Climb Catalunya has been the Castle´s preferred overseas climbing holiday partner for many years. With our shared commitment to sustainability and sustainable travel Climb Catlunya offer an opportunity for you to climb in the sun and connect with nature whilst minimising the ecological footprint of your holiday.
Climb Catalunya offer discounted trips for people travelling by land, have an organic garden that provides food produce for their groups and have launched the first sustainability focused climbers refuge in Spain.
Mon 8/2/2016 at 18:28 by Claire Lee
People gathered around the fire to sing songs led by the Castle Choir whilst children made recycled musical instruments and helped to hang cider soaked toast in the apple trees for birds. A Wassail is a traditional celebration of orchards, the rituals performed help to ensure a good and plentiful harvest for the coming year.
Fri 8/1/2016 at 17:32 by Claire Lee
Saturday 16th January
7.30 - 11pm
The event will be held in the Cafe/Lead area
What's a Disco Soup?!?
Tue 24/11/2015 at 10:39 by Claire Lee
THE CASTLE CAFÉ NEEDS A PART-TIME CHEF
The Castle Café is looking for a chef who is passionate about sustainable vegetarian and vegan food and will be excited about working with our existing kitchen team and our garden team to produce great value, healthy food for hungry climbers!
Thu 8/10/2015 at 11:07 by Claire Lee
Like the proverbial pig in muck, I’ve taken a genuine liking to jumping in the compost bins at the Castle during my garden apprenticeship. It’s a place to witness first hand the circle of life as scraps from the cafe and climbers rots and turns magically into dark rich compost that we then use to grow delicious new vegetables in.
Thu 8/10/2015 at 10:59 by Claire Lee
We are in the season of autumnal abundance, with harvests occurring all over London’s gardens, growing sites and city farms. Hedgerows are plentiful and trees are laden with sweet fruits ready for the picking. Yet in many gardens around the city a great deal of fruit falls to the ground every year simply to return to the earth rather than feeding people. At the same time as this natural supply is ready to drop, the UK is importing apples and pears from countries as diverse as France, New Zealand and the South Africa.
Tue 22/9/2015 at 12:13 by Claire Lee
For over ten years The Castle has organised climbing holidays in Northern Spain with Climb Catalunya. Catalunya is graced with excellent weather and a wide variety of crags from adventurous multi-pitch, hard-core tufa-filled caves and friendly single-pitch venues all in the midst of stunning scenery.
Wed 19/8/2015 at 14:06 by Claire Lee
Once again The Castle put on a successful garden party to say thank you for our customers support over the year and to celebrate the centre's achievements.
Tue 23/6/2015 at 17:31 by Claire Lee
It seems ages since we did any major development to the centre. I mean it’s been a whopping 8 months since we opened Wells 1 and 2 and oooh, all of 3 months since we improved the men’s changing rooms, added a new floor of lockers and installed a bike park out the front.
And so, since the dust has finally settled on the last improvements (as it always does in this place..) we thought we’d start again! This time centred on Reception.
Mon 15/6/2015 at 13:55 by Claire Lee
Sean Hearn is the Castle's resident beekeeper and all-round expert on everything bee related.
Not only is Sean the keeper of our bee's and a Garden volunteer, he also manages the Apiary at Hawkwood with the help of the bee team and support from OrganicLea.