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    Grumpy Moose Creative Writing Residential: 18-22 August or 22-26 October 2018


    Our Creative Writing courses are available to anyone with a passion for creative writing. Each day will consist of a number of workshops on different aspects of story writing (ghost stories, poetry, character, plot and more), free time to write independently and collaboratively and explore the inspiring area of your surroundings, and then evenings will be spent sharing work and creative ideas.

     

    Our aim is that all students attending the course will leave with a portfolio of creative work inspired by the workshops, their surroundings and their peers. The cost for the week will be £350 per student which will cover the cost of accommodation, all workshops and full board.

     

    Please email Adam Hall at grumpymooseltd@outlook.com or check out grumpymoose.co.uk for further details of the course options and an application form.

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    Grumpy Moose Board Gaming Residential: 31 July–4 August 2018


    Are you interested in spending time with others who share your hobby, and want to devote a week to competitive and cooperative board gaming? Our Board Gaming residential is aimed at young people who enjoy gaming and who want to expand their horizons. You will play a range of genres across the week, including traditional board games, story based role play and party games. You will also work with others to design your own games and have the chance to try them out!

     

    The course will be held at Sneaton Castle in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and will cost £350 per student. This will cover the cost of full board accommodation, all workshops, games and materials.

     

    Please email Adam Hall at grumpymooseltd@outlook.com or check out grumpymoose.co.uk for further details of the course and an application form.

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    Grumpy Moose Wargaming Campaign Residential: 31 July–4 August 2018


    Grumpy Moose ltd is offering a five day Tabletop Wargaming campaign at Sneaton Castle in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Participants will join a team of players to conduct a narrative sci-fi campaign, consisting of a series of linked games, overseen by a Gamesmaster and driven by the player’s choices and actions. Players will be expected to work together, plan their actions and make choices that have a tangible impact on the overall campaign. Using the armies provided (so no need to bring or even own your own models!), you will conduct and fight a range of themed battles that will affect, and be affected by, the events of the campaign as a whole.

    Open to anyone, whether they are experienced Wargamers or complete novices, the course is limited to just eight players and will cost £350. This will cover the cost of full board accommodation, all workshops, games and materials.

    Please email Adam Hall at grumpymooseltd@outlook.com or check out grumpymoose.co.uk for further details of the course and an application form. Please note that places are limited, so book early!

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    Grumpy Moose Cookery Residential: 22-26 October 2018


    Our Cookery course is designed to give you the skills to cook for yourself at University and beyond, by helping you to get to grips with a range of simple recipes in a relaxed setting. Working with an experienced industry professional, you will prepare meals for the group, trying a range of recipes and ideas and working with your peers on different skills in the kitchen. You will also have the chance to prepare desserts and cakes, to create your own recipe ideas, and to learn how to shop and budget for your meals.

    Our aim is that you leave the course with the confidence and ability to prepare and cook a variety of meals (and on a range of budgets!), including staple foods, quick lunches, simple breakfasts and healthy evening meals.

    The cost for the week will be £395 per student, which will cover the cost of accommodation, all workshops, your own utensil set and recipe notebook, and full board.

    Please email Adam Hall at grumpymooseltd@outlook.com or check out grumpymoose.co.uk for further details of the course and an application form.

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    Grumpy Moose Life Skills Residential: 22-26 October 2018


    Our Life Skills course is designed to equip you with the knowledge you'll need in later life - If you're worried that you aren't ready to live away from home, or just feel that you need some guidance, this course will allow you to get to grips with a range of skills, and give you the confidence to look after yourself. Covering a broad range of skills, including DIY, basic cookery, interview and presentation, practical economics and budgeting, and with workshops and seminars led by a range of experienced professionals, the course is designed to provide you with the skills you need, and fill in any gaps in your knowledge.

     

    The course will be held at Beverley Youth Hostel, and will cost £375. This will cover all workshops, staffing, materials, accommodation and full board.

     

    Please email Adam Hall at grumpymooseltd@outlook.com or check out grumpymoose.co.uk for further details of the course and an application form.

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    The Adventure Element


    The Adventure Element provide professionally delivered and supervised Practice and Qualifying expeditions for all young people. Our comprehensive ‘Open Award Expeditions’ are ideal for making the expedition process challenging whilst enjoyable and achievable.

     

    BRONZE OPEN EXPEDITIONS 2018 - ON FOOT

     

    Training and Practice Walking Expeditions
    Qualifying Walking Expeditions

     

    28th May – 30th May 2018 | Bromsgrove, West Midlands

    1st August – 3rd August 2018 | Bromsgrove, West Midlands

    27th August – 29th August 2018 | Peak District

    22nd October – 24th October 2018 | Peak District

     

    Time will be spent getting to know your group and being trained in all the essential skills from our base in a local hostel or bunkhouse. Following this you will undertake your expedition under the remote supervision of an experienced and qualified instructor.

    Your expedition will be fully supported. As part of our packages you will receive:

     

    • Bunkhouse or YHA accommodation inc. Breakfast and evening meals
    • Camping fees
    • Free use of group equipment.
    • Tents
    • Gas Trangia stoves and fuel
    • Group First aid kits
    • Maps and Compass
    • Group shelters
    • Comprehensive training by highly experienced and qualified staff
    • Full Safety Supervision
    • GPS Tracking on all teams


    COST

    £135 per person, per expedition.

    For a 10% discount (£27), book both your Practice and Qualifying expedition.
     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FULL DETAILS:
    www.theadventureelement.co.uk
    info@theadventureelement.co.uk 
    01768 800212

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    The Adventure Element


    The Adventure Element provide professionally delivered and supervised Practice and Qualifying expeditions for all young people. Our comprehensive ‘Open Award Expeditions’ are ideal for making the expedition process challenging whilst enjoyable and achievable.

     

    SILVER OPEN EXPEDITIONS 2018 - ON FOOT

     

    Training and Practice Walking Expeditions
    Qualifying Walking Expeditions

     

    2nd April – 5th April 2018 | Yorkshire

    30th July – 2nd August 2018 | Peak District

     

    Time will be spent getting to know your group and being trained in all the essential skills from our base in a local hostel or bunkhouse. Following this you will undertake your expedition under the remote supervision of an experienced and qualified instructor.

    Your expedition will be fully supported. As part of our packages you will receive:

     

    • Bunkhouse or YHA accommodation inc. Breakfast and evening meals
    • Camping fees
    • Free use of group equipment.
    • Tents
    • Gas Trangia stoves and fuel
    • Group First aid kits
    • Maps and Compass
    • Group shelters
    • Comprehensive training by highly experienced and qualified staff
    • Full Safety Supervision
    • GPS Tracking on all teams


    COST

    £180 per person, per expedition.

    For a 10% discount (£36), book both your Practice and Qualifying expedition.
     


    FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FULL DETAILS:
    www.theadventureelement.co.uk
    info@theadventureelement.co.uk 
    01768 800212

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    The Adventure Element


    The Adventure Element provide professionally delivered and supervised expeditions for all young people. Our comprehensive ‘Open Award Expeditions’ are ideal for making the expedition process challenging whilst enjoyable and achievable.

     

    GOLD OPEN EXPEDITIONS 2018 - ON FOOT

     

    Training and Practice Walking Expeditions
    Qualifying Walking Expeditions

     

    26th March - 31st April 2018 | Keswick, North Lake District

    2nd April - 7th April 2018 | Keswick, North Lake District

    9th April - 14th April 2018 | Peak District

    28th May - 2nd June 2018 | Keswick, North Lake District

    9th July - 14th July 2018 | Ambleside, South Lake District 

    23rd July - 28th July 2018 | Keswick, North Lake District

    6th August - 11th August 2018 | Peak District

    22nd October - 27th October 2018 | Keswick, North Lake District

    29th October - 3rd November 2018 | Keswick, North Lake District 

     

    Time will be spent getting to know your group and being trained in all the essential skills from our base in a local hostel or bunkhouse. Following this you will undertake your expedition under the remote supervision of an experienced and qualified instructor.

    Your expedition will be fully supported. As part of our packages you will receive:

     

    • Bunkhouse or YHA accommodation inc. Breakfast and evening meals
    • Camping fees
    • Free use of group equipment.
    • Tents
    • Gas Trangia stoves and fuel
    • Group First aid kits
    • Maps and Compass
    • Group shelters
    • Comprehensive training by highly experienced and qualified staff
    • Full Safety Supervision
    • GPS Tracking on all teams


    COST

    £270 per person, per expedition.

    For a 10% discount (£54), book both your Practice and Qualifying expedition.
     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FULL DETAILS:
    www.theadventureelement.co.uk
    info@theadventureelement.co.uk 
    01768 800212

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    Survival and bushcraft residential with Rural Pride


     Rural Pride Outdoor Learning Centre offers a unique opportunity for your Gold Residential week at our exciting woodland site in the heart of Derbyshire. Brickyard Wood is a 9 acre woodland developed to create a sense of isolation that helps you explore your natural survival instincts with the added extra of expert tuition in survival and bushcraft skills.
    You are warmly welcome to join us for this five day, four night residential programme which is packed full of new and exciting experiences exploring the world of Bushcraft & Survival Skills. You will learn a wide range of fire lighting techniques, shelter building, woodland tool use, wild food exploration, woodland furniture making, tracking skills and much, much more.  This really is a voyage of self discovery and a wonderful way to complete your DofE residential.
    Our Bushcraft Practitioners, through their extensive experience of working with young people, will steer the week to help facilitate a very memorable experience for all. We can’t wait to meet you!
    2018 dates:
    2 - 6 April
    23 – 27 July
    27 – 31 August
    The fee for the week is £300 inclusive of all food and activities. If you would like to book a place a non-refundable deposit of £100 can be paid via our online booking system: https://ruralpride.eventsmart.com or by following the links on the Rural Pride website: http://ruralpride.net/rural-pride-dofe/

    Please contact us on 01332 824997 or email learning@ruralpride.net if you have any queries.

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    Yoga residential with Hampshire County Council


     Earth Wind and Fire Yoga Retreat 20th - 24th August 2018
    Dates: 20th – 24th August 2018
    Location: HCC Mountain Centre, Brecon Beacons
    Cost: £395 for Hampshire Residents
    £445 for Non-Hampshire Residents (Gold participants not living within Hampshire)

    A 5-day yoga retreat for young people to take part in as their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold residential

     

    Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, applicants practice yoga postures, breathing awareness and meditation, as well as taking walks in the surrounding hills and valleys.

     

    For a booking form please contact Emma Meekums on: emma.meekums@hants.gov.uk or call: 01962 891640

    For more information, please go to: http://time2breathe.co.uk/earth-wind-and-fire/

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    Open Silver expeditions with Expeditions Wales


    Open Silver Walking Expeditions 2018 – Expeditions Wales (Mid Wales & Brecon Beacons)
    We are offering individuals & small groups the opportunity to join our popular Open Silver Walking expeditions in Mid Wales & Brecon Beacons for practice or qualifying. Price is £160.00 per participant, per expedition and includes group equipment, training, supervision and assessment (for qualifying expeditions), as well as extensive pre-course information. Very easy to get to by train or car.
    Dates:
    • Saturday 7th April – Tuesday 10th April – (Brecon Beacons)
    • Sunday 22nd July – Wednesday 25th July – Mid Wales
    • Sunday 19th August – Wednesday 22nd August – Mid Wales
    • Sunday 21st October – Wednesday 24th October – (Brecon Beacons)
    For full information and further details contact Alix on 07528 372160, email alix@expeditionswales.co.uk or visit www.expeditionswales.co.uk for many more details and to book online.
     

    Open Gold Expeditions with Expeditions Wales


    Open Gold Walking Expeditions 2018 – Expeditions Wales (Mid Wales & Brecon Beacons)
    We are offering individuals & small groups the opportunity to join our popular Open Gold Walking expeditions in Mid Wales & Brecon Beacons for practice or qualifying. Price is £255.00 per participant, per expedition and includes group equipment, training, supervision and assessment (for qualifying expeditions), as well as extensive pre course information. Very easy to get to by train or car.
    Dates:
    • Friday 30th March to Wednesday 4th April – (Mid Wales)
    • Tuesday 3rd April to Sunday 8th April – (Mid Wales)
    • Saturday 26th May to Thursday 31st May – (Brecon Beacons)
    • Sunday 8th July to Friday 13th July – (Mid Wales)
    • Sunday 15th July to Friday 20th July – (Mid Wales)
    • Sunday 22nd July to Friday 27th July – (Mid Wales)
    • Sunday 5th August to Friday 10th August – (Mid Wales)
    • Sunday 19th August to Friday 24th August – (Mid Wales)
    • Tuesday 28th August to Sunday 2nd September – (Mid Wales)
    • Sunday 2nd September to Friday 7th September – (Mid Wales)
    • Sunday 21st October to Friday 26th October – (Brecon Beacons)
    For full information and further details contact Alix on 07528 372160, email alix@expeditionswales.co.uk or visit www.expeditionswales.co.uk for many more details and to book online.
     

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    Narrowboat residential with Aldridge Airport Outdoor Pursuits


     The Wharf Narrowboat Gold Residential

    Aldridge Airport Outdoor Pursuits are offering the opportunity for you to complete the residential section of your DofE Gold Award during the holidays.
    The residential experience will involve learning how to steer a narrowboat along the Staffs and Worcester Canal near Cannock (Jct 2 M54)
    You will be following a Governing body syllabus to achieve the National Community Boats Association Boat Handling Certificate.
    Sessions will include safety, steering, maintenance, cooking, route planning, lock work and many more as we journey along the beautiful Staffs and Worcester canal from just outside Wolverhampton to Great Haywood and return.
    Accommodation will be on the Wharf narrowboat and all meals are included.
    Where: The Staffs and Worcester Canal near Cannock and Wolverhampton

    How long: 5 days

    When: Whitsun Holidays | Tue 29th May - Sat 2nd June 2018

    Cost: £280 including food, accommodation and certification

    Places are limited to 6 per trip, please contact us to receive a booking form and further information.
    Once your booking and payment has been received, a briefing pack will be sent to you.
    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/dofe-residentials or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk

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    Narrowboat residential with Aldridge Airport Outdoor Pursuits


     The Wharf Narrowboat Gold Residential

    Aldridge Airport Outdoor Pursuits are offering the opportunity for you to complete the residential section of your DofE Gold Award during the holidays.
    The residential experience will involve learning how to steer a narrowboat along the Staffs and Worcester Canal near Cannock (Jct 2 M54)
    You will be following a Governing body syllabus to achieve the National Community Boats Association Boat Handling Certificate.
    Sessions will include safety, steering, maintenance, cooking, route planning, lock work and many more as we journey along the beautiful Staffs and Worcester canal from just outside Wolverhampton to Great Haywood and return.
    Accommodation will be on the Wharf narrowboat and all meals are included.
    Where: The Staffs and Worcester Canal near Cannock and Wolverhampton

    How long: 5 days

    When: Easter Holidays | Tue 3rd - Sat 7th April 2018

    Cost: £280 including food, accommodation and certification

    Places are limited to 6 per trip, please contact us to receive a booking form and further information.
    Once your booking and payment has been received, a briefing pack will be sent to you.
    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/dofe-residentials or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk

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    Open Gold canoe expedition with Aldridge Airport


    Open Gold Qualifying Expedition - Canoe

    Where: River Severn, Shropshire

    How long: 5 days

    When: Summer Holidays | Mon 6th - Fri 10th August 2018

    Cost: £250 including food whilst in the bunkhouse and accommodation

    What’s included?

    ·         Campsite and Bunkhouse fees

    ·         Training, supervision and assessment by our experienced and qualified staff

    ·         Group expedition equipment (tents, stoves, first aid kits, maps, compass’)

    ·         Canoes and safety equipment

    ·         Food whist in the bunkhouse on day 1

    ·         Collection from the local train/coach/bus station and transport to the bunkhouse

    ·         Assessment reports uploaded onto edofe 

    What’s not included?

    ·         Personal expedition equipment i.e. sleeping bags, waterproofs, rucksacks, boots ect (a limited supply of this equipment is available to hire at additional cost)

    ·         Food for the expedition 

    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/open-dofe-expeditions or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk

     

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    Open Silver expedition with Aldridge Airport


    Open Silver Qualifying Expedition - Walking

    Where: North Wales

    How long: 5 days

    When: Summer Holidays | Tue 31st July - Fri 3rd August 2018

    Cost: £200 including food whilst in the bunkhouse and accommodation

    What’s included?

    ·         Campsite and Bunkhouse fees

    ·         Training, supervision and assessment by our experienced and qualified staff

    ·         Group expedition equipment (tents, stoves, first aid kits, maps, compass’)

    ·         Food whist in the bunkhouse on day 1

    ·         Collection from the local train/coach/bus station and transport to the bunkhouse

    ·         Assessment reports uploaded onto edofe 

    What’s not included?

    ·         Personal expedition equipment i.e. sleeping bags, waterproofs, rucksacks, boots ect (a limited supply of this equipment is available to hire at additional cost)

    ·         Food for the expedition 

    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/open-dofe-expeditions or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk

     

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    Open Gold expedition with Aldridge Airport


     Open Gold Qualifying Expedition – Walking

    Where: North Wales

    How long: 5 days

    When: Summer Holidays | Mon 30th July - Fri 3rd August 2018

    Cost: £250 including food whilst in the bunkhouse and accommodation

    What’s included?
    • Campsite and Bunkhouse fees
    • Training, supervision and assessment by our experienced and qualified staff
    • Group expedition equipment (tents, stoves, first aid kits, maps, compass’)
    • Food whist in the bunkhouse on day 1
    • Collection from the local train/coach/bus station and transport to the bunkhouse
    • Assessment reports uploaded onto edofe

    What’s not included?
    • Personal expedition equipment i.e. sleeping bags, waterproofs, rucksacks, boots ect (a limited supply of this equipment is available to hire at additional cost)
    • Food for the expedition

    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/open-dofe-expeditions or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk
     

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    Open silver expedition with Aldridge Airport


     Open Silver Qualifying Expedition - Walking

    Where: Peak District

    How long: 4 days

    When: Whitsun Half Term | Tue 29th May - Fri 1st June 2018

    Cost: £200 including food whilst in the bunkhouse and accommodation

    What’s included?
    • Campsite and Bunkhouse fees
    • Training, supervision and assessment by our experienced and qualified staff
    • Group expedition equipment (tents, stoves, first aid kits, maps, compass’)
    • Food whist in the bunkhouse on day 1
    • Collection from the local train/coach/bus station and transport to the bunkhouse
    • Assessment reports uploaded onto edofe

    What’s not included?
    • Personal expedition equipment i.e. sleeping bags, waterproofs, rucksacks, boots ect (a limited supply of this equipment is available to hire at additional cost)
    • Food for the expedition

    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/open-dofe-expeditions or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk
     

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    Open Gold expedition with Aldridge Airport


     Open Gold Qualifying Expedition – Walking

    Where: Peak District

    How long: 5 days

    When: Whitsun Half Term | Tue 29th May - Sat 2nd June 2018

    Cost: £250 including food whilst in the bunkhouse and accommodation

    What’s included?
    • Campsite and Bunkhouse fees
    • Training, supervision and assessment by our experienced and qualified staff
    • Group expedition equipment (tents, stoves, first aid kits, maps, compass’)
    • Food whist in the bunkhouse on day 1
    • Collection from the local train/coach/bus station and transport to the bunkhouse
    • Assessment reports uploaded onto edofe

    What’s not included?
    • Personal expedition equipment i.e. sleeping bags, waterproofs, rucksacks, boots ect (a limited supply of this equipment is available to hire at additional cost)
    • Food for the expedition

    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/open-dofe-expeditions or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk
     

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    Open Gold practice expedition with Aldridge Airport


    Open Gold Training & Practice Expedition – Walking

    Where: Peak District

    How long: 5 days

    When: Whitsun Half Term | Tue 29th May - Sat 2nd June 2018

    Cost: £250 including food whilst in the bunkhouse and accommodation

    What’s included?
    • Campsite and Bunkhouse fees
    • Training and supervision by our experienced and qualified staff
    • Group expedition equipment (tents, stoves, first aid kits, maps, compass’)
    • Food whist in the bunkhouse on days 1 and 2
    • Collection from the local train/coach/bus station and transport to the bunkhouse

    What’s not included?
    • Personal expedition equipment i.e. sleeping bags, waterproofs, rucksacks, boots ect (a limited supply of this equipment is available to hire at additional cost)
    • Food for the expedition

    Further information and booking at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/outdoor-pursuits/individuals/open-dofe-expeditions or Email outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk

     

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