Courses, Learning & Self Improvement

Working holidays

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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Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Have you ever wondered what goes into making the gin in your favourite G&T drink or cocktail?

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

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Bushcraft Course in Somerset

Bushcraft Course in Somerset

A lesson in living off the land.

Location: Somerset

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Make a real difference with a working holiday at Clumber Park

Make a real difference with a working holiday at Clumber Park

Immerse yourself in daily life at Clumber Park in Worksop, near Nottingham, with a rewarding working holiday.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Enjoy the gentle pace of Suffolk’s rivers and coast, then bed down in a boutique hotel at night, with Viking Mariners’ stay and sail packages.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

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Head to Stourhead for hedgerow harvests and bushcraft workshops

Head to Stourhead for hedgerow harvests and bushcraft workshops

Join the National Trust for hedgerow harvests, foraging and bushcraft workshops on the beautiful Stourhead estate.

Location: Wiltshire

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Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Experience a break with a difference & reconnect with the countryside. Stay in a hut by the pond or a unique shepherd’s hut with a cosy log burner.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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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

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Get writing at The Grange

Get writing at The Grange

Are you the next Raymond Carver ready to boil down the minutiae of every day life into the shortest of stories?

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Discover extraordinary works by modern British artists and learn more about the greats on an art course at the award-winning Pallant House Gallery.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Learn a new skill in Suffolk

Learn a new skill in Suffolk

Take a break in the heart of Suffolk and take up a new skill at the same time, from fly-fishing, cooking game, glass art and everything in between.

Location: Suffolk

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Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Let your budding thespians tread the boards in style, with Warwick's famous acting troupe.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Get snapping on a landscape photography walk in the Holme Valley

Get snapping on a landscape photography walk in the Holme Valley

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, Made in Holmfirth will take you on a journey across the inspiring rural Pennines.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Become a Master Potter for the day

Become a Master Potter for the day

Treat yourself to some beautiful pieces in the Capital of Ceramics, and 'have-a-go' at creating your own ceramic masterpiece.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Learn prehistoric skills with Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’

Learn prehistoric skills with Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’

Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’ Will Lord will teach you the long-forgotten skills of fashioning tools out of flints and even how to make deerskin clothes.

Location: Thetford, Norfolk

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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

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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

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Enjoy a gourmet break at Rick Stein’s cookery school

Enjoy a gourmet break at Rick Stein’s cookery school

On the beautiful north coast of Cornwall, the award-winning Padstow Seafood School offers a fantastic foodie break for seafood lovers.

Location: Padstow, Cornwall

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Plan a walking holiday or photography workshop

Plan a walking holiday or photography workshop

Explore lesser-known routes around Holmfirth in the Peak District National Park.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

If you’re looking for something to blow the cobwebs away this weekend, why not book the gang in for a sailing course in Whitstable?

Location: Whitstable, Kent

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Capture Lincoln’s historic streets on a photo walk

Capture Lincoln’s historic streets on a photo walk

Hone your camera skills – whether you’ve got a smartphone or a DSLR – in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter with a guided photo walk.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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