Marrick Priory


We are delighted that members of the Friday Club have organised film screenings of The Greatest Showman in November 2018 and Mary Poppins Returns in September 2019 to raise funds for Marrick Priory.

20 to 22 September 2019

This was the largest group we had taken with 18 young people and 4 leaders.  We were blessed with gorgeous weather on Friday and Saturday but did have a little rain on Sunday morning,  After supper on the Friday we all took part in a blindfold night line which tested trust our communication skills and was also an insight into what it would be like to lose your sight.  On Saturday we split into two groups with one group going caving in the morning and high ropes and leap of faith in the afternoon.  The other group did high ropes and leap of faith in the morning and canoeing in the afternoon.  On Sunday morning the groups did archery and low ropes before devouring a Sunday roast dinner.

As always we had a wonderful time, the staff were fantastically professional and great fun, the food delicious and the activities challenging. Time was spent each day in the Priory Chapel and on Sunday morning a short service was held during which most of the children performed in some way or other demonstrating their many talents.

We returned home of Sunday afternoon very tired but with many wonderful memories.


12 to 14 October 2018

For the first time in four years the sun didn't shine for us during our stay at Marrick.  However, the rain, wind and cloudy skies didn't diminish the enjoyment of our weekend at Marrick.  This year our group comprised younger children, several of whom had not been before but we were amazed at how well they embraced the whole experience and literally threw themselves into all the activities.

14 to 16 October 2017

Members of the Friday Club and friends have returned from their third trip to Marrick Priory, near Richmond, for a weekend of friendship, fun and outdoor activities.  The weather this year, although not cold, did present us with the additional challenges of rain, wind and mud!
On arrival the 3 girls and 11 boys set about making up their beds in their dorms.  It was then down for tea – pizza & chips followed by ice cream.
Our evening activity led by instructor Joe, was a blindfold nightline in the Priory gardens.  Challenging enough in normal conditions but more so this year in heavy rain, mud and standing water.  After a change of clothes (the first of many!) the evening was spent in the games room before retiring to bed and, eventually, sleep.
Saturday morning started with assembling packed lunches – many strange combinations of sandwich fillings most of which seemed to include chocolate spread!  This was followed by a hearty cooked breakfast. 
We were split into two groups for the day’s activities with Joe and Sara.  Group 1 did canoeing in the morning and high ropes in the afternoon.  Group 2 did these activities in reverse.   Both groups returned to the Priory for their packed lunch between the two activities.  After canoeing a complete change of clothes was required for the second time.  The drying room was well used!  We all met back at the Priory for an evening meal of chicken wraps, Paris sandwich and custard.  The evening was spent round a camp fire singing songs, telling jokes & riddles and toasting marshmallows.
Porridge was on the menu for breakfast on Sunday.  Beds were stripped and bags begun to the packed before departing for the morning activity.
Due to the amount of rain, caving was deemed too dangerous so we all went beck scrambling with Chris, Joe and Sara, which proved exhilarating, challenging, and very, very wet.  Straight back to the Priory for showers and yet another set of dry clothes before sitting down to a wonderful Sunday lunch followed by Jaffa Cake cake.
Time to pack up, reclaim lost clothes and shoes, have a final group photo, say goodbyes to friends and thank yous to the wonderful instructors and staff at Marrick. 

16 to 18 September 2016

The good news of our successful trip last year spread and our numbers increased to 16 young people and 4 adults - and we were not disappointed.  Not only was it a fantastic weekend but the weather was simply glorious.

On arrival beds were bagged in the two dormitories and made up – with a little bit of assistance for some!  We were delighted to find that two of last year’s instructors, Chris and Kez, would be looking after us again, together with Kirsty and Joe.

After supper we were taken on a night walk (very dark & muddy!) from Marrick Priory up to Marrick village.  On our return time was spent in the games room before bed, but most were far too excited to go to sleep!

On Saturday, after making up our packed lunches and having breakfast, the main activities started with caving and beck scrambling in the morning, and climbing, high ropes, the vine and the leap of faith in the afternoon.  After supper we sang songs and told jokes round a camp fire and toasted marshmallows.

After breakfast on Sunday we spent time in the Chapel for a short service in which the children participated with readings, prayers & music.  We finished the morning with archery and low ropes followed by a great Sunday lunch.

With friendships from last year renewed, new friendships made, challenges faced and overcome, it was with a sense of achievement and some sadness that we left on Sunday afternoon.

‚ÄčOur Marrick Prayer:

Dear Lord,

For the beauty of Swaledale, the sheep, the horse, the peacefulness of the countryside.

We Thank You.

For Marrick Priory, the people who work here, the interesting building and its history, and the opportunity to share a weekend here.

We Thank You.

 For activity and adventure, at home, and on holiday. That we can all participate, and that in our lives, no matter how young or old we are, we can never stop learning new skills and learning from each other.

We Thank You.

For the friendships that have been made this weekend. We hope that these friendships will last us for the rest of our lives and support us through difficult times.

We Thank You.

For the opportunities we have had this weekend that not many other people are lucky enough to have. We thankyou for the fun activities this weekend has given us.

We Thank You.


What the children said:

'The beck scrambling was fantastic. I loved sitting in the Jacuzzi and under the metal gate'

'Singing around the campfire was awesome'

'The food at Marrick is very yummy, especially the Friday night supper of fish and chips!'
Ally aged 8

'Amazing surroundings - fantastic friendly staff and delicious home cooked food that sees you through the day'


'Marrick is brilliant, my favourite was the high ropes- thank you'

Domonic aged 11

Roll on Marrick 2017.

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18 to 20 September 2015

Twelve children and four adults spent a residential weekend at Marrick Priory, an outdoor activity centre near Richmond, North Yorkshire from 18 to 20 September 2015.  We were blessed with glorious weather, particularly on the Saturday, which contributed to making the weekend so memorable for us all.  We were looked after by the wonderful staff at Marrick, including Kez and Chris, two of our instructors, not forgetting the kitchen staff who fed us so well while we were there.

Our activities and challenges included: making our own beds, clearing up after each meal and laying the tables for the next meal, a two mile night walk - wellie boots and head torches essential - canoeing, jumping in the lake fully clothed, climbing high ropes, faith leaping, tackling low ropes, abseiling, archery, blindfolded nightline, not forgetting the huge array of activities available for us in the games room.

We faced individual challenges and overcame many fears.  The support and encouragement we gave each other made it a very special experience.

Marrick Priory still has its own chapel and we spent a few minutes each day in the chapel thanking God for the wonderful time we were having, for the friendships we were making and reinforcing, and acknowledging the difficult challenges some of us were facing.

We were sorry to leave on the Sunday afternoon but hope it will be possible to arrange a return visit, maybe next year.

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