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.

  • 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.

  • Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

    Spaces available: 7-14 February 2015
    Holiday code: 14GTP328

    Have fun in the woods as we improve the conservation value of Kedleston’s woodlands. Tree thinning is vital to shape our woodlands for the future. There may also be some planting to do in the park associated with old medieval field boundaries and long forgotten trackways. This important work really will take the park into the next century.

  • Hindhead & Devils Punchbowl, Surrrey

    Spaces available: 14-21 February 2015
    Holiday code: 14BTP243

    If you like variety, then come and work with us on the restoration of the Surrey heathlands. You’ll get to work on the management of important sites such as the Devil’s Punch Bowl and Hindhead. You’ll also be working with craftsmen involved in traditional crafts such as charcoal burning and coppicing. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear.

  • Black Down, Surrey

    Spaces available: 7-14 March 2015
    Holiday code: 14BTP229

    Come and join us at Black Down. We will be clearing birch and pine scrub, invasive rhododendron and carrying out construction and maintenance tasks around the estate while enjoying the scenery of South Downs National Park. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear.

  • Kent Countryside

    Spaces available: 8-14 March 2015
    Holiday code: 14BTZ355

    Come and explore Kent on some of the highest points of the Greensand Ridge. You'll assist our ranger team at a variety of different properties. Tasks will include learning traditional woodland management skills and carrying out invasive weed control and stock fencing. Sturdy footwear required, plus waterproof clothing.

  • Wasdale, Cumbria

    Spaces available: 9-16 March 2015
    Holiday code: 14JTZ175

    Join our forestry team in Wasdale for a week of tree planting, fencing and tree cage building (tree planting March holiday only). The holiday will be working alongside the team and performing tasks the team would normally do – excluding chainsaw work. Bring waterproof clothing and steel toe capped boots if you have them or a suitable pair of work boots.

  • Ludshott and Selbourne

    Spaces available: 14-21 March 2015
    Holiday code: 14BTP254

    Help out with a range of conservation tasks, including removing invasive trees from the heathland to the benefit of native wildlife on Ludshott Common, to opening glades in the ancient woodland of Selborne providing feeding places for butterflies. You could also be working to widen rides and restore grassland habitats, or improve access into these tracts of wild countryside, so there’s plenty of variety and new skills to learn. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear.

  • Kent Countryside

    Spaces available: 1-8 April 2015
    Holiday code: 15BTU142
     
    We’re looking for energetic participants to help us with our popular Easter events. The holiday will be split over three of our properties: Chartwell, Emmetts Garden and Quebec House assisting over the  Easter weekend with our Easter Egg trails preparation along with other tasks. Participants should be ready to work with people of all ages and have plenty of fun.

  • Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

    Spaces available: 7-10 April 2015
    Holiday code: 15KFN229

    Bring the family to experience the beautiful estate and join in the conservation tasks on the beaches, woodland and lakeside. Tasks include scrub clearance, beach cleaning and path and site maintenance. There will be a fantastic opportunity to go canoeing during your stay too. You should also bring:-  swimming kit, shoes to get wet, wellies, waterproofs and sun cream.

  • Cragside, Northumberland

    Spaces available: 11-18 April 2015
    Holiday code: 15GTP266

    Your help is needed to manage the 1,000 acres of woodland, lakes, rock plateaus and gardens and reveal the wonders of the landscape at Cragside. Working alongside our ranger, forestry and garden teams you will help us restore the historic grounds to its 19th-century wonder.

  • Southwood Estate, North Pembrokeshire

    Spaces available: 18-25 April 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTN220

    Help rebuild missing sections of traditional stone-faced hedge bank around the gateways at Southwood farm. Spend one day enjoying a guided walk of the Pembrokeshire coast path, then another day kayaking or surfing with the local outdoor activity provider. Instructors and equipment will be supplied. You'll need to be physically fit for the 8-10 mile guided walk and tasks may require heavy lifting and working on rough terrain.  Bring wellies and steel toe capped boots.