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.

  • 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.

  • Ashridge, Hertfordshire

    Spaces available: 2-4 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSP156

    Come and help us help restore prime chalk grassland on the Chiltern Hills. You'll be undertaking scrub and grass thatch removal to help extend the habitat of nationally important species.

  • Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 10-17 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15BTW162

    Waddesdon Manor has one of the finest bedding displays in the country and your help is needed to transform the Parterre and other borders in just a few days. This is planting on a grand scale and is guaranteed to give you great satisfaction.

  • Northumberland Coast

    Spaces available: 10-17 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15GTP265

    Get stuck into a variety of conservation tasks on several properties along the Northumberland Coast such as clearing vegetation, including grass, scrub and hedges, and restoring dunes and other coastal habitats.

  • Snowdonia and Llyn

    Spaces available: 11-18 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTQ233

    Spend a couple of days learning the art of dry stone walling and repairing historic landscape features at the Dolmelynllyn Estate near Dolgellau. Then spend the remainder of the week carrying out a variety of woodland tasks to improve habitats for wildlife on the Ysbyty Estate, from woodland clearance and brashing to thinning out newly planted woodland.

  • Grasmere and Great Langdale

    Spaces available: 17-24 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15JTC113

    Combine your passion for photography with conservation work on this Lake District holiday. Learn techniques with a professional photographer while helping to maintain beautiful landscapes and important habitats through a variety of conservation.

  • Stackpole

    Spaces available: 17-24 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15KTZ215

    Your help is needed to carry out coppicing and tree thinning in Stackpole's beautiful woodlands. You'll learn to use traditional tools in this historic method of woodland management, and help create a fantastic haven for woodland wildlife.

  • Kent Countryside

    Spaces available: 18-24 October 2015
    Holiday code: 15BTP148

    You’ll assist our ranger team at a variety of different properties, including working in the woodland at Toys Hill and maintaining the estate at Emmetts Garden and Ightham Mote. Your tasks will include learning traditional woodland management skills and carrying out essential work such as invasive weed control and stock fencing.