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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.

Summer Gold Residential

  • Stay on a comfortable glamping site, with camp beds, rugs, fairylights and lanterns, located on the shores of Poole Harbour.
  • Large communal tipi with fire pit for evening relaxation and kitchen tent for self catering.
  • Awesome adventure activities for all weeks, including climbing and abseiling, team games, kayaking, coasteering and Dorset waterpark


23 – 27 July               FULLY BOOKED

30 July – 3 August   FULLY BOOKED

6 – 10 August           FULLY BOOKED         

13 – 17 August         FULLY BOOKED      

20 – 24 August.       3 PLACES AVAILABLE

27 – 31 August         FULLY BOOKED


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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Review Entries



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



Brilliant Time!

I had a brilliant time at Cumulus in Swanage last week. The climbing, kayaking, biking and water sports were exhilarating. I am absolutely dead after the week but have thoroughly enjoyed it and say thank you to Mike, Sam, Tomo and Denny for providing a brilliant residential.
June 2016



Pushing Boundaries

Really great week, every activity was well organised and a combination of encouragement and proper instruction gives you the confidence to really push your own boundaries. The wide range of activities were all very well equipped and were run by professional instructors. The enthusiasm and commitment from the instructors also makes the trip much more enjoyable and fulfilling.



Fantastic Time

Jonathan had a fantastic time last week: He enjoyed the whole week as well as all the activities. A very big thanks to all involved in making it such a success.



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!

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