Discover a getaway with a difference when you join one our working holidays. Enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes view of places you love, unearth a new skill and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here are five of our favourite working holidays to try this year.

Bushcraft camping, Arlington Court, Devon

Unleash your inner Bear Grylls and put your survival skills to the test. You’ll spend your first three days helping our rangers with vital conservation projects across the estate. And when the work is done, indulge in two days of bushcraft skills. Learn how to build your own shelter and cook on an open fire, before spending a night sleeping under the stars.

A real camping island adventure, Brownsea Island, Dorset

Wake up every day to the natural soundtrack of this thriving wildlife sanctuary. From kingfishers and oystercatchers, to red squirrels and Sika deer, Brownsea Island is bursting with wildlife to discover. Help undertake vital conservation work on the precious habitats which support these animals. During your stay, you’ll also have the option to try fun activities such as archery and low ropes.

Join a working holiday on Brownsea and help support the island's thriving red squirrel population
Red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Join a working holiday on Brownsea and help support the island's thriving red squirrel population

Scrumping and Cider Making at Black Down, Surrey

Discover how to make your own cider on this unique seven day experience. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in collecting apples, pressing fruit juice and learning all about the cider process. Enjoy fresh air and peaceful scenery as you undertake important scrub clearing across meadows and woodland. 

Exmoor charcoal, dormice and red deer, Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Dormice, deer and a delicious cream-tea are just a few of the things you’ll experience on this short-break. Join our rangers to learn how traditional skills such as charcoal making are helping Holnicote’s flourishing dormice population. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to take part in the first dormice survey of the autumn and get acquainted with these elusive but adorable creatures.

Deck the halls Christmas crafts, Killerton, Devon

What better way to kick off the Christmas season than a weekend of festive activities at this Georgian mansion? Join our wardens as they gather foliage and trimmings to decorate the stable block and house in traditional style. It’s a great chance to explore the estate’s 6,000 acres of historic parkland, orchards and gardens, and pick-up some nifty skills for decorating your own home.