New to climbing? Get started here!

We’re not here to give you a pushy sales pitch. There’s no hidden agenda. Everyone knows that keeping in shape is good for general well-being, yet it usually comes at a cost. Whether the financial implication of gym contract fees or the mental effort required to attend another boring gym routine or exercise class.

We’re here to offer you an alternative.

An exercise routine that doesn’t feel like exercise. A full body workout that caters for all abilities and that can be as easy or as hard as you choose to make it. An environment that allows you to work out in the same space as your kids, your friends, or even your grandparents. Our users are aged 5-80+ and our climbing is designed to cater for all levels, from first experience to elite performance. Tempted to give it a go? What’s stopping you?

We’re aware that starting out with something new can be daunting at first but we’re here to help you out. We have various different options for getting started with climbing and if you’re unsure about which is the best pathway for you, then just get in touch.

Option 1. Book a Taster Session (min. age 5). If you want to find out what climbing is all about, these 1 hour sessions will give you a taster so that you can determine if climbing is for you. We also run Group Taster Sessions for families or groups of friends who want to try climbing together.

Option 2. Book a Bouldering Intro (min. age 18). During this 1 hour induction, we’ll get you started with the fundamentals of bouldering (low-level climbing above foam matting) and you’ll then be able to use Beacon on your own, including during the rest of the day immediately after your induction.

Option 3. Book onto an Intro Course (min. age 18). This course includes 8 hours of instruction and will allow you to use the roped climbing walls and the bouldering areas at Beacon on your own. It covers the rope management skills that you’ll need to learn to keep safe on our high roped walls.

No. Unlike regular gyms, Beacon is operated on a pay as you go basis. You don’t need to sign up to any contracts to use the centre, and once you have completed a Bouldering Intro or Intro Course, you can use Beacon at any time upon payment of our standard day pass fee – see our current rates HERE.

The indoor climbing at Beacon has been designed for both adults and children. Our Taster Sessions are perfect for children and families who want to experience indoor climbing.

Yes. Book onto a Taster Session, Bouldering Intro or Intro Course and we’ll get you started. Climbing at Beacon is very sociable and a great way to meet new people. Scroll down this page and you’ll be able to view all our starter options and book online.

Advance booking is required for all our starter sessions and courses, and can be done using our simple to use website booking system. Our booking system operates in real time so that you can select your preferred starter option, check current availability and select an available date and time slot. Scroll down this page and you’ll be able to view all our starter options.

Fear of heights is very natural and it is what makes climbing so safe. Climbing is all about controlling this fear and your instructors will be sensitive to this. With the help of your instructor, take things step by step and you will be surprised at what you can achieve.

No. Spectators can watch for free but must not enter the designated climbing areas. The climbing centre features numerous viewing balconies so that you can easily watch friends and family climb.

A picture speaks a thousand words.

Looks awesome doesn’t it? We could leave it there, but we do have more to tell you. We’re not just about climbing. We’re about people too. Our users make us what we are and by choosing to climb at Beacon, you are creating an opportunity to meet some of the best people around.

Option 1.

If you want to find out what climbing is all about, our Taster Sessions focus are the best way to try it out and you’ll get to try low-level bouldering and our high roped walls. Choose from an Individual 1 hour session or a 1 hour 30 minute Group session for families or groups of friends who want to try climbing together.

TASTER SESSION

from £13/ person
  • 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minute session
  • Minimum age 5
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Option 2.

Bored with the gym? Try this instead! During this 1 hour induction, we’ll get you started with the fundamentals of bouldering (low-level climbing above foam matting) and you’ll then be able to use the bouldering areas at Beacon on your own, including during the rest of the day immediately after your induction.

BOULDERING INTRO

from £10/ person
  • 1 hour induction
  • Minimum age 18
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Option 3.

This course includes 8 hours of instruction and will allow you to use the roped walls and the bouldering areas on your own. It covers the rope management skills that you’ll need to learn to keep safe on our high roped walls. The price also includes 1 month of free unlimited climbing when you finish the course.

INTRO COURSE

£80/ person
  • Roped climbing & bouldering instruction
  • Minimum age 18
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

What’s stopping you?

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to climb at Beacon regardless of age or ability. Our users are aged 5-80+ and our climbing is designed to cater for all levels, from first experience to elite performance. It’s not up to us to tell you how great Beacon is. We’ll leave that to our customers.

Testimonials.

Read what our customers are writing about us!

My wife and I booked the 1 hour Taster session. I had climbed a little before (25yrs ago!) but my wife was a complete novice. But by the end she was flying up the walls! We both thoroughly enjoyed our session, so now were going to go back and book the Intro Course! A must for all to try.

Source: TripAdvisor

We had a fantastic time at Beacon Climbing Centre. My 2 daughters aged 12 and 10 had an hour Taster Session and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They have never done anything like this before and were taken through everything step by step. Their instructor was absolutely brilliant, explained everything to them and answered all the questions that they had. He made us all feel very welcome. I was able to watch from the spectator’s balcony and had a fantastic view and I was able to take some great picture of my girls climbing. Would highly recommend this activity for all ages.

Source: TripAdvisor

Really simple to book and pay online. 1 adult aged 36 and 1 child aged 5. We arrived to a friendly welcome, were kitted out safely and headed to the walls. We did a Taster Session and this was great as I climbed the same walls as my girl. The instructor was fab, very friendly and recognised each person’s ability. We both loved our hour and would definitely recommend it – young and old!

Source: TripAdvisor

I’m petrified of heights but I thought a Group Taster Session would be a nice present for my boyfriend and some friends and family to do for his birthday… then somehow I ended up being very much involved. I was really apprehensive but the instructor took such good care of us all regardless of competence or confidence. He was relaxed and just gave us the assistance needed to do as much as we could. The whole group had an amazing time and although I only got a little way up I’m looking forward to going back to try and conquer my fear! I can’t recommend it enough!

Source: TripAdvisor