Whether you’re new to climbing or just new to the Climbing Hangar, we can’t wait to meet you. Our first time discounts, taster sessions and offers will start you off on the right foot.

If you are new to climbing you you'll need to come along to a 30min Taster Session. These sessions help you keep yourself and everyone else safe at the wall, and give you some basic techniques to get you off the ground. They are bookable online or over the phone and cost £20 (includes shoes, chalk and continuing to climb for as long as you want).

Can't find a time that suits you? Give us a call and we might be able to squeeze you in!

If you've climbed before you'll just need to check in at reception and answer some safety questions before getting your shoes on and taking to the walls!

Everyone needs to complete one of our waivers before climbing. You can pre-register online to avoid the queues and give yourself more time on the wall. It takes just five minutes.

Why climbing?

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 seven and above. Climbs at the Hangar are set so that all abilities can climb on the same bit of wall, making bouldering an ideal activity for groups of friends or families.

You don't need to be super-fit or into extreme sports. Climbing will make you stronger and braver, but mostly as a product of having a whole lot of fun at your own level.

Coaching and classes

We run a variety of drop in sessions and paid-for classes to meet the needs of all skill levels.

Join an improver's session to ramp up your skills or just take advantage of our roaming coaches to get you over that pesky plateau.

For our younger climbers, there’s a range of kids clubs during week day evenings and throughout the weekend.

And if you're looking for really intensive training options, have a chat to us about 121 coaching. We're happy to work with climbers of all ages who are passionate about developing their skills.

Because we’re a small centre, we limit our group sizes to make sure everyone has enough room to enjoy their climbs. Make sure you book early, especially for kids clubs.


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. 

If you fancy joining a Taster session on your first visit you can book one of our daily slots or, 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. The Hangar is quite susceptible to changes in temperature, so we advice wearing layers to ensure you stay at just the right temperature. 

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. 

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.

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).

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.

We want to bring a group of kids down, how many adults need to be with the group.

You must have one adult with you for every two children, and this includes children who aren't climbing. So for four children you would need two adults; for four children climbing and a baby you would need three adults. You will be turned away if there aren't enough adults to supervise the kids as our insurance wouldn't cover you. Take a look at our guidance on supervising children at the Climbing Hangar.

The only exception to this is where you have done our instructor training in order to bring down a school or youth group.