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Taking Learning Outside the Classroom!

Our Accreditations

25 years experience

Company History

In 1986, former French teacher, Keith Sharkey, decided to create a company that would offer teachers the support and customer service that he, as a group leader, knew they required, but had felt was lacking with other tour operators. As an educator, Keith knew the value of providing pupils with the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. He was passionate about the benefits of visiting other countries and experiencing other cultures first-hand, and wanted to ensure that as many young people as possible were offered these opportunities.

Today, Halsbury Travel is part of the Literacy Capital portfolio, an investment firm with a unique charitable objective to advance the education of children in the UK by promoting and supporting the development of literacy. One of the ways they do this is by donating 0.9% of their net assets every year to literacy charities, such as BookMark, whose aim is to get every child reading.

School Music Tours

Music tours have always been a central part of Halsbury Travel’s portfolio. With several musicians amongst our number, we know that there is nothing quite as inspiring as performing to an appreciative audience, in venues as varied as magnificent cathedrals and charming local squares. We believe that music can be a window into another culture and music tours create lasting impressions on the pupils who take them.

Our Expertise

Our specialist music team have nearly 35 years’ experience in arranging bespoke music tours for school groups, orchestras, bands, choirs and performing arts groups. They share a passion for music and educational travel and know both the destinations and our local suppliers personally, meaning that they are best placed to provide honest advice on your school music tour. They will work closely with you to create a tour that will meet all your requirements and inspire your musicians.

Our Reputation

We’ve been providing tailor-made school and group tours for over 30 years and are very proud of our reputation for providing excellent service and valuable support. We have a long and extensive history of satisfied customers because we firmly believe in providing the highest quality music tours at the best possible prices. What we don’t believe in is hidden costs, so you can be sure that when you book with Halsbury the price that you are quoted is the price that you will pay.



Halsbury Travel is a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) which is dedicated to raising standards of quality, safety, service and financial security. You can be sure that when you book with Halsbury Travel all your arrangements will be in the best possible hands. You are protected financially by our ABTA bond. For further information about ABTA's protection and consumer services, visit their website.

The OFT only approves codes that are effective in safeguarding and promoting consumer interests beyond the basic requirements of the law. For a list of the main benefits for consumers dealing with ABTA members, visit the OFT website.


All the flight-inclusive holidays on our website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk

School Travel Forum

Halsbury is an Assured Member of the School Travel Forum (STF) and in booking with us you can be secure in the knowledge that we understand and facilitate the needs of educational travel; have effective Safety Management Systems in place, specifically focused on travelling with young students and that we offer fair terms and conditions and the best financial security. This means that you can book your trip with confidence, meet your due diligence and reduce the amount of External Provider paperwork necessary.

Visit the School Travel Forum website to learn more.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Halsbury Travel has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, a benchmark that identifies organisations providing quality services that fulfil the requirements of a quality LOtC provider. In order to be awarded the badge, organisations must demonstrate they are committed to fulfilling six quality indicators that are required of a quality LOtC provider. The result is that teachers, local authorities and parents are able to identify and have confidence that Halsbury Travel is committed to offering LOtC activities that are safe and beneficial to learning.

View our LOTC Certificate or visit the Learning Outside the Classroom Website to learn more.