Gold DofE Residential

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residentials

We are delighted to offer two different residentials at Bryntysilio that meet the requirements for the Gold DofE residential section.

Adventure Brynty with First Aid

  • High adventure, quality instructors, wild places
  • REC level 2 first aid certification
  • Confidence to handle the unexpected!

Adventure Brynty with John Muir Award

  • Learn more about Welsh ecology and conservation practices
  • Immersion in wild places and comprehension of the environment
  • Work to actively protect areas of outstanding natural beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This experience has made me more confident in myself, mentally and socially. I am so glad Bryntysilio gave me this opportunity! – Lauren

Adventure Brynty with First Aid

Adventure Brynty with John Muir Award

This week-long residential aims to deliver just that, fun, adventurous times that subtly develop the attributes needed to thrive in the 21st century.  Alongside these, we are also running a 16-hour first aid course, so you are confident and equipped to handle a first aid emergency.  Students who complete the course will receive a certificate that is valid for three years.

No outdoor experience is required, all technical equipment and instruction will be provided, and activities could include canoeing, rock climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, white water kayaking and bushcraft. Places likely to visit are unique locations around the Clwydians (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Snowdonia National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, River Dee and the ice cream shop in Llangollen!

Bryntysilio Hall stands above a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built at the beginning of the industrial revolution.  Horseshoe Falls that lead to the Aqueduct, and Bryntysilio are preserved buildings that capture historic sites of interest for future generations.  Equally, as an adventure education centre, spending time in wild places is so very important and special to us.  As such it’s important to us that we understand and care for the natural world and wild places.

The John Muir Award is built around exploration, challenge, protection and sharing issues around wild spaces.  This week would suit anyone interested in the natural world, ecology, biology, issues around conservation.  The video below gives a good overview of the award.

What is the John Muir Award?


To maximise the Gold DofE residential experience, this is not the only Gold residential programme that is happening at Bryntysilio that week. This gives you more people with shared interests for richer conversations in the evening. Accommodation is in shared dorms and bathrooms inside the main Victoria Villa property. Residentials are full board with a range of breakfast options, lunch, and shared family service evening meals, last night is the famous Brynty BBQ. Evening activities are fun and rewarding but equally, in the warm summer evenings, there is time and space to explore the grounds to find time to connect with nature.

Notes On Bryntysilio

We are a small and vibrant adventure education centre in Llangollen, Northeast Wales.  The Victorian-era building overlooks a UNESCO World Heritage site, on the banks of the River Dee with views up the valley towards the steam railway line.  Llangollen is famous for the International Musical Eisteddfod and adventure sports, drawing people from across the world making it a warm and welcoming place!

Bryntysilio has been running educative programmes for young people for over 50 years focusing on the development of independence through real adventure.  Specifically, we develop individuals to gain a great sense of who they are, increased self-esteem and confidence and, how to take greater ownership of their learning.  This ethos is embedded in every course we run.  Equally, we have a caring, nurturing culture in the centre that aims to make every single visitor feel at home!

DofE Gold Residential – £495 

Full board accommodation, external certificates, all instruction, equipment, and collection from the train station (Chirk) are included.

For more information please contact the team at the centre.

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Gold DofE Residential

Gold DofE Residential