People gathered around the fire to sing songs led by the Castle Choir whilst children made recycled musical instruments and helped to hang cider soaked toast in the apple trees for birds. A Wassail is a traditional celebration of orchards, the rituals performed help to ensure a good and plentiful harvest for the coming year.
Now that the dust has settled on the New Year and many people’s resolutions are starting to flag, we thought we would come up with something to reinvigorate everyone’s good intentions – a series of clinics where you can pick up key tips and tricks on specific techniques from our experienced climbing coaches and have all your technique questions answered!
Changes are to take place next week to the ground floor Boiler House with more top rope routes available.
As most of you will know, in the past couple of years we have worked hard to create more (much needed) tall lead walls. Whilst we have a quite a number of lead routes on the shorter walls (8m) downstairs in the Boiler House, these have never been as popular as the tall lead walls (12.5m) upstairs in the Engine House next to the café.
20 years have passed since the Castle was born as a climbing centre from its origins as a Victorian water pumping station. Rich in history and architecturally unique, this North London gem that is a community for many climbers deserved a good birthday bash. And wow did we have one!
What a year it’s been! The Castle continues to grow and develop in terms of the climbing we offer, our services and our team. We celebrated twenty years in grand style with a UV climbing competition. Throughout our journey, we’ve been driven by our mission to be Europe’s leading climbing centre. This year, in anticipation of our busiest year, we focused our investment on the facilities that were under the most strain: the men’s changing room, lockers and Reception.
The Castle Café is looking for a chef who is passionate about sustainable vegetarian and vegan food and will be excited about working with our existing kitchen team and our garden team to produce great value, healthy food for hungry climbers!