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.
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
Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.
Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire
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
Create your own artistic masterpiece at one of the South Downs’ most scenic locations, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley.
Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex
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
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
Try your hand at survival skills on a summer adventure and face your fears on a jungle assault course in the heart of Sherwood Forest.
Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Stay in beautifully restored 18th century stables in rural Lincolnshire and learn something new on a day-long course during your visit.
Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
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
Get creative and learn a new skill at Heath House Studios in Shropshire with painting, crafting, sewing and flower arranging classes.
Location: Near Bridgnorth, Shropshire
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