Your first climb at the Climbing Hangar costs just £6. And pre-registering online will grab you a further 10% off!
What to expect
Climbing is an extremely inclusive sport. No matter what your age or fitness level, you will complete climbs on your first go. The Climbing Hangar is home to absolute beginners and world champions; our aim is to help you find your place.
We're open to everyone aged four and above and The Hangar is designed so all abilities can climb on the same stretch of wall, making bouldering an ideal activity for families or groups of friends.
You don't need to be super-strong or into extreme sports. Climbing will make you stronger, fitter and braver, but the point of it is to have fun at your own level and improve in your own time.
Once is never enough
All new visitors get a 1-2-3 card which entitles you to three climbs for just £6 each.
Once you've completed your first three climbs you'll be invited to become a member of The Climbing Hangar (£5 annually) giving you a range of benefits included discounted prices and unlimited climb passes.
There's no need to book your first visit unless you're attending a class or a Taster. Register online at home, or when you arrive at the centre. Once you're done, the seasoned climbers among you can get going.
If you're new to climbing we’ll provide everything you need (your discounted price includes kit hire). Just bring yourself, some comfortable clothes and an open mind. We'll give you a quick introduction and then you're free to explore. Take a look at our FAQ for some handy tips.
Want to get off the ground faster? A Taster session is the perfect introduction.
This instructor-led half an hour provides you with a tour of the centre, safety tips and some basic skills coaching to get you off the floor. And then you'll be let loose to enjoy the centre at your own pace.
Taster sessions are £10 per person (inc. shoe and chalk hire). Join one of our daily slots, or, if there are three or more of you, we can schedule a time to suit you (we'd particularly recommend this for families).
Slots are available to book throughout the week - click through for info. £10.
Classes and coaching
Beginner, improver or pro, we have a varied schedule of coaching sessions to support you every step of the way.
We offer informal drop-in surgeries, social climbing groups, structured courses and climbing awards. Plus there’s always someone around on the mats to give you a little insight or confidence boost when you need it.
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).
Do I need to book in advance?
Unless you are booking onto one of our coached classes (such as kids clubs or improvers), there is no need to pre-book for your session.
We always recommend that new climbers book a taster session as their first session. These run throughout the week and include half an hour of instructor-lead training followed by as much climbing as you like. If you can rustle up more than three or you, arrange a Taster at a time to suit you. Take a look at the classes section for more information, or drop us an email.
What equipment do I need?
You don’t need to bring anything with you except your enthusiasm and some comfortable clothes. Shoes and chalk are available to hire at The Climbing Hangar (included in Taster and 1-2-3 card entry), and if you want to buy your own kit then our on-site shop has everything you need, including a shoe fitting service.
What should I wear?
General sports gear is fine. The important thing is to be comfortable, and wear something that allows for a lot of movement. It can also be chilly at The Hangar, although you’ll warm up fast once you’re climbing, so layers are good. You can always remove your sweater once you get sweaty!
I want to come with a mate but they’re much better than me and I’m just starting out. Can we climb together?
We mix the problems on the wall, so beginner’s climbs will be next to more challenging climbs. This means people of all abilities can climb together throughout the centre.
Do I need any training?
When you come for your first climb, you’ll watch our induction video which will help you understand how to use the centre safely. If you want further guidance, you can book a Taster session which gives you some coaching with a member of staff. A lot of people learn to climb simply by watching others, or joining more experienced friends, and we run a beginners course if you’d like to really get to grips with the basics under the watchful eye of an instructor.
What do the colours mean?
Each problem is set in one colour and each colour represents a particular difficulty level or grade. There is a board next to reception which explains which colours relate to which grade so you can easily identify problems for your skill level.
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 kind of people go bouldering?
All sorts of people and all ages go bouldering. There’s really no particular ‘type’ although in general boulderers are a friendly and helpful bunch who like nothing more than to see people overcoming their fears and succeeding on the wall. Whether you’re just starting out or climbing in the top grades, everyone has a move that scares them or a challenge that they can’t quite master, and everyone is cheering each other on. We love to meet new people and introduce them to this fantastic sport. You will be warmly welcomed at The Climbing Hangar.
Why do I need to pre-register?
We do everything we can to make climbing fun, but it is still a dangerous activity. Registering is our way of making sure that you've had the basic safety messages. It includes a short video that explains what bouldering is and tips on how to stay safe on the wall. You'll then answer a couple of questions to make sure you've got the main points and be asked to complete a waiver document stating that you understand what you're getting yourself in to!
It takes a few minutes and it's often easier to do it at home so when you arrive for your first climb you're all set to go.