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Beginner Climbing Course


If you're interested in giving indoor climbing a go, our Beginner Climbing Course is designed to give anyone aged 18+ the skills, experience and confidence to use the climbing wall safely and unsupervised.



No previous experience is necessary and our Beginner Climbing Course is the best way to find out whether climbing is the sport for you. Booking is required.


For more details or to book a course please contact us on 01908 583 128 or email





The Beginner Climbing Course consists of either 4x 2 hour weekday evening sessions (7:00pm - 9:00pm) or 2x 4 hour weekend sessions (12:30pm - 4:30pm) spread over consecutive weeks.


Click on the check availability & book online button at the top of this page for the latest dates.


Or if you have a group of at least 4 adults please contact us and we can organise course dates and times to suit your requirements.





£75 per person.

The price includes entry to the climbing wall and all instruction and equipment required.



Course details


The Beginner Climbing Course covers everything you need to know to use the Big Rock bouldering arena and top roping walls safely. Our qualified instructors will take you carefully through the basic climbing techniques as well as the rope work necessary to use the top roping walls. On the fourth session you will take an informal assessment (see below) so that, if successful, you can start to use the wall independently. The comprehensive course syllabus includes...


  • Introduction to Big Rock.
  • Equipment and safety.
  • Warm up and injury prevention.
  • Grading system and hazards.
  • Tying on and Belaying using a variety of devices.
  • Basic movement techniques.
  • Holding Falls and effective communication.
  • Development of climbing knowledge.



Course assessment details


Big Rock assessments are relatively informal and are designed to test your ability to use the bouldering and top roping walls safely and without supervision. It is worth noting that as important as the technical skills are, it is equally important that climbers understand the inherent risks of using a climbing wall and the ethic of taking responsibility for their own actions.


A successful assessment allows you to sign up as a member of Big Rock Climbing Centre and to use the wall whenever you like. Anyone finishing either the Beginner Climbing Course or a series of Taster Sessions may take the assessment, and there is an ‘assessment only’ option for those who have been taught by friends and also want to progress to Big Rock Climbing Centre membership.


Assessment only costs £15 (please contact us to book).



Taking the next step


If you've just completed your Beginner Climbing Course at Big Rock and are looking for structured climbing sessions to continue to develop your climbing skills, Big Rock Social Climbing Evenings are the ideal way to get involved! Open to anyone and everyone, no matter how experienced you are or what level you climb at, these evenings offer you the chance to enjoy climbing in a highly social atmosphere. Operating twice weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday, Social Climbing Evenings are the perfect way to organise your exercise routine and your social life in one hit!

Weekdays 11am - 10pm
Weekends 10am - 7pm
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