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Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residentials

The team at Cumulus Outdoors are delighted to offer a range of Duke of Edinburgh gold residentials from our Residential Centre and Tented Villages in Dorset. Choose from a wide selection of action-packed packages, which include outdoor adventure activities, first aid qualifications and exploring beauty spots along the world-famous Jurassic Coast.

Over the course of the DofE residential you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills in a stunning coastal setting. You’ll leave with a new-found sense of confidence and memories to treasure for years to come.

All of our trips are fully catered, fully insured and we are licensed by the DofE as AAP (Approved Activity Provider). Free transfers from Swanage bus and rail station included.


  • fun at the dorset waterpark
  • school group kayaking
  • coasteering at dancing ledge jurassic coast
  • Climbing the cliffs at Dancing Ledge, Purbeck

DofE Gold Residential Packages

Winter, Easter, Halloween & Festive Specials


Enjoy adrenaline fuelled outdoor adventure activities during your DofE residential week in Dorset. Activities to include a selection from mountain biking, tag archery, canoeing, powerboat experience, air rifles, urban orienteering, bushcraft, climbing, abseiling and mackerel fishing.


Our seasonal specials will take place at our purpose build Residential Centre in Swanage. Participants will stay in our dormitory accommodation with indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, dining room and classroom.

The centre is situated 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre and beach.


  • Jurassic Coast Trust educational evening session
  • Fully catered – enjoy delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners prepared on-site by our experienced chefs
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

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Watersports Week (Residential Centre)


Our Watersports Week DofE gold residential week is the perfect choice for young people looking to get outside and explore the Jurassic Coast. Over the course of the residential trip, you’ll have the chance to try a range of exciting watersports activities and explore the coastline in unique ways.

All of our itineraries are bespoke and dependent on weather conditions. Activities can include Dorset Water Park, tag archery, rifle shooting, power boat experience, coasteering, climbing, raft building, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking.


You’ll stay in our comfortable dormitory accommodation during the Watersports Week DofE residential. It is situated in a scenic location with views over Swanage Bay. There are a range of facilities on site to make use of during your stay. These include a football area and lounge with a smart Ti-Vi, Wifi, table football, air hockey, pool and board games.


  • Jurassic Coast Trust evening
  • Fully catered – tasty food prepared by our team of chefs
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

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Watersports Week (Tented Village)


Try your hand at a range of activities on the Jurassic Coast during the Watersports Duke of Edinburgh residential. All of the outdoor adventure activities are great fun and perfect for intrepid youngsters wanting to try something new.

Activities can include our powerboat experience, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, raft racing, canoeing, climbing, rifles and a trip to the Dorset Water Park.


If you’re looking to embrace the great outdoors, we highly recommend booking our Tented Village Watersports Week. You’ll enjoy exclusive use of our private campsite on the shore of Poole Harbour and fun-filled evenings around the campfire. Our tented villages come with large canvas aero-yurt tents, large Nordic tipis with fire pits, private showers and toilets, a camp kitchen with a chef.


  • Jurassic Coast Trust evening, film evenings and campfires
  • Fully catered – we can cater for all dietary and religious requirements
  • Fully insured and DofE AAP licensed
  • Free transfers from bus and rail stations

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Adventure and First Aid Qualification


Gain a recognised NUCO first aid qualification during your stay with Cumulus Outdoors and build upon your skillset. Combine with adventurous activities for the ultimate DofE residential in Dorset. Activities to include climbing, coasteering, rifle shooting, tag archery, Dorset Waterpark and Dorset Mudtrail.


We think our private Tented Village is the best campsite in the south! It occupies a scenic location next to Poole Harbour with wonderful views. You’ll enjoy exclusive use of the grounds during your residential, so there’s plenty of room for games and campfires.


• Fully catered
• Recognised first aid qualification
• Learn about the local environment from the Jurassic Coast Trust
• Film nights with campfire
• DofE AAP licensed and fully insured
• Free transfers from rail and bus stations

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DofE Gold Residentials 2022

Residential Type



Easter Residential (Residential Centre)

11th – 15th April 2022



Watersports Residential (Residential Centre)

30th May – 3rd June (closed), 15th – 19th August (FULL), 22nd – 26th August  (FULL) 2022


Watersports Residential (Tented Village)

25th – 29th July (FULL), 1st – 5th August (FULL), 8th – 12th August (FULL)2022


Adventure & First Aid Residential (Tented Village)

25th – 29th July (FULL) , 8th – 12th August (FULL) 2022


Halloween Residential (Residential Centre)

24th – 28th October 2022 (Availability)


Festive Residential (Residential Centre)

19th – 23rd December 2022 (Availability)


DofE Residentials FAQs

What time does the course start and finish

The week starts at 12 noon on the first day and finish at 3pm on the last day.

Is there free time?

There is some free time where you have the chance to walk into Swanage town. This is organised with set times to return. We ask that you are responsible during this time. (A walk into the town centre only applies to courses at our Residential Centre).

Can I come with a friend?

The DofE allows you to attend a residential with one other person that you know.


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Residential Centre

Our purpose-built residential centre is situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Swanage town centre and boasts beautiful sea views. There are 3 dormitories, some with ensuite bathrooms as well as multiple lounge areas with table football and board games.

The centre is set within 7 acres of grounds, providing plenty of room for outdoor games and socialising. There’s a classroom and professional kitchen, where our team of chefs will prepare delicious home-cooked meals for you each day.

Cumulus Outdoors Tented Village overlooking Poole Harbour

Tented Villages

Our tented villages occupy an unbeatable location on the edge of Poole Harbour. They’re completely private and you will enjoy exclusive use of the grounds during your stay. We have a selection of top of the range tents, where you can enjoy a cosy night’s sleep. These surround our Nordic Tipi where we enjoy campfires and team games.

The camp has a fully fitted kitchen and shower and toilet facilities. There’s ample space for ball games and other outdoor activities.

Location & Travel

DofE Residentials on the Jurassic Coast

Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre and Tented Villages are set in enviable locations close to the world-famous Jurassic Coast. From our sites across Dorset it is possible to explore beauty spots along the UNESCO World Heritage Site and experience some of the best views in the south west.

Unlike some providers, we travel offsite to make the most of the natural surroundings. Our outdoor adventure activities take place in unbeatable locations, including Dancing Ledge and Studland Bay.

  • Jurassic Coastline in Dorset
    Jurassic Coastline
  • Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks Dorset Jurassic Coast
    Old Harry Rocks
  • Dancing Ledge Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Dancing Ledge
  • Old Harry Rocks Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Old Harry Rocks
  • Swanage Beach in Dorset
    Swanage Beach

Get in touch

Start planning your DofE Gold Residential on the Jurassic Coast today

Contact us on 01929 422480