The Pirate Castle - Holiday Schemes

Pirate Castle School Holiday Schemes

Have fun, get active and make a splash with us during the school holidays from spring half-term to autumn half-term, with a range of paddlesport and canal-based activities that develop physical, technical and social skills, boost self-confidence and are a great way to let off steam! Each day includes 2 x 2-hour sessions with a short lunch break (packed lunch and refreshments required).

Our Holiday Schemes also give youngsters the chance to achieve a range of formal and informal accreditations, reflecting their experiences with us. These are great for boosting motivation and confidence as skills develop, along with laying foundations for onward progression in paddlesport or coaching:

  • British Canoeing Paddle Awards (Start, Discover & Explore) and Personal Performance Awards
  • Complete Crew Course and Boat Handling Course (14 years +); ‘Junior Skipper’ Course
  • (pending availability)

  • In-house certificates and awards

  • 2021 Dates (all Monday to Friday)

    Spring half-term: Cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown

    Easter: 6th - 16th April: Maximum 32 spaces available per day
    Staggered start times from 10:00 / end times from 14:30 (closed Good Friday and Easter Monday)
    Groups / timings will be confirmed by The Pirate Castle at the point of booking.

    Summer half-term: 1st - 4th June: Maximum 32 spaces available per day
    Staggered start times from 10:00 / end times from 14:30 (closed Spring Bank Holiday)
    Groups / timings will be confirmed by The Pirate Castle at the point of booking.

    Summer break: 26th July - 31st August: Maximum 32 spaces available per day
    Staggered start times from 10:00 / end times from 14:30
    Groups / timings will be confirmed by The Pirate Castle at the point of booking.

    Autumn half-term: 26th - 30th TBC

    Pre-booking and prompt arrival / departure essential.

    Ages 8 - 16 (up to 25 for individuals with low-moderate support needs).
    Price per day = £30 per child / £5 concessions (proof of eligibility required).

    We also offer a preferential rate of £15 per child / per day for group bookings made via local youth service providers. A limited number of free places are available for referrals from frontline support agencies to ensure that our services are accessible by all.

    Our Holiday Schemes are subsidised to keep costs low through the generosity of our funders and hire of our services. As such, Holiday Scheme places are non-refundable and non-exchangeable and numbers are limited - pre-booking essential to avoid disappointment!

    Holiday Schemes are run by our team of accredited, experienced British Canoeing instructors, qualified staff, skippers and volunteers. All staff and volunteers are enhanced DBS-checked.

    We aim to make our Holiday Schemes as inclusive as possible and welcome youngsters with mild to moderate additional support needs, where safe and practical. Please contact us in advance to discuss any additional suport requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

    To book, email us with the following details:

    Your child's full name and age (minimum = 8 years);
    The date(s) you wish to book in for (subject to availability);
    Your full name, address and contact number

    We'll then issue an invoice for payment to secure the spaces, along with a link to our e-Consent Form, which must be submitted for all attendees when making payment.

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