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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?


Our last DofE Residential week for 2018;  enjoy a unique experience on the Jurassic Coast in the stunning Isle of Purbeck in Dorset

Gold Camping Residential:

22 – 26 October


  • Exclusive Campsite
  • A large marquee equipped with dining facilities and fully equipped kitchen.
  • Stay in Tipis (supplied with camp 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!


DofE Gold Residential 2019

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 programmes and eleven different weeks to choose from:

Gold Revision Special Residential

22-26 April

  • Stay in a comfortable modern bungalow with showers, beds and fully equipped self-catering kitchen with all facilities and work as a team on a self-catering basis
  • Awesome adventure activities to fill your week, including climbing and abseiling, team games, kayakingcoasteeringand Dorset Waterpark
  • Teacher-led revision sessions run by a qualified teacher on three mornings during your week to help you with your revision needs.
  • Most essentially the accommodation has WiFi!

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


Gold Bungalow Residential:

22-26 July, 21-25 October, 28 October-1 November

  • Stay in a comfortable modern bungalow with showers, beds and fully equipped self-catering kitchen with all facilities
  • Awesome adventure activities to fill your week, including climbing and abseilingkayakingcoasteering,  Dorset Waterpark and Mud Trail.
  • Work as a team on a self-catering basis, you and your team will be responsible for running your camp from shopping, cooking to household chores

Reach your goals with our ‘Challenge by Choice’ ethos and achieve your DofE Gold Residential Award


Gold Glamping Residential:

27-31 May, 22-26 July, 29 July-2 August, 5-9 August, 12-16 August, 19-23 August, 26-30 August

  • Exclusive campsite
  • A large communal tipi with central firepit, projector and DVD player for evening relaxation
  • Stay in Tipis with camp beds, rugs, blankets, fairy lights, bunting and lanterns
  • Work as a team on a self-catering basis with a fully equipped kitchen with electric, you and your team will be responsible for running your camp from shopping, cooking to household chores
  • Awesome adventure activities including; kayaking, coasteering, climbing and abseiling, tag archery and the Dorset Waterpark and Mud Trail.

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.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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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. 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



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.



Amazing experience.

Our son had an amazing time on his gold D of E residential at the end of July. He enjoyed all the activities especially the day Kayaking. Being responsible for budgeting and cooking their meals has made him more independent and responsible. Thank you



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



D of E Gold Bungalow/Camping Residential with Cumulus!

I underwent my Gold DofE Residential at Cumulus this summer and what a fantastic experience! From coasteering and kayaking to sleeping overnight in hammocks and climbing the cliffs at Durlston in Swanage, it was an unforgettable week. Making some great new friends and the instructors were, not only very professional, but great fun to spend time with.
Overall highly recommended and if I had the chance I would do it all over again!



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



Fantastic week!

I did my residential 23-27 July 2018. Had an excellent time meeting new people, and doing exciting and interesting activities. Range of ages and types of individuals doing the residential, all of which are fun and nice to be around for a week. Really close to everyone in my group by the end of the week.



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.

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