Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre - Approved Activity Provider

As an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Haven Banks can support or fully manage all aspects of your DofE Expedition section of the Award.

Services include: Full management of your organisations Expedition section. Support by providing qualified Leaders and/or Assessors, as well as offering Open Award Expeditions for individuals.

The Centre offers expedition options both locally and nationally at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Most recent expeditions have taken place on the South West Coast Path and Devon Countryside, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, The Brecon Beacons and The Isle of Skye.

Approved Activity Providers (AAP's), such as Haven Banks, have been approved by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as meeting their sectional conditions and can count towards the achievement of a DofE Award. As an AAP we are also able to provide qualified leaders and Assessors to sign off the expedition section of your Awards.


On Foot

On Foot

By Canoe

By Bike

By Kayak

Under Sail


  • No Practice Expedition required but training recommended.
  • A 2 day Qualifying Expedition with 1 night camp/residential.
  • At least 6 hours during the daytime
    (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying).
  • Must have an aim but no post expedition presentation.


  • 2.5 day Practice Expedition with 2 nights camping.
  • A 3 day Qualifying Expedition with 2 nights camping.
  • At least 7 hours during the daytime
    (at least 3.5 of which must be spent journeying).
  • Must have aim and presentation required.


  • 3 day Practice Expedition with 2 nights camping.
  • A 4 day Qualifying Expedition with 3 nights camping.
  • At least 8 hours during the daytime
    (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying).
  • Must have aim and presentation required.

Schools, Colleges & Youth Organisations

Haven Banks works with a range of regional schools, colleges and youth organisations. We can simply offer advice and support, offer assessors or take on the full management of the expedition section of your award.

To discuss your organisations expeditions requirements, with no obligation, please contact us on 01392 400150 or email info@haven-banks.co.uk. We will happily discuss the challenges you are facing and offer our expertise to provide young people with the support needed to achieve the Expedition section of  The Award.


Open Award Provider - For individuals and/or groups of friends.

As an AAP we also offer Open Expeditions for individuals and groups of friends. After leaving school or college young people often find it difficult finding a group or organisation who can help them to complete the expedition section of the award. This is where we as an Open Award Centre can help.

If you would like to register for a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award Practice or Qualifying Expedition, please view our Events page or contact info@haven-banks.co.uk. Additionally, we work with many local DofE Licensed Organisations and it is possible we can assist and support with finding you a place on a team who have an expedition planned.

What do we offer?

  • Qualified & Experienced Leaders, Instructors & Coaches.
  • Qualified advice, support, leadership or management.
  • DofE Assessors for Qualifying Assessments.
  • Open Practice & Qualifying Expeditions.
  • Expedition Team Kit & Equipment.
  • Minibus Transportation.
  • Sail, cycle, kayak, canoe & navigation training.
  • National Governing Body Qualifications.
  • Structured training programmes.

Did you know?

We also provide staff, support & management to schools & youth organisations for the Ten Tors Challenge.

With a proven track record of providing structured & successful training programmes for schools, colleges & youth organisations.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award & Ten Tors Training Testimonials





We offer GPS Tracking for all our Duke of Edinburgh's & Ten Tors Expeditions. These have kindly been supplied by Expedition Tracking.