Gold First Aid & Outdoor Activity Residential

The DofE residential is completed as part of the Gold Award and should be an exciting opportunity, away from home and sharing in an activity with people you haven’t met before. Click here to find out more about the residential section.

This residential is a combination of gaining a nationally recognised 2 day first aid outdoor qualification as well as enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.


The February residential is based at Bell Heath outdoor centre in a beautiful area of North Worcestershire and then in August in an outdoor centre, situated in the picturesque village of Hope in the Peak District . Sleeping arrangements will be in single sex dorms; you will need to provide your own bedding. All of the meals are freshly prepared every day and will be eaten together in a comfortable dining room. All outdoor and first aid equipment will be provided and there is a room for wet and muddy kit.

First Aid sessions:

Over the course of the 5 days you will spend 16 hours gaining your Outdoor First Aid certificate. Topics include: roles & responsibilities, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, major illnesses, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios and outdoor incident management, answering queries such as when or how to remove boots, helmets and looking after a casualty for some hours.

Outdoor activities:

You will also do a combination of outdoor activities in either a morning and afternoon session. During February these may include archery, climbing wall, zip-wire, bushcraft and high ropes and in August bushcraft, walking and mountain biking. All equipment is provided for you and the aim is to just have fun and get a break together.

Evening activities:

During the evening there may be team challenges, games, presentations, talks by invited speakers and the opportunity for quiet time/reading/study.


All food is provided for you and cooked on-site. We aim to provide a well balanced menu with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as treats to keep you going. You will have breakfast, lunch, dinner & pudding with mid-morning and afternoon snacks.


The cost which includes: 4 nights accommodation with full board, all equipment and instruction is:

February course: £495 plus VAT (£594)

August course: £470 plus VAT (564)


Once we receive your booking request we will email you to confirm availability. A non-refundable deposit of £100 will be required upon booking with the remaining amount to be paid 14 days prior to the course (see costs below). Nearer the time you will be sent full details about the course, a schedule of the week’s activities, a medical form and  and a kit list.

We also a offer a FREE pick up and return to the local train station.

February cost is £495 plus VAT (£594) August cost is £470 plus VAT (564)
Other residentials:

We also run mountain biking residentials, sailing residentials, Maths A Level revision & outdoor activity residentials, outdoor activity residentials and revision/outdoor activity residentials so have a look on our other pages to find the one that’s right for you.



This is some of the team that may be looking after you during the week:

ANDY ROWLINSON: Andy is one of the company owners and leads expeditions all over the UK and worldwide. He is extremely experienced in working with young people and leading DofE expeditions, walking, mountaineering, cycling and climbing trips.

EMMA MARTIN: Emma is the other company owner, with 20 years of teaching experience. She also leads UK trips for DofE and walking expeditions.

CHRIS HUGHES: Chris Hughes has been actively involved in outdoor pursuits since childhood. Chris holds many National Governing Body Awards as well as being a First Aid and Mental Health Awareness Trainer. Chris works with us on our residentials and as an expedition instructor.