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Schools & groups

Climbing offers many benefits to young people.

  • Engagement in a physical activity
  • Development of communication skills 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:

  • Weekly after-school climbing club
  • NICAS, the National climbing award scheme
  • One-off sessions
  • Term-long course with an assessment

Frequently asked questions:

How many children can I bring? We can accommodate groups of up to 30 climbers.

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 our Head Instructor 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 1068.

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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Thursday 24th Dec:      10am - 6pm
Friday 25th Dec:           CLOSED
Saturday 26th Dec:      CLOSED
Sunday 27th Dec:           9am - 7pm
Monday 28th Dec:        10am - 10pm
Tuesday 29th Dec:       10am - 10pm
Wednesday 30th Dec:  10am - 10pm
Thursday 31st Dec:      10am - 6pm
Friday 1st Jan:              10am - 6pm
Saturday 2nd Jan:          9am - 7pm
Sunday 3rd Jan:             9am - 7pm



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