Kids Climbing & Coaching

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Private family introduction to climbing

The perfect introduction to families wanting to learn how to boulder safely and confidently. This 30 minute introduction to climbing includes entry, free shoe hire and chalk for the whole family.

30 minutes, perfect for beginners
£50 for up-to 6 people

CLIMBING day pass

per climb

Book a ticket for under 18s (concession) and adult tickets. Just select your time and checkout or turn up and pay!

Climbers aged 14 - 17 must complete an assessment to climb without parental supervision.

5yrs and lower day pass + shoes

per climb

Day pass for little 5 and under includes free shoe hire. Kids must be supervised by one adult to every two children at all times.

Supervising adults needn't pay unless they want to enjoy the walls, too.
aged 7-16 years

KIDS Coaching & clubs

Explore our range of clubs and courses led by our expert instructors specifically for kids and teens.

SubClubs are informal, fun coaching sessions for 7–13 year olds.  NICAS (The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) is a UK-wide scheme consisting of 5 Levels. Substation offers NICAS Levels 1–3 which gives kids aged 7+ the skills and knowledge to progress from a beginner to an advanced climber.

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Subclub Koalas individual lessons (7–9yrs)

Available in a 6x multi-pack or as 12x multi-pack

The Koalas are our beginner group where you'll learn what climbing is all about and build your confidence on the wall through games.

Monday, Thursday & Friday 5–6pm
£10.50 per session

Subclub Gibbons individual lessons (10–13yrs)

Available in a 6x multi-pack or as 12x multi-pack

The Gibbons are our high-level Subclub, where kids work together to problem solve and develop their climbing while playing games.

Monday, Thursday & Friday 6–7pm
£10.50 per session


Available as individual sessions or as a 6x multi-pack voucher

NICAS level 1 is a 6 week course that builds the foundational skills for novice climbers to climb safely with supervision. Once complete, climbers can advance to Level 2.

Monday & Friday 7–8pm
£14 per session or £84 per package

NICAS Level 2 Course Package

NICAS level 2 is a 12 week course that builds on the foundational skills gained in level 1. Kids will learn more advanced climbing techniques such as footwork and balance, as well as the ethics of climbing.

Course is currently in session, email for next course start date.

Wednesday 7–8pm
£168 per package

NICAS Level 3 Course Package

NICAS level 3 is a 20 week course that builds on skills acquired in level 2. This is an advanced award and is considered the equivalent of a pass at GCSE.

If you have any questions about this course, please email

Thursdays 7–8pm
Course starts 7th March
£280 per package

The 14-17 year old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian during the assessment.

facilitiy information

Onsite food and drink, showers and wheelchair access helps us stay accessible to all.

free parking & bike racks
Cycling or driving to our walls is easy
Showers & lockers
Onsite secure lockers and showers make climbing midday even easier
Onsite café
Great vegan food choices to keep you fuelled

Why Families love it here


Called in to take alook at what all the fuss was about - and can highly recommend it! Food offering is excellent and the staff could not be more helpful. Had a tour around the climbing area and yoga studio. The facilities are excellent and the place has a real vibe about it.

— Ben

Amazing Centre

Great climbing centre with passionate staff. The cafe offers a great selection of food and drink, either for a mid climb refresh or as a destination in its own right. Substation seems to do a good job as there's a refreshing mix of familiar & fresh faces that keeps the energy high.

— Doug C

A fave

I've been here 6 times in the last year with family and friends and it gives me a real buzz. The climbing routes are varied for ability which make for interesting challenges. Resets often enough make each visit a bit different and the space is big enough that you don't get bored. Highly recommend!

— Michelle
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