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Hazel Climbing

Do you ever say 'take'? Suffer from red point nerves? Do you feel like your head is holding you back? Do you love that feeling of being 'in the zone' and want it to be the norm, not the exception? Don't let your physical training go to waste. Climb!

Join Hazel on 15th and 22nd September to learn some mental training techniques for your climbing.

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The North Face loves climbing, and just as we were once welcomed into this community, we want to invite you to a free day of climbing to experience it for yourself. On the 19th August, we will open the doors to one of the best climbing gyms in London - The Castle Climbing Centre, London.

Climbers of all levels will be treated to free access throughout the day and will be able to climb alongside some of the world’s best climbers – Alex Honnold, Hansjörg Auer and Jacopo Larcher. 

Spend some time relaxing in our tranquil garden, and you'll discover self-led activities and workshops taking place throughout the day. These will include:
 
Young Guns 2017

 

Thanks to all that attended the Young Guns comp last weekend!


With almost 150 competitors the day kicked off with the 8-11 category. These Young Guns worked their way up 25 tricky blocs set by the Blokfest crew, the top 6 female and male competitors entering into the final round. With Cameron Kemp making a clear lead on the boy's blocs, the female finalists fought off stiff competition with the top 3 competitors entering into a super final to determine the overall winner, Olivia Gent. 

We've got a great schedule planned for May Day... a celebration of hedgerows! From a look at traditional hedgelaying techniques, the diversity of plant species hedgerows include, and their importance for wildlife; to the experience of enjoying each change in season through walks alongside them, and wild food foraging.

The Big Dig is a community garden open day, organised by Capital Growth. 
Join us in the garden for a Celebration of Soil!

Here's what's in store:

11am - 4pm - in the garden
There'll be garden tasks to help out with, led by Rosie, one of our garden team - she'll be on hand to give information about growing and anything you'd like to know about the garden.
Activities for children, led by Lauren. Include seed planting, food growing games, meet the worms, nature games and crafts.

An energetic wind was present on Saturday 18th March. Children, grabbing pencils and paper set off with parents in tow, eager to explore and search for signs that the garden is gearing up to spring; birds building nests, buds, blossoms, and bees. Of course for some it was necessity to see how many worms, woodlice and other creatures under logs they could find as well! As is tradition, they all discovered a well-earned treat at the end of the trail.

Spring has arrived and the amount of new salad leaves now being harvested is testament to that!

 

Great follow up from the Castellers about their recent event held in our Garden... Here's what they had to say:


'Can you think of a better place to perform a human towers workshop and having a calcotada than in the garden at The Castle Climbing Centre? Neither could we!

Last weekend the Castellers of London had a great opportunity not only to show off our towers, but to invite new people to take part with us. Besides, the Castle had kindly allowed us to have a very special barbecue, a calçotada, afterwards!

The Castle is proud to be hosting the third round of the London & South East North Youth Climbing Series (YCS) on 25th March. The routes will be harder than before and competitors will be putting in their best efforts to see if they can gain a top three placing overall which will have them heading to the Grand Finals in April up at Ratho Edinburgh. Here's the low-down on how it works and what happened in the past two rounds.

Castle Wild after-school sessions are starting again this week. 
They are fun and informal forest-school type sessions, for 7 to 13 year olds.
Each session is structured to include games, activities such as arts & crafts, bushcraft skills, free play / self-directed time, and time at the end to reflect and share around the fire.

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