Blog - 09.01.2019

Planning a school trip or group outing in 2019? Thinking about where you could stay?

YHA offer the DofE a 10% discount on group bookings of 16 or more through the group reservation team. This saving is available on five different packages; bed only, bed and breakfast, half board with packed lunch, half board with evening meal and full board.

Your trip doesn’t have to be connected to the DofE at your LO to take advantage of the savings – this discount is available to your whole school or centre.

Get your DofE group discount code.

YHA is a charity that transforms young people’s lives through travel and adventure. They provide amazing places to stay and unique opportunities to explore.

Reasons to book your next group trip with YHA.


Unique locations

From castles to cottages, lodges to log cabins, YHA have unique properties across England and Wales. Most YHA hostels have a self-catering kitchen where you can prepare and cook your own meals. They also offer a whole range of overnight options for inspiring accommodation such as camping pods and bell tents. If you don’t want to share, options are available for your group’s sole use.

Visit the YHA accommodation page to find your ideal accommodation.


Free planning visits and places

Take advantage of generous free-place ratios for group leaders plus free preview visits for group bookings.

Whether you’ve stayed with YHA before or making your first booking, they encourage group leaders to organise a preview visit to your chosen hostel.

This is perfect opportunity to talk to YHA staff, get help with completing paperwork and get a first-hand experience of any activities available. If you have a long way to travel or want to explore the surrounding area, they also offer free overnight accommodation at your chosen hostel.

Once your booking is confirmed, you can book your planning visit and for every ten people a Leader goes free.

Find out more about free planning visits.


Familiarise yourself with YHA for free

In addition to hostel pre-visits, YHA also run familiarisation events throughout the year. They invite teachers/ group leaders and their families to a number of hostels, demonstrate some activities available and offer you the chance to sample the group menu.

YHA currently have the following familiarisation day available to book:

YHA Ironbridge Coalport/YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale – Teachers weekend – 2 March/3 March 2019 (In partnership with Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and The Edge Adventure Activity Centre)

Optional overnight at YHA Ironbridge Coalport on 2 March 2019 for anyone travelling a long distance.

Check out the full itinerary and details on how to book.


YHA for volunteering

DofE participants can complete the Volunteering section for Bronze, Silver and Gold.

From summer camps or a YHA hostel, or even supporting as a fundraiser, volunteering with YHA is a great way to boost confidence and independence.

Participants can volunteer for 3 to 18 months with YHA. Tasks include housekeeping, reception, customer care and café or kitchen tasks. They can also take on special projects such as creating a nature trail for children. This is a great way to gain experience in the hospitality and catering industry in a supporting environment.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities.


YHA is not just for groups

Whether you are travelling alone or with friends or family, you can also save 10% on accommodation and camping bookings with YHA.

Choose from over 150 hostels and 45 campsites in the most beautiful parts of England and Wales and find the right place to start your adventure.

Find out about accommodation and camping discounts.