Holidays are organised by volunteers, backed by a professional and experienced holiday company. The holidays are announced in the Winter newsletter and an application form is included which must be submitted by a specified closing date. Places will be allocated according to a tried and trusted scheme that aims to provide a fair allocation of places to members. Specifically places are not allocated on a response date basis; no allocation takes place until after the closing date. Where more members have applied for a holiday than places are available, a waiting list will be maintained by the Holiday Organiser.
Some holidays may not be full, but still full enough to run, so it is possible that places may still be available after the closing date, particularly if you can be flexible regarding room type. To check, look at the Latest News page and then contact the Holiday Organiser.
If you are already booked on a holiday, or are on a waiting list, and need to cancel please contact the Holiday Organiser as soon as possible; an escalating set of charges are applied to cancellations if it is not possible to reallocate your place.
YORKSHIRE, Sunday 4th September 2022 to Saturday 10th September 2022
We will be staying at the Rendezvous Hotel***; this is alongside the famous Leeds Liverpool Canal, less than a mile from the Centre of the market town of Skipton. Possible places we may visit are: Nostell Priory, Saltaire, Riddlesden Hall, Castle Howard (full day visit), ‘the World of James Herriot’ Museum and Thirsk Museum, Ripon Cathedral and Newby Hall. A free day will give the opportunity to enjoy Skipton and the surrounding area, with our evening meal being enjoyed on board the ‘Graceful Swan’; this takes us along the Leeds Canal to enjoy the scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
LINCOLN, Sunday 7th May to Thursday 11th May 2023
We will be staying at The Doubletree Hilton**** located on the picturesque waterfront at Brayford Wharf. Our provisional itinerary may include visits to Day 1 – Stamford with time for lunch, followed by a guided tour of Burghley House; Day 2 – a walking tour of Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle followed by free time to explore; Day 3- a tour of Newark followed by a short cruise on the River Trent and National Trust Southwell Workhouse; Day 4 – a guided tour of Doddington Hall followed by a visit to Gainsborough Old Hall; Day 5 – Belton Hall house and gardens with time for lunch before our return to Reading.
INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF THE BLACK COUNTRY AND SHROPSHIRE – Sunday 11th June to Friday 16th June 2023
We will be staying at the Mercure Hotel**** located near the village of Albrighton, about 4 miles from Shrewsbury. Our itinerary may include: Day 1 – Compton Verney Art Gallery on route to the hotel; Day 2 – Ironbridge Gorge including Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum and free time to explore the Blists Hill Victorian Museum; Day 3 – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery followed by National Trust Back to Backs; Day 4 – Stokesay Castle and Ludlow followed by a Steam Train ride alongside the River Severn and then free time for explore Bridgenorth; Day 5 – A morning tour of Shrewsbury with free time followed by National Trust Shugborough Estate. The return journey to Reading will include a visit to the Black Country Museum.
HISTORIC HOUSES AND HERITAGE OF SOUTH WALES AND THE WYE VALLEY Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September
We will be staying at the St. Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club****on the outskirts of Chepstow. Our itinerary may include: Day 1 – on route to the hotel, a visit to Laycock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and village; Day 2 – Museum of Welsh Life in St. Fagins followed by an afternoon visit to National Trust Tredegar House; Day 3 – A scenic drive through the Wye Valley followed by a visit to Berkeley Castle; Day 4 – A guided tour of Cardiff followed by a visit to the Royal Mint Visitor Centre; Day 5 – A visit to Brunel’s SS Great Britain on route back to Reading.