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.

  • Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

    Spaces available: 13-20 May 2015
    Holiday code: 15ETQ275

    We are expanding the woodland play trail in one of our woodlands, to encourage children big and small to play in the great outdoors. It will be built over your time here out of natural products found across the estate. When it's finished you can be among the first to test it out and have a play.

  • Arlington Court, Devon

    Spaces available: 31 May–7 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15ATC172

    Work with our rangers on conservation projects and then spend two days and a night of bush craft. Build a brushwood shelter to sleep in and enjoy camp crafts and cooking on an open fire. Supervised by a bush craft expert, you will try your hand at various crafts. Stout boots or steel toe capped boots must be worn for the conservation/construction work.

  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 12-14 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSQ129

    The woodland paths at Cliveden need frequent care and this is your chance to help out. With careful restoration and management of the paths, your work will ensure the beautiful views and walks are kept open for all to enjoy. There will also be a guided walk on Sunday afternoon, when one of our rangers will give you an insight into the management of the estate.

  • Brecon Beacons, Powys

    Spaces available: 13-20 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTP224

    Join in to work from the majestic heights of the Brecon Beacons to the glorious parkland of Abergavenny. Join in with a range of conservation tasks including scrub clearance, upland erosion control, footpath maintenance, painting and bracken bashing. Some worksites are on steep hills with a 15-30 minute walk to get to them. Waterpoofs and gloves are a must.

  • Cragside, Northumberland

    Spaces available: 13-20 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15GTP268

    Your help is needed to manage the 1000 acres of woodland, lakes, rock plateaus and gardens and help to put the 'crag' back into Cragside. Working alongside our garden teams you will help us uncover rock faces and stonework, open lost vistas and restore the historic grounds to its 19th-century wonder.

  • West Exmoor, North Devon

    Spaces available: 14-21 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15ATM195

    Join us and leading butterfly experts managing and enhancing this very important habitat through vegetation control, to benefit the High Brown and other fritillaries. You will also spend some of the time surveying the sites, which are quite steep and there will be a guided walk on one of the days.

  • Hughenden short break

    Spaces available: 19-21 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSM155

    Why not spend a weekend with our rangers and their loveable dog Oz carrying our vegetation surveys across our historic parkland in the glorious sunshine? A great chance to learn some new skills and see lots of wildlife.

  • Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

    Spaces available: 19-26 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15ETZ274

    Join our rangers on an exciting week of charcoal making, spending a night under the stars and green wood work using the scrub that you cut down. You'll be rewarded with the sense of achievement through helping to restore the valuable lowland heathland at Clumber Park.

  • Ludshott and Selbourne, Hampshire

    Spaces available: 20-27 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15BTM135

    A survey of Ludshott and Selborne was first recorded in the thirteenth century and your help is needed to carry on this tradition. You'll be monitoring and recording any changes to the flora and fauna on these diverse sites in habitats ranging from chalk and acid grasslands to meadows and heaths. Bring hats and sun cream.

  • Black Down, Surrey

    Spaces available: 27 June – 4 July 2015
    Holiday code: 15BTM139

    We need your help on the Black Down Estate in the corner of Surrey and Sussex for the annual survey of the plants and grasses in the meadows and heaths. You will learn plant and grass ID skills and survey and monitoring skills. The work is part of a vital ongoing programme monitoring the health of our plant communities. Bring hats and sun cream.

  • Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

    Spaces available: 27 June – 4 July 2015
    Holiday code: 15ETQ281

    With lots of visitors to Calke Abbey, there is always wear and tear on the estate. This will be an opportunity for a varied week to help the ranger team with repair work to the paths visitors use. As path construction is likely to be involved please come with suitable footwear for outdoor, wet or sloping ground.

  • Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

    Spaces available: 27 June – 4 July 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTQ217

    Come and help to restore the historic core of the Stackpole Estate. Learn traditional walling techniques and help to rebuild the crumbling rose garden wall in Lodge Park Woods.  Steel toe-capped boots or sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing is advised.