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Volunteer opportunities at Coughton Court

Volunteers painting the iron fence at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Help care for this special place | © National Trust Images/Bill Alloway

An imposing Tudor house full of Catholic treasures and set in beautiful gardens, Coughton Court is a family home with many stories to tell. The volunteer team play a vital role in caring for Coughton and bringing those stories to life. Find out more about how you can join the team and make a difference.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.
  • Contribute your time, energy and skills towards a worthwhile charitable cause.
  • Make a difference and welcome everyone to enjoy Coughton Court.

Join our team

The National Trust offers access to a flexible and rewarding volunteering experience where you can share your knowledge or learn new skills, meet interesting people and help to create new ideas and shape our future plans.

Coughton Court relies on the generous people who offer their time in any way they can to look after this historic estate and bring the stories to life for everyone who visits.

We've got volunteer opportunities available :-

Social Media Volunteer

What’s involved?
• Using social media to communicate with and grow our digital audiences.
• Helping us to manage social media accounts and keep them up-to-date
• Recording and photographing conservation work in action on site and transforming it into engaging content
• Keeping in touch with the team so you know about any events that are happening.
• Supporting our communication strategies including video production and literature.
• Support us with sense checking and proofreading before we share.
• Being part of a team that may need to adapt and change in response to local needs, National Trust priorities or changes to government guidelines e.g .Covid

We’re looking for someone who can ideally volunteer on average one day a week, or about 25 hours per month, or multiple volunteers who can fulfil this role between them. However much time you can give, we’d love to hear from you.

There are no set days for this role, you’ll be invited to come in and support us on days when exciting things are happening that need photographing and filming. This role is very flexible and you can even complete some of your volunteering from home. Ideally, we’d like you to be able to commit to at least 12 months of volunteering in this role, but we are open to applications from people who can commit to at least 6 months.

More details here.

Applications by 13/10/23

Collections & House Volunteer

We’re in need of more House Volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays, Tuesdays (between June and September only) and Bank Holiday Mondays.

More details here.

Food & Beverage Volunteers

New Food & Beverage Volunteers are needed for all days of the week.

More details here.

Get in touch about volunteering at Coughton Court

Interested in finding out more about volunteering at Coughton Court? Pop in and speak to a member of the team, give us a call on 01789 400777 or email to find out more. You can also find our current vacancies and an application form on the National Trust myvolunteering website

What our volunteers say


Lizzie, a room volunteer, says her role is great for fuelling her interest in Tudor History. She started by visiting Coughton Court, fell in love with the place and then joined as a volunteer.

As a bonus she also meets lots of nice people, visitors, volunteers and staff who are all appreciative of her time and the information she shares.

Coughton Volunteers

The volunteer team play a vital role in caring for Coughton and bringing the stories of the Throckmorton family to life.

Volunteer in the garden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Volunteer in the garden at Coughton Court | © National Trust/Abi Cole

Volunteer Bill

I started volunteering at Easter 2012. My first task was to go out into the garden and take some photos of the white garden and upload them onto the website. Now one of the favourite parts of my job has been my morning walk around the gardens, having a chat to the gardeners and seeing what is new guided by what they are proud of at the moment. One of my proudest moments was seeing one of my photos on the front of the National Trust Gardens calendar. The other great fun job was being Father Christmas during the Christmas Fayre’s. I had some great elves to help me. You cannot really prepare yourself for every gift that a child wants but I enjoyed sending them away happy even if I couldn’t promise them what they asked for. I have one of the best volunteering jobs in the National Trust and look forward to coming in every week.

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A volunteer talks to two visitors about the paintings in the Saloon at Coughton Court, Warwickshire.
Help our visitors have a great day out | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

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