Gold Residential

For the Gold DofE award we offer the opportunity to complete the residential section at Arete Centre. We provide outdoor activity courses in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Gold Residential

Residential Dates:

20th - 24th August 2018

27th - 31st August 2018


£295 catered residential

Come along on one of our activity residential courses in North Wales for the most enjoyable way to complete your Gold DofE award imaginable. Whichever option you choose you will make new friends as you get involved in the fun and adventurous activities on offer. We are flexible on the activities on offer tailoring the content to the group attending the course. Choose between our multi-activity week or our rock or water based specialised weeks.

Multi-Activity Week

dofe residential multi activity course

If you fancy having a go at a wide variety of activities, come along on one of our multi-activity weeks. You will discuss activity options with your instructor and fellow course members to choose from the wide range of activities the centre has to offer. You might go coasteering one day and underground the next, go rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, canyoning and still manage to climb a mountain! If you want a wide variety of activities then this is the option for you.

Rock Activity Week

dofe residential rock climbing course

If you like the idea of developing your skills in a more focussed direction then book a place on one of our rock or water activity weeks. The focus of the rock week will still be on fun and friendship, but with activities revolving around the theme of rock climbing. You and your fellow course members will obviously get the chance to do plenty of rock climbing and will be able to explore different venues sampling a variety of rock types and climbing styles over a number of days. But whilst the focus of the week will be on rock climbing you might choose a mountain scramble, some bouldering, an abseil or even an underground adventure as well. And if the weather is hot and sunny you might even choose to get wet, combining rock and water through some coasteering, gorge walking or canyoning!

Water Activity Week

dofe residential sea kayaking course

If you prefer watersports to climbing then our water activity week is for you. We have a wide variety of boats including sea kayaks, sit-on kayaks, white water kayaks, general purpose kayaks and canoes. Everything you could possibly want to explore the waters of North Wales, graduating from the gentle lakes to the white water, sea and surf on our doorstep. You will be sure to visit some amazing places, develop your paddling skills and make friends with other adventurous people. And there is no rule to say that you have to use boats to explore the water, so if you fancy some bodyboarding, coasteering, gorge walking or canyoning during your week then we'll put the boats away and have fun without them!


There is dormitory style accommodation in our centre for a comfortable nights sleep with communal areas to relax in during the evenings. All meals will be provided during your stay.

Supervision & Transport

We use fully qualified and experienced staff to run all the activities during the week. In the evening there will be a supervisor staying at the centre to oversee evening activities and be on hand overnight. Pick-ups can be arranged from local train and bus stations in Bangor, Gwynedd. During the week our mini-buses will transport the participants to all outdoor venues.

Booking Outdoor Residential

To book please contact us with your requirements.