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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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

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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 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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Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Bushcraft and campfires at Humblescough Farm

Bushcraft and campfires at Humblescough Farm

Gather the family around the campfire to learn bushcraft and woodland skills in the Lancashire countryside.

Location: Garstang, Lancashire

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Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Whatever tickles your fancy, there's something musical you can move to at the Pavilion.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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

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Discover your inner Bear Grylls on a bushcraft adventure

Discover your inner Bear Grylls on a bushcraft adventure

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

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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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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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Bring our your arty side at Heath House Studios

Bring our your arty side at Heath House Studios

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

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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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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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