We've got a great schedule planned for May Day... a celebration of hedgerows! From a look at traditional hedgelaying techniques, the diversity of plant species hedgerows include, and their importance for wildlife; to the experience of enjoying each change in season through walks alongside them, and wild food foraging.
Mon 24/4/2017 at 13:15 by Amy Yates
Few new climbing grades create myths or monsters, rarely are they game changers, not so with the grade of E9. The first E9 was the legendary Indian Face which made a new leap in boldness. It took the madcap genius of Johnny Dawes to create its fatal mystery. It is a perfect line up one the UK’s most imposing mountain crags and heart stoppingly bold. It’s a crag steeped in history. As the route gets steeper the gear gets worse, the line inescapable and the crux comes need the top. It remained unrepeated for 8 years.
Wed 19/4/2017 at 11:23 by Amy Yates
An opportunity to be part of our lively reception team at The Castle has arisen!
We are looking for a receptionist to work on our busy front desk between 10-24 hours a week. Flexibility is essential as the shifts are varied and cover weekdays, evenings and some weekends.
Wed 19/4/2017 at 11:06 by Lauren Ballard
The Big Dig is a community garden open day, organised by Capital Growth.
Join us in the garden for a Celebration of Soil!
Here's what's in store:
11am - 4pm - in the garden
There'll be garden tasks to help out with, led by Rosie, one of our garden team - she'll be on hand to give information about growing and anything you'd like to know about the garden.
Activities for children, led by Lauren. Include seed planting, food growing games, meet the worms, nature games and crafts.
Fri 7/4/2017 at 12:34 by Paul
Rites of Passage. Despite memory being a fickle thing, some climbs live long in our memories. They are moments so powerful that they remain recognisable in our minds forever. They are the rites of passage that make us into the climbers that we are, and into the climbers that we’ll become. It may be our first climb, disorienting and fumbling or breaking into a new grade; it may be pushing our limit or taking that first big leader fall; or it may be ticking all the classics at our favourite crag or aspiring to the next challenge.
Mon 27/3/2017 at 18:03 by Amy Yates
An energetic wind was present on Saturday 18th March. Children, grabbing pencils and paper set off with parents in tow, eager to explore and search for signs that the garden is gearing up to spring; birds building nests, buds, blossoms, and bees. Of course for some it was necessity to see how many worms, woodlice and other creatures under logs they could find as well! As is tradition, they all discovered a well-earned treat at the end of the trail.
Spring has arrived and the amount of new salad leaves now being harvested is testament to that!
Mon 13/3/2017 at 15:30 by Amy Yates
Great follow up from the Castellers about their recent event held in our Garden... Here's what they had to say:
'Can you think of a better place to perform a human towers workshop and having a calcotada than in the garden at The Castle Climbing Centre? Neither could we!
Last weekend the Castellers of London had a great opportunity not only to show off our towers, but to invite new people to take part with us. Besides, the Castle had kindly allowed us to have a very special barbecue, a calçotada, afterwards!
Tue 7/3/2017 at 13:21 by Amy Yates
The Castle is proud to be hosting the third round of the London & South East North Youth Climbing Series (YCS) on 25th March. The routes will be harder than before and competitors will be putting in their best efforts to see if they can gain a top three placing overall which will have them heading to the Grand Finals in April up at Ratho Edinburgh. Here's the low-down on how it works and what happened in the past two rounds.
Wed 1/3/2017 at 17:04 by Lauren Ballard
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.
Mon 27/2/2017 at 14:40 by Amy Yates
The Castle is a market leading climbing centre - one of the biggest and best in Europe...
Do you have the vision and drive to ensure that the Castle provides a continually evolving, comprehensive, customer focused climbing experience?
We are looking for a CLIMBING DEVELOPMENT MANAGER with the foresight and strategic application to take us there in the ever-evolving world of our sport.