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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Channel your inner artist in the South Downs

Channel your inner artist in the South Downs

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

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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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Be inspired, relax and learn a new skill at Cober Hill

Be inspired, relax and learn a new skill at Cober Hill

Cober Hill is a peaceful setting with picturesque seaviews for creative holidays, including painting, fossil hunting, lace and jewellery making, photography and writing courses.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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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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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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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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