Due to tightening restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have now been advised that the centre should be closed to all groups for the forseeable future.
We will continue to have staff on site, and we can still be contacted by phone or e-mail. Castleshaw staff will also be continuing to support the work of the Oldham Foodbank.
We hope this period of enforced hibernation won't last too long, and we look forward to seeing you all out & about here soon.
Well, it's been quite an unusual week to say the least....
As things stand (March 20th), the centre is still open. All programmed school visits are currently on hold until further notice. There is a possibility that we may continue to provide outdoor activity days to support the curriculum of those schools where pupils of key workers are still attending, but that has yet to be agreed. As we're sure you are aware by now, this is a rapidly changing situation.
In the meantime, we have volunteered our staff and minibuses to assist with the Council distribution of food throughout the Oldham area.
If anyone else out there is interested in either volunteering or donating any items then please follow the link to the right.
Stay healthy folks...
We're all booked up through to the end of the year now, but we still have availability for day visits and residentials in 2020.
So if you're planning a study weekend, or just a general get together - why not take a look at our winter special offers, both for school visits and for our residential accommodation.
Have a great Xmas, and we hope to see you in 2020!
Well it's been another busy term, we haven't even had time to update our News page!
As things are now beginning to calm down a little, perhaps we can mention a few of the things we'll be looking forward to this autumn & winter. We have a number of school linking projects coming up during November, along with our now annual visits from our friends at schools further north. On the residential side, we have a range of groups returning for winter gatherings in the run up to Christmas.
In early 2020 we will once again be running our winter warmers - days where we have options to combine indoor & outdoor elements to suit the weather conditions outside. Our Victorians day, which includes bread making, always seems to be a favourite in the colder months.
Hope to see you then!
Holiday club ...holiday week!
We're now half way through our holiday club programme. While the weather may not have been amazing, feedback has been very positive...it seems that being wet hasn't really been much of an issue!
Matt is off recharging his batteries ready for the final fortnight, so he should be back up to full speed (& volume) by the 19th!
Places are filling up for the final two weeks, with some days now fully booked.
The busy school summer term has now drawn to a close. This allows us a few quieter days to make prearations for next weeks Summer holiday programme. Fortunately for us the weather is being kind - tests and checks on our climbing and canoeing equipment are much more pleasant to do when the sun is shining!
Let's hope we continue to get some good weather for our holiday activities!
Holiday Activities 2019
Once again we are will be running four weeks of outdoor and adventurous activities for 9-13 year olds during the summer break. Please follow the link below for further details.
24 April update
Castleshaw valley fires now appear to be under control. No air quality issues experienced this morning. All centre activities expected to take place as scheduled.
Reports of further fires in Knott Hill area (Delph) which may affect road access if approaching centre through Delph village.
Moorland fires (23 April)
You may already be aware that Oldham Council sites went smoke free at the beginning of the month. Unfortunately the Castleshaw valley was far from smoke free this morning as the fires which began on Marsden Moor over Easter weekend had spread across to our valley. Firefighters have been working hard in the valley today and things now appear to be largely under control. There has been fairly extensive damage to the moorland at the head of the valley, but we are hoping that this has not caused major upset to some of our local ground nesting birds.
We expect activities at the centre to continue as usual, although some re-routing may be required for some of our river studies days which access the head of the valley.
New training courses added
30th April - Training for Management of visit Emergencies (MoVE)
15 May - Training for Educational/ External Visits Coordinators (EVCs)
For further details of these and other training courses, such as ITC First Aid and MiDAS minibus training, follow the Training Course dates link, or contact the office.
It 's behind you!
Last month we hosted the cast of Jack & the Beanstalk here at the centre (...oh yes we did!). Castleshaw was used as a base during both their rehearsals and performance, though we were sworn to secrecy at the time in case the paparazzi might descend, or in case people might upset the giant.
The show received excellent reviews, and the company are already planning to return again next year.
We've just aded a link to some useful resources for teachers - So far there a mixture of id charts that we commonly get asked for, and a number of links to external sites that can provide further information for follow up work back at school.