Our kids' climbing classes offer formal and fun skills development for 4-17 year olds of all ability levels. Sessions are run by qualified coaches and offer structured progression alongside continuous improvement, confidence building and working together to conquer the crag.

TCH Academy: NIBAS Accredited Coaching

The National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) provides a structured programme for novice climbers all the way through to experienced boulderers.

We offer NIBAS Levels 1-3. Courses are booked and paid for upfront and our next NIBAS intakes starts in May.

Find out more about how NIBAS works and what's included in each level. Book directly online or get in touch with any questions and we'll be in touch within 48 hours.

Junior Hangar Award (pre-NIBAS) - Sundays, 9:15-10:15am

For junior climbers younger than seven, our Junior Hangar award gives them all the skills they need to start their climbing journey with the option of being assessed for NIBAS level one when they turn seven. £50

NIBAS Level 1 - New Boulderer, Sundays, 10:30-11:30am

An entry–level award for candidates who wish to learn what bouldering is as a physical activity and how to use a bouldering wall safely. £65 + £6 for the NIBAS log book

NIBAS Level 2 - Foundation Boulderer, Saturdays, 9:15-10:15am

Aimed at helping participants to understand how a bouldering wall works, and basic preparation for and control while bouldering, with an introduction to equipment and movement skills. Choose to join the Saturday or Monday evening courses. £79.

NIBAS Level 3 - Competent Boulderer, Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am

Corresponding to most bouldering–only centres’ “membership” standards. This is aimed at ensuring participants possess the knowledge and skill to boulder safely at any bouldering facility and operate in a responsible manner. £95.

We need to ensure everyone booked onto the level three course has completed NIBAS level 2. If you've not previously spoken to us, we'll contact you after booking to ensure that this is the right course for your junior climbers.

Kids' climbing clubs - pay as you go

Our pay as you go sessions allow kids to enjoy the support of instructor-led coaching in a less formal environment than the NIBAS sessions.

Sessions are broadly divided by age, but we're happy to assess your junior climber to make sure that they join the appropriate group for their ability.

Pre-monkeys - Saturdays and Sundays

First steps in climbing for 4-6 year olds. £7

Ninja monkeys - Saturdays and Sundays

Climbing basics for 7-12 year olds. £9.50

Hot rox- Saturdays and Sundays

Advanced skills for 12-14 year olds. £9.50

Youth club - Saturdays, 1-2pm, ages 14 - 17

Try something different and have fun with kids your own age. Perfect for new climbers or those with a bit more experience who want to progress. £9.50.

After School Club, Mondays and Thursdays, 6-7pm

Supervised climbing for ages 7-14. An informal environment where kids can climb together under the watchful eye of one of our instructors. £6.50.

Cancellations

For all pay as you go clubs and classes, we're happy to refund the cost of the session providing you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. No refund is available if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance.

NIBAS operates with a different cancellation policy. Check out the NIBAS info or get in touch with any questions.

FAQs

How fit / strong do I need to be?

You don’t need to be fit or super strong to start climbing. You’ll find problems (what we call individual climbs) you can do on your first visit, and the more you practice the stronger you’ll become! Just make sure you warm up before you start to minimise the risk of injury, and you can get cracking right away (our staff can help if you need guidance – just ask).

I don't like heights - how high is the wall?

Bouldering isn’t about climbing high. The wall is only 4.2m at its highest point. And remember, while your hands might be at the top, your feet are unlikely to ever be more than 3m off the ground. The Climbing Hangar has crash mats throughout and we can teach you to land safely to minimise the risk of injury. As you gain in confidence you will stop noticing the heights.

How safe is bouldering?

Bouldering is a risky sport. But as long as you are aware of the particular type of risks associated with bouldering and how to avoid unnecessary dangers, it’s actually no more dangerous than normal kids’ play activities or adult sports. The induction video will tell you what to be aware of and how to stay safe, and our waiver document outlines your responsibilities as a Climbing Hangar customer. We’re fully insured and our team is qualified in coaching (and first aid should you need it).

What's your cancellation policy for classes?

For all pay as you go clubs and classes, we're happy to refund the cost of the session providing you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. No refund is available if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance.