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2023 Holidays

70 tours from £35pp

Whether you're looking to set sail on a memorable river cruise adventure or embark on a journey of discovery and enlightenment with Art Pursuits History tours, we guarantee we’ve got the perfect 2023 holiday for you.

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Enter the great English Bridge Union Spring Congress in the well-located 4-star hotel, Mercure Holland House, and enjoy 4 days of competitive Bridge located in the heart of Bristol.

  • Half-Board accommodation at the 4-star Mercure Holland House Bristol
  • Excellent bridge Facilities
  • 4 days of competitive bridge

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Join the English Bridge Union for an 8-day Congress on the bay of Kotor, staying at the 5-star Carine Hotel Kumbor.

  • Participation of a full bridge programme of the EBU with Green and Blue points awarded
  • EBU bridge fee
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights all-inclusive at the 5-star Carine Hotel Kumbor
  • Porterage at your hotel
  • Included excursions to Budva and Kotor

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Colin Simcox & more
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Join us for a Bridge holiday on Devon’s English Riviera in the heart of Torquay. You’ll stay in a fantastic location, just 5 minutes from Torquay’s seafront.

  • 4 nights' half board accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified bridge director
  • Services of director Colin Simcox in February, and Eddie & Kathy Williams in May and October

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Lucy of Attic24
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Spend a week with Lucy at the 4-star Adults Only Four Views Hotel Baia hotel located in the heart of Funchal, the island’s capital.

  • Return flight London to Funchal with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 7-nights accommodation at the Four Views Hotel Baia, breakfast and dinner included each day
  • Welcome drink on arrival day
  • Tea/coffee each morning and afternoon during workshop sessions
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with live entertainment, drinks included
  • The services of an experienced tour manager who will accompany the tour throughout
  • 3 full day and 1 half-day workshop with Lucy, kit included

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Clare Ford-Wille
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Journey with us to Amsterdam, The Hague, Haarlem and Delft as we explore the life of Johannes Vermeer. Clare Ford-Wille leads this tour, which includes an unprecedented display of the artist’s masterpieces at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

  • Return travel to Amsterdam by Eurostar
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Carlton Square Hotel in Harlem
  • Transfers and excursions in the Netherlands by private coach
  • Guided visits to the sites and monuments listed in the programme
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

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Eddie & Kathy Williams
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Join First for Bridge on the edge of the Cotswolds for this charming Bridge break, combining a countryside escape with modern luxury and convenience.

  • 5 nights half board accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Full bridge programme directed by Eddie and Kathy Williams and hosted by our First for Bridge team
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Complimentary parking

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Colin Simcox & more
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We have chosen the perfectly located Carine Hotel Park as the base for our Bridge holiday on the Bay of Kotor.

  • 7 or 14 nights accommodation on an all-inclusive basis
  • Airport transfers from Tivat or Dubrovnik airport on our arrival and departure dates
  • Full bridge programme directed and hosted by our First for Bridge team, with seminars and varied bridge sessions with Colin Simcox
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of EBU qualified director
  • All inclusive drinks package
  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Tivat or Dubrovnik (Regional airports available at a supplement)
  • Three half day excursions

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Mark Hooper
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Travel to Cyprus's southwest coast and you'll find yourself soaking up the sun playing bridge and bowls in gorgeous Paphos. It is no wonder our bridge guests keep returning with us to this popular hotel and the dining and service constantly receive very high ratings.

  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 and 14 nights' half board accommodation at the Athena Royal Beach Hotel
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 morning seminars weekly
  • Services of our EBU qualified bridge director
  • 3 weekly bowls sessions
  • Dancing lessons
  • Wine and fruit in room on arrival

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Sarah Amos
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Formerly the Hotel S’Algar, the adult-only AluaSoul Menorca, has for many, many years been a firm favourite of First...

  • Full bridge programme directed by Sarah Amos and hosted by Barry and Maggie Watts, with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Airport transfers from Mahon airport on our arrival and departure dates
  • 7 or 14 nights in 4-star accommodation on an all-inclusive board
  • Complimentary use of the Turkish Bath, Jacuzzi and sauna in the spa at the AluaSoul Hotel

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Dr Justine Hopkins
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This tour explores the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow, from private buildings to institutions, considering the ways in which the city shaped his unique and enduring vision.

  • Private coach travel for transfers and excursions
  • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 5-star Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • 2 evening meals and 1 afternoon tea
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Keith Wiley & more
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On this exclusive *Gardens Illustrated* tour of Dorset, visit exquisite private gardens and feast at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ.

  • Transportation from Yeovil Junction Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Summer Lodge Hotel, Dorchester
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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James & Jane Tullett
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Stroll the cobbled medieval streets of Cervo, admire the stunning coastal scenery, and visit Dolceacqua, Monaco and more during your holiday in Diano Marina, the perfect place to combine play and exploration.

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Nice (Flights from Manchester available at a supplement for October)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at the boutique Hotel Palace on a half board basis
  • 7 course Ligurian candlelit dinner
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified bridge director
  • Services of experts Barry and Maggie Watts in March
  • Services of experts James and Jane Tullett in October

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Accompany us to Norfolk, tour the most beautiful gardens and historic homes eastern England has to offer and take in the delightful views of the English countryside. Visit grand gardens and homes such as Hoveton Hall, East Ruston Old Vicarage, Mannington Hall, Blickling Estate, and Sandringham.

  • 4 nights half board at the Holiday Inn Norwich North
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Ploughmans' Lunch
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Exclusive garden visits and talks with head gardeners
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

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Christine and Stewart MacFarlane
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Stay in the lovely Acacia Marina resort where guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens, and a short flat walk along the sea front promenade leads into the centre of Marina di Ragusa. This small seaside resort offers a selection of cafes, bars and shops and its beautiful golden beach has been awarded a Blue Flag.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Catania (Manchester available at a supplement)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights half board accomodation
  • Varied Bridge programme with masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Seminar
  • Services of our EBU qualified director and friendly bridge hosts
  • 2 excursions

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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We will study the architecture of churches and abbeys as well as expressive sculpture, colourful manuscripts and glittering goldsmith work.

  • 3 online lectures on The Ages of German Art - The Baroque

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Helen Yemm
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Surrounded by a tranquil backdrop of ancient hills, steep limestone valleys and stark moorland plateaus, journey with us as we explore the romantic gardens of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.

  • Transportation from Chesterfield Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Losehill House Hotel and Spa, Hope Valley
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 3 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Barry & Maggie Watts
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On this unique bridge and heritage rail holiday, enjoy our included excursions as we explore the historic Peak District.

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of EBU qualified director
  • Tours around Cromford Mills, and the Peak District Bakewell

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Emma Leith
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Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and join Emma on this relaxing weekend retreat dedicated to beginner’s crochet.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Emma Leith
  • A kit including a ball of chunky yarn and hooks will be provided for the first part of the course.
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room
  • Complementary WIFI

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Nigel McGilchrist
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Explore the dense history of the magical, traffic-less streets of Mediaeval Rhodes, with 5 days of unexpected variety and intense experiences on the island famed in Antiquity for having the sunniest climate of the whole Aegean area.

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Rhodes
  • 5 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 5-star Rodos Park Suites, Rhodes Town
  • 3 evening meals and 4 lunches
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

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Anna Nikipirowicz
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Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and join Anna on this relaxing weekend retreat dedicated to Tunisian crochet.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Anna Nikipirowicz, kit included
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room
  • Complementary WIFI

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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The expressive forms of the so-called German “Sondergotik” (special Gothic) clearly demonstrate the emancipation of the national Gothic from the French and at the same time illuminate the unwavering creative power of German art at the “Waning of the Middle Ages”.

  • 3 Lectures on Gothic German Art

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Helene Magnusson
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Join us on this knitting holiday to Iceland, and take in stunning scenery and beautiful knitting traditions, promising an unforgettable insight into the Icelandic culture and knitting heritage.

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Reykjavík, checked luggage included
  • 6 nights in 4-star half-board accommodation
  • 2 Dinners
  • Lunch at the Blue Lagoon on first day
  • Travel by private coach
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager throughout
  • Workshops with Helene Magnusson, kits included

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Karin Hellaby
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Join Karin Hellaby on an exciting voyage along Norway’s stunning coastline followed by the chance to discover Norway’s Sami Culture as you venture inland to Karasjok and Kautokeino.

  • Flights from London to Bergen and Alta to London
  • 6 nights full board on board the MS Polarlys
  • Traditional Sami Dinner in Kautokeino & lunch at the Snowhotel
  • Workshops with Karin Hellaby
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights accommodation with half-board

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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This art history tour of the Upper Rhine Valley explores Freiburg Minster’s stained-glass and the work of Han Holbein the Younger, Strasbourg Cathedral’s gothic architecture, the Isenheim altarpiece in Colmar and 16th-century art in Basel.

  • Return Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris
  • Connecting rail journeys to Strasbourg
  • 5 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria, Freiburg
  • 2 evening meals and 1 lunch
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and Study Notes

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Anna Nikipirowicz
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Learn from our expert Anna Nikipirowicz in her beautiful home country of Poland. As you journey from historic Kraków to picturesque Zakopane, you’ll be inspired by traditional design and crafting techniques.

  • Return flights from London to Kraków, including 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 8 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 2 lunches 2 dinners
  • 3 full day workshops with Anna, kit and refreshments included
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Entrance fees and excursions

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Sallieann Harrison & more
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Enjoy 2 full day hand sewing workshops with expert Pat Archibald (June) or Sallieann Harrison (Oct) and explore the UK’s northeast through tours of the Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral, and Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens.

  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 4 dinners
  • Two full days hand sewing workshops with Pat Archibald (June) or Sallieann Harrison (October), kit included
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager

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Dr Sally Dormer
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Travel to Champagne, France, to see glorious Gothic architecture and stained glass, combined with a taste of fine Moët & Chandon champagne on this Art Pursuits tour.

  • Return Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris
  • Connecting rail journeys with SNCF
  • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star Continental Reims
  • 2 evening meals and 1 lunch with wine tasting
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Janet Clare & more
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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Khiva, Bhukara and Samarkand as we pass along the route of the Silk Road, learning about Uzbekistan’s textile culture and history.

  • Return economy class flight from London (via Istanbul), 1 piece of checked baggage included
  • 13 nights half-board accommodation
  • 3 hand-sewing workshops with our expert, kit included
  • Take part in a workshop at Alisher Nazrullayev’s embroidery studio
  • Masterclass in suzani embroidery with a local expert
  • Tour accompanied by our textile expert throughout
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager

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Paul Zimmerman
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Following our highly successful English Rose tours, we now venture across the channel to investigate the story of the French Rose and to enjoy some truly wonderful gardens and rose collections from Paris to the Loire.

  • Private coach transfers and excursions.
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Hotel Sofitel Paris le Faubourg and 4 nights’ bed, breakfast and evening meal in the 4-star Le Choiseul, Amboise.
  • 5 dinners and 6 lunches.
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your Tour Host and Tour Manager.

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Sarah Smith & more
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Based in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, this autumn retreat is the ideal opportunity to learn a new skill or indulge in your favourite hobby.

  • 2 nights’ full board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • Tea, coffee and snacks throughout the weekend
  • 2 full days of tuition from a qualified Royal School of Needlework tutor, with Kit
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide
  • Kit included

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Christine and Stewart MacFarlane
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Join us for this bridge break at the idyllic Kernos Beach Hotel, looking out on the shining Sea of Crete. We include visits to the legendary Knossos Palace, the islet of Spinalonga and more.

  • Flights from London Luton to Heraklion – flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh available at a supplement
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights’ half board accommodation in the 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts and EBU qualified director
  • Tours around the famous Island of Spinalonga, Knossos the Minoan Palace and Heraklion city

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Emma Leith
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Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and learn from Emma how to make an assortment of 3D flowers to create a beautiful wreath.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Emma Leith, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Complementary WIFI
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room

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Marion Mako & more
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Visit the gardens of Sussex that are home to, or were created by, artists and examine how these gardens influenced their artwork and vice versa.

  • Transportation from Haywards Heath Railway Station
  • 3 nights' accommodation with bed, breakfast and evening meals plus wine and 4 lunches
  • Private coach transfers and excursions
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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James & Jane Tullett
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Join us for our third bridge holiday in beautiful Kaprun in the Austrian Alps. Our guests love the fantastic value of the included summer card, giving free access to amazing local attractions.

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck or Salzburg (Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol available at a supplement)
  • 7 nights' half board accommodation at the Hotel Toni
  • Welcome drink
  • Summer card pass
  • Relaxed bridge sessions
  • Services of EBU qualified director
  • Services of our experts James and Jane Tullett

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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The „Gesamtkunstwerk“, the total work of art, fuses all art forms – architecture, painting, and sculpture – into one overwhelming masterpiece.

  • 3 online lectures on The Ages of German Art - The Baroque

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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By the mid-18th-century, when Rococo art had reached its absolute zenith, a phase of radical artistic transformation begins.

  • 3 online lectures on The Ages of German Art - Classicism and Romanticism

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Clare Ford-Wille
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The study day will explore Vermeer’s career, the influences of other artists upon his work and the impact of the light and character of the town of Delft in which he lived, as well as introducing the exciting exhibition celebrating his life and work which is to be held in the Spring of this year at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

  • 3 online lectures on The Vermeer Exhibition in Amsterdam: Searching for Clues for an Enigmatic Artist

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Anna Nikipirowicz
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Join Anna Nikipirozwicz for an exciting voyage along Norway’s stunning coastline with a chance to experience the magic of one of nature’s most amazing phenomenon.

  • Flights from London to Bergen and Kirkenes to London (via Oslo)
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Bergen & half-day sightseeing tour of Kirkenes
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • 6 nights' accommodation on MS Polarlys
  • A full programme of workshops with Anna Nikipirozwicz – knitting kit included
  • 1 night’s accommodation on a half-board basis in Bergen & Kirkenes

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Anna Nikipirowicz
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Take time with Anna Nikipirowicz and have a perfect introduction to crocheting socks, on this weekend break that will let you create the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Anna Nikipirowicz, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Complementary WIFI
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room

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With the journeys of discovery since the late 15th-century, the outbreak of the Reformation and the Renaissance of Antique knowledge and learning the medieval perception of the world falters – and demands new artistic means of expression.

  • 3 online lectures on German Art - Renaissance and Mannerism

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Sue Rollin
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For Oscar Wilde, Palermo was ‘the most beautifully situated town in the world – it dreams away its life in the Conca d’Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas’.

  • Private coach transfers and excursions
  • 4 dinners and 5 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your Tour Host and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and garden notes
  • 5 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Hotel Eurostars Centrale Palace, Palermo
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Colleverde Park Hotel, Agrigento

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Sasha Kagan
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Discover the colourful history of the Welsh textile industry on this tour, which takes a closer look at Welsh wool and quilting in the picturesque villages of the valleys.

  • 4 nights in 4-star accommodation on a half board basis
  • Lunch and tea/coffee on workshop days
  • 2 full day knitting workshops with Sasha Kagan
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide

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Sarah Amos
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The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa is proving to be a firm favourite with our First for Bridge guests. We will be returning to this delightful hotel, as our guests love its excellent dining, friendly service, warm atmosphere, and relaxing facilities.

  • Return flights from London Gatwick and regional flights at a supplement
  • 11 nights' accommodation on a half-board basis at the Hotel Bella Playa & Spa
  • Varied bridge sessions and Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Two morning seminars
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts and EBU qualified director
  • Palma tour

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Jane Crowfoot & more
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Treat yourself to a combination of crafting and mind & body sessions benefiting both physical and mental health.

  • 2 nights full board accommodation, starting with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on departure day
  • 2 half day craft workshops with our expert
  • 2 yoga sessions with Molly Melhuish

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Mark Hooper
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Join First for Bridge at the ever-popular Chateau des Comtes de Challes in the Rhone Alps where a full programme of...

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Geneva (Manchester available at a supplement)
  • Airport transfers from Geneva airport on our arrival and departure dates
  • 9 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Full bridge programme directed by Mark Hooper with our friendly Bridge hosts, with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of EBU qualified director

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Katrina í Geil
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Discover the rugged beauty and rich knitting history of the remote Faroe Islands. Under the guidance of local expert, Katrina I Geil, you’ll learn to knit traditional Faroese patterns and beautiful Faroese lace.

  • Return flights from Edinburgh to Vagar with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at the hotel
  • 5 half day knitting workshops with Katrina I Geil, including kit
  • 1 full day & 1 half day sightseeing tour, including visits to local textile designers
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • 7 nights in 4-star accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis

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Sue Rollin
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Stroll labyrinthine alleyways laced with the aroma of spice and perfume, take in architectural wonders of heart-stopping beauty and surrender to the timeless romance of this captivating city, where Africa, Europe and the Middle East converge.

  • Return flights from London to Marrakech
  • 6 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star Riyad el Cadi
  • 4 evening meals and 3 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

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Tom Abbott
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This Art Pursuits tour examines the synthesis of gender, politics and art in a transformative historical moment. Explore the works of Kollwitz, Modersohn-Becker, and other women who contributed to the German Modern.

  • Return flights from London to Hamburg, returning from Berlin
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the Radisson Blu, Bremen
  • 1 night bed and breakfast in the Maritim ProArte Hotel, Berlin
  • 2 evening meals and 2 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Michael Marriott
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Join us for a celebration of the rose, doyenne of the English Garden, as we tour the beautiful county of Shropshire, home of our expert rosarian Michael Marriott.

  • Transportation from Wolverhampton Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

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Carolyn Forster
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Join us for nine nights in the captivating country of Jordan and enjoy a variety of stitching workshops and explore the famous archaeological site of Petra and the Jordan River.

  • Return flight London to Amman with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 8 nights' half board accommodation
  • 1 nights’ accommodation in a deluxe tent at the Zeina Desert Lodge in Wadi Rum with Bedouin Feast
  • Lunch in a local restaurant on days 3 & 5
  • 5 half-day workshops with your expert, kit and tea/coffee included
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Mandy Shaw
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Come with us on this Northern Lights cruise and experience the magic mix of colours that forms in the Arctic sky, cruise among the Norwegian fjords and enjoy time ashore on its beautiful landscapes.

  • Flights London to Bergen and Kirkenes to London (via Oslo)
  • 6 nights’ accommodation on MS Kong Harald in a twin Polar Outside Cabin on a full board basis (buffet breakfast and lunch, and set 3-course evening meal)
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Bergen
  • Half day tour of Kirkenes including lunch at the Snow Hotel
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager throughout the tour
  • 1 night’s accommodation on a half-board basis in Bergen
  • 1 night’s accommodation on a half-board basis in a Superior Room in Kirkenes

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Carol Meldrum & more
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Treat yourself to a combination of crafting and mind & body sessions benefiting both physical and mental health.

  • 2 nights full board accommodation, starting with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on departure day
  • 2 half day craft workshops with our expert
  • 2 yoga sessions with Molly Melhuish

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Carol Meldrum
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Join Jessica Aldred for a weekend packed with learning, colours, and crochet! This weekend workshop will test your current skills and teach you new ones to help you improve as a crochetier.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Carol Meldrum, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Complementary WIFI
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room

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Kirsty Fergusson
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Visit Provence with us on this European Boxwood tour, and discover fields of lavender amongst medieval hill towns, whilst seeking out the finest gardens in the region.

  • Return economy class flights from London Heathrow to Marseille.
  • Private coach transfers and excursions.
  • 3 dinners and 4 lunches.
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme.
  • Detailed programme and garden notes.
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters.
  • 3 nights’ dinner, bed, and breakfast in the 4-star Aquabella Hotel in Ain-en-Provence.

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Mandy Shaw
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Explore the traditional Amazigh (Berber) crafts of Morocco as we travel along ancient trade routes and through colourful cities, embracing the weavers, embroiders and craftspeople practicing traditional techniques and lifestyles throughout this wonderful country.

  • Return flights from London to Marrakesh with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Travel by air conditioned coach
  • 14-nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 7 dinners and 4 lunches
  • Entrance fees to cultural sites
  • Eco-dyeing workshop
  • Traditional craft demonstrations
  • Hand-sewing workshops with our expert
  • English-speaking Amazigh/Berber guide
  • Experienced local Tour Manager

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Dr Richard Plant
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This tour of England’s west country explores the Countries early mediaeval history, diving into the core of Alfred the Great’s kingdom, a crucial importance in the establishment of England’s Kingdom.

  • Private coach travel for transfers and excursions
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star The Crown Manor House Hotel, Lyndhurst
  • 2 evening meals with wine at the hotel
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme

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Janet Clare
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Get to know other stitchers and discover the stunning sights of historic Prague on this stitching holiday centred around the Brno International Quilt Festival.

  • Return standard class flights between London and Prague, including checked luggage
  • Coach transport as detailed in the itinerary
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation, on a bed and breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 full day workshops with Janet Clare, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager

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Join Art Pursuits over a bottle of the region’s finest and drink in the uplifting elegance of marvellous Bordeaux, famed for its elegant architecture, balmy climate, fine wines and fabulous gastronomy.

  • Eurostar to Bordeaux St Jean
  • Private coach transfers and excursions
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the Hôtel de Sèze
  • 1 dinner, 2 lunches and wine tasting
  • Services of your Tour Lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

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Barry & Maggie Watts
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Visit the 4-star Telford Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Ludlow for a fantastic 5 days of bridge and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge which the resort looks over.

  • 5 nights Half board Accommodation
  • Welcome Drink
  • Relaxed bridge session with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts

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Christine and Stewart MacFarlane
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Stay in the lovely Acacia Palace resort where guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens, and a short flat walk along the sea front promenade leads into the centre of Marina di Ragusa. This small seaside resort offers a selection of cafes, bars and shops and its beautiful golden beach has been awarded a Blue Flag.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Catania (Manchester available at a supplement)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights half board accomodation
  • Varied Bridge programme with masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Seminar
  • Services of our EBU qualified director and friendly bridge hosts
  • 2 excursions

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Chris and Linda Benneworth
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Come with us on a Bridge holiday to Harrogate and Newby Hall & Gardens, within walking distance from the train station and town centre.

  • 4 nights Half-board Accommodation
  • Welcome Drink
  • Bridge sessions every evening and two afternoons and one morning
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts
  • Walking Tour of Harrogate with a Blue Badge Guide
  • Visit to Newby hall & Gardens with a guided House tour

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Carol Meldrum
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Join Carol Meldrum on this real Christmas treat to Estonia and Latvia, learning about the region’s rich textile and knitting traditions and exploring some of Europe’s most magical Christmas markets.

  • Flights from Gatwick to Talinn and Riga to Gatwick
  • 6 nights in 4 & 5-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Coach travel as described in the itinerary including driver tips
  • 2 half day workshops with Carol Meldrum, with kit
  • Guided tours, excursions and entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager

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Hazel Tindall & more
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Join experts Hazel Tindall and Kathleen Anderson as we discover the breathtaking Shetland Islands, whose past is interwoven with a rich history of wool, textiles and inimitable Fair Isle technique.

  • Return flights from Edinburgh to Sumburgh
  • 5 nights in accommodation on a half board basis
  • 2 half day workshops on Shetland Fair Isle with Hazel Tindall
  • 2 half day workshops on Shetland Lace
  • Yarn kit
  • The services of an experienced Arena Tour Manager

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Karin Hellaby
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Attend the famous Sitges International Patchwork Festival and join us for two fantastic city tours of Barcelona and Girona, taking in the beautiful architecture and Spanish heritage.

  • Return flight London to Barcelona with one piece of hold luggage
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Welcome dinner
  • 2 workshops with Karin Hellaby, with kit and tea/coffee
  • 2 days entrance ticket to Sitges International Patchwork Festival
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager

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Carol Meldrum
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Discover the highlights of the Scottish Highlands as you join Carol Meldrum for a week of knitting workshops and a variety of excursions.

  • Private coach travel for tours and excursions
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
  • Dinner on first and final evenings
  • 2 and a half days of knitting workshops with Carol Meldrum
  • Beaded Dorset Buttons workshop with Tania Ashton Jones
  • The services of an experienced tour manager

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Charles-Quest Ritson
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Join COUNTRY LIFE contributors Charles Quest-Ritson and Kirsty Fergusson on this unforgettable tour of Sicily’s sumptuous gardens and splendid villas.

  • Return flights from London to Catania Airport
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Villa Flora-Belmond Grand Hotel, Timeo
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Rocco Forte Hotel Villa Igiea
  • 4 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Anna Nikipirowicz & more
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Experience the true beauty of Finland and its cities and landscapes, all the while having workshops with local craft experts and our Stitchtopia experts to really hone in your skills as a crochetier.

  • 6 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in centrally located 4-star hotels
  • 3 dinners
  • Travel by train in standard class from Helsinki to Vaasa
  • Finnair flights London to Helsinki and Vaasa to London via Helsinki in economy class with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • Three half day workshops with your expert
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager throughout the tour

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Kirsty Fergusson
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Let our expert host, Adam Wilkinson and Hortus contributor, Kirsty Fergusson, whisk you on a weekend away to the leafy village of Varengeville-sur-Mer to visit the region’s classical and contemporary gardens.

  • Return Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare de Calais-Fréthun
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Mercure Dieppe la Presidence, Dieppe
  • 2 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 3 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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Nestled on the banks of the Neckar River is the picturesque town of Heidelberg, home to the enchanting Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy a private tour around its grounds, visit the Kurpfalz Museum and explore towns down river by coach.

  • Return flight from London Heathrow to Frankfurt returning from Stuttgart
  • 5 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 5-star Hotel Europa, Heidelberg
  • 2 evening meals and 1 lunch
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

Availability:

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Dr Richard Plant
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Join us as we travel from Burgos to León on this culturally thrilling portion of the Camino de Santiago that threads across the northern plains of Castilla y León, packed with art and architecture.

  • Return flights from London to Bilbao with Vueling
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star NH Collection Palacio de Burgos
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star NH Collection Plaza Mayor Leon
  • 2 evening meals and 3 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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