Weekly Clubs for ages 5-17.

Tried climbing and now want to learn more? We operate weekly climbing clubs and sessions for aspiring young climbers from beginner to expert level.

Beacon is an accredited Primary Centre for NICAS and NIBAS (the National Indoor Climbing and Bouldering Award Schemes) delivering the nationally recognised courses to anyone from age 7. The schemes feature 5 levels of increasing technical skill and knowledge and provide structure and motivation for young climbers to develop their skills, in addition to having their achievements recognised by a national body.

Humans have been climbing things to escape from wolves and other scary stuff for thousands of years so don’t let modern life suppress your natural instinct to climb!

  • A great way to prove that exercise is actually really exciting!

  • Weekly clubs for children of all abilities and all ages from 5 – 17.
  • All sessions fully supervised by qualified climbing instructors.
  • Sense of accomplishment and self-confidence at every level.
  • Develops movement, balance and co-ordination skills.
  • Enhances concentration and strengthens mental resolve.
  • Develops team work, communication skills and trust in others.

Young climbers age  3-7.

Beacon is a great place to let little climbers explore their natural instinct to climb!

Younger children age 6 and below can get started in our dedicated kids’ play area complete with a low-level traverse wall, Tommy the Elephant and Crazy Maze.

And if they want to progress further, our Cheeky Monkeys Club offers a fun and exciting introduction to roped climbing too for children age 5-7. The Club consists of blocks of weekly 1 hour 30 minute climbing sessions with each block starting at the beginning of each school half term. Advance booking is required to secure a place prior to the start of the first session and payment is required for a complete half-term in advance.

(age <6)

£3/ person
  • Open all day during normal centre hours.
    No time limit.

(age 5-7)

£10/ person
  • During term time only
    Tuesday 4:00pm – 5.00pm
    Sunday 12:30pm – 1.30pm

NICAS National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (age 7+).

NICAS comprises of 5 different levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers. The aims of the scheme are:

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability.
  • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately.
  • to develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport.
  • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner.
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance.
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, it’s history and future challenges.
  • to provide a record of personal achievement.
  • to point the way to further disciplines and challenges beyond the scheme.

The scheme is split into two parts and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety.

Part 1 contains levels 1 and 2 and Part 2 contains Levels 3 to 5. Upon registering with an Awarding Centre candidates receive a log booklet for Part 1 and a log folder for Part 2.

After achieving each level they are awarded with a certificate.

An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.
Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering on an artificial wall.
A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.
Concentrates on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.
The top level focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing.

(age 7-10)

£10/ person
  • NICAS program
  • During term time only
    Mon / Wed / Fri 5:00pm – 6.30pm
    Sunday 2:00pm – 3.30pm
    Sunday 4:00pm – 5.30pm

(age 11-17)

£10/ person
  • NICAS program
  • During term time only
    Tuesday 5:00pm – 6.30pm
    Thursday 5:00pm – 6.30pm

(age 11-17)

£10/ person
  • NICAS program
  • During term time only
    Wednesday 5:00pm – 6.30pm

* These clubs consist of blocks of 1 hour 30 minute sessions spread over consecutive weeks, with each block starting at the beginning of each school half term. Places are limited and each youngster must sign up and pay for a complete half-term in advance of the first session. Youngsters will be working through their NICAS booklet, which they will be required to purchase at a cost of £4.00 at the start of their first session.

Weekly bouldering clubs.

These weekly bouldering sessions are suitable for young climbers with previous climbing experience.

You’ll get loads of climbing done and get tips and advice on how to climb lots of different styles from steeper climbs that require a bit of muscle power to tenuous slabs where movement skills are the key to success.

Although formal instruction is not included, the sessions are fully supervised by an instructor offering advice, guidance and feedback on climbing skills and techniques.

The friendly atmosphere allows young climbers to enjoy Beacon in an informative and progressive environment whilst learning how to climb responsibly and with suitable precautions.

(age 10-17)

£8/ person
  • Every week
    Saturday 10:00am – 11.30am

Please note: Bouldering Club is for experienced young climbers only and the sessions do not include any roped climbing.