Last minute breaks & holidays

Make new friends and learn a different skill on a working holiday © National Trust

Make new friends and learn a different skill on a working holiday

If you're looking for a last minute break, browse our vacancies below. These are holidays that still have spaces on them - starting very soon.

You can find more holidays to suit all tastes, when you search for a working holiday.

  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 14-18 August 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSC134

    Come and spend two days with our ranger team and local expert who will teach you all about the art of scything. Learn about sharpening and preening before turning your hand to grass-cutting on the beautiful countryside of Maidenhead and Cookham Commons. All tools and equipment are provided.

  • Croyde, Devon

    Spaces available: 31 August–6 September 2015
    Holiday code: 15ATN184

    Experience a 15 minute tandem hangliding flight with an experienced, fully licensed pilot along the coast at Woolacombe, or over North Devon countryside. The rest of the week you’ll help repair a stretch of stone-faced hedge bank. Flights are dependent on weather conditions and in the event of cancellation can be rebooked for a later date.

  • Slindon, West Sussex

    Spaces available: 5-12 September 2015
    Holiday code: 15BTP138

    The rangers at Devil's Dyke need your help to look after the archaeology and wildlife of Britain's newest National Park. Help to erect stock fencing, maintain walking paths and burn scrub cleared from sensitive areas of grassland. You'll then go on a guided walk to see how your work will contributes towards its conservation.

  • Dinefwr Park and Dolaucothi Goldmines

    Spaces available: 5-12 September 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTP203

    Spend the week removing rhododendron from the oak woodland, creating deadwood habitat piles, tending to the footpaths, repairing steps, clearing vegetation, general maintenance of the Dolaucothi estate. You'll also help the wardens with work around the caravan park and experience the life of a roman gold miner.

  • Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 13-16 September 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSW160

    Waddesdon Manor boasts a daffodil valley along with an established wildflower meadow containing rare grasses and orchids. To maintain the ecological balance, you'll be raking the meadow grass to spread the wildflower seed, gathering the hay and loading it for compost. You'll also have an opportunity to tour Waddesdon Manor.

  • Croyde, Devon

    Spaces available: 13-20 September 2015
    Holiday code: 15ATN175

    A chance to experience the life of our North Devon rangers. Come prepared for fencing, wall repairs, rounding up ponies and coastal footpath repairs. You will take part in two professionally delivered two hour surf lessons, and will be provided with surf equipment/suits to perfect your skills for the remainder of those two days.

  • Hughenden short break, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 25-27 September 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSM154

    Come along and help the Hughenden rangers maintain the chalk wildflowers by cutting and raking off the slopes. Your holiday will start with a quick survey of the wildflowers, and finish by walking the butterfly route to see what is fluttering about.

  • North Pembrokeshire

    Spaces available: 26 September–3 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTN214

    Help to look after the coastal heath at St David’s Head and Penberi. Clear gorse to create firebreaks and open areas for the lowland heath to regenerate. Spend one day exploring the Pembrokeshire coast path, another day kayaking or surfing with the local outdoor activity provider Preseli Venture. You’ll need to be physically fit for the tasks.