DofE Centres for School Groups

Choose your residential activity centre

Every year, over a 100,000 young people in the UK take part in the DofE Award programme. Many of these young people choose to complete the residential section of their Award at a UK outdoor activity centre. Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) provide a specific section of the DofE Award, such as the residential section. Many of the UK residential centres listed on this page are AAPs and offer a range of options to you. The residential centres are a mix of specialist, outdoor education and outdoor activity, centres. They are well set-up for receiving school-aged DofE participants.

Many students say that doing the DofE Award is one of the best experiences of their lives. Teachers recognise that the DofE Award broadens students' horizons and develops their life skills and friendships. The DofE Award is a fun and rewarding journey. Students become more independent and grow in confidence.

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Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre
Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre
Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre
At Avon Tyrrell we can ensure the safety, quality and expertise of the provision that we provide for schools and educational visits. Avon Tyrrell is a Learning Outside the Classroom provider and has been accredited with high quality, industry recognised badges to highlight the quality provision that we provide. We invest in our staff so you see the return in quality and have the knowledge and expertise to support and encourage you throughout your programmes and stay with us. Avon Tyrrel...Details & Enquire


Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits centre is a Charitable organisation providing Outdoor Adventurous activities for all. Our activities are designed to stimulate, educate and motivate all participants at affordable prices throughout the year. ...
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Glan-llyn, Snowdonia National Park

Glan-llyn, Snowdonia National Park

Glan-llyn is an outdoor education centre situated on the edge of Llyn Tegid and sits within the spectacular Snowdonia National Park. With the mountains, lake and breathtaking scenery – what better backdrop is there for a fun-filled adventure? ...
Glan-llyn, Snowdonia National Park

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills. ...
Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Conway Centres Oaklands

Conway Centres Oaklands

We offer High Quality Outdoor Education in a residential setting in The Snowdonia National Park. Our activities are adventurous, and challenging and support the curriculum you deliver in school. Experience it for Real at Oaklands, bespoke adventure...
Conway Centres Oaklands


Field Studies Council - London South East

Field Studies Council - London South East

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park. ...
Field Studies Council - London South East

Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge

North Devon's premier outdoor centre. Fantastic friendly staff, exciting activities in wonderful locations and tasty, wholesome food in great surroundings. Makes Skern Lodge the ideal destination for your next residential or day trip. ...
Skern Lodge

Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

Trewern is a multi-activity and field study centre on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our highly qualified teaching staff provide adventurous and educational residential courses that bring the best out of young people. ...
Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

The Exploration Society UK Wide

The Exploration Society UK Wide

The Exploration Society offer a range of expeditions for KS2-KS5. We aim to make organising a residential trip as stress-free for teachers as possible whilst providing a life-changing experience for all the children that attend. ...
The Exploration Society UK Wide


Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay

Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay

Llangrannog is nestled on Ceredigion’s beautiful coastline, between the sea and the countryside. With over 20 indoor and outdoor activities waiting for you, from the dry ski slope to horse riding – everyone’s sure to enjoy a visit to Llangranno...
Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay

Discovery Package

Discovery Package

Our Discovery packages have been designed to enable teachers to plan a thrilling residential that meets their own needs and budget. This flexible option focuses on your defined key outcomes, so if you want to look at communication we will provide… ...
Discovery Package

Liverpool Science Park

Liverpool Science Park

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
The BioGrad concept is simple: REAL scientists, REAL laboratories, REAL experience! Bring your students to our clinical and laboratory research facility at Liverpool Science Park to experience what scientists REALLY do all day! ...
Liverpool Science Park

Sealyham Activity Centre

Sealyham Activity Centre

Residential outdoor activities in the stunning surroundings of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. AALS licensed centre, catering for up to 100 students + teachers. ...
Sealyham Activity Centre


Conway Centres Anglesey

Conway Centres Anglesey

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
With direct access to the Menai Strait the venue offers both challenging Outdoor Activities & Creative/Performing Arts opportunities. Set in 169 acres there are an extensive range of on-site activities that last 3hrs so are as productive as possible....
Conway Centres Anglesey

Multi-Activity Package

Multi-Activity Package

Jam-packed with challenging and engaging activities our Multi-Activity packages are designed to engage students through a mixture of practical PE based activities, whilst making the most of the great outdoors and our enviable localities. ...
Multi-Activity Package

Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Wales

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
4 fantastic locations across North and South Wales offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Discover the mountain scenery of Rhyd-y-creuau, gorgeous coastlines of Dale Fort and Orielton or wonderful parkland surrounding Margam...
Field Studies Council - Wales

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Located in the picturesque village of Burwardsley our centre offers opportunities unique to it's location. The surrounding countryside provides further possibilities for historical and environmental studies. ...
Conway Centres Burwardsley


Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - North of England

3 fantastic locations across the Lake District and Yorkshire offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Discover the mountain scenery of Blencathra, adventurous grounds of Castle Head or lakeside location of Malham Tarn. ...
Field Studies Council - North of England

Plas Menai

Plas Menai

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. Passionate about the outdoors we offer unforgettable experiences and activities to empower young people, developing confidence and communication skills. ...
Plas Menai

Field Studies Council - South West

Field Studies Council - South West

A choice of locations in Devon and Somerset offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Slapton Ley and Start Bay close to the beach in south Devon and Nettlecombe Court in beautiful countryside surroundings near Exmoor. ...
Field Studies Council - South West

Outdoor Military Experiences

Outdoor Military Experiences

Engage and develop your students with a unique outdoor experience that introduces them to military ethos and values. They'll be guided by ex-military instructors who'll blend education with inspiration and challenge. Clothing and equipment provided! ...
Outdoor Military Experiences


Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure is an Adventurous Activity Centre just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. A 75 acre site offering numerous facilities such as climbing walls,ski slope & residential centre, making Ackers a totally unique venue for a school trip. ...
Ackers Adventure

Ardentinny

Ardentinny

If you are looking for the very best in residential outdoor education, the finest food at any centre, and seasonal price variations to make a visit affordable for one and all, we believe you will find it at Ardentinny ...
Ardentinny

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

Set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre offers a wide range of challenging and exciting outdoor activities. Bespoke programmes can be designed to include accommodation, catering and choice of activities. ...
Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

Share Discovery Village

Share Discovery Village

Share Discovery Village is Ireland's largest residential activity centre, offering a range of over 30 activities onsite to both able-bodied and disabled people. SHARE is based on the picturesque shores of Upper Lough Erne. ...
Share Discovery Village


Inspired Outdoor Adventure Centre

Inspired Outdoor Adventure Centre

Would you like a bespoke Outdoor Learning Package designed for your school needs, ranging from 1 hour to a few days, encouraging outdoor skills & team building? We provide all equipment for activities such as canoeing, raft build, zip line building ...
Inspired Outdoor Adventure Centre

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

Brand new for 2017 – this state-of-the-art hostel is an exciting £14.8 million initiative created in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority. It is the ideal base for exploring the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...
YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

YHA York

YHA York

Ideal for history lovers, this super-equipped hostel offers the ideal base for school trips in the fabulous city of York. ...
YHA York

Naturesbase

Naturesbase

Wilderness Adventures, stunning farm location, only one school staying at a time, field studies, bush craft, farming, bat detecting, crab fishing,stone age day, beautiful accommodation, home cooked meals, lovely caring setting, experienced staff team...
Naturesbase


Alex Rider

Alex Rider

Turn your students into super agents, watch them reap the rewards of team work, enjoy the thrills of the great outdoors, and ignite a passion for reading with our two the YHA Alex Rider Spy packages. ...
Alex Rider

Field Studies Council - Scotland

Field Studies Council - Scotland

Two fantastic locations in Scotland offering Curriculum for Excellence linked fieldwork for all ages. Inspire your students at either Kindrogan, Perthshire, by the stunning Scottish Highlands, or Millport on the shores of the Isle of Cumbrae. ...
Field Studies Council - Scotland

Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

A multi-activity experience including camping in our Canvas Village. 10 tented bunkhouses within the Mendip Hills AONB and our 250 acre activity site. An onsite rocksport quarry and outdoor snowsport park make this a residential to remember! ...
Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

Bentley Copse Activity Centre

Bentley Copse Activity Centre

Primary and Secondary schools as well as Colleges and Special Groups choose Bentley Copse year on year for our excellent residential adventure activity programmes. ...
Bentley Copse Activity Centre


Field Studies Council - Midlands

Field Studies Council - Midlands

Our fantastic Midlands locations are Preston Montford in Shropshire and Bishops Wood in Worcestershire. Both offer fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The locations are easy to reach while offering access to beautiful countryside....
Field Studies Council - Midlands

Conway Centres Tattenhall

Conway Centres Tattenhall

Located in the beautiful village of Tattenhall just 7 miles from Chester the centre offers a peaceful haven and a base for wide range of Outdoor Activities and the Arts. It's proximity to many schools makes it ideal for day courses too. ...
Conway Centres Tattenhall

Safe and Sound Outdoors

Safe and Sound Outdoors

If you are looking for a school residential, an activity day at your school, a short break or a full on wilderness adventure then this is the place to find it all. We have 15 years experience booking school trips. ...
Safe and Sound Outdoors

Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre

Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre

With almost 11 acres of beautiful grounds, Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre is set above the picturesque town of Llangollen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready for an unforgettable adventurous experience by the River Dee and Horseshoe Falls! ...
Wide Horizons Bryntysilio Centre


International Baccalaureate Diploma

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Residential fieldwork created specifically for International Baccalaureate Diploma students in geography, biology and ESS. Field Studies Council has a network of UK Centres to choose from, many with easy transport links for UK and major airports. ...
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre is located in the stunning New Forest National Park and offers an extensive range of site activities, all linked to the National Curriculum as well as various accommodation options for organised groups. ...
Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

4th Dimension

4th Dimension

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
4th Dimension is an outdoor activities specialist with more than 25 years experience and a wide range of exciting activities are available at our Sussex centre. Your safety is of prime concern and our experienced staff are there to take care of you. ...
4th Dimension

About the Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE Award encourages social interaction and teamwork. The Award helps students to stand out from the crowd when they are applying for university or for jobs. Completing a DofE Award is a major challenge but at the same time a fun adventure - the Award develops team-working and leadership skills.

Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the DofE programme. There are 3 Award levels to the DofE programme – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Gold DofE Award has 5 sections: volunteering, physical activity, learning a skill, expedition and residential.

Gold DofE

If your students are going for a Gold DofE Award then they must complete a residential trip. For 5 days and 4 nights your students will take part in activities along with other young people that they have never met before. A DofE residential trip will boost your students' confidence and independence as it leaves a lasting positive impression upon them. Time and time again we hear from teachers that their students' favourite part of the residential is meeting new people and making new friends. It is clear that many students benefit from the Gold DofE Award's residential section. Often the students' residential trip is a valuable life experience.

The residential section of the Gold DofE Award is a great way for your students to get some working holiday experience, for them to test the waters of taking a volunteering gap year before university or employment.



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