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The Castle ran its first Open Junior Bouldering Event on Saturday, 16th of May 2015 for young climbers aged 8 to 14.  The event was held in the Loft with 4 categories competing on 10 blocs set specially for them.  Many of the climbers were hoping for a place on the Castle's Climbing Academy next autumn- the first step towards a place on the elite Comp Squad.  Castle Coaches and Junior Coaches were present offering advice and support to the young climbers.

"We throw away approximately one million tonnes of clothing a year - 50% of which ends up in landfill" - North London Waste Authority

The bees and butterflies made the most of the warm, calm bank holiday weather, as did a huge number of visitors to The Castle enjoying the day and taking part in a whole range of walks, talks and activities on this year's May Day event.

Top Roping & Bouldering

Learn the skills to climb safely unsupervised. We offer one day and multi-day courses.

There will be a Scarpa Boot demo on Monday 10th November. We will also be running a mini comp in conjunction with this and the reset of the Panels. All score cards will be put in for a draw for a pair of shoes. Also on the night Scarpa shoes can be bought at a 10% discount from the shop.

Arts, crafts and environmental education, for children and families:

Children’s Yoga and Nature Crafts, 24.07.14
2 sessions led by Lauren on a very sunny day in July. The children enjoyed being part of a special Castle Garden yoga adventure; encountering foxes, dogs, herons and frogs along the way, and creating beautiful art from clay. 

This year’s Events Series started with a free Easter garden day;

You may have seen our new iPads around Reception.  What's that about? Well, we're upgrading our entry system. If you have a payment plan (quarterly, six monthly, annual or Direct Debit) that expires after the 1st of July 2014 you will be able to pre-register and pick up your new membership card which will allow you to check yourself in from the 16th of June. Yes, that's right... no more waiting in queues while someone is completing their forms. You'll be able to go straight to self-check in.

The final round of Blokfest - the UK's biggest and best bouldering series- was held at The Castle on Saturday, the 15th of February. We've uploaded the highlights video onto our website. Thanks as ever to Ben Grubb for a superb job and the whole Blokfest team!

 

A big thanks to Aimee Feenan for giving us permission to link to her article "A Short View from the Ground" about the BMC YCS Series, recently held here at the Castle.

The British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series at The Castle

A Short View from the Ground
By Aimee Feenan - 5th April 2014

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