The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (known as DofE) is open to those aged 14 – 24 years and has three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Each Award has four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Expedition and for the Gold Award there is a fifth section, the Residential.

Challenge Wales is an Approved Activity Provider and provides a fantastic Gold DofE Residential.

The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, onboard Challenge Wales with some DofE participants

Any voyages that are 5 days or more qualify as a Gold DofE Residential.

Please note there is often bursary funding available to support all UK residents to jump onboard Challenge Wales, so check out our Bursaries page to see how much your voyage costs can reduce by.

Adventure Residential’s – Book up today!

Liverpool to Cardiff: 27th May - 5th June 2018

Picture of Ocean Venture courtesy of Ocean VentureJump onboard Adventure Wales for the Tall Ships Regatta. Join in Liverpool and race to Dublin before sailing back to Cardiff. Bursary available. We’ve got some amazing bursary funding available on this leg!!

Cost – £750

Read the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta information pack

Gosport to Sunderland: 8th - 13th July 2018

Challenge Wales departing AberdeenJoin us for our ‘Fast Blast Delivery’ voyage to Sunderland. This is a great milebuilder as we plan to sail non-stop straight into the Tall Ships Festival. Everyone on this voyage will also experience the Tall Ships Crew Parade. As there will be some non-stop sailing, this voyage is suited to those aged 18+

Cost – £329
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack!


Sunderland (UK) to Esbjerg (Denmark): 13th - 20th July 2018

The UK is the starting destination for the 2018 Tall Ships Races series and we can’t wait to be there to soak up the amazing festival /celebratory atmosphere. It’s a great adventure ahead as we race across the North Sea to Denmark as we represent Wales and the UK.  **Limited places now available so please enquiry for berth availability**

Cost – £700
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack

Esbjerg (Sweden) to Stavanger (Norway): 20th - 28th July 2018

This is a Cruise in Company leg, so although not competitively racing you will be part of the spectacular Parade of Sail with the international Tall Ships fleet, visit new ports and then arrive in Stavanger for the crew parade representing Wales and the UK. This 9 day activity is perfect for those who might not want to take part in a competitive race and see a bit more of the amazing coast and landscapes.

Cost – £750

Stavanger (Norway) to Harlingen (Netherlands): 28th July - 5th August 2018

Get ready for the last race of the Tall Ships Races 2018 series. Join us in the afternoon of 28th July, explore one or two of the spectacular tall ships before the Challenge Wales welcome meeting where you will meet your fellow crew. Learn the ropes and head off to sea in the spectacular parade of sail. Then it will be a sail to the start line

Cost – £800   Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack

Harlingen (Netherlands) to Gosport (UK): 5th Aug - 11th Aug 2018 - HOMEWARD BOUND

Don’t worry if you didn’t experience one of the Tall Ships Races as you can still experience the atmosphere of this amazing event, take part in a Parade of Sail and see the other spectacular ships before heading back to the UK.

Cost – £549
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack


Gosport to Cardiff | Homeward Bound Adventure Residential: 12th - 17th August 2018

Group of air cadets sat on Challenge WalesJoin us late afternoon/early evening of 12th for our homeward bound voyage back to Cardiff. This voyage takes place on Challenge Wales. We’ll be hoping to spot dolphins at Lundy Island, sailing around Lands End and hoping to spot the International Space Station as we sail by the stars on a night sail. Cost – £497