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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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Discover your inner Monet on an autumnal Art School break

Discover your inner Monet on an autumnal Art School break

Immerse yourself in Nottinghamshire’s landscapes and capture crisp autumnal views and leafy scenes from behind your canvas.

Location: Calverton, Nottinghamshire

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Learn the lost art of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds

Learn the lost art of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds

Learn the ancient outdoor activity of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds and why it is so important to look after these historic boundaries.

Location: Cotswolds, Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire

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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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Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

This unique once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to get up close to some of nature’s most endangered species for a memory you’ll never forget.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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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 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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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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Chill in style in Cirencester

Chill in style in Cirencester

Enjoy top class pampering and learn a new craft – all in the beautiful market town of Cirencester.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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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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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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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

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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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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

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Perfect your photography skills on a course in Canterbury

Perfect your photography skills on a course in Canterbury

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

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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Wildlife and Conservation Holidays on The Suffolk Coast

Wildlife and Conservation Holidays on The Suffolk Coast

Enjoy a wildlife conservation and research holiday at RSPB Minsmere and National Trust's Dunwich Heath in Suffolk

Location: Dunwich

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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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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

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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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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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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

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