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We're Celebrating 30 Years of School Travel


30 years ago, in 1986, French teacher Keith Sharkey decided to create a school tour operator that would put the needs of teachers and their students first. He wanted to help teachers who, like him, held a passionate belief in the benefits of educational travel and wanted to provide their students with unforgettable learning experiences. 

The result was Halsbury Travel, now one of the few remaining independent school tour operators. Keith is still our Managing Director and runs the company alongside his wife Sue, also a former teacher, and children, Stuart and Katie. The Sharkey family are supported by a dynamic team of school travel specialists and a number of other former teachers. 

Read more about our story by checking out our timeline.

Here at Halsbury, we pride ourselves on using our long experience of school travel to work closely with teachers, in order to provide exciting, tailor-made itineraries and unforgettable school trips!

Music tours have long been an important part of what we offer here at Halsbury and we are proud to have a fantastic team of Music Tour Specialists who, between them, have nearly 30 years’ experience in arranging tailor-made music tours. Over the years they have worked hard to develop strong relationships with our local suppliers, opening up some spectacular venues across the world for our ensembles to perform in!

In this, our 30th anniversary year, we invite you to join us on a tailor-made school music tour. Contact our Music Tour Specialists today for any further information or advice you may require.