News - August 2020


We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our wonderful customers, for your continued patience and support over what have been an exceptionally difficult time.


From September 2nd we have revised COVID restrictions. 


Face Coverings:

We encourage and support customers to wear masks around the centre but it is not compulsory anymore to wear them.

The reception team will not obliged to wear a mask anymore but the screen will still be in place around the reception area.

Coaches will still have to wear masks on coached sessions as well as groups with participants aged 9 and above


Centre capacities:

With the removal of the very specific capacities from government guidance we will be cautiously increasing our centre capacities by 10%

The Climbing Works – 105 to 116 (sign out still required)

The Mini Works – 45 to 50 (slot bookings)

Unit E – 45 to 50


Social distancing:

The government guidance from 19th July means that there are no legal limits on indoor group size, but we still strongly encourage you to socially distance (2m where possible!) from people you don’t have frequent contact with anyway.

It is important that you continue to respect the space of anyone you have not mutually agreed that you are happy to be closer to or do not know.



We will continue to manage these risks and monitor them closely. In the event of significant new evidence and government announcements we will revise these new policies and not hesitate to put restrictions back in place.


The Climbing Works Team


18 Aug 2020 The new home of GB Climbing

The Climbing Works Unit E: The new home of GB Climbing

We are very proud to announce that The Climbing Works’ Unit E is now the new home of GB Climbing following a successful bid for this exciting opportunity.  This collaboration will provide GB Climbing’s elite athletes with a dedicated space to focus on the increasingly complex movement patterns required to excel at the highest levels of international bouldering events.


Unit E will provide a safe & regulated environment for the athletes to return to training, which is particularly important in the COVID-19 era with the athletes only recently being able to resume specific training.  To facilitate this Unit E will be closed to the public between 9am & 5pm midweek, enabling GB Climbing to adhere to the UK Government’s COVID Secure guidance for elite athletes returning to training.  It will also enable them to carry out route setting & testing of the high-level boulder problems required for their development without having to work around other centre users.


The Climbing Works has a strong history of involvement with competition climbing from the popularity of the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) to the long term involvement of two of our directors, Percy Bishton & Graeme Alderson, in international competition climbing.  Percy has operated as an IFSC Chief Route Setter since 2003 and was selected as the Chief Route Setter for Bouldering for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while Graeme has operated as an IFSC Technical Delegate since 2010, so we’re pleased that their expertise may help to contribute to the continued growth and performance of GB Climbing.


Molly CWIF 2020
GB Climbing Athlete & Rab CWIF 2020 winner Molly Thompson-Smith competing in the Rab CWIF 2020. Photo: Band of Birds

What does this mean for our customers?

GB Climbing’s chosen route setters, including their coaching team & GB Climbing athletes, will be given freedom to route set as required for their training, with regular setting of lots of new highly refined boulder problems ranging from individual test pieces to World Cup Qualification, Semi-Final & Final level circuits.  To allow facilitate a more bespoke setting schedule and adhere to the COVID Secure guidelines Unit E will be operating with reduced midweek public opening hours.


New Unit E opening times until further notice:

Monday to Friday 17:00 to 22:00

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 to 20:00

Within these public opening hours Climbing Works customers registered as Unsupervised Climbers (experienced adults and over 14s) will be able to access Unit E to attempt the boulders set by some of the country’s top international athletes in GB Climbing.


Will CWIF 2019
GB Climbing athlete Will Bosi competing in the Rab CWIF 2019. Photo: Band of birds


Percy Bishton, The Climbing Works Director & Tokyo 2020 Chief Route Setter said:
Im delighted that GB Climbing has chosen The Climbing Works to be its home and hope that we can share our combined resources and knowledge of competition climbing to help GB Climbing athletes achieve their goals.”

Daniel Waters, The Climbing Works Centre Manager said:
“We’re proud to be able to support GB Climbing’s development in a way that will also open up a unique climbing experience to our customers; the opportunity to climb and test themselves on GB Climbing’s highly refined competition-style boulders.”

Tom Greenall, GB Climbing Head Coach said:
This is a fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to working with The Climbing Works to create a day to day training environment where our athletes can excel and thrive as we move forward.”


Nathan CWIF 2019
GB Climbing athlete & Rab CWIF 2019 winner Nathan Phillips competing in the Rab CWIF 2019. Photo: Band of Birds

The Climbing Works: Unit E

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