Outdoor education on the canal for schools and groups

The Pirate Castle has a long and successful history of working with schools and groups to deliver adventurous activities that help young people develop new skills and interests, get active and have fun.

Away from a structured classroom environment, our sessions allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of experimental education – learning by doing and developing the capacity to respond to changing situations with confidence. Along with improved emotional and physical wellbeing, the potential to develop new skills and gain recognised accreditations also encourages wider personal and educational ambition.

In addition to being fun and energetic, we ensure that all of our activities complement key stage learning in the four main areas of development:

  • Acquisition of new skills
  • Selection and application of skills and tactics
  • Evaluation and improved performance
  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness principles

Within each of these areas a range of soft skills are positively encouraged including, effective communication, motivation of team members and respect of peers.

The activities



Bell Boating

Canal Boating


Team-Development workshops

Residential Holiday Packages

All of our sessions are run by fully qualified staff and are tailored to suit the needs of each group. They can range from a quick taster session to full curriculum based programs which run throughout the year.

photo of a group kayaking at The Pirate CastleTo keep track of individual progression we offer an evaluation service which can be added onto any activity sessions at the time of booking. This will include an individual skills record, evaluation report of the group as a whole and the issuing of any certification.

We may also ask the students to fill in a quick evaluation of our service so that we can maintain good standards.