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N4 climbing club

***New*** N4 Mini

A weekend climbing club for 5 to 8 year olds. Sessions run Saturday morning from 9.15am to 10am. Starting January 2014. More information...

N4 Juniors

A climbing club for 9 to 14 year olds.  Sessions run Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 6.30pm. N4 Juniors follow the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) syllabus.

N4 Seniors

A climbing club for 15 to 17 years old climbers.  Sessions run Monday evenings from 6.45pm to 8.15pm.


The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS)

NICAS is designed to introduce new and young climbers to climbing on artificial climbing walls in a series of five levels of increasing technical skill and knowledge. The scheme is administered by the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (ABCTT) and is endorsed by the British Mountaineering Council. The scheme provides structure and motivates new climbers to develop their skills so that they get the most out of their climbing as well and have their achievements recognised.

Aims of scheme:

  • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment safely
  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • to develop risk assessment and management skills in the sport
  • to develop teamwork and trust with climbing partners
  • to develop an deeper understanding of the sport
  • to provide a record of personal achievement
  • to point the way to future pathways in climbing

Enrolment and Fees

Enrolment into all N4 Climbing Clubs is per term.  Fees are payable in advance as per the schedule below.

2013/14 N4 Junior/Senior dates and costs

Autumn term: 9/10 Sept to 21/22 Oct  (£140) then 4/5 Nov to 16/17 Dec, (£140)
Spring term: 6/7 Jan to 10/11 Feb (£120) then 24/25 Feb to 31 Mar/1 Apr, (£120)
Summer term: 28/29 Apr to 19/20 May (£80) then 2/3 Jun to 14/15 Jul, (£140)

Additional costs:
£5 NICAS Part 1 registration fee (including a 16 page booklet and any certificates achieved) for Levels 1 and 2.
£9 NICAS Part 2 registration fee (including a binder with a 16 page log book and any certificates achieved) for Levels 3 and 4.

2014 N4 Mini Club term dates/costs

Spring term (£90): 11 January to 8 February and 1 March to 29 March
Summer term (£90): 26 April to 17 May and 7 June to 19 July


For further details and information on available spaces in N4 Climbing Clubs please contact or call us on 020 8211 1066.

View our Terms and Conditions here.


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Big Wall Courses

with Andy Kirkpatrick
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May

If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.

FREE Garden Events

Thursday 17th April
11am to 4pm - Family Easter Crafts Day
Join us for this free family craft day to explore our garden and turn your hands to some Easter creativity!
6pm to 8pm - An Evening of Foraging
From nettle beer to water mint ice cream, come and find out what is at your finger tips when it comes to eating in the outdoors with John Rensten.


We're Filming!

Thurs 17th and Fri 18th April

The filming will take place in and around the centre's climbing areas, cafe, outdoor boulders and the garden. The primary use of the film and images will be for promotional use on the Castle Climbing website, associated social media and advertising campaigns.

If filming is going on in the vicinity of where you are and you do NOT consent to the use of your image being used for marketing purposes, please let the filmmakers know and they will not film you.

The Castle offers a commitment to only allow said pictures and film to be used appropriately and sensitively.




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