Last minute breaks & holidays

Clearing bracken on a working holiday © John Millar

Clearing bracken 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.

  • Hughenden break

    Spaces available: 5-7 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14BSM259

    Come along and help our rangers maintain the chalk wildflowers by cutting and raking the slopes. Your holiday will start with a quick survey of the wildflowers, and finish with walking the butterfly route to see what’s fluttering about. A tour of the manor is always on offer. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing.

  • Windermere break

    Spaces available: 6-13 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14JTC262

    Combine essential maintenance works around Windermere with capturing images with your digital camera. You’ll help our rangers repair the revetment wall supporting the popular path at Millerground. Professional photographer Dan Lane will guide you through capturing the perfect image of the Lake District. A degree of physical fitness is required. Bring waterproofs, steel toe capped boots and a digital camera.

  • Slindon

    Spaces available: 6-13 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTP216

    The wardens at Devil's Dyke need your help to look after the this stunning area that forms part of Britain's newest National Park. Help us to erect stock fencing, maintain paths and enjoy a raging fire as we burn scrub cleared from the grassland. Please bring clothing you don't mind getting dirty, stout footwear and waterproof jacket and trousers.

  • South Lakeland countryside

    Spaces available: 13-20 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14JTZ343

    Join our rangers as part of the ‘Fix the Fells’ partnership to combat erosion on a well-trodden path – then wild camp on the fellside for three nights. It's strenuous work you’ll need a high level of physical fitness to carry your equipment over challenging terrain, with only natural facilities available on site. The remaining nights will be spent at High Wray Bunkhouse.

    To book this holiday, first contact Paul Kear at Boon Crag 015394 41880 or Rob Clarke at High Wray 015394 34633 or by email.

  • Castle Ward Demesne

    Spaces available: 13-20 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14LTZ190

    Learn how we manage our estates and help with general maintenance which may include; laurel bashing, ivy removal from trees and walls, stone wall repairs, path maintenance, tree planting and brashing up and any other tasks that the team need help with. Please bring your own adequate footwear, gloves and clothing to take into account all weather conditions.

  • Dolaucothi Gold Mine

    Spaces available: 13-20 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14KTP265

    Spend the week helping to conserve and improve access to the landscapes on Dolaucothi estate. You’ll get involved in a variety of tasks, including tending to the footpath network, repairing steps and improving signage. You’ll also help protect woodland wildlife by creating deadwood habitats in the ancient oak woodland, clearing vegetation, as well as assisting the caravan wardens with work around the secluded woodland caravan park.

  • Waddesdon Manor break

    Spaces available: 14-17 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14BSZ268

    Waddesdon Manor boasts a daffodil valley along with an established wildflower meadow containing rare grasses and orchids. To maintain the ecological balance of the soil you will be raking the meadow grass to spread the wildflower seed, gathering the hay and loading it for compost, thus preserving this unique habitat. You’ll also get to enjoy a tour of the manor. Please bring appropriate clothing Steel capped boots will be provided.

  • Kent countryside short break

    Spaces available: 14-20 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTZ184

    Explore this special part of Kent on some of the highest points of the Greensand Ridge. As part of your working holiday 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. Tasks will include learning traditional woodland management skills and carrying out essential work such as invasive weed control and stock fencing. Sturdy footwear required, plus waterproof clothing.

  • Croyde

    Spaces available: 14-21 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14ATN269

    Have you ever fancied hangliding? In partnership with ‘Fly Like a Bird’ come on a tandem flight above the North Devon countryside with experienced and fully licensed tandem pilot Sam Jeyes. You’ll experience a 15 minute flight along the coast at Woolacombe or high above Arlington Court. For the rest of the week you’ll help our rangers repair a stretch of stone faced hedge bank. Flights will be dependent on the weather conditions and in the event of cancellation can be rebooked for a later date. For more information see Flylikeabird.

  • Bookham Commons

    Spaces available: 20-27 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTZ270

    Help us to restore lost woodland glades on Bookham Commons, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with a vast array of interesting invertebrates. There will be a chance to practice felling small trees and learn green woodworking techniques whilst saving the white admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies. Steel cap boots required.

  • Clumber Park

    Spaces available: 21-27 September 2014
    Holiday code: 14EQT144

    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 the your time here out of natural products found across the estate. Bring steel toe capped boots, wet weather gear or suitable outdoor clothing.

  • East Devon coast

    Spaces available: 27 September–4 October 2014
    Holiday code: 14ATP279

    Join our rangers for two days of walking along the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Then, spend the rest of the week carrying out a variety of conservation tasks to help maintain this unique stretch of coastline for all to enjoy. With some steep terrain and strenuous work a good level of fitness will help you make the most of your holiday. Please bring suitable footwear.

  • North Pembrokeshire

    Spaces available: 27 September–4 October 2014
    Holiday code: 14KTP351

    Help improve access in this woodland by Abermawr beach and enjoy the Pembrokeshire coast. Spend part of the holiday repairing footpaths, steps and drainage ditches, and then a day on a guided walk along the Pembrokeshire coast path. Get wet with a day’s kayaking or surfing with our local outdoor activity provider - instructors and equipment will be provided. You’ll need to be physically fit as the tasks may require heavy lifting and working on rough terrain. Bring wellies and steel toe capped boots if you have them.

  • Stackpole Estate

    Spaces available: 28 September–4 October 2014
    Holiday code: 14KHP280

    Come and take part in conservation tasks on the beautiful Stackpole Estate, then after a hard day’s work return to the Swan accommodation and be fed by our catering team. On your day off, have a go at coasteering, kayaking, canoeing or mountain biking. This holiday offers the perfect mix of interesting, valuable work and exhilarating activities, topped off by cosy accommodation and fantastic food. Please bring warm and old clothes, wellies, waterproofs, swimming costume, shoes that can get wet and old shorts to wear over a wetsuit.