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.

  • 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.

  • Wasdale, Cumbria

    Spaces available: 7-14 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.

  • West Exmoor

    Spaces available: 25 April–1 May 2015
    Holiday code: 15ATN196

    Enjoy three days in Exmoor walling and two days walking amongst West Exmoor’s spectacular hills. You will have a chance to try your hand at repairing and reconstructing centuries old walls in the traditional manner. The work task will be challenging and very rewarding. Exmoor is very hilly; the walking will be strenuous but with stunning views.

  • Grasmere and Great Langdale

    Spaces available: 2-9 May 2015
    Holiday code: 15JTN115

    Help restore High Close Estate, which has been in disrepair for many years. Help our rangers bring this historic garden back to life and have a day exploring Lake Windermere by Kayak or Canadian canoe. Sturdy footwear is needed for the practical tasks and bring clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet.  Full equipment provided.

  • Croyde, Devon

    Spaces available: 4-8 May 2015
    Holiday code: 15ASQ190

    Work alongside our rangers, on the stretch of coast from Ilfracombe to Croyde Bay. You will work your way along the South West Coastal Path, making improvements as you go. The work is strenouos; leveling paths, replacing steps, cutting back vegetation and mending walls. A decent level of fitness is required. It involves walking and working on cliff paths.

  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 9-13 May 2015
    Holiday code: 15BSZ150

    Come and join our ranger team to discover the secrets of the ancient art of charcoal making. Steeped in woodland traditions, charcoal burning helped to shape our history. From its humble beginnings as the fuel for industry before the Industrial Revolution, it now powers our barbecues. Enjoy a walk around the estate on the Tuesday afternoon.

  • 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.

  • Wasdale, Cumbria

    Spaces available: 30 May–6 June 2015
    Holiday code: 15JTZ105

    Join our forestry team for a week of woodland work which may include tree cage repairs and the removal of rhododendron. Additional activities include: charcoal making, coppicing and wood crafts. Bring your own steel-toe capped working boots and waterproof clothing. We have a small number of work boots/waterproofs available. Specialist PPE will be provided.

  • 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.