September

Sun 1st

Trans Lancs Transport Rally at Heaton Park & Cheetham Hill (free admission)    £14 M 7 pm

Heaton Park, Manchester is one of the largest public parks in Europe.  There will be classic and modern buses, military and commercial vehicles, cars and motorcycles on show.  Throughout the afternoon, there will be regular heritage transport links between the show and the Museum of Transport using the Heaton Park Tramway & Heritage buses from the Museum’s Collection.

1st to 2nd  

                    York & Skipton **SPECIAL OFFER**         
£69 Single supplement £10   E  7 pm

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the Best Western Guide Post Hotel, Skipton.  Excursions as described below. 

Day 1: This morning we head to the Vibrant City of York, with a
comfort break on the way. York is a beautiful walled city, with its Gothic Minster, the National Railway Museum, Betty’s  
Famous Tearooms and of course you could shop your heart out here. When we leave York we make the short trip to our hotel for the night where we enjoy a three-course meal.

Day 2: After our leisurely breakfast this morning we head to the Market town of Skipton. This pretty little town is known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ and we enjoy around 2.5 hours here – enough time to have lunch, visit the Medieval Castle, or head around the weekly market. If this isn’t quite enough we then stop for around 1.5 hours at the Boundary Mill shopping stores before we head back home.

     Mon 2nd

Bakewell’s Monday Market & the Chatsworth Farm Shop £14 E 7 pm

Today after a short comfort break we head to the bustling little market in the beautiful town of Bakewell. More famous for its Bakewell pudding but no doubt you will enjoy this pretty town today – market day. After around 3 hours here we head over to the Chatsworth House Farm shop for a short visit before our journey back through the Peak District.

Thu 5th 

  Gordon Rigg Garden Centre & Hebden Bridge   £15 M  7pm

Fri 6th   

Barton Grange Garden Centre & Fish & Chips  £34.50 M 6 pm

Today we head straight to one of our all-time favorites, Barton Grange Garden Centre.  This is where we get lots of free time before we sit down for Fish and Chips at the amazing Flower Bowl restaurant which is on site.  We have around 4 hours in total here.

   Fri 6th  

                            Bury’s Famous Market!      £14 M 6 pm

Sat 7th

                             Southport day trip         £14 M 7 pm

Sat 7th   

               Southport for the Air Show (travel only)  £14 M 7 pm

Sun 8th   

                          Morecambe & their Sunday Market         £14 M 7 pm

Sun 8th  

          Autumn at Chirk Castle & Gardens National Trust Property    NT Members £13 £28 M 7 pm

Enjoy a wonderful Autumn day at the magnificent Chirk Castle. A stark symbol of power built by Edward I to subdue the last Princes of Wales. With over 480 acres of land, why not go in search of the wild ponies, or of course enjoy a stroll around the 5.5 acres of award-winning gardens.

Tue 10th   

        Barmouth & scenic tour of the Treweryn Valley   £15 M 7 pm

Thu 12th      

  Southport & Ormskirk Market **SPECIAL OFFER** £10 M 7 pm

Thu 12th to Mon 16th

The Wonders of Northumberland

Only £329 Single supplement £69 E 7 pm

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the 4* Holiday Inn Gosforth Park, Newcastle.  Full use of hotel facilities – swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium. Entry to Alnwick Castle & Gardens.

Day 1: This morning we head to the delightful old town of Barnard Castle, with its old cobbled streets and twisting lanes lined with stylish architecture from the Georgian and Victorian periods in the center of town. Many of these buildings are now independent, interesting shops, cafes, and restaurants. Barnard Castle is now known as being one of the best towns in the North of England for its quality antique shops which attract people from far and wide. Later this afternoon, we head to our hotel for our evening meal.

Day 2: After our leisurely breakfast this morning we drive to Alnwick, where we visit the Castle & Gardens. You will have enough time to visit the Castle, Garden, and pretty little town center of Alnwick.
Alnwick Castle remains one of the largest inhabited Castles in Europe.
The Percy family who has resided here for generations have built up the estate, collected a huge amount of art and opened up this fascinating home to the public. The Alnwick Garden is 42 acres of gardens situated in the grounds of Alnwick Castle. There are 8 themed zones radiating out from a stunning central water cascade making this the perfect place to relax & take a gentle stroll. The castle is a very short walk to Alnwick’s historic town center with cobbled streets & local independent traders.

Day 3: This morning after breakfast we enjoy a leisurely drive up to enjoy a day visiting Lindisfarne & the Holy Island, and a stop in Seahouses. The exact itinerary for today will depend on the tide times as the Island can only be accessed at low tide. Lindisfarne is a truly unique place, famous equally for its medieval religious heritage and also its picturesque 16th-century castle. Seahouses is a friendly little town looking out over the Holy Island and has a quaint little picturesque fishing harbor perfect for a stroll,  shops, cafes, and restaurants to suit every taste.

Day 4: Today is a day at a more leisurely pace. We take the short journey to the Newcastle Quays where today is the Quayside, Sunday Market. Here you will find traders selling handcrafted goods and local produce in an absolutely stunning location. Before heading back to the hotel we stop for around half an hour at the Angel of the North – a structure designed by architect/sculpture
Anthony Gormley, still his most famous work of art.  

Day 5: Our holiday isn’t over yet! Today we head into Herriot Country! We visit the modest town of Thirsk, a traditional market town and home of the renowned vet, James Herriot. Today the market is in full swing and you will no doubt enjoy a wander around the independently owned stores and cafés.

Sun 15th   

                        Ludlow Food Festival (travel only)     £15 E 7 pm

15th to 16th 

  Mid Wales & the Welsh Borders  £89 Single supplement £10 M 7 pm                                

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.  Excursions.

Day 1: This morning we head first to the Moreton Park Garden Centre for a comfort break before embarking on a beautiful scenic journey through the Shropshire Hills stopping for our main destination in the pretty little town of Ludlow, situated in a prominent position above the River Teme and surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Welsh Marches, this busy little town has lots of independent retailers
  as well as high street stores for you to browse this afternoon. 

Day 2: After a relaxed breakfast we drive through the heart of Wales heading Northwards with a stop in Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth is a Victorian style seaside resort with a castle and one of the few remaining funicular railways in the country. It has lots of independently owned little shops and a beautiful promenade. We have around 2.5 hours here. We take a short break in Beddgelert on our way home. Our drop-offs are done in reverse (starting in Llanfairfechan).

Wed 18th   

                     Skipton town & market            £14 M 7 pm

Tue 17th   

Castleton, Buxton & Scenic tour of the Hope Valley   £15 M 7 pm

Come with us to one of the UK’s finest National Parks, the Peak District.  We meander our way to the beautiful town of Castleton which is overlooked by the historic Peveril Castle.  Wander the narrow streets or sample the gorgeous Bradwell ice cream before we head through the Hope Valley towards Buxton, a fantastic spa market town.  Lying at around 1000ft above sea level, it is the highest market town in England. Today is market day in Buxton and we have a little free time here this afternoon. 

Sat 21st  

    National Brewery Centre at Burton on Trent (includes admission)£29 E 7 pm

Sun 22nd

             Locomotion at NRM Shildon (free admission)   £19 E 9 pm

Join us as we head to the fantastic Locomotion: a museum near the site of the worlds first passenger railway which was opened by the museum’s namesake.  We enjoy a guided tour around the museum’s star locomotives before enjoying time to explore the rest of the museum at leisure.

Wed 25th   

                    Bolton Market & Ena Mill shopping       £13 M 6 pm

This morning we head to Bolton Market where we get around 2 hours to enjoy this wonderful place before heading to the Grade II listed Ena Mill, the perfect shopping experience in the North West.

Thu 26th    

     Winter Warmer Mystery!**SPECIAL OFFER** £10 M 6 pm

   Fri 27th  

                         Bury’s Famous Market!   £14 M 6 pm     

28th Sept to Wed 2nd

Isle of Wight        

Only £369   E      Single supplement £0

Included: Coach Travel. Dinner bed & breakfast at the Daish’s Hotel, Shanklin IOW. All day excursions as described below.   Entry to Osborne House.  Return journey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Here at Vicky’s Coaches, we pride ourselves in selecting great hotels with good food and entertainment whilst you are away.  One of our favorite hotel groups is Daish’s Holidays. The Isle of Wight Hotel ‘Daish’s Hotel’ was the first purchased by Daish’s and is still their Flagship property.  Situated on Shanklin High Street, this 18th Century building boasts a great location within a town of great character and charm with many interesting shops and a variety of Victorian architecture.   Your hotel has a coffee shop a large garden & sun terrace.  Live entertainment every evening – cabaret, dancing, cash bingo & quizzes to look forward to!

Day 1: This morning we head South with comfort breaks on our way, heading to Portsmouth where we catch the Isle of Wight Ferry. The crossing is approximately 45 minutes.  We arrive at the hotel in good time to unpack before our evening meal.

Day 2: Today we enjoy a full day excursion which, no matter the weather, will be absolutely stunning. We believe that windy, rough days are just as beautiful as sunny days when touring the coastlines of the UK! Join us for a stunning journey that will take us along the
Island’s beautiful South Coast via Ventnor and Brighstone to Alum Bay to see the unusual multi-colored sand cliffs. Here you will have the opportunity if you wish to take the iconic Needles chairlift which operates from the cliff-top at Alum Bay down to the beach below where you can see the Needles Rocks and Trinity Lighthouse which is the Island’s most famous
   landmark. (Chair lift price not included in this tour)    

Day 3: A full day excursion to include the magnificent Osborne House, built for Queen Victoria as a Summer house and rural retreat, the beautiful estate with its exotic grounds and intimate Royal Rooms eventually became the Queen’s main residence in her later life.

Day 4: Today’s special excursion takes us to the picture-postcard little village of Godshill, thought by many to be the prettiest on the island, full of pretty thatched cottages which are clustered around the quaint church. We then make our way to Haven Street for a nostalgic ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Settle back in the beautifully restored carriages and enjoy watching unique views of some of the islands unspoiled countryside as quaint villages roll by.

Day 5: After our leisurely breakfast we head homeward bound, with comfort stops on the way.   We will be back!

Sun 29th   

                         Macclesfield Treacle Market        £14 M 7 pm