Families took picnics and made a day of it as they took the opportunity to try out indoor and outdoor activities at an open day.
Robinwood Activity Centre, Todmorden, opened its Dobroyd Castle centre for an annual open day last Saturday, and from the 10am start to 4pm closing time, people were able, for a small fee for each activity, to try out what it has to offer.
A bumper sum of £4,110 was raised which will be divided between Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and the Derian House children’s hospice, and a donation will also be made to Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth’s chosen charity for her Mayoral year, which is Overgate Hospice.
Jo Sargent, who co-organised the event with Caroline Binfield, said the day was the best yet and attracted a lot of families among the visitors.
“It was absolutely brilliant, and probably the busiest year we have had so far.
“People were arriving before the 10am start time and we were busy all day right through to 4pm.
“Lots of people turned up to try a lot of activities they haven’t tried before. People were picnicing on the castle lawns. We will be doing it again next year,” she said.
Activities available included canoeing, raft-building, a trapeze, a zip wire, archery, a giant swing, indoor caving, an indoor crate challenge where the challenge is to build towers of them while attached to ropes, and team problem-solving execises similar to those which used to be featured on the television show The Crystal Maze.
Young visitors also enjoyed a bouncy castle and other stalls including face-painting, a hog roast and ice cream sellers.
As parking is limited at the castle Robinwood ran a minibus shuttled from Eddinbrook car park on Bacup Road and the Hare and Hounds on Burnley Road.