Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We'll help you plan an unforgettable and successful expedition for your group

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Birkheads Wild is licenced to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to young people in Gateshead. DofE helps young people build life-long belief in themselves, supporting them to take on their own challenge If you are in Year 9 or older and are wanting to take part in this exciting Award. Please get in touch to find out more.

Do DofE! Choose the things you love to do or try something completely new, help your community, test your limits, enhance your skills, and grow your confidence. It’s your DofE and we’ll support you to do it your way.

We are trying to make it easy for young people across Gateshead to take part in the Award, particularly if they might not otherwise get chance to participate in the scheme at school. Our team guides and supports the young people through the award

Doing your DofE at Birkheads Wild is different – you meet new people and make new friends from different schools, we meet outdoors round the campfire or in the yurt, and we link you up to volunteering opportunities and skills you can achieve here or through our projects.



A unique, local choice

Our site is an ideal base for Bronze level expeditions - we have also hosted Silver level expeditions, and if your school or Youth Group is in Gateshead or Durham you may even be able to walk here from School - saving you transport costs and further logistics to sort out.


Camping costs £8 per person per night. Maximum group size 25 people (including group leaders). Your group gets exclusive use of the site for the overnight camp - so you can just relax round the camp fire and enjoy having the whole place to yourselves.

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What our visitors say...

"Great place for a DofE Bronze practice or qualifier. Walks straight from the camp site and plenty of footpaths. Fiona is so enthusiastic and helpful you couldn't be in better hands. The place is tranquil and you wouldn't realise that you are just outside the hustle and bustle of the major conurbations of the north east"

Steve Southern, Operations Officer for Newcastle, Gateshead & Hartlepool, DofE North

"Lovely atmosphere and a great place for DofE!"

Leah & Chloe, Y10

"Amazing people and amazing place"

Megan, 15

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"Cute campsite with a very welcoming feeling"

Oxclose Community Academy, Washington, Y9

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"Your site is awesome and you helped me start a fire and gave me some helpful tips that I will use again"

James, Y10


If you want to learn more or to book a place please get in touch...