The Castle runs a range of climbing sessions for schools and youth groups. These include:
Weekly after-school climbing club
NICAS, the National climbing award scheme
Term-long course with an assessment
Frequently asked questions:
How many children can I bring? We can accommodate groups of up to 30 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. We can also offer an exciting abseil down the inside of one of our towers. If you’d like the abseil to be included in your session, please specify this when you contact us.
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.