The One Show's Alex Jones has been training at The Castle Climbing Centre for her 2014 Sport Relief challenge- climbing the infamous Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park with Andy Kirkpatrick. When Alex came to The Castle six weeks ago she had never climbed before.
The Castle is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our Duty Managing team.
Duty Managers have responsibility for the operation of the centre during opening hours and act as the designated First Aider when the centre is open. They provide a reference point for all the day’s activities for both staff and customers; they ensure that safety procedures are followed and they provide a friendly, efficient service for our customers while supporting the staff in the centre working in their specialist roles.
Imagine climbing amongst all your friends, big tunes, great atmosphere, fun challenges, the latest and best climbing holds, and give-aways galore – this is Blokfest and it's coming to the Castle on Saturday 15th February.
Are you aiming to improve your climbing this year? We want to help you make the most of all the great new areas we're opening up and feel great about your climbing with the launch of our new coaching products coming soon in March 2014.
The Castle is launching its new N4 Mini Club to teach young children climbing skills in a fun and safe environment. The club, for 5 to 8 year olds, will be run on Saturday mornings by an experienced, qualified instructor with small group ratios of no more than six children per instructor. The sessions will use games to help children develop their coordination and balance and introduce them to climbing. We know that rock climbing has many benefits for children including the development teamworking skills, increased self-confidence and trust, better motivation and improved levels of fitnes
There are only a couple of days to go until Christmas (as if you needed reminding!) and the Herb Team at the Castle Garden has been working hard producing some lovely herbal gifts and stocking fillers, made from herbs grown in the Castle Garden this year!
The hard training this autumn term has paid off with not one, not two, but THREE squad members selected to compete on the British Team next year. Selection took place on the 7th and 8th of December at the Open Youth Events in Sheffield. As this was selection for next year's team, some competitors were moved up an age category.Eugenie Lee and Jim Pope were selected for the Junior British Bouldering Team and Cameron McLoughlin and Jim were selected for the Junior British Climbing Team.
The Castle are very pleased to present our newest Castle Associate - Mountain Magic. Founded by former Castle instructor Paul Boggis, Mountain Magic offer hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing courses in the Lake District, North Wales and Scottish Highlands. We have a rigorous vetting procedure for all of our Castle Associates and we are confident that you'll be delighted with your Mountain Magic experience. More importantly, we know that you'll be in safe hands.
I hope that you’ve been enjoying the new facilities that we’ve developed this year: the New Lead Area, Comp Wall, Outside Boulders and, of course, the long-awaited Loft Wall and Loft Boulder. I know that I’ve been enjoying it! We’ve also built a Roundhouse in the Garden and developed our new website. I’ve had so many people come and tell me how great they think the new areas are and how proud to be part of the Castle because of its atmosphere and its values. That encouragement means a lot to me- thank you.