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If you enjoy our day trips, then you'll love our Short Breaks! These popular two and three day breaks offer great choice and variety to the best of the UK & Europe by Coach. Why choose Johnsons

A Concert of Remembrance Great Break

A Grand Concert on the Saturday before Remembrance Day to pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts. After dining in the hotel join us in the 'Orchard Theatre' for a glorious show featuring the music and artists of the war years. This Great Break visits the National Memorial Arboretum and also introduces us to the remarkable story of King Richard III.

Duration 2 Days

A Wiltshire Retreat Great Break

We are once again pleased to bring you this popular Great Break to wonderful Wiltshire - With its endless plains, rolling hills and woodland, antique buildings and secluded villages, Wiltshire is hard to beat as a "get away from it all" weekend destination. Sometimes overshadowed by the better-known Cotswolds, which gently nudge over the border into the north-west of the county, Wiltshire has its own potent identity, much of it rooted in its gripping history and stunning landscape.

Duration 2 Days

Arundel & Chichester Great Break

Enjoy a charming overnight stay in the picturesque market town of Arundel and visit the Roman City of Chichester; staying at The Norfolk Arms Hotel

Duration 2 Days

Beating Retreat Great Break

Visit the Poppy Factory, Hampton Court Palace & the V&A Museum with our short break to London staying at the Holiday Inn in Shepperton

Duration 3 Days

Blackpool Illuminations Great Break

Blackpool is Britain's favourite holiday resort - bright and bustling - with non-stop fun. Famous for its "Golden Mile". There is seven miles of wide sandy beach to enjoy. Famous for its Illuminations, from the beginning of September to November, when over half a million light bulbs decorate the promenade which is dominated by the 518 foot Tower - It is a sight not to be missed!

Duration 2 Days

Brend Hotels - A Scenic North Devon Great Break

Welcome to the prestigious Brend hotels. From the moment you arrive you are guaranteed the warmest of welcomes, luxury accommodation and personal service of the highest quality. We stay in Barnstaple.

Duration 3 Days

Buxton Military Tattoo Great Break

Returning for its tenth year, the Buxton Military Tattoo will once again be bringing some of the United Kingdom's finest bands for a spectacular performance inside the Devonshire Dome. Loved by families, local residents and visitors alike, the Tattoo has played to sold-out audiences over the last seven years, raising thousands of pounds for ABF - The Soldiers' Charity.

Duration 2 Days

Cardiff City Great Break

The vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of Wales has an abundance of attractions, culture and leisure facilities including its fairy-tale castle and the famous Millennium Stadium, plus acres of lush parkland and first-class shopping opportunities.

Duration 2 Days

Cardiff City Short Break

Enjoy an overnight stay in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.You'll be staying at the Angel Hotel in the heart of the city and you'll have plenty of time to explore.

Duration 2 Days

Chatsworth Flower Show Short Break

Enjoy 2 nights away on this short break to explore all the Chatsworth Flower Show has to offer plus a visit to Chesterfield and a scenic driver through the Peak District

Duration 3 Days

Cheddar, Wells & Bath Great Break

Visit the City of Wells in Somerset, with its historic centre and magnificent Cathedral and the unique moated Bishop's Palace. Close by; explore the beauty of the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels including Cheddar Gorge and historic Bath.

Duration 2 Days

Chelsea Flower Show Short Break

An overnight stay in London to visit Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea Physic Garden, London's oldest botanic garden. Staying at the Tower Hotel in central London.

Duration 2 Days

Christmas at Chatsworth Great Break

Christmas is a wonderful time in the Peak District and Derbyshire; the air is fresher, hot chocolate in a village café tastes better and the shops and markets are filled with potential presents and festive cheer!

Duration 3 Days

Christmas at Kew Gardens & Waddesdon Manor

Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew, the popular after-dark Christmas event that offers a fantastic display of more than 60,000 lights set around the garden.

Duration 2 Days

Come Racing in Newmarket Great Break

Racing is the 'Sport of Kings' and you can experience the thrill of the races, and a unique insight behind the scenes on this special break for lovers of horses and beautiful countryside alike. We also include a visit to Cambridge.

Duration 3 Days

Devon Dash Great Break

With long sandy beaches, a bustling seafront and traditional pier, Paignton is a great choice for a short Great Break to the English Riviera. Set between two rugged headlands, Paignton nestles snugly between its two neighbours - Torquay and Brixham. Its colourful image is enhanced by a marine gardens promenade, pier and harbour which are brought to life at nightfall by seafront illuminations.

Duration 2 Days

Devon, Paignton & Brixham Short Break

An overnight stay in Devon, visiting Paignton at the Redcliffe Hotel where you'll have time to explore Paignton as well as Brixham on Torbay's coast

Duration 2 Days

Easton Walled Garden & Lincoln Great Break

Enjoy an overnight break where we include a trip to the ancient Easton Walled Gardens and full day for your to explore Lincoln.

Duration 2 Days

Easton Walled Garden & Lincoln Great Break

Easton Walled Gardens are the 'lost gardens' of Lincolnshire, where a country house was demolished, and the gardens abandoned for fifty years. Our 'Great Break' continues to Lincoln, a city that is crowned by Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe's finest examples of Gothic architecture, with a wealth of history and heritage to discover there.

Duration 2 Days

Ely & Norwich Great Break

On this Great Break to East Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, we can discover two of the regions great centres. Nestled in the Fen countryside, is the small city of Ely,

Duration 2 Days

Farewell to the Union

60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive built in Doncaster in 1937. Sister locomotive of 'Mallard', holder of the world speed record for a steam locomotion, 'Union' is one of six surviving Gresley A4s, and is currently operational and mainline certified until April 2019 when she will be permanently withdrawn.

Duration 2 Days

For the Fallen, France - Greak Break

World War 1 claimed the lives of over 16 million people from around the globe and touched everyone's life in some way or other and on this tour we'll embark on a journey of remembrance and discovery as we visit the Battlefields of the Somme, Arras and Cambrai.

Duration 3 Days

Greenwich - A World Heritage Site Great Break

Greenwich is where hemispheres meet and home to a World Heritage Site. London's oldest Royal Park is packed with royal heritage, world class attractions and breathtaking views, all in a beautiful riverside setting.

Duration 2 Days

Harrogate & York Great Break

Enjoy a fabulous overnight stay at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate and visit the magnificient City of York and the rolling countryside of Yorkshire.

Duration 2 Days

Harrogate & York Great Break

Harrogate evolved as one of the country's premier spa towns following the discovery of medicinal waters, and the grandeur of yesteryear still remains amid the beautifully preserved buildings, and famous parks and gardens. With its close proximity to the magnificent city of York and the beautiful rolling Yorkshire countryside; this 2-day tour has all the ingredients for a truly memorable holiday.

Duration 2 Days

History & Heritage in Shropshire Great Break

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Church Stretton & Powis Castle

Duration 2 Days

Hull & Beverley Great Break

Hull, UK City of Culture in 2017 is located on the banks of the River Humber. This magnificent waterfront city boasts a relaxing atmosphere. We also visit the stunning market town of Beverley - With an awe-inspiring Minster, historical buildings, cobbled streets, and small town charm.

Duration 2 Days

Keswick & the Lake District 2019

The breathtaking scenery of the Lake District exerts a special fascination, with its beautiful combination of rugged crags and tranquil lakes. Our break will be centred on the busy Lakeland resort and old market town of Keswick.

Duration 2 Days

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England Great Break

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle, County Durham. This 90-minute KYNREN show begins at dusk and ends in starlight. The show takes the audiences on a journey through 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend at breakneck speed. Encompassing the Roman occupation. Both World Wars. Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts, Tudor times, The English Civil War, the Georgian Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in between.

Duration 3 Days

Leeds Castle Classical Concert Great Break

The Leeds Castle Classical Concert is one of the most magnificent and memorable summer evenings in the Kent events calendar – be entertained by field cannons, fireworks and rousing classical music at this hugely popular event which many thousands of people have attended over the last 40 years.

Duration 3 Days

Liverpool & Historic Chester Great Break

A terrific weekend away as we enjoy the historic appeal of Chester, along with the fabulous city attractions of Liverpool. All combined with outstanding hotel accommodation for a wonderful two day break.

Duration 2 Days

Longleat 'Festival of Light' Great Break

This wonderful pre-Christmas break combines great shopping opportunities with a touch of history in Bath and a visit to one of the country's best-loved stately homes to enjoy the Festival of Light.

Duration 2 Days

Secrets of Surrey Great Break

We are pleased to introduce another new Great Break. Once again, featuring another hotel from the award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection, this tour takes us to Surrey and the delightful Woodlands Park Hotel. This 3 day tour really has something for everyone with visits to Henley-on-Thames, historic Guildford, RHS Wisley, Mercedes Benz World and the famous Brooklands Museum.

Duration 3 Days

Sidmouth & Clarks Village at Street Great Break

This new Great Break is based in the popular seaside resort of Sidmouth - Known as the 'Jewel of the Jurassic Coast', this lovely unspoilt resort, with Regency architecture, elegant promenade and red sandstone cliffs, overlooks the waters of Lyme Bay, on a stretch of World Heritage coastline.

Duration 2 Days

Stonehenge & Bath Great Break

Explore one of the world’s most mysterious monuments and one of the most romantic cities in England on this new two day Great Break to Stonehenge and Bath. Investigate the stone circle on Salisbury Plain, and stroll the Georgian streets of Bath.

Duration 2 Days

The Great Dorset Steam Fair Great Break

This English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. From small beginnings, this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in bygone years and it is now widely recognised as “THE” National Heritage Show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type in the World.

Duration 4 Days

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular Great Break

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain. Come and experience the popular blend of Christmas entertainment, with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, Christmas songs, carols and outstanding music and singing from the cast of over one hundred.

Duration 2 Days

Tina Turner the Musical & Overnight Break, London

Join us for an overnight stay in London to see the hottest West-End show right now - Tina Turner! From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner didn't just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

Duration 2 Days

Tina Turner The Musical with Overnight in London

Join us for an overnight stay in London to see the hottest West-End show right now - Tina Turner! From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner didn't just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

Duration 2 Days

Twixmas on the South Coast Great Break

With its four mile long flat promenade and sweeping views across the Solent, Southsea attracts visitors all year round with its lively sophisticated and varied attractions.

Duration 3 Days

Wake Up at the Waldorf Great Break

Enjoy the wonderful experience of staying at this 5-star iconic hotel – Situated on the verdant, tree-lined thoroughfare of Aldwych, The Waldorf Hilton hotel enjoys a fabulous Covent Garden location in the heart of London’s theatre district.

Duration 2 Days

Winchester & Portsmouth Festival of Christmas

Transport yourself on a journey through time to experience a day out, Victorian-style, at the annual Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Duration 2 Days

York & Castle Howard Great Break

Join us for a short break to York where you'll be staying at The Queen's Hotel, located on the banks of the River Ouse. Plus, visit one of Britain's finest stately homes, Castle Howard.

Duration 3 Days

York & Castle Howard Great Break

The magnificent City of York has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. The walls surrounding the city are some of the finest and most complete in England, still retaining all four of their impressive gateways into the city.

Duration 3 Days
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