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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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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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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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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Escape and indulge in whatever suits your lifestyle

Escape and indulge in whatever suits your lifestyle

Get away from the frenetic pace of life and rediscover an interest, learn new skills, enjoy some pampering or just catch up with friends.

Location: Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Discover extraordinary works by modern British artists and learn more about the greats on an art course at the award-winning Pallant House Gallery.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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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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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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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 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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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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