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! 🙂

The back to school blues

You’ve returned to school and now can’t wait until the Autumn half term – Sound familiar?

Well on the plus side, back to school also means fabulous new school trips and where better to experience high adrenaline action and thrills then at Ford Castle?

Take a look at what you can get up to ( yes, teachers we mean you too).

Zip Wire

Could you tackle the 80ft wide zip wire?

A truly British past time

Try out a truly British past time in our Long Gallery

Initiative

Take on the volcanic lava in Initiative

Canoe

A leisurely canoe down the River Till

                             But perhaps best of all, you get the opportunity to sleep in an authentic English Castle and how often does that happen? – We bet you’re back to school blues have gone now and if not chin up!

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Greenhaugh – We hope you brought your walking boots!

The Greenhaugh Cluster arrived in convoy, chose their beds in the Castle dorms and set straight off to Ford Moss, the unique nature reserve a brisk walk from our grounds.

At various stops along the way the pupils  learn about the geological quirks in the area that let us trace the history of the ground, animals and plants. Exploring unearthed small pieces of pottery from an old village and a collapsed mine shaft. Before a tour of the woodland, a quick study of the soil showed that the students were standing on the site of an ancient ice-age river!

Back at the Castle, Greenhaugh worked up an appetite by crossing the ravine, taking a deep breath, and zooming across on the zip wire. Nervous laughter gave way to moral support as the group cheered each other on to take the leap, and everyone faced their fear.

Ford Moss Chimney

Ford Moss

Dinner, evening quizzes and a hot chocolate treat made sure the students were out for the count, ready to rise early for a day trip to Lindisfarne on Holy Island and to the Anglo-Saxon town of Berwick.

Heritage and history was all around as the sun shone; a walk across the Island revealed more about the Pilgrims and their castle, along with the fascinating geography of the area.

Later, the ramparts park in Berwick was the perfect destination for the students to rest their weary feet and ponder the day’s discoveries over a mix up from the old-fashion sweet shop. They deserved it after all that walking!

The following day was packed with adventure activities in the sprawling Castle grounds. The pupils took the opportunity to ride the zip wire again, and did Greenhaugh proud by working together as a team on the Initiative course.

Too soon, it was time to have one last delicious Castle meal and head home.

See the  pictures from Ford Moss and the zip wire on our Facebook page!

 

English Tourism Week

Northumberland – A great attraction in itself

By Crystal Booth

Berwick upon Tweed Walls Walk Beamish Museum Alnwick Treehouse Alnwick Harry Potter Bamburgh Castle
To celebrate English Tourism week (March 16th – 24th) we wanted to share with you our brilliant excursions from Ford Castle.

For three years running Beamish Museum has been the North East’s top visitor attraction and if you’re visiting us from the south, the good news is that we recommend you come and experience a bit of time travel and step into Victorian England, on your way up to Ford. Positively dripping with tourism awards, including Best UK Attraction for Group Visits over six times, why not find out why? It can also double up as a lovely rest from your travels.

Another brilliant excursion close by is Bamburgh Castle, originating as far back as 1200BC and famously home to the Kings of Northumbria. Discover the secrets that have lain hidden for centuries such as the Bamburgh Beast and the unique Bamburgh Sword, unearthed as recently as 1960; someone clearly knew how to hide things well. With its historic castle, quaint village and breath-taking coastline, no wonder Bamburgh won Gold in the North East England Tourism Awards 2010, just don’t expect any zip wires at this castle – you can do that when you get back.

If historic museums aren’t what you’re looking for, how about a magical maze of gardens or perhaps taking a step inside a piece of film history? Not only have Alnwick Castle and Gardens been used for the first two Harry Potter films but Elizabeth and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, to name a few, have taken advantage of this incredible site.

There are, of course, a huge variety of Potter-themed activities throughout the year: broomstick training, potter characters on parade and a battle-axe to broomstick tour, which we’re sure the students will love. This is one excursion not to miss!

It’s easy to see why Northumberland attracts an average of 7.2m visitors a year. With fabulous film locations, great gardens and medieval museums; it’s our privilege to show you around the Region whilst visiting Ford Castle.