We see many so our former D of E participants staying with us as adults with their own families, saying “I did my D of E at Pindale and thought we would come back.”
At Pindale Farm, we have been welcoming Duke of Edinburgh groups since first opening in October 1988. We even had ten young people doing a D of E expedition at our official opening by the Prince of Wales on 24th April 1989.
We have had expeditions from both private and state schools, as well as uniformed youth groups like the scouts, guides and cadets. We’ve also accepted guests from outdoor companies, county councils, football clubs and training centres, all are welcome.
In fact, we’re proud to say that before the end of 2021 we will reach the impressive milestone of 100,000 bed nights from D of E groups alone – so it’s safe to say we love hosting young people on their expeditions.
We have good reason too – whatever the weather, our Duke of Edinburgh guests are always polite, responsible and show respect to others. They are a credit to society.
Along with camping in tents, we have also had groups camp in hammocks and arrive in wheelchairs. Not to be forgotten are our special needs groups who are always well catered for and always ready to have a fantastic time.
Some years ago, on a family trip to Indonesia, I was tapped on the shoulder while I was relaxing on the beach! I turned to see a young man, who asked “Are you from Pindale?”
When I answered yes, he replied “I did my D of E at Pindale, I thought I recognised you!” I then chatted with him and his parents for a time, I just wish I could remember his name. It’s such a small world.
We now see so many of our former D of E guests staying with us as adults with their children, telling us “I did my D of E at Pindale and thought we would come back.” and we absolutely love it.