Courses, Learning & Self-Improvement

You don’t have to journey to far-off shores to change the world or re-energise your life. There are many working holidays, volunteering holidays, and conservation holidays much closer to home. Many English charities and organisations run daily or longer residential courses helping out with conservation projects such as reclaiming green spaces for communities and helping out on organic farms. You can take the family, even quite young children, or venture alone to make new friends as well as learn new skills.

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Bushcrafting in the Lake District

Bushcrafting in the Lake District

Literally learning to live off the land.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

National Parks
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Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Magicians, performers and clowns take over the streets of Blackpool, as the circus (and much more) rolls into town every year for Showzam.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Coastal towns
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Yoga on Bournemouth Beach

Yoga on Bournemouth Beach

There’s no better way to ease into a day in the bustling seaside town of Bournemouth than with a spot of yoga on the beach.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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Blow your own glass bubble

Blow your own glass bubble

Learn about the distinctive aquamarine-coloured glass and make your own glass bubble at Bath Aqua Glass.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Enjoy a wild night out with bushcraft at Catton Hall

Enjoy a wild night out with bushcraft at Catton Hall

Let Woodland Ways teach you the basics of bushcraft in a fun and safe environment whilst spending time outdoors and sleeping under the stars.

Location: Catton, Derbyshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Jump on board and ride the waves with Joss Bay Surf School

Jump on board and ride the waves with Joss Bay Surf School

Head to Kent’s top surf spot to ride the waves.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Watersports
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Meet the master craftsmen at the Emma Bridgewater factory

Meet the master craftsmen at the Emma Bridgewater factory

Take a factory tour and meet the people behind Emma Bridgewater’s brightly coloured, modern pottery, before having a go at decorating your own piece.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Tours and trails
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Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Photography in Canterbury

Photography in Canterbury

Get the most out of that new digital camera on a guided photography course in Canterbury.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

City
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Learn to paint in St Ives

Learn to paint in St Ives

St Ives is renowned for being a spectacular seaside town encouraging painters to put brush to paper and paint a picture perfect moment.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Surely there’s nowhere other than Talton Lodge where you could combine canoeing, Tug O’ War and sausage-making courses?

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Activities
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Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tide.

Location: Whitstable, Kent

Coastal towns
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Take in a lecture at the Royal Society

Take in a lecture at the Royal Society

A Royal Society talk offers you the chance to ease the guilt, warm up those grey cells, and all without the tuition fees.

Location: London

Low cost
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Work and play on a New Forest conservation holiday

Work and play on a New Forest conservation holiday

Give something back to the environment and have a great time too on a conservation holiday in the New Forest.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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Paint your masterpiece amid the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Paint your masterpiece amid the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Get creative at this painters’ paradise – there’s no place quite like it.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Picturesque places
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From the cocoon to the catwalk, discover the history of silk

From the cocoon to the catwalk, discover the history of silk

At Macclesfield Silk Museum you can travel along a silk road and follow the story of the silk industry from its humble button beginnings.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Historic sites and icons
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Prehistoric Skills in Norfolk

Prehistoric Skills in Norfolk

Fancy making your own bow and arrow?

Location: Thetford, Norfolk

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery

Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery

Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery at Hull's historic Old Fruit Market.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement

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