The Castle runs a range of climbing sessions for schools and youth groups. These include:
Weekly after-school climbing club
NICAS, the National climbing award scheme
Term-long course with an assessment
Frequently asked questions:
How many children can I bring? We can accommodate groups of up to 30 climbers.
How long do the sessions last? This depends on the group. We recommend a minimum of 1.5 hours for groups of 7 or more (minimum 1 hour for groups of 6 or less). We recommend a maximum of 3 hours for all groups.
What is the student to instructor ratio? We work with a maximum ratio of 6 students per instructor. For groups with special needs we may recommend a smaller ratio.
What happens in a session? All sessions include bouldering and top-roping. We can also offer an exciting abseil down the inside of one of our towers. If you’d like the abseil to be included in your session, please specify this when you contact us.
How much does it cost? Please contact our Head Instructor for prices as it will depend on group size, amount of time and level of supervision required.
What is included in the cost? We will provide rock climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets for each climber. The instructor will provide additional safety equipment.
Are you insured? Yes, we have public liability insurance for up to £5m. A copy of our certificate of liability cover is available on request.
Do you have risk assessments? Of course! We’re happy to send you a copy of the relevant risk assessments – just ask.
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.
Monday 5th April 12pm to 6pm - Castle Garden Fete
Explore the Castle’s open garden and meet local projects and practitioners who will be hosting activities for everyone. Plus cob fired pizza and drinks on sale from the Castle's roundhouse from mid-afternoon.
Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?
• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange! • Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch. • Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.
For more information, please take a look at our Garden page