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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential Cumulus Outdoors

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential

Is this the high adrenalin adventure week for you?


Looking for DofE Residential ideas? Enjoy a unique experience on the Jurassic Coast in the stunning Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

We have three residential weeks to choose from –

Gold Revision Special Residential:

28 May – 1 June. Still places available for last minute bookings

Tailor based revision sessions run by a qualified teacher on three mornings during your week to help you with your revision needs

Combine adventure with teacher-led revision residentials in April and May for a guaranteed combo to maximise revision and gain your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Award.

Gold Bungalow Residential:

23 – 27 July FULLY BOOKED

30 July – 3 August, 6 – 10 August

13 – 17 August, 20 – 24 August, 27 – 31 August

In addition to three nights at the bungalow, you will spend one night at our private Bushcraft site sleeping in Hennessy Hammocks under the stars.

At particularly popular times when we have more than 20 participants on a residential week, we adjust our programme to also include a tented camping experience. Should this be the case you will be staying two nights in the bungalow and two nights at our exclusive camping location on the shores of Poole Harbour (minus the marquee)

Gold Camping Residential:

22 – 26 October

  • Exclusive Campsite
  • A large marquee equipped with dining facilities and fully equipped kitchen.
  • Stay in Tipis (supplied with air beds and blankets), you and the team will be responsible for running your camp from cooking to household chores.
  • Large communal tipi with a central fire pit to relax around each evening.
  • Work as a team on a self catering basis.

There is always an instructor at the camp and as well as further supporting the principles of the award as specified by the DofE, these experiences enrich the overall residential experience.

The price includes all of the activities and accommodation costs. Whatever your level of fitness or experience, you’ll have a week to remember!

FAQs - The Essentials


Can I come with a friend?

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

What time does the course start and finish?

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

What is the £30 used for?

The team puts their money into a kitty and this is used to buy food for the week and to cover all transport costs to the activity venues. There is a nominated team leader, deputy leader and banker who oversee the various actions of the group making sure the whole week runs smoothly.

How do I book a place?

Contact us for further information. We will then check availability and start the booking process.



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Very Worthwhile

Thank you so much for the DofE residential week. Tom seems to have got an enormous amount out of it both in terms of the physical activities and the working together as a team with a group of people he'd never met. It was all very worthwhile.
A big thankyou to all your team



Brilliant Week!

Thanks for a brilliant week with Cumulus, the group were great, the activity instructors were brilliant and the activities were awesome!
So thank you very much.



DofE Residential

In order for me to complete my Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, I had to undertake a week away from home meeting new people and working as part of a team in order to complete tasks set. One day we went climbing, it was great fun, Mark told us how to climb and in what position to do so safely and securely. We started doing small wall climbs outside first on the coast and then progressed on to more challenging climbs. Another day, we went Kayaking with Russell and Gary, it was great fun and we paddled 15km across Poole Harbor stopping for regular breaks and views across the blue water, another amazing day out! I made some great friends during my stay and would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone looking for a residential week on their Duke of Edinburgh's Award or just to get to do some of the activities offered at Cumulus. Thanks a lot to Russell, Mark and the team for this incredible opportunity, hopefully in the near future I will come again!



Great Time!

I would just like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the week when I wasn't sure what to expect - and I had a great time!



Really Valuable Lessons and a Memorable Time!

Thank you so much for orchestrating such a fun and memorable time last week on the DofE Gold Residential course. I met some great friends, whom I will stay in contact with, and learnt some really valuable lessons about the activities, managing our time (and money!) and how far I can push my own limits. I particularly enjoyed coasteering on Tuesday, and loved the combination with sailing too. I never thought I would do something so adventurous and begin to feel comfortable, as I previously would've been way more nervous. I also really enjoyed the other activities, and the bushcraft night was certainly memorable! Being able to push my limits, but not feel pressured to, created a great atmosphere within the group .. I have already recommended this week to my DofE Leader, and will continue to do so to others at school.
Thank you.



Amazing Experience

I had an amazing experience and made lots of new friends whom I am going to stay in contact with. We've already planned our reunion!
I would like to thank you and the rest of Cumulus Outdoors for the amazing week I've had.
DofE Gold Residential July 2016



Revision Residential

I spent my May half term doing my DofE residential, Cumulus are an amazing company, with great staff, who are fun, polite and always there to help, the independence that we are given is great and the accommodation is good. I met a group of great friends, and I can’t really pick a bad part of the week other than it was over to quick. All the actives where really well thought out and fun. I 100% recommend this residential to any one looking into it.



Great week of activities

Thanks for organising a great week of activities, I thoroughly enjoyed it and met some great people.



Amazing Time

Thank you so much for everything over the past week, I had an amazing time, I can't believe it's over.



Great people and great skills

Thank you very much for the week of activities - I met some great people and learned some great skills.
Jamie. August 2016

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