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Schools & groups

Climbing offers many benefits to young people.

  • Engagement in a physical activity
  • Development of communication skills, trust and teamwork
  • Confidence through achievement
  • Acquisition of skills
  • Lots of fun!

The Castle runs a range of climbing sessions for schools and youth groups. These include:

  • One-off sessions
  • Term-long courses
  • Term-long courses with an assessment
  • NICAS, the National climbing award scheme
  • Programmes for GCSE and A level
  • Custom sessions/programmes to meet specific learning outcomes
  • Sessions tailored to meet the requirements of groups with a variety of additional needs

All our instructors hold National Governing Body Awards and are DBS checked

Frequently asked questions:

How many children can I bring? We can accommodate groups of up to 18 climbers.

What is the minimum age? The minimum age for group bookings is 9.

How long do the sessions last? This depends on the group. We recommend a minimum of 1.5 hours for groups of 7 or more (minimum 1 hour for groups of 6 or less). We recommend a maximum of 3 hours for all groups.

What is the student to instructor ratio? We work with a maximum ratio of 6 students per instructor. For groups with special needs we may recommend a smaller ratio.

What happens in a session? All sessions include bouldering and top-roping. 

How much does it cost? Please contact ourbookings team for prices as it will depend on group size, amount of time and level of supervision required.

What is included in the cost? We will provide rock climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets for each climber. The instructor will provide additional safety equipment.

Are you insured? Yes, we have public liability insurance for up to £5m. A copy of our certificate of liability cover is available on request.

Do you have risk assessments? Of course! We’re happy to send you a copy  of the relevant risk assessments – just ask.

How do I book? Contact our Bookings Assistant: 020 8211 1082.

I’m an instructor and would like to bring in my own group? Please read our information on Bringing a Group

What else can groups do at The Castle?

We can also organise workshops in our organic garden and talks on sustainability.

Catering is available from The Castle Café, featuring homemade food and produce grown in our organic garden.

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