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Schools & groups

Climbing offers many benefits to young people.

  • Engagement in a physical activity
  • Development of communication skills and teamwork
  • Confidence through achievement
  • Acquisition of skills
  • Lots of fun!

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
  • One-off sessions
  • 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.

How do I book? Contact our Head Instructor, Iwona Kulczynska-Evans ( 020 8211 1068).

I’m an instructor and would like to bring in my own group? Please read our information on Bringing a Group.

What else can groups do at The Castle?

We can also organise workshops in our organic garden and talks on sustainability.

Catering is available from The Castle Café, featuring homemade food and produce grown in our organic garden.

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What's On

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

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.


Garden Volunteers

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

Get in touch or pop in the centre if you are interested.




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