Popular Outdoor Groups
Here at Cotswold Outdoor, partnerships with Outdoor Groups are incredibly important. Through our head office Groups Sales department and across our growing number of nationwide stores, we work with hundreds of groups and thousands of participants to help them enjoy the outdoors.
Here are just a few that we work with.......
Cotswold is proud to be the Recommended Retailer of Expedition Kit to the Duke of Edinburgh's award and offer a range of services to leaders and participants. The Duke of Edniburgh's Award is recognised as the best programme for the personal development of young people. There are currently 275,000 active participants in the UK and over 161,000 young people start the Award each year.View more details
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are 'learning by doing,' when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.View more details
Girlguiding is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with over half a million members and recognised volunteers. Girlguiding runs Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and Senior Section (14–25 years), enabling girls and young women to develop their potential whatever their ability or background.View more details
The YHA is a great way in to the great outdoors. Enjoy overnight stays in over 140 of the UK’s most remarkable locations - from grand mansions and medieval castles to modern purpose-built city hostels and remote mountain boltholes. Choose a shared dorm, a private room with en suite, go self-catering, or eat in one of the YHA's licensed café bars. Your choice entirely.View more details
World Challenge offers young people the chance to explore the world and experience different cultures while developing valuable life skills. As the original school expeditions company, World Challenge provide an unrivalled range of exciting expeditions to over 65 destinations.View more details
British Mountaineering Council
The British Mountaineering Council is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. THe BMC undertakes a wide range of work including access and conservation, climbing walls, clubs and huts and climbing equipment advice.
British Canoe Union
"Helping and Inspiring people to go canoeing”. Set up in 1936 to send a team to the Berlin Olympics, the British Canoe Union (BCU) is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. Since then the organisation has grown considerably, and the range of canoeing opportunity has increased tremendously. The BCU is the umbrella organisation for Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Canoeing Association. By joining the BCU you receive benefits including licences to paddle on 4417 km of water, third party insurance, discounts on clothing, equipment, travel, boat insurance and coaching supplies. Plus, advice and information on access issues, coaching, courses and safety and much more.
Cycle Touring Club
CTC has a long and illustrious history of working for travelling, recreational and utility cycle users. Founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club and subsequently re-named the Cyclists' Touring Club, CTC are prominent in the world wide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on CTC’s. Today CTC has around 60,000 members encompassing all ages and types of cyclists with elected representation at national and local level backed by a professional staff. CTC provides a wide range of activities and services designed to enhance the riding opportunities for existing cyclists and make it easier for new entrants to take up cycling. These include the CTC Cyclists Helpline for advice on all cycling matters, local groups with a huge range of rides, local and national events as well as a subscription to Cycle magazine
If you love your snowsports, Ski Club membership should be top of your shopping list. The Ski Club of Great Britain is the biggest snowsports club in the UK for good reason, with numerous membership benefits and services catering for every aspect of skiing and snowboarding.View more details
Over the last 12 years, Charity Challenge have helped thousands of people like you to trek, climb, ride and raft throughout the world on adventurous challenges, raising in excess of £30m for over 1200 UK and Irish registered charities. The funds raised have helped to change the world one step at a time, from funding research to finding a cure for cancer, to providing access to clean sources of water for communities in developing countries. You have and will continue to make a real difference.View more details
KE Adventure Travel is one of the UK's leading independent adventure tour operators, specialising in trekking, climbing, biking, family and other adventure holidays worldwide. KE is your number one adventure holiday choice for trek and climb classics such as; Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Toubkal in Morocco, the Inca Trail in Peru and Mt Blanc in the Alps…to mention just a few. All KE Adventure Travel clients receive a discount at Cotswold Outdoor, which in turns benefits the Juniper Trust.View more details
The Juniper Trust’s tenet is: to work in a low-impact, sustainable way to support the poorest communities, particularly children, listening to community needs in the developing world and working in equal partnership. The Trust’s concept is 'trickle up' rather than 'trickle down' aid, which will benefit communities at grassroots level, enabling their development in a way which they feel is appropriate. For several years, this work has been greatly assisted by Cotswold Outdoor's very generous donation of a percentage of KE Adventure Travel client sales to the Juniper Trust. This has helped projects such as the Lingshed Hostel in Ladakh, the Ardasha Bal Vikas Kendra School For Handicapped Children in Nepal, the Tibet Vision Project and the Solar Lights Project, both in Peru and India.View more details
BSES (British Schools Exploring Society)
Based at the Royal Geographical Society, BSES Expeditions (The British Schools Exploring Society) was founded in 1932 by a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13. Each year young people aged 16-23, from different schools, universities and many other walks of life, join together to take part in valuable adventure and environmental research projects in challenging areas of the world from the heights of the Himalayas to the heat of the Arabian desert, and from the valleys and glaciers of the Arctic to the lakes and rivers of the Amazon. These projects are designed to teach the young people about the host environment, culture and wildlife whilst delivering worthwhile and necessary results for local and UK academic and charitable bodies. Led by experts drawn from a host of professions such as universities, teaching and the armed forces, all the expeditions aim to help in the development of young people through the challenge of living and working in remote and testing areas of the world. BSES Expeditions is a small and personal organisation organising only a handful of expeditions each year. Opportunities exist on month-long summer expeditions for Young Explorers aged between 16 and 20. Those over 18 can gain leadership experience through our Arctic and Desert gap year expeditions.
Plas Y Brenin
If you're interested in mountain sports, you will be pleased to hear that Cotswold Outdoor have a well-established partnership with Plas y Brenin - the Snowdonia-based National Mountain Centre. Plas Y Brenin offer training opportunities that give support to make the most of your skills and ambitions within the outdoor sector. Their staff are competent outdoor enthusiasts which add to Plas Y Brenins speciality. Cotswold offer PlasY Brenin staff technical boot fits in store where we also offer specific advice and recommendations on our products. And we also offer staff talks to Plas Y Brenin fast instructor groups** Our Royal Oak store in Betws-Y-Coed have a dedicated window display and we hold Plas Y Brenin brochures and leaflets and in turn we support them by offering Plas Y Brenin staff discount on items
Originating as a Himalayan trekking company in 1975, World Expeditions have developed into one of the leading authorities in the field of adventure tourism. They cover all continents, with trips ranging from adventure touring to introductory trekking and cycling adventures, to sea kayaking and mountaineering trips.
Royal Geographical Society
The RGS is a learned society and professional body for geography. Since their establishment in 1830 they have advanced geographical science and supported its practitioners. With over 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, RGS is the largest and most active scholarly geographical society in the world. Members range from professional geographers, researchers and teachers, to expeditioners and enthusiasts.
Choose from over 3000 walks across the UK at Walkingworld, the UK's largest online walking guide. Each route has easy to follow instructions and an Ordnance Survey map to download and print out. Quote Cotswold Outdoor's special voucher code WW01 and save £ 2.50 on the annual subscription.
Discover Adventure specialises in fundraising trekking and cycling challenges and has been running worldwide trips since 1994 – raising over £50million for many worthy causes. Discover Adventure consistently price their Open Challenges so charities retain at least 60% of the Fundraising TargetView more details
Austrian Tourist Board
Austria is a walking paradise. Why? Well, it offering raw adventure, Europe's greatest views and routes that are second to none. The quality and variety of paths available, along with the walking infrastructure mean that even the mountain tops are available to anyone.
GlobeBusters was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Julia Sanders, Double Guinness World Record™ for the Fastest Circumnavigation of the World by Motorcycle and the Trans Americas by Motorcycle. After the phenomenal Guinness World Record™ success, GlobeBusters was founded as the first overland motorcycle expedition company in the UK, specializing in taking riders on amazing journeys in unusual destinations. Globebusters are passionate about travel by motorcycle and whether you decide to travel with us for two weeks or five months, our aim is to give you a genuine overland experience, supported by years of relevant expertise.
Unique in their approach to Responsible Tourism in Africa, Camps International offers extraordinary life experiences for gap year travellers, school expedition groups and adult volunteers. They provide the opportunity to work on local humanitarian, social and environmental voluntary projects throughout East Africa, as part of a wider adventure package that includes mountain expeditions, water sport activities and game viewing on safari.
True Adventure provides students with an invaluble two year development programme culminating in the experience of a lifetime, supported by first class safety and back up systems. True Adventure will provide a choice of quality expeditions, lasting 2 - 4 weeks, to a number of contrasting destinations, organised by expedition professionals and led by first class leaders. The expertise they have in their field, together with their passion for each destination enables True Adventure to provide unparalleled opportunities which are so much more than just a trip to an exotic location. True Adventure offer a very personal service to schools and colleges to ensure that the aims of the expedition will be achieved, and the team really takes ownership of their expedition, while making the most of this unique development opportunity
Mountain Kingdoms is a UK trekking holiday specialist with twenty three years' experience in running worldwide trekking holidays as well as select Trekking Peaks and Cultural Tours. They offer great treks to the biggest destinations including Everest Base Camp Trek, the Inca Trail, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, and an ascent of Kilimanjaro. But Mountain Kingdoms don’t just offer the classic treks; their comprehensive range of trekking holidays and cultural tours take you around the world, from off the beaten track adventures along forgotten pathways to tours that visit vibrant Buddhist festivals and stunning cultural sights. Wherever you want to go, Mountain Kindgoms has the perfect adventure holiday for you.
Raleigh International harnesses the passion and energy of young people to affect positive change in sustainable development. They focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, climate change and building resilient communities. The work of Raleigh International is delivered through young people and is a collaboration between local communities, partners and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and life stages. The organisation operates in partnership with communities, non-governmental organisations and governments in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India and Tanzania. Since foundation as a charity in 1984, Raleigh volunteers have become a global community of more than 36,000 people committed to building a sustainable future.View more details
Outlook Expeditions see themselves as a little bit different. Guided by quality and conscience they want the schools and youth groups that they work with to choose an adventure to suit them. Since 2001 Outlook Expeditions has been sending teams all over the world on Tailor-Made expeditions, from the Himalaya to the Sahara, from the coral reefs of the Red sea to the Amazon.
Since 1999, Action Challenge has been taking individuals, groups, charities and corporate clients on inspirational adventures across the UK, Europe and the Globe! Action Challenge works with most of the UK's best known charities, and its challenge events have helped to raise over £30 million for a variety of good causes.View more details