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 activities including canoeing, kayaking, canal boating, games, expeditions and more!

• Have fun exploring the waterways
• Develop skills on the water with British Canoeing coaches and awards
• Learn to steer our canal boats and help work the locks
• Plus lots more at Camden's adventure castle!

Our fun, communal sessions help develop physical, technical and social skills, boost self-confidence and are a great way to let off steam! Each day includes two 1.5-hour sessions of water and/or land-based activities, with one hour in our canal-side Club Room to eat lunch, play table tennis and other games – or simply relax together after a good paddle!

Our Holiday Schemes also give participants the chance to achieve a range of formal and informal accreditations, reflecting their experiences with us. These are great for boosting motivation and self-confidence as skills develop, as well as laying foundations for onward progression in paddlesport and community canal boating:

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

  • 2019 Dates (all Monday to Friday, 10:30 - 15:30)

    Spring half-term: 18th - 22nd February
    Easter: 8th - 19th April
    Summer half-term: 28th – 31st May
    Summer break: 29th July – 31st August (except Mon 26th August due to the bank holiday)
    Autumn half-term: 21st – 25th October

    Ages 8 -18 (up to 25 for individuals with low-moderate support needs). Price for the day is only £20/£5 concessions (proof of receipt of benefits required).

    We also offer a preferential rate of £10 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.

    We're able to offer a heavily subsidised service thanks to the generosity of our funders and income raised through the private hire of our facilities.

    Our Holiday Schemes are always very popular and numbers are limited - pre-booking essential to avoid disappointment!

    Packed lunch and full change of clothing, footwear and towel required. A Parental Consent Form must be completed for all attendees - available for download here: Individual Child & Adult Consent Form

    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.

    Holiday Scheme sessions are run by our team of accredited, experienced BCU/UKCC instructors, qualified staff, skippers and volunteers. All staff and volunteers are enhanced DBS-checked.

    For more information or to book, call us on 020 7267 6605 or email To book in, please provide your child's full name, date of birth and the date(s) you wish to book in for. We will then check availability and issue an invoice for payment to secure the spaces.