Dear Ford Castle (June 2016)

St Mary's School Thank Yous

 

We couldn’t possibly choose a favourite! So here’s a short snippet from each of the lovely and colourful letters we recently received from our good friends at St Mary’s School!

“Thank you so much for encouraging me to do the Zip Wire, I didn’t think I could do it!” – Ruby

“Thank you for making us laugh!” – Matt

“If I could have stayed longer I would since it was so amazing!” – Iona

“I never thought I would do fencing or archery and after doing them I want to do it again and again” – Ollie

“I didn’t think I would be able to stay over Two nights because I have only ever stayed over One night…  If I had the choice to go to Ford Castle again, I would definitely try and stay longer!” – Freya

“The Zip Wire was amazing, going down upside down was a thrill of a lifetime!” – Jamie

“I was very happy when I climbed up the high pole because I had fractured my arm beforehand. I would like to thank Dave for helping me finish it!” – Maria

“I really want to thank the kitchen staff for the amazing food!” – Hamish

“Thank you to all the staff for the disco, which was so much fun” – Phoebe

“If I got to do another activity it would obviously be the Assault Course, because we got so muddy!” – Orla

“Thank you to all the staff for being very kind and helpful to all of us.”  – Jessica

“The food was delicious, especially the cheesy pasta!” – Alex

“Thank you very much for making me feel welcome and safe, I really enjoyed myself!” –  Isla

“I never thought that I would be on a platform on a pole and doing piggy-backs on it” – Lucy

“I especially enjoyed the Leap of Faith, so I would like to thank Dave for encouraging me to climb to the top” – Tegan

“I am also going to be starting fencing at home, when I can get my hands on some equipment!” – Dicken

“I especially want to thank Dave for helping me finish the Leap of Faith. I think I overcame my fear of heights” – Antony

“It was sad to say goodbye at the end” – William

“Now I can’t wait till I do high ropes again!” – Tommy

“My favourite activity was the disco, Luke as a really good dancer” – Will

“Thank you very much for making my stay enjoyable and exciting, thank you for the yummy meals and lovely rooms” – Rowan

“Thank you for showing us around the castle and telling us the history of the castle, it was really fun” – Beth

“I have never done fencing before, the history of Ford Castle is cool!” – Fergus

“I would like to say thanks to Ollie, he was really nice when he took us on the castle tour – I enjoyed learning about the castle” – Otto

You guys sound like you had an amazing time! And we’re so happy you shared your stories with us,

See you next year on your return visit! 🙂

#MyFordCastleAdventure

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With Spring well on its way it’s safe to say that our 2016 season is all systems go! And we just know it’s going to be an Adventurous one…

To commemorate the castle’s 60th anniversary in educational endeavours, we decided to get back to our roots this year, by launching a range of new activities and programmes to encourage young people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places:

  • Den Building
  • Mini Beast Hunt
  • New and improved Falconry
  • Search and Rescue
  • Equipped to cover all 4 challenges of the John Muir Award.

(to find out more call us on 01388 741 354)

But that’s enough about us, we want to hear about you! Have you visited Ford recently? Do you have any funny memories or stories you’d like to share, or do you have a really good photograph from your school trip with us?  Then we’d love to hear from you!

Nothing brightens our day here at Ford Castle Head Office more than viewing your tweets, posts and photos from your time with us

You can share your thoughts, memories, pictures, letters and even videos with us via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #MyFordCastleAdventure, and after every season we’ll post our favourites here on our blog 🙂

Be creative! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates.

– Kelly

A Magical Venue

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A medieval castle amidst the Northumberland countryside; the perfect scene for every fairy-tale story.  Secret staircases, acres of green gardens filled with flowers and wildlife, all that’s missing is the knights in shining armour… or for our belly-dancing guests, maybe a genie?

Belly-dancers? – you ask – I think you’ve made an error, belly-dancers don’t belong in fairy-tale castles, they belong in Agrabah with Aladdin and Jasmine.

Alas no! I am not mistaken…

More than just your regular Activity Centre, for the last few years Ford Castle has played host to Tribe Zuza for their Tribal Goddess weekend and this April was no exception, marking their 10th anniversary with us!

So after a decade of dancing, what is it about Ford Castle that keeps the ladies coming back for more? “Ford Castle is well placed location-wise and accommodation for numbers and teaching space is good,” and of our facilities and services? “a fantastic effort by the castle team!”

Ford Castle offers the Tribal Goddesses whole occupancy accommodation throughout their stay, and our magical on-site team of helpful heroes are completely at their disposal, providing them with our quality accommodation, meals, service and smiles :). With full access to the whole castle to set up rehearsal and workshop studios throughout the public floors.

“The team worked very hard to make us welcome and worked very hard to make the weekend run smoothly. Overall a lovely bunch of people!”

A big thank you to Angela and the rest of Tribe Zuza for keeping us company every year; we can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for the Tribal Goddesses!

If you’re part of a club / organisation, or know someone who is looking for a refreshing change of venue for annual gatherings, we’d love to hear from you. Be a part of the Adventure, and call Helen on 01388 741 354.

Or email: holidays@ford-castle.co.uk to request a call-back.

-Kelly