Ford Castle Re-opens

Ford Castle welcomes schools back to enjoy

. . . everything from Knights’ Quest to

Zip Wire; Potions to Fencing


“Exciting, challenging and fun!”

On a sunny(ish) morning in June the first schools, since Ford Castle re-opened, cheered their way through the portcullis and invaded – in a wonderful and thoroughly good way – the castle rooms beyond the Long Gallery.
A lot of hard work has gone into the preparation of the Castle and additional on-site activities, so to finally see children enjoying this fabulous site is truly a joy.
River Studies and Potions Class for Westfield were a great success, although the girls did try their best to turn Mrs Branson green with a very strange concoction.  
Meanwhile, Whittonstall and Broomley First School enjoyed the Zip Wire – some were even brave enough to look down whilst whizzing across the gorge (not me, that’s for sure!) – and a boat trip around the Farne Islands, where some of the wildlife, in the form of the Arctic Terns, got a little too close for comfort.
The Castle Tour has proved very popular, with Meadowdale School singing their hearts out in order to be allowed out of the dungeon whilst the treasures in the James Study, including swords, armour and paintings, all have tales from long past.  
The High Ropes course has now been completed and staff will be trained by the end of this month after which there will be some great (ie from a very great height) challenges including the Hanging Vines, High All Aboard, Leap of Faith, Jacob’s Ladder, Incline Balance Beam, Peg Pole and Crate Stacking.

Walk this way

“Dedicated staff, beautiful, historic setting – an unforgettable experience for all!”(Whittonstall & Broomley First – June 2012)  


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