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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Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

New experiences, new skills, new friends, and a break from everyday living all come free to National Forest Conservation volunteers.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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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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Glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Find inspiration, learn and relax at Woodspring Farm, a well-hidden jewel on National Trust Land, in the seaside village of Kewstoke.

Location: Kewstoke, Somerset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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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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Forage for wild food in the Kent countryside

Forage for wild food in the Kent countryside

Sample some tasty treats from the forest floor.

Location: Canterbury or Herne Bay, Kent

Forests and woodlands
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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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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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Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Visit the newly regenerated site at Middleport Pottery, famed for its production of Burleighware pottery since the 18th century.

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire

Tours and trails
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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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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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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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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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Paint your own dinner service

Paint your own dinner service

Painting your own pottery is fun whatever the weather.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Find a piece of Japan at Pure Land Japanese Garden

Find a piece of Japan at Pure Land Japanese Garden

Tucked away in a rural village in Nottinghamshire, find an unexpected piece of Japan and the ultimate in Zen.

Location: North Clifton, Nottinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Become a TV presenter at BBC Broadcasting House

Become a TV presenter at BBC Broadcasting House

Bong! And the News At Ten is read today by…you! Try your hand at reading the news on a backstage tour of BBC Broadcasting House.

Location: Central London, Greater London

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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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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Midland Railway- Butterley

Midland Railway- Butterley

The Railway’s Footplate Experience provides big kids with all the necessary know-how to drive a steam train.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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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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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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