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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Live in Nottinghamshire and want to do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, but are unable to do it at school or college?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) can be done by absolutely anyone aged 13-24. Any gender, whether able-bodied or not and regardless of religion or background the award is for you.

We fully support the DofE ethos and go the extra mile to enable the participation of young people in the award with experienced, not to mention enthusiastic staff who are there to support you and your team every step of the way. 

The award is a structured programme of activities for you to enjoy in your spare time. There are three Award levels to conquer; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Gold, understandably, takes the longest time to complete and is the hardest level - people usually start off on the Bronze award and work their way up. 

We have three Access Centres where you can register to take part in the DofE award, these are located around the county.

Sessions are generally run one evening in the week and training walks/ expeditions run during the weekends or school holidays.

Sign up with Notts Outdoors and challenge yourself to go that extra mile. Drop the team an email at or call 01623 556 110.

Complete your Gold DofE Residential 

As an approved activity provider, the Mill Adventure Base offers three types of Gold DofE residential weeks throughout the year that enable Gold participants to complete the residential section of the award. They all feature a range of high quality, outdoor centred activities that are based either at The Mill Adventure base, Camp Redwood or on-board a 70-foot narrowboat. Dependant on which option you choose, activities for you to enjoy during your stay with us, could include, but are not limited to:

Pod Residential - rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, high and low ropes courses, archery etc.

Narrowboat - completion of the National Community Boat’s association boat handling course.

Camp Redwood - bush-craft, tomahawk throwing, tree climbing, orienteering, archery etc.

Gold residentials are available throughout the year:

  • February half term from £225pp
  • Summer holidays from £260pp
  • October half term from £240pp

Price is inclusive of:

  • Accommodation:
    tents at Camp Redwood, 
    camping pods at the Mill and 
    bunks onboard the Narrowboats.
  • All necessary activity equipment
  • Five days/four nights experience with all food included.

Please see the links below for more detail and to book your place.

Start your DofE journey today!

Book your DofE Residential in The Mill Adventure Base Camping Pods

Book your DofE Residential at Camp Redwood

Book your DofE Residential on the Narrow Boats

Book your DofE Bronze Open Expedition Package

Book your DofE Silver Open Expedition Package 

Book your DofE Gold Open Expedition Package

Don't forget - all award levels must be completed by the time you turn 25 years old.

For more information call the Notts Outdoors team on 01623 556 110 or drop us an email at

"I would highly recommend completing a DofE Gold residential with Notts Outdoors. I had an amazing week and met so many new people! The staff gave us expert tuition in a variety of activities including caving, tunnelling, rock climbing, sailing and mountain biking. Overall a fantastic experience that I won't forget!" Student

Further information

Why do your DofE?

Visit the official Duke of Edinburgh Awards website for more information on all things DofE and hear why others have taken part in this fantastic award.

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Volunteer at our centres

If you're interested in helping deliver the DofE and making a difference to the lives of young people in Nottinghamshire get in touch!

Kit list

Here's a handy kit list of clothing and equipment you'll need to help you complete your award.

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Frequently asked questions

Got a question about the DofE award? Read our handy FAQ's, but if we've not answered your question just in touch.

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