Climber scaling the climbing wall at the Centre for Sport

Climbing courses

Adults and children can learn how to climb by taking part in one of our professionally taught climbing courses.

The following climbing courses are available:

Two-stage beginners climbing course

Our two-stage climbing programme involves an induction session and consolidation session. Inductions are taught in small groups of no more than six people. Once both parts of the course are complete, you will be able to use the indoor climbing wall on a recreational basis. Both sessions take place at the indoor climbing wall based at the Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus.

Who can take part

You don't need any previous experience in climbing, but participants do need to be over 16 years old.

Programme dates

Participants will need to complete both the induction and the consolidation sessions.

  • Wednesday 22 January and Wednesday 29 January 2020 starting at 19:00
  • Saturday 25 January and Saturday 1 February 2020 starting at 11:00
  • Wednesday 12 February and Wednesday 19 February 2020 starting at 19:00
  • Saturday 15 February and Saturday 22 February 2020 starting at 11:00
  • Wednesday 4 March and Wednesday 11 March 2020 starting at 19:00
  • Saturday 14 March and Saturday 21 March 2020 starting at 11:00
  • Wednesday 25 March and Wednesday 1 April 2020 starting at 19:00
  • Wednesday 15 April and Wednesday 22 April 2020 starting at 19:00
  • Wednesday 13 May and Wednesday 20 May 2020 starting at 19:00
  • Wednesday 10 June and Wednesday 17 June 2020 starting at 19:00

Cost and booking

Sessions cost £25 for the induction and consolidation. Please contact us to register your interest.

Rocky Rangers junior climbing club

The Rocky Rangers climbing club is a professionally taught climbing course for 9-16 year olds. During this six-week course, participants will work towards the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2 Awards through fun and informal sessions.

All sessions take place at the indoor climbing wall based at the Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus.

Who can take part

This course is suitable for 9-16 year olds with no (or limited) experience of climbing.

Programme dates

Participants will need to complete both the induction and the consolidation sessions.

  • 8 January 2020–12 February 2020: term three

Cost and booking

The course costs £40. To book go to the Online Store or, for more information, please email Alexander George at

School and group climbing sessions

Ever thought about offering climbing sessions to your students? Whether you are looking for a one-off taster session (aged seven plus) or a progressive multi-session course (aged ten plus), we can assist you in offering a great experience for your group.

What we can offer

  • GCSE PE and College sessions
  • NICAS Level 1 and 2 accredited courses
  • Teambuilding sessions
  • Taster sessions

Cost and booking

For further information, prices and bookings, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Outdoor climbing sessions

Discover the thrill of climbing outdoors with UWE Bristol’s professionally taught climbing course. The exciting course will take place in Bristol at the Avon Gorge, on the sea wall section of the crag from May through to September. Emphasis will be put on climbing time rather than the teaching of rope-work skills.

Who can take part?

Open to anyone over the age of ten (parent or legal guardian must be present for under 18s) irrespective of their ability, allowing everyone to experience outdoor climbing under fully supervised conditions.


  • Dates will be confirmed.

Cost and booking

Sessions will cost £20 for adults and £15 for juniors (17 and under).

Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transport to and from the Avon Gorge. Contact Alexander George at for further information.

Weather and session cancellation

Session cancellation will occur due to dangerous weather conditions, for example, heavy rain, electrical storms and strong winds. Normal rain conditions will not constitute the cancellation of a session.

A decision will be made by the instructor prior to the commencement of the session. If in any doubt, participants can call UWE Bristol Sport on +44 (0)117 32 86200 to confirm if the session will take place.

Sessions can be cancelled at any time during the session if conditions are deemed to become dangerous. The instructor’s decision is final. An instructor will remain with the group until all minors are collected.

For further information, please view the British Mountaineering Council's Outdoor Climbing Terms and Conditions.

Weekly drop-in sessions

Join our new weekly Saturday morning drop-in sessions for children aged 6–16 years old. With instruction from fully qualified staff and all essential equipment provided, the sessions combine a mix of top rope climbing and fun climbing-based games.

Cost and booking

£5 per child for a one-hour session. Instruction from fully qualified staff with all essential equipment provided.

Book online through the online store. Contact Alexander George at for further information.

Climbing parties

Scale new heights with a fantastic climbing party at the Centre for Sport. Suitable for children aged 7–16 years old, a climbing party package includes:

  • a one-hour climbing session, taken by a fully qualified and DBS-checked climbing instructor
  • full use of all equipment required, including harnesses and helmets.

Cost and booking

Find out more information about children's sport and parties.

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