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 Tyrrell



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.

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 Tyrrell has been operating since 1949 and is a well established centre of excellence. We are fully committed to the safety of our guests as a priority and remain at the forefront of accepted good practice with a strict Health and Safety checking system....

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Is your school group ready to hit the heights of the treetops? Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses. The course boasts 38 awesome obstacles. ...

Peak - Trafford Treetops Adventures



In the heart of the Peak District, Crowden Outdoor Educational Centre has been working with schools and youth groups since 1979. Creating bespoke outdoor learning opportunities and utilising the natural environment for a real adventure. ...

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre



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



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





Walesby Forest is a fun and exciting residential activity centre with over 40 indoor and outdoor adventure activities including water sports, with a wide range of accommodation options, set in 250 acres of woodland in Robin Hood country. ...

Walesby Forest
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Sayers Croft
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Sayers Croft is nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills and provides outdoor experiences for 27,000 visitors each year for all ages and abilities through our bespoke residential and day visits, Duke of Edinburgh programme and family run events. ...

Sayers Croft
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Walesby Forest offers activities at your place. If the cost of transportation is too high, or you feel that a residential trip is inappropriate at this time, then let us come to you. ...

Walesby Forest - Workshops in Schools



In the heart of rural Devon, Encompass Training is based at the historic grade 1 listed Great Potheridge House. We focus on providing a wide range quality outdoor education activities with sole occupancy and experience staffing. ...

Encompass Training



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



FSC Millport has purpose-built accommodation and teaching spaces which provide an excellent base for a range of courses. It is just 10 minutes by ferry from the mainland. Great base for fun outdoor activities, biology and geography trips at all ages....

FSC Millport
UKSA
UKSA
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With over 30 years of experience, UKSA offers young people a fun and safe outdoor environment in which to learn important life skills to excel. Bespoke packages in sailing, watersports, and teambuilding include accommodation, food, kit, and tuition. ...

UKSA
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If you are looking for an alternative to your usual school residential because of Covid-19 concerns or any other reason, why not consider a school trip experience on your own school grounds, right on your doorstep!? ...

Activity Camps at your School



Taking full advantage of our location, we deliver a range of real, challenging activities, such as mountain walking, canoeing expeditions and gorge scrambling. These day long activities really promote self-learning. Great for field studies too! ...

Argoed Lwyd Outdoor Education Centre



The Mill Adventure Base is a purpose built, urban adventure centre providing exciting, adventurous activities. We offer a wide range activities along side a stay in our bespoke camping pods. There really is something to suit everyone! ...

Pod Residentials The Mill Adventure Base



Our exciting range of land and water based outdoor adventure activities take place at some of Dorset’s most iconic coastal locations and offer the unique opportunity to explore the stunning Jurassic Coastline whilst trying something new. ...

Cumulus Outdoors



Real, adventurous activities in natural outdoor settings, with nothing contrived or artificial. Independence, pushing personal boundaries, trust and communication are underpinned by a plethora of activity options in the stunning Brecon Beacons. ...

Govilon Activity Centre
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Chasewater Activity Centre is located near Cannock. We offer various watersports from canoeing to raft-building, and land based activities for school groups, including residentials. ...

Peak - Chasewater Activity Centre



FSC Slapton is located within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to field sites in Dartmoor National Park and urban centres in Plymouth and Torbay. Visit for residential geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Slapton Ley



FSC Dale Fort is set in a spectacular location high on the cliffs within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, giving superb views over the sea. It has access to a wide range of sites for biology, geography and adventure activities at all ages. ...

FSC Dale Fort



The Adur Centre is ideal for your school residential trip. We offer amazing activities including climbing, paddle sports, mountain biking and many more. The trip will be tailored to meet your needs and our residential trips are outstanding value! ...

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre



Tailored adventure residentials on the Dorset coast, either hard-top accommodation or tented village, can include activities such as Coasteering, Climbing, Mackerel Fishing, Waterpark and Bushcraft, delivered by our highly qualified instructors. ...

Cumulus Outdoors-Swanage



With sprawling grounds and lots of outdoor space to explore this grand Gothic manor offers a magical place for a school residential. Surrounded by the rolling scenery of Dovedale we’re ideally located to visit the many Peak District Attractions. ...

YHA Ilam Hall



We run exciting and fun filled Adventure Activity Days on the Jurassic Coast for schools and youth groups. These outdoor activities are designed to improve self esteem, confidence and support learning outside the classroom. ...

Cumulus Outdoors Curriculum Day Trips



FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is set in the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Snowdonia National Park, making it an inspiring and fun location for your school geography, biology or primary school trip. ...

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau



We want your pupils to develop, discover and nurture their interests and talents and help them to keep physically and mentally healthy, whilst supporting learners to develop their resilience, confidence and independence in a fun and memorable way. ...

The Mill Adventure Base



As Morzine locals & adventure education specialists, BeVenturesome make your school ski trip to France something quite special. Quality skiing, snowshoe expeditions, trips to ice hockey matches, French language (if you want) & more. ...

School Ski Trips to French Alps, Morzine



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



Overnight camps for year 5 upwards. Experience real camping under canvas in an natural off grid environment. Adventure activities in a private, beautiful ancient woodland including zip wire, obstacle course and bouldering wall. Exclusive use of site....

Lymley Wood Residential
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Walesby Forest is a fun and exciting activity centre set in 250 acres of woodland in Robin Hood country with over 40 indoor and outdoor adventure activities including water sports, climbing, team building and archery offering bespoke day trips. ...

Day Visits to Walesby Forest



Is your school ready to hit the heights of the treetops? Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses. The course boasts 28 exciting obstacles. ...

Peak - Trentham Treetop Adventures



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

Bentley Copse Activity Centre



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 Residential centre



With 40 years of experience of Teaching people to Ski in Birmingham our centre is the place to go, we have lots of options for your group, either to teach you to Ski before you go away or as a one-off taster. ...

Ackers Adventure Birmingham



Located in Surrey, FSC Juniper Hall is easy to reach but surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Box Hill. Visit for fun filled residential outdoor activity, geography and biology trips for all ages. ...

FSC Juniper Hall



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
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Back in time, learn about Stone Age man, Try lighting a fire if you think you can, Building your own shelter..in LOPC wood, Fire-pit charcoal, draw caveman good. Test your skill with an Archers sight. Go home with knowledge from our StoneAge s...

Stone Age School Trip



With easy access to both the coastline of Morecambe Bay, the glaciated uplands of the southern Lake District and the lakes of Windermere and Coniston, FSC Castle Head is ideally situated for a wide range of field studies and adventurous activities. ...

FSC Castle Head



FSC Blencathra occupies a dramatic setting at 300m up the south facing slope of Blencathra with an unparalleled panorama across the Lake District National Park. Visit for residential geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Blencathra



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



Audley Climbing Centre is a great indoor centre, packed with routes and challenges for climbers of all ages and abilities. We are proud to have the most top rope routes in all of North Staffordshire. We can cater for school groups. ...

Peak - Audley Climbing Centre



Skern Lodge is one of the leading providers of outdoor learning and development in the UK. Offering a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities and geography fieldwork opportunities from its Centre on the North Devon coast. ...

Skern Lodge



FSC Nettlecombe Court has excellent access to the Somerset coast as well as Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Nettlecombe Court



With 40 Years of experience, Ackers Adventure is unlike any other centre within our urban environment we have an unrivalled range of activities from skiing, watersports, climbing and much more. ...

Ackers Adventure Day Trips



Visit FSC Flatford Mill for fun residential geography and biology trips at all ages. The centre is the first and original field study centre set up during the 1940’s, set amidst quintessentially English countryside of the Dedham Vale in Suffolk. ...

FSC Flatford Mill



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
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Bushcraft, Orienteering, Disc golf all on your school premises. you provide the space we provide the rest. ...

In School Workshops



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

YHA York



Trafford Watersports Centre, located at Sale Water Park, just a short drive from J6 of the M60. We offer various school group team building watersports activities from canoeing to sailing, along with many land based activities to make a full day ...

Peak - Trafford Watersports Centre



We are an Approved Activity Provider and we offer comprehensive Expedition for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award packages that deliver classroom-based training and on-the-hill learning. These are aligned to the DofE Expedition Training Framework. ...

Peak - DofE Expeditions



Located on the shore of Malham Tarn and surrounded by the Malham Tarn National Nature reserve, this is a fantastic location for exploring the natural world. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Malham Tarn



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



Plas Gwynant is an amazing setting in its own parkland at the foot of Mount Snowdon in North Wales, and offers high qualilty outdoor learning amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Sole occupancy is available. ...

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre



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



Astbury Watersports Centre is located at Astbury Mere, near Congleton town centre. We offer various watersports from canoeing to sailing, and if getting in the water isn’t what you fancy we also have many different land based activities. ...

Peak - Astbury Watersports Centre



Underbank Activity Centre is located on the shores of Underbank Reservoir just off of the Stocksbridge bypass. We offer various watersports from canoeing to raft-building, and land based activities for school groups, including residentials. ...

Peak - Underbank 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 Tyrrell



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



FSC Orielton is set in fantastic wooded grounds, close to rocky shores and sand dunes within the National Park. It is a great location for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Orielton



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



Activity and outdoor education venue in an ancient woodland and meadow. Screen Free adventure playground, low and high ropes, forest school. Specialist in child led learning, resilience building, team work, well being and for those with SEND ...

Lymley Wood Day Visit



Do you need a special feature at your school event? We can bring an element of adventure to your event with our fantastic range of mobile activities. From team building, mobile climbing walls to archery and more. ...

Peak - Mobile Outdoor Adventure Activities



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

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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