May

We would like to gently remind everybody to be on time for your pickups for all trips. We recommend you are 10 minutes early at the bus stop. We cannot wait for anybody who is late, our coach runs to a tight schedule during the pickups. When it’s raining or cold it simply isn’t fair to leave other people waiting too. We cannot offer a refund if you miss the bus. If you have problems getting to us, please call the out of hours number as you may be able to catch us up. 07759 494146. Thank you for your understanding with this.

Deposits payable on  Holidays:-Sunday Savers £15:00: Long Weekend Breaks £30:00: Holidays £40:00: per person.

No Smoking or Vaping ( E-cigarettes) allowed on any of our coaches.

Isle of Man Grand Tour 

Chesterhouse Hotel, Douglas Monday 6th to Friday 10th May 2019

Twin/Double room sharing: £489pp. Single room: £549 Sea view room request: £60 per room.

join us on an Isle of Man tour like you never seen it before our knowledgeable driver will guide you round some local routes of the Isle of Man that are unusual for touring. Our base is at the beautiful Victorian Chesterhouse Hotel which at this time of year will often throw open the patio doors in the morning for a breakfast that feels alfresco. The Isle of Man is a truly picturesque corner of the world with quiet, dramatic coastlines and this tour will show you some of the traditions of the Manx heritage.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

• Coach Travel – your coach will stay with you during the duration of your tour.

• 2 nights entertainment.
• Bag Porterage arrival & departure.

• Return ferry crossing from Heysham-Douglas (crossing time is normally 3hrs 30min)

• Entry to the House of Manannan.
• One way rail journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway.

• Entry to Cregneash village.
• Afternoon tea on one day.
• Dinner bed and breakfast at the Chesterhouse Hotel, Douglas.

• Short evening excursion

DAY 1:

This morning we take you straight to the Barton Grange Garden Centre near Preston where we enjoy plenty of free time for an early lunch before heading the short distance to Heysham. Our ferry crossing to the Isle of Man normally takes 3.5 hours, docking in Douglas – the coach takes you the short distance to the hotel where we enjoy our evening meal and the light summer evenings give us chance to relax or a stroll along the promenade afterwards.

DAY 2:

This morning we will show you some of the traditional Manx ways! Today we visit Cregneash Village, one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs. You may get to see the four-horned sheep and a cat with no tail! This afternoon we will enjoy a scenic journey to include a stop at ‘the Sound’ with beautiful dramatic views over to the Calf of Man, and a journey to the Silverdale Glen stopping for afternoon tea and enough time to enjoy a walk alongside the Silverburn river – go as far as you can manage but this area is reasonably flat and enjoyed by everyone.

DAY 3:

A short day. After a leisurely breakfast, we board the coach for a guided journey that will take in part of the TT course, some stunning views of the whole coast from Langness to Port St Mary. We will arrive in Port Erin for a little free time before we step back in time, boarding the Heritage Steam Railway for our journey back to Douglas. Opened in 1874 this narrow gauge railway still runs its original locomotives and carriages through the ever-changing Manx countryside. After our evening meal today you will have the option of a rather special evening tour. Take a walk with us down to the Summerhill Glen where you can walk as far into the glen as you wish. We like to do this at dusk when there is a chance we may see fairies…

DAY 4:

Today we enjoy a full day excursion to the historic fishing quay of Peel where to this day the 12C castle dominates the harbour and lots of fishing boats are still hard at work – of course, it is here that Herring is cured to make the famous Manx kippers. Your drop off is alongside the House of Manannan where entry is included – Mythical sea god Manannan guides you through this interactive museum which focuses on the Isle of Man’s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. You will enjoy the traditional sights and smells from the Manx kipper yard, and uncover the importance of the sea to the lives of the people on the Isle of Man. During your journey from past to present you’ll also come face to face with characters telling you stories and superstitions from the Island’s past. An attraction not to be missed!

DAY 5:

We enjoy an early breakfast before our departure and a leisurely journey home.

East Riddlesden Hall & Holmfirth

Sun 12th to Mon 13th May Special Offer:£79 Single supplement £10

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the Best Western Guide Post Hotel, Bradford. Excursions as described below, entry to East Riddleston Hall and a guided tour of Holmfirth.

National Trust Members: A £7 discount will apply when booking, you must bring your NT card with you on the trip!

Day 1:

This morning we leisurely make our way over to the West Yorkshire Manor House of East Riddlesden Hall with its fascinating farming heritage and beautiful gardens. East Riddlesden Hall was a thoroughly Yorkshire stately home of the Murgatroyd family with a medieval barn, a fish pond and a collection of ghostly figures connected to some of the family’s more unsavoury tales – and whilst we are here we will be able to see the varied history of the people who lived and worked in the house. One of the lovely and unique treats about touring East Riddleston Hall is the fact that it is packed with locally made period furniture, including a carved and canopied 17th Century cupboard which was described by Emily Bronte in “Wuthering Heights”. East Riddlesden Hall has also been used as a filming location for the 1992 film Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and featured in Sharpe’s Justice episode from the Sharpe TV series in 1997. In addition, the Hall featured in series eight of the paranormal television programme Most Haunted, and the BBC Television series ‘Gunpowder’ (2017) used East Riddlesden Hall as a location. Afterwards, we will head to our hotel for dinner.

Day 2:

After our full English breakfast, we head through the beautiful Holme Valley to the little town of Holmfirth. The town is better known as the location for the popular BBC TV series Last of the Summer Wine. We drop you off right in the centre of town where if you wish you can take a Last of the Summer Wine bus tour. The town is full of little shops, café’s restaurants and pubs so no doubt you will find something of interest here.

Sun 26th

Macclesfield Treacle Market

Lake District Spectacular

Fri 31st May to Sun 2nd June Guaranteed sea views available for £8pp per night. Single supplement £15

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the family-run Auckland hotel ideally situated on the promenade in Morecambe. Coach travel and excursions. One way Ullswater Steamer cruise.

Day 1:

This morning after our pickups we head up to one of our favourite stops – the Barton Grange garden centre where the range of plants is just incredible and of course the café here is amazing. We have 1.5 hours here before heading the short distance to Morecambe. We have arranged an early check in today so we head straight to the Hotel and the afternoon is at leisure to explore this quirky little seaside town.

Day 2:

Today we head into the heart of the Lake District enjoying a guided commentary along the way. Our first stop of the day is Keswick where the weekly market is in full swing. We depart just after lunchtime and make our way to Pooley Bridge where we board the Ullswater Steamer and enjoy an hour-long cruise down to Glenridding where your coach will meet you.

Day 3:

Head into the lakes alongside Windermere for a lunch stop at Ambleside. This afternoon we head for the little Lakeside town of Coniston. Coniston Water is the fifth largest of the lakes, at five miles long, and with a maximum depth of 184 feet. It provided an important fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey who owned the lake and much of the surrounding land in the 13th and 14th Centuries.

Sir Malcolm Campbell chose Coniston Water for his attempt at the water speed record in 1939, which he achieved at over 141 miles per hour. On his death, his son Donald Campbell took up where his father left off. His aim was to better 300 miles per hour, which he did on 4th January 1967, but the craft, ‘Bluebird’, shot up into the air and disappeared into the lake. Until early in 2001, his body had never been found. There is a memorial to him near the Information Centre in Ruskin Avenue in Coniston. The story is told in the refurbished Ruskin Museum.