbridge Gorge, spend half a day in the Victorian town of Blists Hill, visit Attingham Park and finish off with a visit to Cadbury World to stock up on last minute chocolate for stocking fillers and tummies…

    What’s Included
    4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Time to explore Birmingham, Shrewsbury & Much Wenlock
    Entry to Ironbridge Gorge Museums
    Entry to Attingham Park
    Entry to Blists Hill Victorian Town
    Entry to Cadbury World

  • 15 - 18 December Three Countries Christmas Markets
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    Staying in Metz, home of the second largest Christmas Market in France, we take in the twinkling lights and festive spirit of three different Christmas Markets in three different countries – France, Luxembourg and Germany.

    What’s Included
    3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
    Free time to explore Metz, Luxembourg & Trier

Some holiday ideas for 2018

30/3-2/4/18                Easter in Cambridgeshire  Entry to Audley End House, Guided tour of Cambridge, ride on Nene Valley Railway & entry to Bletchley Park

12-15/4/18                 Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) & Much More   Entry to Milestones Museum, Highclere Castle, the American Museum in Britain, Avebury Manor and horse-drawn boat trip with lunch

20-23/4/18                 Keukenhof & the Flower Parade  Entry to Keukenhof, viewing of the Flower Parade, entry to Netherlands Open Air Museum

13-17/5/18                 Heart of Wales Steam & Cruise   Entry to Hergest Croft Gardens, with cream tea, ride on Rheidol Railway, canal boat cruise

28/5-1/6/18                Yorkshire – Three H Tour    Entry to World of James Herriot, Castle Howard, RHS Harlow Carr, Belton House & ride on North York Moors Railway

10-14/6/18                 Durham & the Gems of the Northeast  Entry to Nostell Priory, Beamish Open Air Museum, the Bowes Museum & Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, plus guided walking tour of Durham

20-24/6/18                 Sidmouth – Cream of Devon   Entry to Montacute House & Burrow Farm Gardens & a Round Robin trip on steam train, river boat & bus

29/7-3/8/18                Splendours of the Lake District

13-17/8/18                 Puddings, Peaks & Perfect Treats   Entry to Coventry Transport Museum & Baddesley Clinton, VIP tour of Renishaw Hall & Gardens with morning coffee, light lunch & afternoon tea, Bakewell Pudding experience & ride on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

26-29/8/18                 Liverpool & the Terracotta Warriors

9-16/9/18                   Scotland – Over the Sea to Skye   Entry to Skye Museum of Island Life & Dunvegan Castle & Gardens & full day guided tour of Lewis

27/9-3/10/18              Cornwall – Cornish Gold

8-12/10/18                 Cheltenham & The Cotswolds

19-21/10/18             WWI Alfa & Omega Tour  (Mons)   Visiting some of the less well known sites, including Neuve Chapelle, Fromelles, Loos Memorial, St Symphorien Cemetery & the Wellington Tunnels

7-11/12/18                 Sidmouth Festive Break  Includes festive boat cruise with mulled

2 antiques weekends TBC

As always, feel free to put your name on our “interested” list for any of the above. There’s no obligation at present, but we do ask that when we publish our holiday brochure, you let us know if you wish to go or not. If not, we take your name off the list & let someone else have the room.


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