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Holidays 2019

Poole & the New Forest 5 Days 15 – 19 July 2019

Poole one of the prettiest resorts on the south coast. With its magnificent harbour and Brownsea Island, lots of boat trips for you to choose from, Guernsey is only a short boat ride away if you fancy it.

YOUR HOTEL You will be staying at the Thistle Poole Hotel situated on the quayside, a contemporary hotel with all modern facilities. All rooms have en suite facilities, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, iron/ironing board and WIFI.

MONDAY Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Poole and our hotel arriving in good time to relax before dinner

TUESDAY We include a visit to the lovely town of Wimborne with opportunity to visit the Minster Church of St Cuthburga which provide an elegant backdrop to the towns historic architecture. Its unique shopping centre with many individual shops with its setting alongside the River Allen adds to its charm.

WEDNESDAY Day at leisure with lots to do and choose from.

THURSDAY After breakfast we shall visit Christchurch well known for its 11th century priory church, afterwards we shall take a scenic drive through the New Forest calling at Lyndhurst.

FRIDAY After breakfast we leave and begin our journey home.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet . All coach seats non-smoking. Half Board

Looe Cornwall 7 Days 27 July – 2 August 2019

A busy fishing port, with a popular family beach, Looe has been a favourite holiday destination since Victorian times. Looe is situated on both sides of the River Looe. The two towns are joined together by a bridge across the river. It is worth visiting the harbour quay to watch the fishing boats coming in to unload their catches. The arrival of the small fishing fleet is a busy and colourful scene. Local fish can be found on the menus of many local restaurants.

YOUR HOTEL The Portbyhan Hotel situated on the quayside overlooking the harbour, this award winning hotel offers excellent accommodation with all the en suite rooms offering hair dryer, TV and hospitality tray. There is a lift. The harbour view restaurant has a fine reputation for its food. There is regular entertainment in the evening.

SATURDAY Depart early morning for our journey to Cornwall as this is a long journey you may wish to join the coach at our yard. We will stop on route for lunch before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

SUNDAY Free time in Looe why not visit the Old Sardine Factory Museum or take a boat trip to Looe Island. Take a stroll around the shops and visit one of the many restaurants to sample some of the freshly caught fish.

MONDAY A coast to coast tour today via Bodmin Moor and Wadebridge to padstow on the River Carmel Estuary. Time for lunch in the popular seaside resort with its bustling narrow streets and quaint harbour.

TUESDAY A full day to the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth, wander the Barbican’s picturesque cobbled quayside with its array of specialist shops and cafes. Time to take a harbour cruise or visit the Hoe where Sir Francis Drake had the legendry game of Bowls.

WEDNESDAY After a leisurely breakfast we shall make a visit to Lanhydrock House & Gardens which is owned by the National Trust, admission extra unless you are a NT Member alternatively you may prefer to go to Mevagissey the choice is yours. Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living. Make sure you take a stroll around the extensive gardens and enjoy their year-round colour. There are beautiful herbaceous borders, a fabulous formal parterre and colourful higher gardens filled with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.

THURSDAY A morning visit to Polperro the traditional Cornish fishing village enjoys traffic free narrow winding streets, tiny fisherman’s cottages, a picturesque harbour along with interesting shops and cafes. Afternoon free to explore the charming resort of Looe.

FRIDAY All too soon we depart this lovely area and set off for home arriving late afternoon.





PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation.

Summertime in Northumbria 5 Days 5 – 9 August 2019

Historical sites to take you back through time, vast landscapes to explore, and wildlife That’s Northumberland. Countless castles jostle for attention – ‘proper’ castles with battlements and portcullises, ghostly ruins guarding endless sandy beaches, and ones that echo with ancient footsteps. At night, turn your gaze upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland’s famed dark skies.


YOUR HOTEL The Millennium Copthorne Hotel stands in one of the finest locations in Newcastle, on the banks of the River Tyne, just a short stroll from the city centre. Bedrooms are all facing the river with views across, all are en suite and have satellite television and all the modern day facilities you would expect from a hotel of this standard. The hotel has a lift.

MONDAY Depart from your home area travelling to Newcastle, arriving late afternoon at Copthorne Hotel. Tea/coffee and biscuits served on arrival.

TUESDAY This morning we head for the coast and South Shields, home of the late Catherine Cookson, continuing past Marsden Bay, Whitburn and Seaburn before turning inland across to the ancient and historic City of Durham, acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and dominated by the magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle, high above the River Wear. Late afternoon we return to Newcastle.

WEDNESDAY Today we take the road north, via Ashington, Amble, Warkworth and historic Alnwick. We have time to look round the town, with its mighty castle, and obtain lunch before returning south to Morpeth for a short break before making our way back to the hotel.

THURSDAY A free day for you to explore and enjoy Newcastle. Just a short walk along the quayside from your hotel is the Millennium ‘Winking Eye’ bridge and Newcastle’s famous quayside. Enjoy a riverside stroll before maybe enjoying lunch in a quayside pub, or take a walk into the city centre for lunch and some retail therapy in Eldon Square shopping centre.

FRIDAY After a leisurely breakfast we leave Newcastle and travel to the market town of Hexham for lunch before returning home. This is an interesting town not far from Hadrians Wall, there are shops, cafes and the Border History Museum which is well worth a visit.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation.

Torquay Summer Sizzler with Free Bar 5 Days 12 – 16 August 2019

TORQUAY The largest and most famous seaside resort in Devon. With superb panoramic setting with wooded hills overlooking Tor Bay. Torquay sophisticated, yet friendly, it has a lovely mild climate, luxurious hotels, vivid colours of sub tropical trees and flowers, these blend together to make Torquay the nearest thing to a French Riviera resort in Britain.

The fabulous Templestowe Hotel, where every bedroom has a bath or shower en-suite, colour television, early morning tea making facilities. There is a lift to all floors some rooms have steps to them. Entertainment each evening which includes bingo, dancing and cabaret shows is among the finest standard in any hotel you may stay in. There is a large dining room with individual tables and a choice of menu at each meal along with a very good choice of wine. Outdoor swimming pool.

There is a free bar every evening to include Draught Beer, House brand spirits and House Wine.

MONDAY We set off in the morning from Retford and local pick up points and head towards the South West Coast making a stop for lunch on route arriving at our hotel late afternoon for our four night stay in Torquay. Enjoy all your favourite destinations in the height of summer.

TUESDAY TO THURSDAY There will be free time and excursions to local places of interest

FRIDAY All too soon we must return home after a lovely holiday in Devon.



PRICE INCLUDES:- Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet, Half board accommodation. All excursions. All coach seats non smoking.

Isle of Wight based at Sandown 6 Days 24- 29 August 2019

The Isle of Wight offers a small slice of England in an area which measures just 27 miles by 13 miles. With chalky white towering stacks stretching out into the English Channel secluded sandy beaches looked over from timeless villages is postcard perfect. Sandown sheltered in a beautiful bay and is famed for its golden sandy beach.

YOUR HOTEL Trouville Hotel centrally situated on Sandown’s seafront enjoying stunning views of Sandown and Shanklin Bay. All double and twin rooms enjoy a sea view, however single rooms do not have a sea view. All rooms are en-suite with television, telephone, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

SATURDAY Depart from your home area or Kettlewell’s Yard in the morning heading south to the ferry terminal for our crossing to the Isle of Wight and arriving at our hotel in time for dinner.

SUNDAY Today is a free day to discover your lovely surroundings, perhaps take a stroll along the promenade to Shanklin or just relax in a deckchair.

MONDAY After breakfast we take you on a circular “Round the Island Tour”. The island boasts 60 miles of spectacular coastline with fabulous ocean views. we will visit Alum Bay where you may wish to take the chair lift to view the famous “Needles”. Our tour will also include a visit to the historic port town of Yarmouth which is home to the oldest architecture on the island.

TUESDAY A visit to the quintessential village of Godshill with its delightful medieval church, model village, charming thatched cottages and many interesting tea rooms.

A morning visit to Ryde returning after lunch to Sandown.

THURSDAY Sadly after breakfast we must leave this pretty island and catch the ferry to the mainland and back home.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half
Board and excursions

National Trust Break Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle & Plas Newydd Country House 2 Days 2 – 3 September 2019

Croeso i Cymru…Welcome to Wales, a land of scenic beauty where the mountains of Snowdonia sweep down to stunning coastlines.

YOUR HOTEL Bulkeley Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building situated in the heart of Beaumaris, on the Isle of Angelsey just a short walk from the beach, with spectacular views of both the Menai Strait and the mountains. All bedrooms are en suite and have television & tea & coffee making facilities.

MONDAY Depart Kettlewell’s yard early morning for our journey west to Bodnant Garden. With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant. Created over 150 years, with plants collected and brought to Britain from far afield, and the incredible vision of generations of the McLaren family and Puddle head gardeners, this haven of rarity and beauty with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia is a delight for the senses. With year-round colour, the garden can be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s a hive of activity or a haven of tranquility and relaxation, this is truly a special place for all ages. Our second visit of the day will be to Penryn Castle 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings. The dominating stone façade of Penrhyn Castle hides more than just its internal red-brick construction. The unique architecture, opulent interiors and fine art collection sit alongside a history of sugar and slate fortunes, of social unrest and the longest-running industrial dispute in British history. Discover Penrhyn’s history, its vast rooms, neo-Norman stairways and Victorian kitchens. The extensive grounds are perfect for exploring and enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. We depart late afternoon for our hotel time to relax before dinner.

TUESDAY Our first visit of the day is Plas Newydd House & Gardens an enchanting mansion and gardens, with spectacular views of Snowdonia. A whole day of things to see and do. Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was redesigned by James Wyatt in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association and contains his exquisite romantic mural and the largest exhibition of his works. A military museum contains relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey’s tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. There are fine gardens and an Australasian arboretum, with an understorey of shrubs and wild flowers, an italianate-style summer terrace, and massed hydrangeas which give autumn colour. Depart late afternoon for our journey home.




PRICE INCLUDES: Depart from Kettlewell’s Yard coach parking available. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation.

Waterways & Railways of Scotland 7 Days 15 – 21 September 2019

Despite its small size, Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, ancient architecture, spectacular wildlife and superb seafood. Known for having some of the most scenic rail journeys out there, we can guarantee that the views stretching through your window will stay with you long after your visit to Scotland has ended.

The Best Western Crianlarich Hotel stands in the village of the same name on the fringe of the beautiful Breadalbane region of Perthshire. Relax in the lounges with a drink from the well stocked bar after your day out. All bedrooms are en suite and have television and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY Depart from your home area travelling to Northern England for overnight stay.

MONDAY This morning we continue into Southern Scotland and make our way along the shore of Loch Lomond to Crianlarich, arriving late afternoon at Crianlarich Hotel.

TUESDAY This morning we are bound for Aberfoyle and The Trossachs. Here we enjoy a sail on board Sir Walter Scott along beautiful Loch Katrine. Later we make our way via Lochearnhead to Killin for a break. We continue along Glen Dochart and make our way back to the hotel.

WEDNESDAY Our day begins with a ride east to Falkirk. Here we enjoy a ride on the restored Falkirk Wheel, used to transport canal barges from one level to another. This is a superb feat of engineering and a fascinating experience. From Falkirk we continue to the Firth of Forth and from under the famous railway bridge we take a ‘Maid of the Forth’ sail out past Inchcolm Island, with its Abbey and collection of wildlife.

THURSDAY Today we have a short walk from the hotel to the train station where we join the Scotrail train at Crianlarich for the ride to Oban. The line takes us through the Pass of Brander and alongside Loch Etive. In Oban we have time to explore the town, have a look at the harbour, enjoy lunch and relax. In the afternoon we take the train back to Crianlarich.

FRIDAY Leaving the hotel we make our way into southern Scotland and northwest England for our overnight.

SATURDAY After breakfast we are on our way home calling for lunch at a place of interest.

Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. Loch Katrine Cruise, Falkirk Wheel, ‘Maid of the Forth’ cruise & Scotrail Crianlarich to Oban & return

Liverpool City Break 2 Days 29 – 30 September 2019


The City of Liverpool has much to offer the visitor, including places made famous by the Beatles, Titanic White Star Line headquarters, the Cathedrals and much more.

YOUR HOTEL The Jury’s Inn is located on Liverpool’s Kings Waterfront adjacent to the Albert Dock and just a short walk from the popular shopping district of Liverpool One. Bedrooms are contemporary and spacious, all are en suite with television and all the modern day facilities you would expect. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY An early start sees us heading west to Merseyside arriving at Liverpool around lunchtime. An ideal way to see the city is to take a Mersey Ferries short cruise and enjoy the views of the waterfront including the famous ‘Three Graces’. Explore the Albert Dock and surrounding area or just relax after your journey and watch the world go by. Our overnight stay is at Jurys Inn, with bed and breakfast and there are lots of opportunities to obtain a drink and bite to eat

MONDAY After breakfast the morning is free for you to head out and explore Liverpool. If you are looking for retail therapy the excellent Liverpool One complex is the place to go. The city has some very interesting museums to visit and learn all about the past. We depart late afternoon for our return journey.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

Settle Carlisle Railway 2 Days 5 – 6 October 2019


The Settle-Carlisle railway line is one of the most famous in England. Half a million passengers ride on it every year, the majority of them for the sheer pleasure of journeying through some of the North’s most magnificent scenery from the comfort of the train. We also take in Skipton and more beautiful scenery through the Lake District.

YOUR HOTEL Nestling in ten acres of landscaped grounds and situated midway between the Borders Region and Scotland’s southwest, the 3* Gretna Hall Hotel is located in the centre of Gretna Green. All bedrooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SATURDAY We travel to Yorkshire and the market town of Skipton, often called the gateway to the Dales with its many shops, cobbled streets and alleyways, plus one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. We then join our diesel train for our breath-taking journey on England’s most scenic railway line – the Settle to Carlisle, one of the last great railways to be built in the country and completed in 1876. We travel through stunning countryside to Carlisle and to Gretna for dinner and overnight stay.

SUNDAY Our return journey home this morning gets under way with more beautiful scenery as we travel to the wonderful Lake District. Travelling via Keswick and Grasmere to Bowness on Lake Windermere, where we have time to have lunch, perhaps take a boat trip or just enjoy your surroundings before continuing our journey home, arriving in the early evening.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel. Half board accommodation. All coach seats non-smoking. Skipton to Carlisle railway journey.

Llandudno Holly & Mistletoe 5 Days 20 – 24 October 2019

Linked by a long crescent shaped sandy bay nestling between dramatic limestone headlands, Llandudno has been a magnet in North Wales to generations of visitors who have revelled in its wealth of traditional attractions. Sightseeing, shopping, walking, eating or just resting.

YOUR HOTEL Family run Tynedale Hotel situated on the sea front, having used this hotel for many years it has become a firm favourite. The food is excellent in both choice and presentation. This hotel is very well recommended with excellent facilities including all bedrooms en-suite with hairdryer, trouser press, remote control colour television, many rooms with ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, hospitality trays in all rooms. Lift to all floors, some rooms have steps to them, level access to hotel, some ground floor rooms available. Please note some single rooms do not have lift access. Air-conditioned restaurant and cabaret lounge, top class entertainment every night, happy hour at the bar each evening.

SUNDAY Depart local pick up area or Kettlewell’s Yard and travel across the scenic Woodhead pass in Derbyshire and into Cheshire, stopping at Chester services for lunch on route. We arrive in Llandudno in good time to relax. Time for a stroll around make the most of happy hour in the bar before an excellent dinner.

MONDAY – WEDNESDAY There will be free excursions and entertainment and lots of fun to be had.

This hotel has to be one of the all time greats in themed-break holidays. Mock Christmas revellers will love the glam and the glitz of the Festive Celebrations – decorations, present from Santa for everyone, Christmas carols, sherry receptions, afternoon teas and live entertainment every night. Six course Christmas Dinner, late night buffets, Fancy Dress Parade, New Year Party. This is not the cheapest mock Christmas that you will see but with nothing but the best, surely excellent value

THURSDAY After a leisurely breakfast we depart Llandudno mid morning, calling for lunch before continuing our scenic drive home.



PRICE INCLUDES:- Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. All excursions. All coach seats non-smoking.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2 Days 24 – 25 November 2019

Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols.


YOUR HOTEL Our base for this fantastic weekend is the 3* Brook Hotel Norwich. The hotel is situated to the west of the city. All bedrooms are en suite, and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.

SUNDAY Depart from your home area for Norfolk to enjoy the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford. This Norfolk Show is the largest Christmas production in England and is a celebration of Christmas with choirs, carols, and the best organs including the mighty Wurlitzer playing. Lunch or dinner will be provided depending on performance time.

MONDAY After breakfast we have an excursion into Norwich where we have time to explore the city as it prepares for the festive season. Pay a visit to the Cathedral, cobbled Elm Hill, or just enjoy some retail therapy as you search for that elusive Christmas present.



PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. Entrance to Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

French Festive Getaway Cruise from Tilbury 5 Days 8 – 12 December 2019

Cruise the River Seine to Rouen, ‘city of a hundred spires’, and walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc. Discover the charming town of Honfleur with its cobbled streets and picturesque old harbour surrounded by lofty houses. From Zeebrugge, opt to visit Bruges and explore the delightful Christmas Markets. Wander through the stalls of seasonal gifts, hand-crafted decorations and tasty treats, soaking-up the wonderful festive atmosphere.

YOUR SHIP The Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Her wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining or the more informal Raffles Bistro. There are comfortable lounge areas throughout including the two-tier theatre style Magellan Show Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities.

SUNDAY Depart Kettlewell’s early morning for our journey to Tilbury for the overnight sailing to Rouen.

MONDAY Start the day enjoying a scenic cruise along the beautiful and majestic Seine into the heart of one of France’s most historic and picturesque regions, Normandy. Arriving in Rouen early afternoon. Rouen is the historic capital of Normandy. Victor Hugo called Rouen ‘the city of a hundred spires’. Its Old Town is a delightful maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with fine half-timbered houses and wonderful gothic churches including the magnificent Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou. Rouen’s Place du Vieux-Marche is famous as the site where Joan of arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Further upriver is the village of Giverny and the home of Claude Monet, who captured the beauty of Rouen in many of his paintings.

TUESDAY An overnight sailing and we arrive in Honfleur early morning. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

WEDNESDAY Sailing overnight we arrive early morning in Zeebrugge an important port in Flanders and a coastal gateway to Belgium and your gateway to Bruges. Picturesque Bruges is a delightful little city of canals and stone bridges, winding cobbled streets and medieval Flemish architecture. Cosmopolitan Brussels is an historic and royal city divided into the Lower and Upper Town. The Lower Town has gothic, baroque and renaissance-era buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Whilst the picturesque Quartier Royal, surrounded by 18th and 19th century palaces, is the most distinctive plaza of the Upper Town. We depart early evening for our overnight sailing back to Tilbury.

THURSDAY Depart our ship after a sumptuous breakfast for our return journey home.


PRICE INCLUDES: Departure from Kettlewell’s car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Full board accommodation & big show entertainment. Afternoon teas and late night snacks. Daytime activities and leisure facilities.

A valid passport is required European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Kettlewell (Retford) Ltd act as retail agents for South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd who have organised this holiday and financial protection is given by South Quay’s ABTA V9945.

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