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Indoor climbing at Beacon Climbing Centre is an exhilarating activity offering exciting physical and mental challenges for young people aged 4 to 19 including those with special needs. We offer one-off sessions for school trips or regular sessions for school groups looking to develop an active interest in climbing.

 

Discover how indoor climbing can really benefit young people, from the unbeatable sense of accomplishment after successfully working out the different body positions required to ascend a low level bouldering problem, to the sense of responsibility and trust developed when working together to master our high roped climbing walls. Inspire both your athletic and none athletic pupils to take part in a fun physical activity!

 

Download our Indoor Climbing for Schools PDF brochure here

 

Beacon is already used by schools and groups throughout the region as a valuable and fun educational resource, providing young people with new and exciting experiences that allow them to explore their true potential. We would love your school or group to realise the benefits of using the climbing centre too and we are keen to answer your questions, discuss your ideas and tell you more about what Beacon can offer.

 

Call us on 0845 450 8222 or email info@beaconclimbing.com for further information. You are also welcome to visit Beacon anytime to have a look around.

 

 

Indoor Climbing for Schools and Groups

 

Beacon has hundreds of different colour coded climbs to attempt from really easy to really hard, designed to accommodate all levels of ability and all ages. The aim is to climb up using only the designated coloured holds - like join the dots but much more exciting! Choosing the correct sequence of colour coded holds and reaching the top provides a really fun workout and an unbeatable feeling of achievement that can be hugely beneficial towards increasing confidence and self-esteem. The climbs are even changed regularly throughout the year, ensuring there is always a fresh challenge to undertake for future visits.

 

 

Indoor Climbing is a superb way to encourage physical activity and helps to develop movement, balance, hand eye co-ordination, team work and communication skills in an engaging environment that encourages social interaction. In addition to the physical challenge, climbing also provides a technical challenge that requires concentration, problem solving abilities and mental tenacity to succeed, as participants must discover how to successfully move between the coloured holds. It is a great activity to stimulate, motivate and enhance confidence outside of the typical learning environment.

 

Getting Started

 

We offer one off taster sessions, providing an exciting introduction to indoor climbing, or if you would like to bring your group regularly, youngsters will have the opportunity to gain additional skills and knowledge and to develop an active interest in climbing. Pupils of all ages will find that their balance, co-ordination, strength and flexibility will improve through participating in regular sessions.

 

Beacon is also a NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme) Primary centre delivering NICAS courses to anyone from age 7 and upwards. The scheme features a series of 5 levels of increasing technical skill and knowledge and provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their skills in order that they may gain the most out of their climbing, in addition to having their achievements recognised by a national body.

 

Participants in the scheme can continue to progress outside of school organised sessions by joining our Great Apes Club (suitable for ages 7-10) or our Rockhoppers Club (suitable for ages 11-16), run weekly during school term time.

 

What are the benefits for my pupils of taking part in a one-off session?
What are the benefits for my pupils of taking part in regular sessions?

 

 

Prices

 

For your group's safety and in conjunction with national guidelines, Beacon instructs groups at a maximum ratio of 1 instructor to 8 children.

 

1-3 people £65 for 1.5 hours all inclusive
4-7 people £75 for 1.5 hours all inclusive
8+ people £10 per person for 1.5 hours all inclusive


These prices include hire of all equipment, including safety helmets.

 

We are happy for you to provide your own instruction for your school or group provided that all instructors are appropriately qualified and insured.

 

Group under instruction £5.50 entry per person.
Equipment can be hired where required.

 

 

Opening hours

 

Beacon Climbing Centre is open 7 days a week, throughout the year.
Weekdays 10:00am - 10:00pm
Weekends 10:00am - 8:00pm

 

 

Safety

 

At Beacon Climbing Centre safety is our priority and we are committed to providing safe facilities, equipment and instruction. All our instructors are fully qualified in accordance with national guidelines, holding a minimum of CWA (Climbing Wall Award) or SPA (Single Pitch Award) qualifications and holding relevant first aid qualifications. The centre holds an AALA license.

 

Beacon is also a full member of ABC (the Association of British Climbing Walls), the representative body for UK climbing centre managers and owners. ABC members are committed to operating and managing their climbing walls to current ABC guidelines which are endorsed by the British Mountaineering Council and the Entertainment National Interest Group of the Health and Safety Executive.

 

 

Other useful information

 

Beacon has a café on site offering full catering options with plenty of seating overlooking the climbing areas. Located upstairs within the Beacon Climbing Centre complex, Caffi Barcud offers a great selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals available throughout the day. We can also organise and provide catering for your whole group. Please contact us for further details.

 

Changing areas and toilets are available for all Beacon users.

 

Schools and Groups Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the benefits for my pupils of taking part in a one-off session?
What are the benefits for my pupils of taking part in regular sessions?
Is climbing at Beacon Climbing Centre safe?
Are the instructors qualified?
Is the centre part of a governing body?
How many children can climb at once and will some of them be sitting around whilst their friends climb?
What is the role of the accompanying member of staff? Who is responsible for the discipline of the group?
Can the accompanying teacher climb?
Are you able to cater for groups with Special Needs?
What should participants wear?
Do you provide certificates?
Can I visit the centre before I bring a group?

 

What are the benefits for my pupils of taking part in a one-off session?

Taking part in a climbing session at Beacon will provide your pupils with the opportunity to experience a new and exciting activity. The focus of the session will be targeted towards your group's individual needs, will correspond to the values of Learning Outside the Classroom, and result in achieving many of the outcomes referred to in the High Quality Outdoor Education Guide.

 

Benefits for your pupils, both individually and as a group include…

  • Increasing personal confidence and self-esteem,
  • Offers an outlet for physical energy and opportunities for teamwork,
  • Developing confidence and trust in others,
  • Developing social skills and empathy as pupils support and encourage others to succeed,
  • Learning to accept the support of others,
  • Problem solving as youngsters learn how to connect the coloured holds,
  • Having an opportunity to try a new skill and being inspired to learn,
  • Learning how to manage risk and working together to keep each other safe,
  • and above all, enjoying themselves as they participate in a new shared experience.

 

Climbing at Beacon challenges pupils both physically and mentally at a level specific to each individual participant. Young people who often dislike the competitive nature of traditional field and gym sports are often willing to have a go and almost always enjoy climbing after experiencing the sense of achievement upon reaching the top.

 

If you are concerned that some children may be nervous of participating due to a fear of heights, then please be assured that our instructors will support the children as they climb to a height that they are comfortable with. It is not necessary to go all the way to the top to benefit greatly from the experience.

 

Participating in a climbing session at Beacon can also be a practical way of addressing specific aspects of courses, such as BTEC Leisure and Tourism, where pupils are required to focus on the Health and Safety requirements of a leisure activity.

 

Following on from school or group organised sessions at Beacon, participants can join our Great Apes Club (suitable for ages 7-10) and our Rockhopper Club (suitable for ages 11-16) and so continue to develop their climbing skills. Visit the Young Climbers section of the Beacon website for full information.

 

What are the benefits for my pupils in taking part in regular sessions?

In addition to the benefits outlined above, those who attend a series of sessions will also have the opportunity to gain additional skills and knowledge and to develop an active interest in climbing. Pupils of all ages will find that their balance, co-ordination, strength and flexibility will improve through participating in regular climbing sessions.

 

Beacon is also a NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme) Primary centre delivering NICAS courses to anyone from age 7 and upwards. The scheme features a series of 5 levels of increasing technical skill and knowledge and provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their skills in order that they may gain the most out of their climbing, in addition to having their achievements recognised by a national body.

 

NICAS promotes pupil led learning and peer teaching whereby participants can learn at their own pace and take responsibility for recording their achievements in their NICAS log book. For those at GCSE level, NICAS has been taken up by examination boards for pupils working towards not only a Climbing GCSE, but also those who are using climbing as one of their key activities in GCSE PE. For more information about NICAS, please visit the NICAS website.

 

Following on from school or group organised sessions at Beacon, participants can join our Great Apes Club (suitable for ages 7-10) and our Rockhopper Club (suitable for ages 11-16) and so continue to develop their climbing skills. Visit the Young Climbers section of the Beacon website for full information.

 

Is climbing at Beacon safe?

Climbing at Beacon is carefully managed and all risks are kept to an acceptable level. We are happy to provide you with a copy of our Risk Assessment and to answer any of your concerns. All group supervisors will be asked to sign a declaration stating that they have read and understand the British Mountaineering Participation statement : "The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement."

 

Are the Beacon instructors qualified?

All our instructors are National Governing Body qualified, holding a minimum of CWA (Climbing Wall Award) or SPA (Single Pitch Award) qualifications.

 

Is the centre part of a governing body??

Beacon is full member of the Association of British Climbing Walls. ABC members are committed to operating and managing their climbing walls to current ABC guidelines which are endorsed by the British Mountaineering Council and the Entertainment National Interest Group of the Health and Safety executive.

 

How many children can climb at once and will some of them be sitting around whilst their friends climb?

When top rope climbing, all of the participants are actively involved. In our usual set up, 2 children will climb at once whilst the others are belaying (controlling the rope) to keep the climber safe. This builds an atmosphere of team work and trust, whilst teaching responsibility to pupils who are belaying. During bouldering and low level traversing most of the group will be climbing at the same time.

 

What is the role of the accompanying member of staff? Who is responsible for the discipline of the group?

Although the instructor will run the session and will instil good and safe behaviour within the group, overall responsibility for the group's discipline will remain with the accompanying member of staff. We ask that the accompanying member of staff supports the instructor with regards to discipline and is therefore required to be present at all times, although usually we find that the accompanying staff are able to just observe.

 

Can the accompanying teacher climb?

Should the accompanying member of staff wish to take part in the climbing session, they will need to be included when considering the instructor:participant ratio. If you are bringing a group with special education needs, we may ask the accompanying staff to climb with the group, as a familiar presence up the wall can often ease the children's nerves.

 

Are you able to cater for groups with Special Needs?

Yes, climbing at Beacon is accessible to all. We do ask that you talk to us at the time of booking about any special needs your group may have to ensure that we can best cater for their needs.

 

What should participants wear?

Trousers or shorts and a T-shirt/jumper are ideal, with trainers or plimsoles. We will ask participants to remove any jewellery including watches, and to empty their pockets prior to climbing.

 

Do you provide certificates?

Pupils participating in NICAS will be given a NICAS certificate on completion of each level.

 

Can I visit the centre before I bring a group?

You are welcome to visit Beacon Climbing Centre anytime to have a look around and gain an insight into the activities available to school children. We can talk about your visit and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. You can even have a go at indoor climbing if you wish. Please contact us on 0845 450 8222 or email info@beaconclimbing.com

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Weekends 10am - 8pm
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