Last minute breaks & holidays

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

Meet new friends and learn a new 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 Exmoor

    Spaces available: 12-19 October 2014
    Holiday code: 14ATZ275

    Spend five days enjoying the view as you carry out important conservation work to help restore the endangered coastal heathland habitats. The work will involve felling or coppicing small pioneer trees above Woody bay. You'll get dirty, smell of wood smoke and the work will be demanding, but it will be fun and very rewarding.

  • Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 18-25 October 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTW346

    At Hughenden Manor Gardens, we will be pulling out last season's plants, digging them over and covering them with a new blanket of 8000 bedding plants to create a stunning Victorian display. We've scheduled enough time so that you will be able to relax and enjoy the holiday.

  • Woolbeding, West Sussex

    Spaces available: 18-25 October 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTQ290

    Try your hand at restoring a stone-bank wall which provides historic connections with the surrounding heathland landscape of this little-known estate in the Weald of West Sussex. Develop skills using various tools and learn to piece a giant stone jigsaw together.

  • Chilterns countryside

    Spaces available: 25 October–1 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTP294

    Join the Chiltern ranger team for a week's conservation work in the Chiltern Hills. Protect the precious chalk grassland by clearing scrub and trees and enjoy views from Coombe Hill and West Wycombe Hill. You'll be rewarded with a guided tour of Benjamin Disraeli's old home, Hughenden Manor.

  • Hindhead and Devil’s Punchbowl

    Spaces available: 25 October–1 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTP242

    If you like variety, then come and work with us on the restoration of the Surrey heathlands. You'll get to see and work on the management of important heathland sites such as the Devil's Punch Bowl and Hindhead. You'll also work with craftsmen involved in traditional woodland crafts, such as charcoal burning and coppicing.

  • Longshaw, Derbyshire

    Spaces available: 25 October–1 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14ETP295

    Come and help in an ongoing project to create wood pasture from once commercial conifer plantations in the Peak District. Keep warm with hard work and bonfires.

  • Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

    Spaces available: 1-8 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14ETN298

    Come to Clumber Park and help recreate some of our lost heathland to the benefit of wildlife. You’ll help the ranger team collect heather seed and then, with the help of equipment, create bare ground to sow the collected seed. The ranger will take you on a cycle tour of the park during the week. You will need steel toe-capped boots and suitable outdoor clothing.

  • East Devon coast

    Spaces available: 1-8 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14ATZ297

    Come and spend a week helping our rangers maintain the diverse range of habitats in East Devon and along the spectacular Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site. Conservation tasks can include woodland management, scrub clearance, footpath maintenance and hedgelaying, so a good level of fitness will help you make the most of your holiday.

  • Croyde, Woolacombe & Mortehoe

    Spaces available: 2-7 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14ATZ300

    If you are up for a challenge, come and help our ranger team clear gorse on a glorious stretch of coast near Woolacombe. It's on a very steep hillside and you will need to be fit and agile to cut and burn the gorse on bonfires. We conservation graze this site with Exmoor Ponies and the slope is too steep for machinery so all help is gratefully received.

  • Ashridge, Hertfordshire

    Spaces available: 7-9 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14BSP302

    Grazing is essential to maintaining meadow habitats for native birds, butterflies and wildflowers, so come and help us simulate natural grazing on the wind-swept Ivinghoe Hills cutting scrub and clearing grass, to preserve the rich mosaic of natural habitats around the Ashridge Estate. Strong footwear with good ankle support and warm waterproof clothing.

  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 14-16 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14BSZ308

    Help our rangers clear invasive species from within the ancient woodland, restoring our woodland diversity by cutting Laurel and rhododendron that shade out beneficial flora and fauna. Good fun and a guided walk to round off the weekend. Sturdy boots and good general fitness required.

  • Cissbury Ring, West Sussex

    Spaces available: 15-22 November 2014
    Holiday code:14BTP310

    Join the warden at the largest Iron Age hill fort in Sussex to help improve the habitat of the 28 species of butterfly found at Cissbury Ring. You’ll also play an important part in preserving the remains of Neolithic flint mines. Please bring old clothing, stout footwear and waterproof jacket and trousers.

  • Wasdale, Cumbria

    Spaces available: 15-22 November 2014
    Holiday code:14JIZ314

    The work element of this holiday runs from 09.30 on 16th November and will finish at around 15.30 on 21st November. The holiday is dated 15th to 22nd November to allow you to arrive and settle into your accommodation the evening before and leave the morning after the work task finishes.