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Bringing a Group

Any adult, registered climber may supervise up to two novice climbers. The registered climber and novice climbers should check in at Reception and pay normal entry fees. Registered climbers may not use the abseil tower facility without supervision. If you'd like to bring in more people or if you are using The Castle for professional coaching, please read the information below carefully.

Coaching at The Castle

Group Supervision/Instructing at The Castle


Recognised Qualifications

Using the Abseil Tower

Industrial Training

Insurance, Equpiment and Access


Coaching at The Castle

We welcome professional coaches using our facilities. Both the coach and climber(s) should be registered to climb at The Castle. Climbers will need to check in at Reception and pay their normal entry fee. Coaches should get in touch with us prior to accepting any bookings at The Castle ( We waive the entry fee for recognised coaches.

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Group Supervision / Instructing at The Castle

Only qualified instructors may supervise more than two climbers. Each instructor may supervise up to 9 climbers.  The group must complete a Group Registration Form. All groups must be booked in advance (

The Group Leader (who may also be the Instructor) will supervise their group the entire time that they are at The Castle. They are responsible for gaining parental consent for any climbers under 16.

The Instructor is responsible for the safety of the climbers during the scheduled climbing session. They must complete an Instructor Registration Form.

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There is no fee to register as an Instructor at The Castle.  Registered Instructors will not be charged an entry fee when they are bringing in a group to The Castle. They are entitled to a trade discount at other times. Climbers will be charged the normal one-off entry fee.

For all groups of 10 or more, an additional fee of £50 (+VAT) will be charged. For groups up to 9 climbers, the additional fee will only be charged if they require exclusive use of an area or use of the abseil tower.

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Recognised Qualifications

We accept current, valid MLTB and BMG qualifications. These include:

  • Climbing Wall Award
  • Single Pitch Award
  • Mountain Instructor Award / Certificate
  • UIAGM Guide

We will also accept the following military qualifications for military groups taking part in Adventurous Training Activities:

  • Rock Climbing Leader Training
  • Rock Climbing Leader
  • Rock Climbing Instructor

We do not accept foreign qualifications, scout qualifications or any other certifications/qualifications.

Instructors must bring in their original qualification when they register.  If the instructor has a valid first aid certificate and liability insurance, copies of these should be brought as well.  The Castle will have a designated first aider on duty (the Duty Manager).
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Using the Abseil Tower

Instructors may not use our abseil facilities unless they have received a site-specific induction. To book an induction please contact Note that the additional fee for using the tower (see above) includes the use of in situ Castle equipment.

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Industrial Training

Industrial Training (Rope Access) trainers must also complete an Instructor Registration Form and bring in their relevant supervisory qualification (IRATA Level 3). All trainers must receive a safety briefing before working at The Castle. Please contact to arrange this. Industrial Training Groups must complete some record of attendance. Trainers may use the Castle’s group registration form or provide their own. A copy of this form must be made available to The Castle.

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Insurance, Equipment and Access

It is the responsibility of the Instructor to provide adequate insurance cover for their professional activities. The Castle will not accept liability for damage, injury or death to a group member unless it is caused by our negligence.

Equipment is available for hire from The Castle Shop.

If you would like to use the Castle outside our normal opening hours please get in touch with us (

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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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