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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ashridge, Hertfordshire

    Spaces available: 21-23 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14BYP317

    Join our rangers to clear special wildlife ponds of mud and vegetation. Frogs, newts, toads and tonnes of other wildlife will benefit from the hard work, so prepare to get dirty.

  • Slindon, West Sussex

    Spaces available: 22-29 November 2014
    Holiday code: 14BTP319

    Experience the glorious colour of the Slindon Estate in autumn, whilst helping to manage its pockets of woodland. We'll be coppicing for hedging products and for wildlife, including our strong dormice population. Enjoy a day in the woods and return to the Bunkhouse to warm up by the log burner. Please bring clothing you don't mind getting dirty, stout footwear and waterproof jacket and trousers.

  • Chilterns countryside

    Spaces available: 5-7 December 2014
    Holiday code: 14BSP322

    Come and help us clear invasive scrub from Coombe Hill, the highest view point in the Chilterns. You will be treated to fine views over the Aylesbury Vale and the Prime Ministers country residence, ‘Chequers’. Toasting marshmallows on the fires and a guided walk will round off a fun-packed weekend. Steel toe capped boots are required for this holiday.

  • Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 12-14 December 2014
    Holiday code: 14BSP321

    Enjoy a few days at Hughenden helping our ranger and his dog to expand the chalk wildflower bank. We’ll achieve this by cutting and burning the unwanted scrub, allowing the wildflowers to re-colonise this area of beautiful parkland. A tour of the manor house is always on offer. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing.

  • Stackpole Estate, Pembrokeshire

    Spaces available: 11-17 January 2015
    Holiday code: 14KHP323

    Come and work off your Christmas pud doing conservation tasks on the stunning Stackpole Estate. You will be walking or cycling to the site and then at the end of the day, enjoy a healthy meal. There will also be two yoga sessions during your stay. Please bring waterproofs, wellies, old and warm clothes and clothes suitable for yoga. This is a luxury, hand-picked holiday, where our staff will cater for participants.

  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

    Spaces available: 16-18 January 2015
    Holiday code: 14BSZ309

    Help our ranger team 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.

  • West Dorset

    Spaces available: 17-24 January 2015
    Holiday code: 14ATP313

    Hedgelaying is an ancient rural skill that has been used to preserve Dorset hedgerows for centuries. Come and join us for a week of hedgelaying and learn the skills behind this rural craft under the expert guidance of our rangers. By the end of the holiday you too could be up to competition standard.

  • Chilterns countryside

    Spaces available: 30 January – 1 February 2015
    Holiday code: 14BSP347

    Come and join our ranger Matt and his lovable sheepdog Bella, for an outdoor therapy weekend. You'll be cutting down and burning invasive scrub that threatens the precious chalk grassland on the Bradenham Estate. Take some downtime to admire the magnificent Chiltern views and the red kites riding the thermals above.

  • Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

    Spaces available: 31 January – 7 February 2015
    Holiday code:14GTQ326

    Carry out work on the boundary at Calke Estate and learn how to cut and lay traditional hawthorn hedges. Because we're weather dependent, woodland coppicing works will also be on offer. Due to the tools involved, you need to have sturdy, outdoor toe-protection boots and warm clothes for working outdoors. The work can be strenuous so a level of fitness is required.

  • 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.

  • Penrose, Cornwall

    Spaces available: 31 January – 7 February 2015
    Holiday code:14ATZ325

    Join us for a week in the woods as we carry out traditional management in our semi-ancient woodland bordering Loe Pool. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to learn the skills needed for deciduous woodland management and to have some fun with green woodworking.