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New River Clear Up - 7 July

On Sunday, 7th of July in collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust, we will be doing a clear up of the New River (on foot or in a little boat!) ending with music and beer at the other end! Join us to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the New River.

Castle Comp Squad Excels at BMC YCS National Finals

The 2012/3 competition season wound up with great success. Half of the squad qualified for the national finals of the BMC Youth Climbing Series, held the 15th of June at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. Out of over 300 of the nation's best young climbers, alll of our squad members performed exceptionally well.  Grace Spence-Green (pictured above with top British climber Steve McClure), our co-captain, won her category (Girls Youth A). This achievement is all the more remarkable because it's only Grace's second year competing.

Belay Device Demo Evening

The Castle Shop staff are holding a demo evening for customers to get to grips with the vast array of belay devices available on the market.

Do you know your Click-Up from your Cinch? Do you know how to use a Reverso in guide-mode? If not, this demo evening may be of interest to you. Come and check out the latest designs and get some expert advice from our staff.

We may even lay on some nibbles in the way of cheese & sausiccon....

Thursday 30th May from 5pm onwards.

Castle sponsored climber competing in World Cup this weekend

Castle sponsored climber Jon Partridge is competing in the IFSC World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria on 17 and 18 May. You can catch the action live at .

Jon's blog gives a good insight into the preparation and training that is required from a world class athlete. In between competitions, you may see him training at The Castle too!

New Castle Garden Volunteer Days

Our usual volunteer days will now be on Thursdays from 11am to 5pm in the spring / summer months. Pop along or email us at if you would like to come along.

If you would like to help out and learn about herb growing in particular, our medicinal horticulturalist, Nick is available on Mondays. Please email him at to confirm your attendance.

Development Update - 16 May 2013

The boulder mats for the new Loft Wall and Boulder (above the Cafe) were put in place yesterday. Now all we need are some grips and stairs!


The outdoor boulder field is also taking shape, though we've been delayed due to the wet and windy weather.

Duty Managers wanted

The Castle Climbing Centre is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our growing 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.

If you:

Beltain and furniture making workshop in the Garden

Spring is here! We're going to celebrate Beltain (May Day) in the garden.

The next garden workday event is on Saturday the 4th of May from 11am to 5pm. We will be running a workshop on how to make scrap wood into garden furniture and you will also get a chance to make a Beltaine bough to celebrate the coming season. From 5 or 6pm onwards we will have our Beltain bonfire.

Please note our new garden email adress:

Mushroom Growing at The Castle

The Castle is embarking on mushroom cultivation in it's gardens! We're using the age old technique of growing mushrooms on logs which was developed in Asia over 1000 years ago. The particular types we're trying to cultivate are the tasty Shiitake and Lions Mane which are native to China, Japan and Korea but are becoming more commonly cultivated in Europe and the USA.

Blocfest Round 5 video now available

Ben Grubb has been putting together some great videos of the Blocfest series. The final instalment - round 5 at the Biscuit Factory- has been released. Check it out and see how many Castle Comp Squad members and regulars you can spot. The Squad was amazing, taking 5 of 6 podium places!