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From harvesting apples and making cider to wild camping and fixing the fells, the National Trust has over 300 working holidays that provide the opportunity to get outdoors, have fun and play a vital part in conserving the country’s heritage and natural legacy.

National Trust working holidays not only ensure that the National Trust’s special places remain open, relevant and accessible, but they also provide amazing opportunities to get into the land, to learn new skills, to meet new people and to engage with nature and the historic places cared for by the Trust.

The range of locations and experiences is forever growing and evolving, allowing participants to help the Trust look after some of the finest coast, countryside, historic houses and gardens in Britain.

Why the National Trust loves working holidays…

  • Vital work gets done leading to the continued preservation and improvement of a wide range of properties.
  • Participants make a contribution towards visitor enjoyment and bringing places to life.
  • Those who join in bring with them a wealth of knowledge, new ideas, skills and experience that the Trust and others benefit from.

Why you will love working holidays…

  • Gain new skills and enjoy often unique experiences.
  • Work alongside and learn from the experts.
  • Make new friends and lifelong friendships.
  • See life behind the scenes at the National Trust.
  • Experience the opportunity to work and play in some amazing places.
  • Have the satisfaction of helping a great cause.

Something for everyone…

There are various different types of Working Holidays focusing on tasks such as archaeology, gardening, construction, dry-stone walling, farming, surveys, education for school groups and rural skills.

There are also working holidays specifically designed for families and Youth Discovery holidays for those aged 16 to 18. Some working holidays also include an activity or special interest such as surfing, bushcraft, sailing, walking, cycling or photography.

Why not giving it a try…

There are weekend breaks or week long holidays across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and even a small selection of overseas holidays  in France and Slovakia.

Prices start from £75 for weekend breaks and £145 for week long holidays, including all food and accommodation. Each holiday is run by a volunteer Working Holiday Leader, working with National Trust staff who allocate and supervise the group’s tasks. People of all ages attend the holidays; the Trust also offers Touchwood holidays, to support volunteers with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities.

Accommodation for most of the working holidays is in bunkhouses, including farmhouses, stone cottages, converted barns, mills, granaries and stable yards – even a former MoD radar station – situated in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside. Hand picked holidays offer accommodation of a higher standard, with en-suite or more luxurious communal facilities.

For more ideas and information visit

Contact person in Belgium:
Johan Fransen
Working Holidays Leader
Tel 0477 655 474