September 2018 Back to schools Well, September is here and we're now getting ready for what looks like a busy Autumn Term. We've got lots of residentials, curriculum related days and linked school days coming up for schools in the surrounding area and beyond. Weekends are also looking busy, with a whole range of organisations booked in to use our self-catering facilities. We've had an amazing spell of weather here this summer, let's just hope the rain doesn't arrive all at once!
July 2018 Summer Holiday Activities We've got four weeks of summer fun planned for this year, whether the sun stays with us or not!
March 2018 Easter Holiday Activities Once again, we are planning to offer a range of activities during the Easter and summer school holidays. With lower prices, and even discounts available for extra places, why not find a friend and come join us! Further details are available from the attached PDF posters, or by calling our office.
February 2018 New transport arrangements As a result of user feedback over recent months, groups visiting Castleshaw this spring may notice that we have changed to a new transport provider. From March 1st, Yelloway coaches will have the contract to transport classes to and from Castleshaw each day. Yelloway currently provide coaches for School swimming, and we believe this will provide the high standards of safety and service our groups expect.
December 2017 more trips down memory lane... We're continuing to upload old pictures which we uncovered during our centenary preparations last year. So if you came to Castleshaw back in the days before digital cameras and mobile phones then take a look...you might see someone you recognise!
November 2017 Winter Warmers! This year we are having a very good response to our Winter warmers days - activity days which can be adapted to spend either more or less time outside as the weather dictates. Our Victorian experience, which includes bread & butter making, has been a particular favouritre! For others planning a winter get together, we still have some late availability special offers on our self catering accommodation. Further details on the flyers below.
October 2017 Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) We have once again been awarded our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge.
September 2017 The Sandman Well, we might not have troubled the results table very much, but everyone who took part in this years Sandman Triathlon in memory of our colleague Nick managed to drag themselves over the finish line. In the process, a siginificant amount of funds were raised for Pancreatic Cancer UK...well over £6000 at last check, so thanks to all who have contributed to this worthy cause. (The justgiving page below is still active for anyone who still wishes to donate).
September 2017 Sandman preparations Preparations for the Sandman triathlon continue. A number of Castleshaw Staff are taking part in memory of our colleague Nick, who passed away last year. Vicky has been keeping her preparations secret from the rest of us, but Matt & Matt have been spotted training for the open water swim. Rod claims he attended a two-week, intensive, warm weather cycle training camp (sometimes known as a summer holiday), while Dave is now rumored to have found his trainers - and may even put them on some day soon! Any sponsorship raised is going to Pancreatic Cancer UK - please see the link to Vicky's justgiving page below for further details.
7 August 2017 Holiday Club We are now into week 2 of our Holiday Activities. The weather hasn't been perfect, but getting wet doesn't seem to have been much of an issue! Places are still available - contact the office for further details.
August 2017 Castleshaw Open Day As part of the Your Oldham events, we will be holding an open day again this year on Sunday 3rd of September. Admission is free, and details of times and activities are contained in the flyer attached.
July 2017 Sandman Triathlon A number of the Castleshaw Staff (so far... Dave Faulconbridge, Matt O'Grady, Matt Allatt, Rod Steele & Vicky Price) are planning to take part in the Sandman Triathlon this September to celebrate the life of our colleague Nick Price. A keen triathlete and quadrathlete, the Sandman was one of Nick's favorite events of the season. We are hoping to use the event to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK, so if you wish to donate please either visit the Castleshaw Centre justgiving page below, or his daughter Vicky's Sandman justgiving page (link now at the top of the News section).
July 2017 Oldham Way Challenge Once again, a number of individuals and teams of intrepid souls from Mahdlo and the Youth Council set out to challenge themselves by covering the varying terrain of the Oldham way over two days. As well as the personal challenge, many use this event to raise money for good causes. Our nominated charity this year is Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of our colleague Nick Price, who passed away last October. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please visit the Castleshaw Centre justgiving page.
July 2017 Summer Fun! Well, it's been a busy few months, but as school term draws to a close we are now looking forward to a busy summer here at Castleshaw. The Oldham Way Challenge now looms large on the horizon, followed by four weeks of Summer Activities. Check out our Activity Course Dates link for further information on these.
March 2017 Glorious! After a very dry winter here in the Castleshaw Valley, the rain has paid it's debts and the reservoirs are now brim full once again. While that ensures lots of clean water for Oldham residents, it also means lots of mud for us here. Fortunately, the majority of our visitors have been revelling in the conditions!
January 2017 Happy New Year everyone! - we've just made a few 2017 updates to our site. Feedback from our residential groups has encouraged us to provide links to the increasing range of maps and guides now available for the Castleshaw Valley. Click the things to do link on the right, then get out there and give them a try! We've also finalised dates for our Easter Holiday Activities - try the Activity Course Dates link to check those out.
December 2016 Merry Christmas everyone! With 2016 drawing to a close, things are beginning to quieten down a little here at Castleshaw. While there are still a few adventurous souls coming out to see us, there is now at least a little time to catch our breath, and reflect on what has been a fairly tumultuous year. By the time the schools get back in January we should have all the new wellies on the racks, waterproofs sorted, and maps updated. We might even manage to get some dates together for the holiday activities next Easter! In the meantime, we still have some late availability special offers for self-catering groups, so if you fancy a get together with those you don't get to see enough of, this could be the perferct opportunity! Whatever you get up to over the festive period, have a great time and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!
October 2016 It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our great friend and colleague Nick Price, following a short period of illness. He will be greatly missed by everyone here at the centre.
July 2016 Holiday Activities Just another shout out about our holiday activity days for 9-12 year olds being run during the summer break. Come along for a single day, or get even better value by signing up for a whole week! Week 1: 25-29 July Week 2: 1-5 August Week 3: 22-26 August
June 2016 Oldham Way Challenge 2016 (22nd and 23rd July 2016) We are now just over a month away from our Annual Challenge event! For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Oldham Way Challenge is a 40 mile challenge spread over 2 days, starting and finishing at Daisy Nook Country Park, with the Castleshaw Centre as the end of day one and the start of day two. This is a non- competitive event event for groups, families and individuals, celebrating and enjoying this fine route around Oldham. Entry Fee £ 6.50 Contact us for more information and entry forms.
May 2016 Centenary Celebrations Our Centenary Celebration day was blessed with fantastic weather, and this helped ensure a bumper turnout from families from the Oldham area and beyond. In the days following the event we received many messages of thanks and support from those who have visited the centre over the generations....it's great to hear that your visit to Castlshaw made such a good impression! Thanks to everyone who came along to join in our celebrations on the day, and a special thanks to the many people who gave up their time to help make the day such a success.
Here are just a few pictures from the day...
April 2016 Family Fun day in May! On Sunday 8th May, Castleshaw Centre will be celebrating 100 years of Adventure, Learning and Leisure for Oldham. Join us for a range of free activities and events throughout the afternoon from 12.00 until 4.00 including: Rock climbing Caving Archery Edwardian Games Craft Activities Pond dipping. There will also be a range of special attractions, courtesy of Oldham Music Service Brass band, the Search & Rescue Dogs Association, and chainsaw artist Mike Burgess. We will be having an exhibition on the history of Castleshaw Centre over the past 100 years...and we'd still love to hear from you if you have memories of your visit in years gone by!
March 2016 Holiday Activities 2016 Dates have now been added for activities during the school holidays. Follow the link to the right for further details.
February 2016 Castleshaw on Facebook After listening to your feedback, we've decided to move with the times and finally set up our own facebook page. We're hoping this will be the best way to keep everyone up to date with information on special events, courses and offers.... during our Centenary year and beyond!
December 2015 Christmas & New Year offers Whether you're still young or simply young at heart, we've got special offers for activities over the winter period. So if you fancy working off a few of those mince pies, why not take a look! We've also added a few training course dates for First aid and Educational Visits scheduled for early in 2016 - follow the Training Course Dates link on the right for more information. Winter warmer days for schools are still available, and we'll soon be posting details for anyone out there planning a party in 2016. Whatever you get up to, we'd like to wish all our visitors a very happy Christmas and New Year!
December 2015 Centenary Year! Next May will mark 100 years since Castleshaw Centre was first presented to Oldham Corporation by the Lees family. A lot has happened in the last hundred years, and we would love to hear from anyone out there with memories of their Castleshaw experience...from any time over the last century! Just click the link opposite, and include in your title "Castleshaw Memories." We hope to mark this Centenary year with some special events....watch this space for further details!
November 2015 Special offers on "winter warmer" days As things quieten down during December and January, we always find we have a few spare days on the programme. This year we've decided to offer these out to groups at special rates. Not all activities need be outdoor based - in fact our Victorian day can be run as a competely indoor option if requested. Contact the office for further information.
July 2015 Oldham Way Challenge 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the Oldham Way's official launch, and once again we had a good mixture of new walkers and seasoned veterans taking up the challenge. Young people from Oldham Youth Council and Mahdlo youth centre walked the route over two days with an overnight stop at Castleshaw Centre. For many this was the farthest they had ever walked before in a single day. A further group over twenty adults walked the route as an independent group, with Castleshaw Centre providing support and return transport at the end of each day. Well done to all those who took on the challenge! We hope to see you all again next summer. However, should you feel like stepping it up a gear, entries are open for the Oldham Way Ultra-marathon next spring. This externally organised event uses Castleshaw Centre as it's base, and the record time stands at just over 6 hours for the full 40 mile circuit! http://www.oldhamwayultra.co.uk/race-reports.html
June 2015 Summer Activity Courses It's taken us a while (sorry, things have been busy!), but we've finally got aorund to updating our site with some summer activity dates. If you don't fancy spending your summer in front of the telly, follow the activity course dates link for a few ideas.
December 2014 New courses for 2015 We've got a few training courses coming up early in 2015 for First Aid, EVC training and MIDAS minibus accreditation. Just follow the link for dates....more to follow!
November 2014 New Staff Those of you who have visited the centre in recent weeks may have noticed a new face around the centre. Matt O'Grady has joined us this November as an apprentice tutor. As well as bringing the average staff age down considerably, Matt will hopefully be bringing the rest of us up to speed with some of the areas of his skill set...prepare for some "You've been framed" moments as the more mature members of the Castleshaw Staff try their hand at Stand up Paddleboarding, Slack lining and Kite surfing!
August 2014 Super Ressies! This summer Castleshaw Centre hosted some particularly interesting residential groups. Oldham Visual Impairment Service had invited a group of Visually impaired Japanese students to sample all the best things that England, and the North West in particular has to offer. As you might imagine, they stayed here at Castleshaw, where they got to experience our famous "four seasons in one day" weather conditions. They also took part in a range of Outdoor Activities, an opportunity not often available to those with Visual Impairments in Japan.
August also saw Castleshaw Centre host the Youth Council's "Super Ressie". This event brings together a diverse range of youth groups from the Oldham area to take part in discussions and workshops, including one session this year run by Labour MP for Oldham and Saddleworth Debbie Abrahams. To take advantage of the excellent weather, the indoor sessions were mixed with a rage of outdoor activities such as Climbing, Caving, Problem solving, Archery and Camping.
June 2014 Summer Activity Course Dates If you've always fancied trying your hand at a spot of kayaking, or have wondered what it would be like to scale the Castleshaw Climbing tower, then this is your chance! Follow the link on the right for more information.
A limited number of summer dates are currently still available for private bookings, so if you're fed up watching the kids have all the fun, or are part of a group and want to try something new, then drop us a mail!
May 2014 Victory for Digging! The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts have won a major grant from the Heritage Lottery fund to support its research into the area's Roman History. Hundreds of schoolchildren and adult volunteers will take part in the dig which is due to begin in July. The friends will work in partnership with United Utilities, Castleshaw Centre, professional archaeologists, and Saddleworth Museum to deliver the project. Finds will be assessed by experts in their field and will be stored and displayed at Saddleworth Museum.
April 2014 Oldham Way Challenge 25-26 July
This summer Castleshaw Centre will once again be hosting the Oldham Way Challenge. The Oldham Way is a 40 mile walking trail which takes place in the varied terrain of Oldham and its surrounding countryside. The OWC, now in its 13th year, was first organised by Castleshaw as a joint venture with Oldham Youth Service. Thanks to extra support in recent years from Oldham Countryside Service, the event has expanded to include adults and individual walkers. The Challenge offers all those who take part the opportunity to experience the beauty, diversity and history of the local countryside. For organised youth groups there is the added opportunity to experience an overnight residential at the Castleshaw Centre.
February 2014 Tour de France 20145-6 July You may well be aware that the Tour de France is holding it's Grand Depart in Yorkshire this year. What fewer people realise is that the world's largest annual sporting event will also be crossing the border into Lancashire...if only for about 500 metres! Should you wish to catch the riders on stage 2(Sunday 6th July) as they reach the top of Cragg Vale -England's longest continuous climb; then group accommodation and secure bike storage is still available here at Castleshaw, a mere 12 mile ride from the Lancashire leg of the route. Alternatively, an equally hilly 12 miles to the east will bring you into the Yorkshire village of Holmfirth. Famous for Last of the Summer Wine, Holmfirth lies at the foot of Holme Moss, another of the North of England's iconic climbs. For any riders in search of glory, there could be the chance for a daring break-away here before the downhill charge towards Sheffield.
January 2014 Lights, Camera , Action!
For a few days this month Castleshaw has been experiencing a different type of action, as the BBC have been using the centre building as a set for the upcoming drama "The Driver", starring David Morrissey.
Look out for our lounge, corridors and bedroom 2 as they feature in the new mini-series due to hit your screens this autumn.
December 2013 Civic Centre Charity Abseil In the lead up to Xmas, some intrepid members of Oldham's Youth council took part in a charity abseil from the Oldham's Civic centre building. If that weren't enough, they even managed to convince the new Chief executive, Carolyn Wilkins, the leader of the Council, Jim McMahon and a number of other councillors to take part with them! More than £2200 has been raised already for good causes. Well done to all who took the plunge!