We re-opened on Saturday 25th July!

Please read below for some changes to our standard conditions of use following guidance and procedures from the ABC (Association of British Climbing Walls) in conjunction with UKActive, based on the government guidance on reopening the leisure sector.  All aspects of this are subject to change.  Certain services/options are currently suspended – we’re working on getting these back up and running as soon as possible; apologies if this impacts you but it’ll be due to complexity of these options not meshing well with our existing systems, or us simply having insufficient time to introduce appropriate controls required by our risk assessments which are required to reduce the risk to our staff and customers.

Please read it so you know what to expect and we look forward to seeing you back soon!


COVID symptoms

If you or anyone you have close contact with have any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not come climbing!  Follow government advice on isolation and social distance until government guidelines say you are safe to resume normal activity.


Main centre occupancy:

Suspended services

We have a number of temporarily suspended services; we will start these again as soon as we feel it is appropriate and we have the capacity to do so:

  • Coached sessions - reduced offerings
    • private (1:1 / 1:2) adult inductions are back, group inductions coming soon
    • gradually re-introducing regular group sessions starting with existing attendees of 9+ kids clubs and more advanced sessions
  • Mini Works Supervisory Inductions
    • Required for registration of adult Non-Climbers
  • External coaching
    • 1:1 / 1:2 coaching allowed, but please contact us first so we can confirm that you are considering measures to makes sessions COVID-secure
    • Group coaching currently not allowed due to centre capacity limits
  • ‘Family ticket’ entry prices
  • Super Off-Peak Entry prices (from 10/08/2020 on-wards)
  • No under 5s (Booking system updated to include Under 5s on a 1:1 supervision ratio on 28/7/2020)
  • New registrations (welcomed since 5th August)
    • (including Adult / Under 18 Novice ‘guests’)
  • Supervision of Novices where you are unable to do so adhering to social distancing
  • Borrowing chalk bags
  • Pad hire
  • Therapy room bookings
  • Changing rooms
  • Unit E Gym
  • GB Team free entry
  • Cash at the Mini Works
    • (currently card only with online pre-booking & 50p contactless minimum)


Capacity management

  • Entry to climbers / supervisors only; no spectators
  • Each building has a separate limited capacity
  • Climbing Works – Max 95 climbers
    • Standard entry up to capacity on a first come first served basis (capacity listed on front page of our website so you can check before travelling – try to come off-peak if you can)
    • Please give your name to reception staff as you leave so we can check you out
  • Unit E – Max 40 climbing & 4 in gym
    • New Opening Hours
      • ​Midweek 17:00 to 22:00
      • Weekends 10:00 to 20:00
    • Sign in at main reception as normal, then inform staff when you want to go to unit E so we can update our headcounts for each area
      • If you want to climb in the main centre after this you’ll need to queue (if required) at reception again so we can update the main centre capacity (it might be best to finish your session over there!)
    • Return to main reception to sign out as you leave (queuing not required for sign out)
    • Gym currently closed pending further ventilation measures
  • Mini Works – Max 40 customers (includes supervising adults)
    • 1 hour 45 minute time slots, pre booked online. Supervising adults must book in too & Novices must be supervised by the adult named on the booking as per the standard conditions of use.
    • Drop ins allowed, but check in is much quicker with pre booking.  If no-one is pre booked for the last session (18:00-19:45 midweek, 15:45-17:15 weekends) we may close early, so entry is not guaranteed for drop ins after 18:45 midweek or 16:15 weekends.
    • No family ticket option
    • Card payments only at Mini Works
    • Temporary pricing changes under 18 Novice Weekend £6.50, Midweek £5.50, U18 shoe hire £1
  • Shop – 1 customer at a time
    • Ask staff if you want to enter the shop and you must wear a face covering (if able to do so) and sanitise your hands first
  • Recommended session time: 2 hours
    • Due to our limited capacity please try to keep your session time to a minimum, including leaving promptly when you’ve finished; with our currently much reduced capacity longer sessions will impact others’ ability to climb. Remember to inform staff as you leave so we can open up more capacity for other customers
    • If having a drink towards the end of your session please get a take away to help us manage capacity
    • A session is a single entry – you cannot sign out and then come back in later


Social Distancing

  • You must maintain a 2m distance from other centre users outside your own household (or household bubble where applicable) at all times
    • If you are concerned that another centre user keeps entering your space please inform a member of staff so they can have a polite word to reiterate social distancing etiquette
    • If an area of the wall is busy, please head to quieter area & come back to it when there is more space
  • Adhere to signage around the centres, including distance markers at queuing areas and room capacity notices
  • Receptions have safety screen to protect our staff – please don’t try to circumvent them
  • Café seating is extremely limited in both centres


Hygiene measures

  • Hand hygiene – sanitise or wash your hands:
    • On arrival and leaving the centre
    • Before & after eating or drinking
    • Periodically through-out your session
    • Liquid chalk *might* help, but isn’t a substitute for hand sanitiser or soap
  • Face coverings:
    • Preferred (if you are able to do so) at reception & when ordering café items
    • Mandatory (where customers are able to wear them) in our shop
    • Are welcomed while climbing, particularly at peak times
  • Please try to use contactless card payments
  • Arrive in your climbing clothes and store your belongings in a locker / cubby hole
  • Bring your own water bottle (the water fountain will be out of use)
  • Clean signed training equipment before and after use with provided alcohol wipes
  • Shop stock and hire items that are returned or tried on will be quarantined for 48 hours or sanitised as appropriate
  • Dispose of all waste in the provided bins yourself & return used cups to the collection points at reception
  • We have conducted a thorough clean of all 3 centres prior to reopening
  • We have scheduled regular cleaning of high contact areas throughout the day
  • We have also brought our out of hours cleaning in house to give us a greater degree of control and care over this
  • Our centres are well ventilated with numerous windows, and a large extraction system in the main (busiest) centre. Please do not close them!


Track and trace

  • As a leisure business we may be required to share occupant details with the government’s track and trace network in the event of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our premises
  • This is a legal requirement for us as a business and as such does not require your consent under GDPR (our privacy policy which registering customers agree to includes sharing of data where we are legally required to do so)
  • If you are uncomfortable with the idea of your data being shared with track and trace then please do not visit the centre at this time