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 young people 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

  • 2022 Dates (weekdays only)

    Spring half-term: Monday 14th - Friday 18th February

    Easter: Monday 4th - Thursday 14th April: 10.30am - 2.30pm

    Summer half-term: Monday 30 May to Wednesday 1st June
    10.00am - 3.00pm (last sign in @ 10.20am, latecomers will not be admitted)

    Summer break: Monday 25th July - Wednesday 31st August (closed 29.08.22 / bank holiday)
    10.00am - 3.00pm (last sign in @ 10.20am, latecomers will not be admitted)

    Autumn half-term: Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October
    10.00am - 3.00pm (last sign in @ 10.20am, latecomers will not be admitted)

    Maximum 32 spaces available per day. Pre-booking 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

    Spaces are secured by making full payment within 3 days of receiving the provisional booking and submitting our e-Consent Form.