Ford Castle

for Brigades and Cadets

  • Ford Castle for Brigades and Cadets in Northumberland

About Ford Castle

Step through the portcullis gate of magnificent Ford Castle and you’ll step back in time. This gloriously imposing Grade 1-listed castle was rebuilt in the 16th century on the site of a castle dating back to 1278. Just nine miles from the Scottish border, this Northumberland gem is home to endless legends and adventures.

Inside you’ll discover grand halls, elegant rooms and artefacts telling the stories of this historic place. Outside the castle walls are acres of grounds and gardens in which to explore and experience our amazing activities. It’s a fascinating setting that’s sure to inspire your group with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Not many people can claim to have slept in a castle! Your group will be in comfortable dormitory style rooms – either in the main castle building, or in the castle courtyard.

Castle Main Building

  • Groups - Rooms sleep 6-24, either en suite or with a bathroom close by
  • Leaders - Rooms sleep 1-3, either en suite or with a bathroom close by

Castle Courtyard

  • Groups - Rooms sleep 6-14, en suite
  • Leaders - Single rooms, either en suite or with a bathroom close by


The castle has plenty of indoor and outdoor space – including grand halls, a comfortable leaders’ lounge and even an oubliette under the Flag Tower! Views to the Cheviot and Lady Waterford’s garden add to the charm of the castle grounds.

  • Historic rooms
  • Common / games rooms
  • Disco / indoor areas
  • Classrooms
  • Drying rooms
  • Large playing fields
  • Leaders’ lounge
  • Shop

Activities available

Archery backdrops don’t come more traditional than a castle keep! But we have far more available for your group than that – a host of activities are dotted around the castle grounds and you can even try your hand at fencing in a room with traditional sabres as decoration on the walls!

Activities are led by our trained instructors, who can help you achieve group goals – whether that is to promote group bonding or develop leadership and teamworking skills.

Evenings are filled with our entertainment programme – with different activities for your group to enjoy every night.

Select an activity for a full description


Enjoyable mealtimes with nutritious and tasty food.
Our meals are freshly prepared, balanced and will give your group plenty of energy to keep them going throughout the day.

  • A mix of hot and cold meals with vegetarian options
  • Self-service salad bar
  • Fresh fruit with every meal
  • Allergies, intolerances and special diets catered for - see our Teacher Guide
  • Support for fussy eaters - see our Parent Guide

Sample Day

Schedule Activities
07.00 - 08.50 Get up, get ready and fuel up for the day ahead with a hearty breakfast.
08.50 - 12.00 Morning activities - 2 sessions with a 10 minute break in-between.
12.00 - 13.50 Enjoy a fresh and tasty two-course hot lunch and some free time.
13.50 - 17.00 Afternoon activities - 2 sessions with a 10 minute break in-between.
17.00 - 19.00 Time to eat again - a different dinner menu each day.
19.00 - 21.00 Discos, campfires, quizzes and more - our evening entertainment programme keeps everyone engaged until bedtime.
21.00 / 21.30 Bedtime. Catch up on some zzz's ready to do it all again tomorrow!

Centre Address

Ford Castle
Ford Village
TD15 2PX