first time climbers

Things to know


To use our facilities, you must complete a safty waiver which will be emailed to you with your booking confirmation. Please watch this safety video and sign the waiver before arriving for a speedy check-in process.

Sign your waiver

Arrive early
On arrival our lovely reception team will build your account and give you a quick safety knowledge test.

What to wear
We always recommend stretchy or loose-fitting clothes. You can’t go wrong with gym shorts and a t- shirt. Hire climbing shoes and chalk from reception.

The first climb
An instructed lesson isn't compulsary for your first time. However, if you would feel more comfortable having an instructed first session we offer group intro sessions and 1 to 1 coaching.


Keep everyone safe: Don’t walk under climbers on the mats.
Keep it clean: Don’t wear climbing shoes in the toilets.
Avoid spills: Don’t leave open drinks on the mats.
Stay covered: Keep your shirts on during climbing activities.
Mind your language: Maintain a respectful and positive atmosphere for everyone.
For your safety. Please watch!

Watched the video? Complete the waiver below.

Sign waiver


Don't have shoes? you can hire those, alongside chalk at checkout.

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Introduction to climbing

New here? Learn the ropes (so to speak) with a quick but thorough lesson on bouldering. Chalk and Day pass included. Only one redemption per person.

40-60 minutes, perfect for beginners
from £15 per session

Climbing day pass

£9 - £16
per climb

Pay per climb and benefit from reduced prices outside of peak periods. Just view the calendar at checkout to compare.

Punchcards available:

Ideal for those that hate to sit still, our pay-as-you-go offers total flexibility

Peak Open-15:00 / Off-peak 15:00-Close

Save over £100 per month with a membership

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Why climbers love it here

Great culture

This space is amazing, the centre is huge and is on different levels which makes it spacious and airy. There is also a lot of natural light which really makes the mood pleasant. There’s a nice lounge area, too. It was very quiet when we came which was great... an incredible selection of holds, angles, and setting. They also have some killer merch too.

— Alex Preston
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Really balanced routes

I love the climbing gym. I do like the route setting as you can find an adequate amount of problems for beginners and more advanced climbers likewise.

— Doug C
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Fantastic service

Loved it here. Went first thing and it was totally empty (highly recommend!). Guys at the desk were helpful and the facilities are great. Would definitely come back

— Lauren Cinzia Dixon

New here? so are loads of others

Join us every Tuesday for our newbies social and meet people of all skill levels.

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