Last minute breaks & holidays

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

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.

  • West Dorset

    Spaces available: 17-24 January 2015
    Holiday code: 14ATP313

    Hedgelaying is an ancient rural skill that has been used to preserve Dorset hedgerows for centuries. Come and join us for a week of hedgelaying and learn the skills behind this rural craft under the expert guidance of our rangers. By the end of the holiday you too could be up to competition standard.

  • Chilterns countryside

    Spaces available: 30 January – 1 February 2015
    Holiday code: 14BSP347

    Come and join our ranger Matt and his lovable sheepdog Bella, for an outdoor therapy weekend. You'll be cutting down and burning invasive scrub that threatens the precious chalk grassland on the Bradenham Estate. Take some downtime to admire the magnificent Chiltern views and the red kites riding the thermals above.

  • Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

    Spaces available: 31 January – 7 February 2015
    Holiday code:14GTQ326

    Carry out work on the boundary at Calke Estate and learn how to cut and lay traditional hawthorn hedges. Because we're weather dependent, woodland coppicing works will also be on offer. Due to the tools involved, you need to have sturdy, outdoor toe-protection boots and warm clothes for working outdoors. The work can be strenuous so a level of fitness is required.

  • Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

    Spaces available: 31 January–7 February 2015
    Holiday code:14ETC354

    Help out on part of a five-year project to restore favourable habitats for nesting birds in the region’s woodlands. The work will also include some veteran tree management. You’ll also get to explore Clumber on two wheels as the ranger takes you on a guided cycle tour of the 1548 hectare estate. Bring steel toe-capped boots and suitable outdoor clothing.

  • Penrose, Cornwall

    Spaces available: 31 January–7 February 2015
    Holiday code:14ATZ325

    Join us for a week in the woods as we carry out traditional management in our semi-ancient woodland bordering Loe Pool. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to learn the skills needed for deciduous woodland management and to have some fun with green woodworking.

  • Ashridge, Hertfordshire

    Spaces available: 23-25 January 2015
    Holiday code:14BSP324

    Grab a bow saw and help to cut invasive scrub on the Ivinghoe Hills. Scrub encroachment is one of the biggest threats to chalk grassland – a nationally scarce habitat. Rare flowers and butterflies all stand to benefit from your hard work. Sturdy footwear with Ankle support. Warm water proof clothing.