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39 tours from £290pp

You don't need to travel far to enjoy an amazing holiday, there's plenty of options waiting for you right here in the UK which will take you on an unforgettable experience. 

Our collection of UK holidays features a variety of experiences: take a leisurely cruise along the River Thames with one our UK River Cruises, journey rugged coastlines and quaint seaside towns on a UK Rail Holiday, play bridge surrounded by some of the UK's most beautiful rolling countryside or even pick up some new crafting skills with a UK craft retreat or holiday.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Marion Mako & more
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In the golden afternoon of the year, join our host, *The Times*garden writer Stephen Anderton, on an exclusive exploration of some of the finest gardens of the Cotswolds.

  • Transportation from Moreton-in-Marsh Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 3 lunches
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Marion Mako & more
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Discover the splendour of the English Lake District, one-time home to William Wordsworth, the Lakeland Poets and Beatrix Potter, on this tour of Arts & Crafts houses and gardens.

  • Transportation from Lancaster Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Lakeside Hotel, Windermere
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Janice Gunner
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Join Janice Gunner on this Northwest England quilting retreat and combine quilting workshops on our Bernina sewing machines with the chance to discover some of Northwest England’s textile history. Visit highlights include the Quilters Guild Museum in York and a gallery tour of the Gawthorpe Textile Collection.

  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • 7 nights' half board accommodation
  • Three full days of workshop with Janice Gunner
  • Use of Bernina sewing machines
  • The services of an experienced tour manager

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Carolyn Forster
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A perfect summer sewing break, combining guided visits to 2 of Sussex’s most beautiful gardens with 2 full-day hand sewing workshops with Carolyn Forster and the opportunity for shopping at two of the region’s most loved craft shops.

  • Travel by private coach
  • 5 nights' half board accommodation at the Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club
  • Lunch on workshop days
  • Hand-Sewing workshops with Carolyn Forster
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager

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Karin Hellaby
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Join Karin Hellaby on this creative escape to East Anglia, taking part in quilting workshops on the Bernina sewing machines and discovering the rich medieval history of Sutton Hoo and silk heritage of Sudbury.

  • Private coach travels for tours and excursions
  • 7 nights’ half board accommodation
  • Use of Bernina sewing machines
  • Talk from Pippa Moss on her variety of quilts
  • 3 full day workshops with Karin Hellaby, kit included
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Janice Gunner
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Join Janice and enjoy workshops, quaint towns and fascinating museums whilst you travel along the stunning South Devon coastline, seeing beautiful beaches and Devon’s cliffs as you go.

  • 7 nights 4-star accommodation on half board
  • Guided tour of Coldharbour Mill, recognised by Historic England as one of the best preserved and important textile mill complexes in the country
  • Exclusive visit to Fairlynch Museum
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum guided tour and private viewing of quilt
  • 2 full day workshops with Janice, kit included
  • Workshop at Cowslip
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager

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Molly Melhuish
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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
  • 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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Paul Zimmerman
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Join the amazing Paul Zimmerman on this enchanted journey through some of the UK's finest gardens, which is devoted to the rose in all of its purest forms.

  • 7 night’s bed and breakfast at the 4-star University Arms and Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
  • 1 night room only at the Sofitel Heathrow Hotel
  • 6 evening meals and 5 lunches and 1 afternoon tea
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your tour leader and Host
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
  • Private coach travel and excursions

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Janet Clare & more
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Stitch yourself happy on this relaxing holiday at the 4-star Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club and take part expert lead workshops with Rosalind Hoyes and Janet Clare.

  • 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 Pilates sessions with Rosalind Hoyes
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room
  • Complimentary WIFI

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Emma Leith & more
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Stitch yourself happy on this relaxing holiday at the 4-star Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club and take part expert lead workshops with Rosalind Hoyes and Emma Leith.

  • 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 Pilates sessions with Rosalind Hoyes
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room

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Anna Nikipirowicz & more
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Stitch yourself happy on this relaxing holiday at the 4-star Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club and take part expert lead workshops with Rosalind Hoyes and Anna Nikipirowicz.

  • 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 Pilates sessions with Rosalind Hoyes
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room

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Charlotte Newland
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Join the 2016 Great British Sewing Bee winner, Charlotte Newland, for a weekend dedicated to learning all about sewing with stretch fabric. Take part in two fantastic sewing workshops all while enjoying the beautiful Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club.

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

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Pat Archibald
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Join expert Pat Archibald on this exciting textile holiday in Scotland where you will explore the culture and history behind the nation’s textile production as well as partake in 2 and a half workshops with Pat.

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Edinburgh city centre
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 half day and 1 full day workshop with Pat, kit included
  • Tips for drivers
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager throughout
  • Excursions and entrance fees as described in the itinerary

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Jessica Aldred
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Take time with away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy an embroidery weekend with Jessica Aldred and immerse yourself in your project.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Jessica Aldred
  • 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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Carol Meldrum
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Learn Broomstick Crochet, a crochet technique dating back to the 1800s in a weekend full of practice and projects with Carol Medrum.

  • 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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UK Highlights


Weaved throughout this great ocean isle is a vast array of magical train journeys waiting to be uncovered. From tracks weaving their way along the Norfolk coast, to carriages clattering thorugh the green hills of the Cotswolds and even chugging along up to the high peaks of Mount Snowdon in Wales – The UK’s rail network is a spectacle to behold. Nostalgic steam trains lead the way for polished and modern carriages and at Arena Rail holidays we provide an experience for any railway fan

The UK’s cities are packed full of experiences that are unique to themselves and the county they belong to. If scenery and tranquillity appeal to you more, the Welsh Highlands and the UK’s countryside are amongst the most serene natural landscapes in the world.

The UK is famous for its heartwarming food and drink; Fish and chips at the seaside are a must, a traditional Devonshire cream tea, a Yorkshire pudding with beef and gravy or the national dish of haggis, neeps and tatties are served all across Scotland. Scotland takes whisky very seriously, and so should you!


Experiences just for you

Browse key sights and the popular tours you can see them on.

  • Learn about the wool and silk heritage of Sudbury in SuffolkView Tour
  • Explore the walled city of York - home to the Quilters Guild of the British Isles MuseumView Tour
  • Cruise along the infamous Loch NessView Tour
  • Visit Torre Abbey and extensive gardensView Tour
  • Enjoy free time in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of ManView Tour

Local Information

  • Capital London
  • Language English
  • Currency GBP
  • Tip 10-15%
  • Time Zone GMT
  • Electricity Three pin plugs. 240V

Must See

Visit the iconic Alnwick Castle & it's spectacular gardens

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Planning your trip

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Scotland

Scotland Highlights