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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bushcraft Course in Somerset

Bushcraft Course in Somerset

A lesson in living off the land.

Location: Somerset

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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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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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Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery

Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery

Design your own jewellery at Oresome Gallery at Hull's historic Old Fruit Market.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

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

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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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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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