Our Founder - Thomas Arthur Leonard
Thomas Arthur Leonard is one of the key figures in the British outdoor movement, who helped create numerous organisations, including HF Holidays.
Having created the Co-operative Holidays Association he founded the Holiday Fellowship and was our General Secretary until 1934. In the 1930's he helped create the Youth Hostels Association and was one of the founders of the Friends of the Lake District. He also chaired the first national meeting of the Ramblers Association in 1935.
First holidays at Alltshellach at Glen Coe. Situated on the shores of Loch Leven and surrounded by some of Britain's highest mountains, it continues to be a premier destination for mountain walking.
1939 - 1945
1939 - 1945
First publication of our 'Holidays that are Different' brochure which contained holidays ranging from pony trekking and golf to photography, sketching and 'old-time' dancing. This collection has evolved over the years and our brochure now contains almost 200 different holidays.
1960s & 1970s
Our first Worldwide brochure is launched with long-haul destinations including the Canadian Rockies, New Zealand and the USA National Parks. These holidays have grown rapidly in popularity and now encompass 40 destinations in all corners of the globe.
HF Holidays celebrates its Centenary with a range of special events and Centenary Holidays. Prince Charles joined us at Sedbergh to mark our birthday celebrations.