Ford Castle is a Medieval castle set in the rolling countryside of Northumberland, with exciting activities hidden within the grounds. We provide group activity holidays for children who will adventure and explore their way into outdoor education as they enjoy activity sessions in a supportive environment with stunning scenery, where history comes to life.
Our unique setting allows children to stay in the castle, play in the grounds and learn outside the classroom. The ropes courses, zip wire, archery and fencing lessons are just a few of the active sessions we provide, and friendly staff will design a stay to your own specifications. Our on site schoolrooms allow classes in modules of science, geography and history, and we use the surrounding countryside, rivers and evolving ecosystems for field study. We even organise group excursions to study places of interest; Alnwick Castle, Lindisfarne, and Edinburgh are popular choices.
Steeped in history, the castle itself has belonged to the Lord Joicey family since 1907 and sits on the Ford and Etal Estates. It has been operated since 1956 as an Outdoor Education Centre, first by Northumberland County Council and since 2012 by the Château Beaumont Group.
The Castle re-opened in April 2012 and is operated jointly by the Château Beaumont group and Northumberland County Council. This partnership will ensure that its beautiful buildings, stunning scenery and wealth of educational opportunities remain available for generations of schoolchildren to come.
Château Beaumont is an experienced provider of French School Trips to UK school groups at its own activity centre in France; it also offers English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for French children and UK-based Summer Camps. The joint operation of Ford Castle brings almost 70 years of collective experience in offering outdoor education to schools, so you can rest assured you will have a safe, friendly, educational and fun time at Ford Castle.
Château Beaumont is registered with the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) and is a full member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA), the British Adventure Holdiay Association (BAHA) and holds the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.
Ford Castle Adventure Ltd. is part of the Château Beaumont Family of companies.