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What is a Boot Demo?

Buying climbing shoes is always a bit of a mission. ‘Are they too tight?’, ‘Will they stretch?’, ‘What will they feel like on the wall?’ are some of the many questions that pop into our head as we slip our foot into an unknown territory.
Whether you are a first time buyer or a climbing veteran, buying a new climbing shoe comes with a degree of uncertainty. Unlike your street shoe size, different brands have different sizing, and different models within these brands also have different sizing. Phew! The task ahead is to find a shoe that not only fits, but that also performs.

New Lead Area Q&A

We've had lots of customers asking about our new lead walls so in this blog we've tried to answer a few of them....

Apple Day Celebration 2016

Saturday 22nd October 

Wanted Office Administrator and Events Co-ordinator - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Do you have what it takes to join a dynamic and crucial department of The Castle?

We are looking for a highly organized, engaging and enthusiastic individual to work closely with the management team, essential in the smooth operation and ongoing development of the centre.

If you are able to:

BMC Para-climbing series 2016: Round 3

Tuesday 18th October

The Castle Climbing Centre will be hosting the 3rd round of the 2016 para-climbing competition. It's not too late to take part so if you're interested, read on!

11.30am - Climbing starts

6pm - Climbing finishes

6.30pm - Prize Giving

New Parking Restrictions - Please read!

Parking Controls to be introduced at The Castle

Parking has always been a bit of an issue at The Castle, there’s just not enough of it! In the past we’ve tried our best to gain access to some of Thames Water’s land parking but both compounds need 24 hour service access with large vehicles so that’s not an option.

Access Auto Belay course

1 Hour Course   £15

Saturdays and Sundays

What are the Benefits?

Access to More Climbing!


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.

If you:

Urban Harvest Feast Day

Our September Garden event is Urban Harvest Feast Day

A time to celebrate all the wonderful food that we've enjoyed from the garden throughout the year, and all the efforts of people and creatures that have helped it to flourish.