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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.

Join us in the heart of Torquay and enjoy a fantastic location just five minutes away from the stunning seafront.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Devonshire cream tea
  • Welcome drink

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By far the most popular event in our programme, Stitchtopia Festival is back! This is the ultimate weekend residential event for all crafters.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • Up to 4 half-day workshops with our experts, kit cost extra
  • Unlimited tea and coffee during workshop breaks
  • Evening talks and entertainment

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From the 4-star Marriott Cheltenham Chase, enjoy rolling countryside, incredible views of the Cotswold Hills, and modern luxury.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Complimentary parking
  • Welcome drink

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From the Sprowston Manor, Golf & Country Club, play bridge and visit Sandringham, ride the Bure Valley Railway and cruise the Norfolk Broads.

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 morning seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Complimentary car parking

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The Spring Foursomes, one of the greatest events in the English bridge calendar, will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre.

  • 3 nights bed and breakfast accomodation
  • 1 evening meal

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Enjoy a warm welcome at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue, with visits to the RHS Garden Rosemoor and Powderham Castle included.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • An afternoon cream tea
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions and a seminar
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Coaching for all included excursions
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary

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Along the outskirts of St Helier, we stay at the highly-rated Westhill Country Hotel, renowned for its excellent dining and friendly staff.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 morning seminars
  • Complimentary daily shuttle bus to St Helier
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Porterage at the hotel

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Join us in the market town of Tiverton, mid-Devon, on this 5-day bridge holiday, staying at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 morning seminar
  • An afternoon with cream tea
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Welcome drink

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Enjoy a 5-night stay at the wonderful Ufford Park Resort. For keen golf enthusiasts, make this one to remember with our fantastic golf package.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • 1 seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Complimentary car parking

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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 including 1 piece of checked luggage
  • 2 half-day workshops on Shetland Fair Isle with Hazel Tindall
  • 2 half day workshops on Shetland Lace
  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Ring in the New Year in the beautiful city of Bristol! Enjoy a glass of fizz, canapés, and bridge games with your newfound friends.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Fizz and canapés on New Year's Eve
  • Welcome drink

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Join us for a festive 3-night retreat in Harrogate with Frederica Patmore. Enjoy creating several crochet and knitting Christmas-themed makes!

  • 3 nights half-board accommodation
  • Christmas-themed workshops with Frederica Patmore, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Afternoon tea at Bettys

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This autumn bridge holiday will be held at the fabulous Merrion Hotel in Llandudno, renowned for its excellent location and superb dining.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 morning seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Complimentary car parking

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Take on an unforgettable, festive bridge holiday to the very special Makeney Hall, with its Victorian feel and warm & welcoming staff.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Traditional Christmas lunch
  • Fizz and canapés on Boxing Day
  • Welcome drink

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Brighten up your home and learn how to crochet these colourful Crochet Lanterns and Lobster Pots with Emma Leith on this weekend retreat.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Emma Leith, kit included
  • Tea and coffee during workshops
  • Complementary WIFI

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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, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Emma Leith
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Tea and coffee during workshops
  • Kit with a ball of chunky yarn and hooks included for the first part of the course
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room

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After the rush of Christmas, why not join us in Yorkshire for a wonderful Twixmas stay at the Rendezvous Hotel?

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions

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

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation with dinner on the first and final evenings
  • 2 and a half days of knitting workshops with Carol Meldrum, kit included
  • Beaded Dorset Buttons workshop with Tania Ashton Jones
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Based in the Northamptonshire countryside, this retreat is the ideal opportunity to learn a new skill or indulge in your favourite hobby.

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

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Join Carolyn Forster and discover Yorkshire's textile history while enjoying a week of quilting workshops on our Bernina sewing machines.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 full-day workshops using Bernina sewing machines with Carolyn, kit included
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Services of an experience Tour Manager

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Staying in the wonderful Northamptonshire countryside, join Anna Nikipirowicz and make your own crochet wreath, a stunning celebration of spring.

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

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Nestled in 225 acres of glorious South Devon countryside, join us at the Dartmouth Hotel, Golf & Spa for an idyllic bridge retreat.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions and interactive seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome cocktail

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Enjoy a Twixmas bridge break to Oxford, staying at the fantastic and perfectly located Doubletree by Hilton Oxford Belfry Hotel.

  • 3 nights half-board accommodation
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and bridge hosts
  • One seminar

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Soak up the medieval charm of York during the festive season on this stitching holiday with Carolyn Forster, including Christmas market visits.

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • Workshops with Carolyn Forster, kit included
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Enjoy a stay at the Rendezvous Hotel this spring, with two nostalgic railway journeys and visits to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Haworth.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions

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Enjoy a weekend of beginners bridge, taking the time to meet new people and relax in the pleasant surroundings of the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton.

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation
  • Introduction and learn to play bridge with Dom Rayner
  • Welcome drink

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Learn to play bridge in the friendly ambience of the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, enjoying a beautiful location in the heart of Shakespeare Country.

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation
  • Introduction and learn to play bridge with Dom Rayner
  • Welcome drink

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Learn from our renowned expert, Anna Nikipirowicz, and explore the beautiful art of embroidery on crochet.

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

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Based at the Charlecote Pheasant, enjoy a fabulous visit to the beautiful Sudeley Castle and a relaxing railway journey on this bridge break.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Complimentary car parking

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Join Anna Nikipirowicz for this Christmas crochet weekend retreat at Staverton Park & Golf Club.

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

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UK Highlights


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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!


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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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