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Shearings (legally Shearings Travel Limited)[1] is a coach tour operator, part of the Leger Shearings Group, based in the United Kingdom. The tour operator brand specialises in holidays including escorted tours, unescorted tours, short breaks, self-drive holidays and river cruises throughout the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Ireland and Continental Europe.

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Shearings Travel Limited
Setra S416GT in the previous livery in August 2011
  • Shearings Tours (1919–1963)
  • Shearings-Pleasureways-Ribblesdale (1964–1979)
  • Shearings Ribblesdale (1979–1982)
  • Shearings Holidays (1982–2006; 2007–2020)
  • WA Shearings (2006–2007)
  • Shearings Travel (2020–)
2020 as part of Leger
Defunct2020 (as separate company)
Service typeCoach holidays and Escorted Tours

Founded in 1919, in Oldham, Greater Manchester by Herbert Shearing, the brand has been transferred between various owners in the late 20th century. Shearings bought Smiths Happiways in 1984, which can be traced back to 1903.

From 2014, Shearings Holidays was owned by Lone Star Funds-backed Specialist Leisure Group, until the group collapsed into administration during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. In June 2020, Leger Holidays announced their purchase of the Shearings brand, website, and customer database, but all other Shearings assets were not purchased at the time.