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.

Tick off the residential section of your students' Gold DofE Award now...

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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 t...

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YHA Ambleside

YHA Ambleside

North
Perched on the edge of Lake Windermere, with views out across stunning mountain vistas, YHA Ambleside offers an unforgettable location for a Lake District getaway. This well-equipped hostel is perfect for activity breaks for walking and watersports. ...
YHA Ambleside

Blackwell Adventure

Blackwell Adventure

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Midlands
Our main aim is to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors, to achieve personal goals and learn new skills. Our residential, camping and adventure facilities are among the best in the Midlands and are enjoyed by more than 20,000 people a year. ...
Blackwell Adventure

Bramhope Scout Centre

Bramhope Scout Centre

North
Bramhope Scout Campsite is set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales less than 10 miles from Leeds City Centre. Set in 13.5 acres Bramhope Campsite offers a variety of accommodation and activities for all ages, abilities and different sized groups. ...
Bramhope Scout Centre

Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

North
Come and experience a School Adventure with a real difference. A level of service we feel you will struggle to beat. From your first enquiry right through to getting back to School and beyond. Our Adventures really do have the 'Atlas Difference' ...
Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall


Field Studies Council - Scotland

Field Studies Council - Scotland

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

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Midlands
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

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Conway Centres Burwardsley

North
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

Discovery Package

Discovery Package

All UK Regions
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


4th Dimension

4th Dimension

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
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

New Forest - Foxlease

New Forest - Foxlease

London & South East
Come and experience a School Adventure with a real difference. A level of service we feel you will struggle to beat. From your first enquiry right through to getting back to School and beyond. Our Adventures really do have the 'Atlas Difference'...
New Forest - Foxlease

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre

London & South East
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

Northern Ireland
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

London & South East
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

Field Studies Council - South West

Field Studies Council - South West

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

Conway Centres Anglesey

Conway Centres Anglesey

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
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

YHA Stratford

YHA Stratford

Midlands
There’s more to Stratford-upon-Avon than Shakespeare – theatre, history and culture buffs of every language love this world-famous location. YHA Stratford-upon-Avon offers a superb base for groups and school trips, boasting a restaurant and bar. ...
YHA Stratford


Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Wales
Our activity centre is just outside the medieval walled town of Conwy. A great location with beaches, activity locations and sites of special interest close by. Full activity programmes specifically designed to meet your needs. ...
Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

London & South East
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

Naturesbase

Naturesbase

Wales
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

Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - North of England

North
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


Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

All UK Regions
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

Explore Outdoors Residential

Explore Outdoors Residential

East Anglia
Explore Outdoor offers adventurous activity days and residential opportunities to pupils within your school grounds. Fun, safe and cost effective overnight experiences for children of all ages. ...
Explore Outdoors Residential

Glan-llyn, Snowdonia National Park

Glan-llyn, Snowdonia National Park

Wales
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

Conway Centres Oaklands

Conway Centres Oaklands

Wales
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


Hostelling Scotland

Hostelling Scotland

Scotland
At Hostelling Scotland we want to support young people to discover Scotland and have a wide range of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. ...
Hostelling Scotland

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

North
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

UKSA

UKSA

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
Using sailing, watersports and other outdoor activities we challenge, empower and educate young people. Over 6,000 school pupils come to our main waterfront campus every year. Bespoke packages include accommodation, food, kit and tuition. ...
UKSA

Sealyham Activity Centre

Sealyham Activity Centre

Wales
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


Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge

South West
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

Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay

Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay

Wales
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

Bentley Copse Activity Centre

Bentley Copse Activity Centre

London & South East
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

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


Multi-Activity Package

Multi-Activity Package

All UK Regions
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

Conway Centres Tattenhall

Conway Centres Tattenhall

North
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

Outdoor Military Experiences

Outdoor Military Experiences

London & South East
Engage & develop your students with a unique outdoor experience over one or more days that introduces them to military ethos and values. They'll be guided by experienced instructors who'll blend education with inspiration, challenge and fun! ...
Outdoor Military Experiences

Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Wales

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
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


Cardiff City Sleepover

Cardiff City Sleepover

Wales
Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay and under the iconic roof of Wales Millennium Centre, we provide tailor-made stays for groups in order to ensure that your stay in the Welsh capital is jam-packed full of outdoor and indoor adventure. ...
Cardiff City Sleepover

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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