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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

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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