Cultural Travel and
Alternative Tours in England and Ireland
Contact the program directors to confirm costs, dates, and other details.
If you do not see the program you want, look under Worldwide for programs located in several different regions.
Conservation Work Week
Trees for Life is an award winning conservation charity based in the Scottish Highlands, working to restore the Caledonian forests. Join us on a Work Week and help us plant 250,000 trees as part of the United Nations Seven Billion Trees campaign!
Conservation work includes: tree planting, non-native tree removal, habitat restoration, seed collection, survey work and more, in a variety of stunning locations.
Work Weeks run Saturday to Saturday, March to June and September to November. All food and accommodation is provided. Minimum donation £60pw. Volunteers must be 18+. No previous experience needed, but reasonable level of fitness required.
Dates: There are 2 Work Week seasons a year – spring and autumn. Spring runs from March to May, autumn runs from September to November.
Cost: £60 - £300, depending on income.
Contact: Rosie Black, Trees for Life, The Park, Findhorn Bay, Forres, Moray, Scotland. IV36 1ND.
Tel.: (0044) 1309 691444
Biblical Archaeology Society
Learn from 2 eminent Bible scholars/archaeologists while enjoying the charm of St. Edmund Hall and the historic city of Oxford. Included are 20 lecures, numerous built-in field trips (Ashmolean, Bodleian, Cambridge Univ. Library, British Museum), optional day trips to Bath and Stonehenge, and optional extended stay. Eleven days of sharing your interest in the Bible and archaeology with new friends and professors.
Contact: email@example.com, www.biblicalarchaeology.org
Celtic Dream Tours Inc.
Celtic Dream Tours specializing in Small Group Tours to he Backroads of Scotland
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, See the Real Scotland off the beaten track, tour castles, gardens, Standing Stones and go where places where large tours can't go! Themed tours for golf, gourmet, history, gardens and distillieries, or custom themed groups.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.celticdreamtours.com
Fiddlers Retreat, Ireland's Irish Fiddle and Culture School
Experience Ireland through its music and culture. Enjoy excellent Irish fiddle tuition, afternoon sightseeing tours to The Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny City, Lough Derg on The River Shannon and many Traditional Irish music sessions during your vacation. All meals are home cooked and prepared using the finest local ingredients. You will stay in the comfort of a real home. This promises to be an authentic Irish experience.
Irish Music, Culture and Cookery Appreciation.
Experience a wide variety of activities during your visit. The holiday is specifically designed for guests with no prior musical training, giving you the opportunity to learn simple tunes on the tin whistle, afternoon outings take in the scenic and cultural sights of the region. You will enjoy Irish cookery demonstrations, outings to sporting events, horse racing/hurling/greyhound racing. Irish language classes can be arranged. All meals are home cooked and prepared using the finest ingredients available locally. Accommodation will be in the family home of your host. This promises to be an authentic Irish holiday experience.
Contact: email@example.com, www.fiddlersretreat.com
Irish Theater Summer School in Ireland
Gaiety School of Acting Summer Program. Study Irish Theater in Ireland, 1 month program (July). Practical acting classes. Beckett, O'Casey, Friel, and Synge. Academic and extensive social program. Ireland's premier drama school. Founder Joe Dowling AD Guthrie Theater.
Irish Fiddle Holidays for Adults
Introductory courses for complete beginners as well as intermediate courses for the more advanced. Individual or group tuition. Kerry Fiddles specialise in fiddle virgins. By the end of the week you’ll be playing your first tune! Morning classes are a hoot, there’s no music theory, no pressure and no rush. Afternoons are free to explore the most beautiful part of Ireland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kerryfiddles.com
Sacred Sites Tours
Spiritual tours offered to England and Scotland.
Contact: 3420 Pillsbury Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55408; (612) 823-2442; email@example.com, www.sacredsitestours.com.
Travel Writing Workshops
Travel Writing Workshop
A day-long workshop for those new to travel writing or who would like to improve their writing skills.
Suitable for those who want to write articles or books, this small, intensive workshop, led by award-winning writers Dea Birkett and Rory Maclean, aims to make an editor or publisher only say 'Yes!'
Included in the day is a 'pitching session' with an editor from a national publication. Many participants get their first pieces into print as a result of pitching here.
Travel Writing Masterclass
A day-long, small, intensive travel writing workshop for those who have some experience of travel writing or have already attended the Travel Writing Workshop.
Led by tutors Dea Birkett and Rory Maclean, participants work on a piece of writing to get it to perfection. The day includes one-on-one sessions with Rory and Dea.
As one participant said, 'This single day with Dea and Rory has refocussed by whole life.'
Contact: 10 Doddington Grove, London, SE17 3TT, U.K.; 207 735 5261; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.travelworkshops.co.uk.