Ford Castle

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ford Castle is one of the most attractive residential centres in the country. It is available for school residentials and conferences. The castle lies 9 miles north of Wooler approximately 1 mile from the A697 Wooler-Coldstream road, and 12 miles from the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

At weekends and during school holidays it is available for ADULT GROUP BOOKINGS, WEDDINGS, and event hire. It is also an ideal base for day or residential CONFERENCES.

Who to contact

Telephone
01890 820 257
01890 820 413

Where to go

Name
Ford Castle
Address
Ford
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
Postcode
TD15 2PX

Local Offer

Local Offer Description
  1. What does your service do?

Residential activity centre for school/college groups of children/young people. Provide physically and mentally challenging activities, including high and low ropes, initiative exercises, canoeing and excursions from the Castle to local places of interest. Our programmes encourage team building and use of social skills and communication, whilst also promoting self confidence and self reliance. We can cater for various special needs, although seriously physically disabled children will not be able to access all areas of the castle or participate in all activities, due to their strenuous nature.

We provide supervision for all visiting young people between breakfast and 10pm, visiting staff are responsible for their charges overnight, although our staff live on site and are available overnight if required.

 

2. Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

Ford Castle is located in Ford Village, Northumberland, near to the Scottish border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, we welcome children from all over the country as well as foreign language students from Europe and beyond.

 3. Who does your service provide for?

We offer residential trips and activity days to all school, clubs and college parties, from primary age upwards. We usually specify a minimum of 10 children/young people per group.

 4. How can I start using the service?

A quotation for your group can be obtained free of charge by contacting holidays@ford-castle.co.uk.

 5. How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Visiting staff can consult with our holidays team to confirm our services are suitable for the specific needs of the young person(s) involved and a booking can be made immediately, subject to the required dates being available.

 6. How do you communicate with service users and how are they

involved in decision making/planning?

Communication is via email, post and telephone. All information is produced in a draft format for users to examine/amend before being sent out in a final information pack, once agreed. We have parent guides which are sent out to the group leaders for distribution upon booking; we also have brochures and a website for further information. The office and Castle do not usually communicate with parents directly, as all communications go through the group organiser or party leader.

We actively seek the views of our visitors and at the conclusion of each visit the centre manager completes a party leader report with the visiting group leader.

 7. Is your service fully accessible?

The lower ground floor of the main castle (dining rooms) is wheelchair accessible, but the upper levels of the castle (dormitories and main hall) are not due to the nature of the building and planning constraints. There are however two large dormitories with wcs/shower blocks, which are more easily accessible, in the Clock Tower buildings on the ground floor level.

 8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with

SEND had or are having?

Our staff are fully trained in each activity and in the supervision of children and safeguarding. They are all first aid trained and DBS checked. We have no specialist staff for special needs, but they work closely with visiting staff and have a flexible approach to assisting where needed.

9. Who can I contact for further information?

You can discuss any concerns with your party organiser, initially and they will contact us for any information you may need.

  

Last updated on: 22/09/2014

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