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A one-acre permaculture project, The Castle Garden produces food for The Castle Cafe, acts as a venue for events, is an educational resource and is an important local wildlife habitat.

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.

Garden Wassail

In Castle tradition we kicked off the start of the year with a wassail; marking the beginning of the orchard harvesting year and welcoming good fortunes for the year ahead.

This season our Garden is looking for two volunteer trainees:

  • Monday: Herb trainee
  • Thursday: Kitchen garden trainee

Work with the Castle garden team, learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project and grow vegetables, fruit and herbs for a commercial kitchen and café.

In addition to our Wassail event in the garden on Saturday 11th February, we'll be running activities around the centre in support of The Climate Coalition's Show The Love campaign.

Find out more about this year's Wassail, including children's craft activities here

Do you care about the environment and the effects of climate change? Wear your green heart on your sleeve; share and celebrate the outdoor places that you are inspired by and want to help to conserve. 

 

Nick Quinn, Northdown Orchard

“I am a medicinal horticulturalist, not a herbalist”, grins Nick Quinn, the creator of the Castle’s range of lotions, potions, balms, body washes and of course garden teas. Having been part of the Castle garden since the beginning, Nick has developed this organic range which started with a personal mission.

 

Join us in the garden to take a bit of time to rest and reflect, and enjoy a bit of seasonal festivity and magic.

We'll be serving hot spiced apple juice and mince pies by a roaring fire.

Craft Fair

This is a perfect time to grab some hand-crafted Xmas gifts! In the Roundhouse you'll find a host of craft stalls selling unique gifts for that perfect xmas present;

We are very pleased to announce that the Cabinet of Living Cinema will be back at the Castle for the 3rd year running performing their new show! This will be a magical night.. not to be missed!! 

The Kingdom of Paul Nash 

Saturday 10th December

7.15pm to 9pm

Tickets £10 (students £7.50, please book at reception at show a valid student card)

Bring your own drinks to this event.

Castle Wild after school sessions for 7 - 13 year olds will be continuing from Wednesday 2nd November up to 7th December.

Saturday 22nd October 

Castle Wild Sessions

Fun and informal after-school, forest school-type sessions run in the Castle garden for 7-13 year olds.

Kids will be invited to get involved with lots of fun activites to get them excited about the outdoors; they will learn about natural habitats and how to look after themselves in the wild, whilst having loads of fun and laughs.

The structure of each session follows a natural rhythm that incorporates:

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