Monday, 25 November 2013

Thornaby Primary are on their way.....

Lovely day in Swaledale today - our instructors are waiting on the school to arrive for Team Challenges this afternoon, climbing, abseiling, and high ropes the rest of the week!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

What we learnt about ourselves when we were at Marrick.....

Children from Rothwell C of E Primary School recently visited us - here's what they learnt about themselves during their stay:
- I love working together with my friends
- I am brave
- I have great stamina
-I am not afraid of heights
- I  can do anything if I give it a try
- I can leave my family for a week

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Well Done the Friends of Marrick Priory.....

The event at The Georgian Theatre in Richmond in September organised by the Friends and the Fourum raised over £800 to support the Priory's work.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Thank you Stapleford Primary....

Marrick Priory is a safe, stimulating and enriching opportunity for our children - the food, service and housekeeping staff are first class, the instructors are professional and have a great dialogue with the children enabling them to try new things and achieve more - our stay is always memorable and you are absolute value for money!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

What a day in the Dales.....

Caving this morning and low ropes and archery this afternoon -

No rest for the wicked for our school children here from Hertfordshire!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Here's what Spacious Places from Leeds say....:

Scott - Thank you for letting me have this experience, I have had the most enjoyable and unforgettable time

Judith - Thank you for giving me the chance to do the impossible - you are all very special

Anna - Thank you - the food was great as were the activities - a wonderful place

Stuart - Thank you for giving me immense joy that cannot be worded, great place with great people

Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Fancy a weekend at the Priory this Autumn?

We have a couple of weekends free for groups in October and November so if you are interested, get in touch - its a lovely time to be in the Dales!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Ode from Barlby Primary School

Billy came out of his shell

Taking part and asking questions as well

Ben was organised and looked after himself

Independence suits him very well

Ruby gave it her all

Exhausted  her sleeps were big and not small

Jordan really moved in

His behaviour exemplary no quarrel or moans came from him

Katy H enjoyed everything

The food the cave and rope swing

A bullseye was Ryan Booths first

A balloon he almost burst

Kate W showed bravery and great courage

When she abseiled down the tower in a hurry

The food was wholesome and nutritious

Sunday dinner on Thursday was delicious

Thomas enthused and kept smiling

Even when down the tower abseiling

Elise was bright on a morning

At school she’s normally yawning

Ewan was really brave

Attempting everything in all he gave



Monday, 22 July 2013

Just in from Year 6 at Highfield Primary Leeds....

This trip has helped me prepare myself for the challenges I may face in the future
I now know what abseiling is - its cool!
Your fabulous food gave us energy for our busy days
You have boosted my confidence and made me try new things

Thank you Marrick Priory!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

What have you enjoyed the most .......

'What have you enjoyed the most during your stay at Marrick?' - I asked
'Orienteering'  says a boy from Egglescliffe Primary School
'Because when I was out on the field I felt FREE as a bird!'

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Well Done The Friends....

Last Sunday's strawberry tea at Marrick Priory raised around £270 - Well Done to everyone involved
A great time was had by all

Students in the Dale this weekend

A group of Students from Richmond School will be in the Dale this weekend completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award - lets hope for good weather!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Queen Alexandra 6th Form College are here......

18 students from the college are with us for a couple of days - orienteering, canoeing as well as doing their fieldstudy work for A level Biology!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Calling schools on the Garrison..

Eighty children from Year 1 and 2 from the Garrison are with us today - abseiling and enjoying themselves on the low ropes course - 'awesome' say the kids

Friday, 21 June 2013

Open Day and Strawberry Tea

On Sunday 7th July from 3.30 to 5.30, the Friends will be hosting an open day and Strawberry Tea at the Priory.  All are welcome

A minibus shuttle service will run between Grinton and Reeth bus Stop to Marrick at regular intervals.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided and donations are welcome

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

And more good news......

A great thank you to the Darlington Women's Club  - they raised £1000 for our bursary fund - well done!

Great News for the Priory ....

Today we have received a cheque for £1500 from the Rothley Trust to buy camping equipment, compasses and maps - fantastic!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

First Impressions!

When asked for their first impressions of the Priory when they arrived, the children said:

Very different to what I was expecting!
It's like Hogwarts!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

What we like best at Marrick Priory .....

'The Staff, The Activities and the Food!

So say the staff from Kader Primary School

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Member of the Historic Houses Association

Thanks to one of our trustees, Rolline Frewen, Marrick Priory is now a member of the Historic Houses Association - see our page at

Thursday, 16 May 2013

A great evening at the Big Night Out

Last Saturday saw the Priory at the Big Night Out event at Lightwater Valley near Ripon.
Great atmosphere, lots of young people, lots of buzz!  Met old and new friends - a good night out for all!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Guess what......

We've just been granted £2500 from the People's Postcode Trust so we can run paddlesport sessions for beginners - fantastic news!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Onwards and Upwards.....

80 young people visited the Priory last week to take part in their Duke of Edinburgh award - camping and cooking outside, trekking the hills with equipment and tents in tow!  Next stop Silver and/or Gold!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Thank You letters just in from Crakehall Primary

here's what they say.....

You encouraged us all to do our best
Archery was great - exciting to see if you got the arrow on the board or a bulls eye
I did the tunnels thanks to my instructor Chris - I'm now not afraid of small spaces
The week was challenging and I loved it

Thank you Crakehall!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

What's in the Tale.......

Colburn Primary School spent Monday morning on the high ropes to help provide stimulus for their writing - bet their stories are good!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Crakehall Primary School are here this week......

It's Hogwarts!

That's what Crakehall Primary children thought when they arrived yesterday for their week residential

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

and so says Josh from Bootham Junior School....

'I loved the stay at Marrick - all the activities were great and the food was tasty.  I thought I would be terrible at archery but with help from my friends and the staff, I wasn't that bad - I even got a bullseye'
Well done Josh!

Friday, 15 February 2013

And they're off........

Bramham and Shadwell Federation School just left on their way to Reeth - sun is shining and ice creams awaiting!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

All UP for the Bronze!

Students from Richmond School spent the weekend with us learning navigational skills for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award - a good time was had by all even though it was cold and snow threatened!!!!

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Fantastic feedback from West Burton Primary School...

From Sophie
'You encouraged me so much and made me smile - I loved that you were very calm when people were anxious of what they had to do especially when you helped me to conquer my fear of being claustrophobic, you inspired me to do a lot of things I wouldn't do before I came to Marrick'

From Katy

'Thanks for helping me on stuff I got stuck on and never giving up on me'

From Harry

'I learnt so much - seeing different wildlife to normal, finding out about the history of Reeth, naming some of the stars in the night sky'

From Sophie about the high ropes

'The gladiator was really hard because it kept swinging back and forth but when I got to the top, I felt very proud of myself'

From Amy
'Thank you for setting up all the activiites - half day walk, high ropes, low ropes, orienteering and archery and for making sure we were safe and sound'

Thursday, 24 January 2013

WE are a Winner!

Just received our cheque for £3000  from the North Yorkshire Police Why Should They fund - it will help 120 vulnerable learners from schools in Hambleton and Richmondshire spend a day with us to build their self confidence and self esteem - over 100 children already coming!!!!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Best things about Marrick .......

 the staff - professional, patient and really great with the kids
the space and facilities - we  have the Centre to ourselves!
the range of activities on offer

So say the staff from West Burton Primary School

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Marrick Priory in BOS news!

Heres what the children in Brompton on Swale wrote about their visit in BOS news....

'each day we faced new physical and practical challenges such as canoeing and making our beds! We had lovely three course meals for breakfast and dinner and for lunch we had to make our own sandwiches! The instructors were ace and really encouraged us  to take part and have a go'

Glad you enjoyed yourselves with us - see you again soon

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Happy New Year everyone

Fancy a weekend at Marrick Priory this spring?
We have a number of weekends available in February, April and May so get in touch to find out more