Kids love to climb

Kids love to climb! Beacon operates fun climbing sessions and clubs for young climbers from beginner to expert.

We are a NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) and NIBAS (National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme) accredited Primary Centre, delivering nationally recognised NICAS and NIBAS courses to children from age 7. The schemes feature a series of 5 levels of increasing technical skill and knowledge and provides the 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 & other scary stuff for thousands of years so don’t let modern life supress 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.

for young

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.

Kids’ Play Area
(age <6)

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

Cheeky Monkeys(age 5-7)

£950/ person
  • During term time onlyTuesday 4:00pm – 5.00pm

NICAS National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (age 7+)

Aims of the scheme.

  • 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.

NICAS comprises of 5 different levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers. 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.

Great Apes*
(age 7-10)

£950/ person
  • NICAS program
  • During term time only
    Monday 5:00pm – 6.30pm
    or Wednesday 5:00pm – 6.30pm
    or Friday 5:00pm – 6.30pm

(age 11-16)

£950/ person
  • NICAS program
  • During term time only
    Thursday 5:00pm – 6.30pm

Young Leaders*
(age 11-16)

£950/ 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.