Open Castle

Free space for LGBTQIA+ young people and their allies to meet, dunk biscuits in tea and make things. Launching early 2024.

Contact's castle-like building at night lit in rainbow colours

Facilitated by queer theatre maker Ella McCarthy (they/she), supported by Contact’s Engagement team.

About Open Castle

Open Castle sessions are deliberately open. We will do a check-in and check-out, and provide a range of different activities and plenty of snacks. Some ideas of activities you might choose take part in:

  • Crafting (disco ball keyrings, hama beads, crochet, badge making)
  • Chatting with new or old friends
  • Researching + writing (non-fiction, poetry, plays, short stories, collaborative writing)
  • Homework/study space
  • Drama, improvising or movement-based games
  • Anything else (within reason!) you can think of

There’s no pressure to make or do anything. We're inviting you to come along, be yourself and see what happens.

Please note: Open Castle is a fully inclusive space. Everyone who comes to Open Castle self-identifies as either LGBTQIA+ or as an ally of the queer community. We celebrate trans and non-binary identities, are actively anti-racist, welcome people who identify as disabled and stand against all forms of discrimination.

How to Attend

Please note, Open Castle will launch in 2024. To register your interest, please complete this form.

These sessions are completely free, and open to LGBTQIA+ young people and their allies, aged 11 - 18.

Any questions?

For any questions about Open Castle, please email Engagement Manager

For any questions about Contact and accessing our building, please reach out to