Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year




As our first year at Ford Castle draws to a close we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We’ve had some great times with schools that have visited us already and are looking forward to welcoming many back again next year along with some new visitors.

The new activities have gone down a storm.

Zippin’ through the trees

From the Zip Wire through the trees and across the gorge  . . .


Reach for the stars

. . . to Jacob’s ladder, a great challenge requiring teamwork to get off the ground at all

Crate Stacking has a lot to live up to. These competitors are doing so very well, but what has gone up, must inevitably come back down.

Crate Stacking: up . . . and up . . .

. . . until crash and it’s time to dangle

Walk this way

Sometimes it takes great Initiative to get from A to B without setting off a mine and these girls are demonstrating the perfect technique.

Meanwhile, on Postman’s Walk, some rather different skills are required in order to get from one side to the other without falling

So you can talk the talk, but can you walk the postman’s walk?

When shall we three meet again …

Eye of newt and toe of frog

Well, so far as I am aware, no one has actually turned their teacher into a frog . . . yet, although there have been some rather ‘interesting’ concoctions dreamt up by groups trying their hand at Potions Class. 

This minibeast is a bit of a red herring.  Not actually a fish you understand, rather a minibeast caught (temporarily) and examined as part of a river studies course.

Stumbling around a wooded area blindfolded would be bad enough, but some fool’s put an obstacle course in the way as well. Nightline’s great for team-building and getting young people to work together, or suffer the consequences! It’s a given though, that everyone will get muddy, but isn’t that just part of the fun?Fencing, on the other hand, that noble art from days of yore, takes some degree of skill and is quite fitting for the environs of a castle such as Ford.  It’s also quite exhausting and certainly warms you up if you’re feeling a bit chilly.

Get on the Nightline train

Foiled again

We’re not resting on our laurels though; there’s more fun planned for 2013 and we’ll be releasing details on new activities in the New Year.So thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you in 2013


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