Bouldering Induction at Big Rock in Milton Keynes

Bored with the gym? Try this instead!

You’ve probably already heard about bouldering. It’s reckoned to be one of the fastest growing sports around and is a type of low-level climbing limited in height to 4-5m and practiced above foam matting. It is a great entry point to climbing, whether you are starting out with a few friends or on your own, because you don’t need to use a rope or undergo any specialist safety training to have a go.

Sociable and dynamic, bouldering makes exercising motivating and fun and will give you a full body workout that is far more engaging than typical gym routines. Regular practice will improve your body dynamics, suppleness, power and strength and it’s a great stress buster too. You can practise at your own pace and all our bouldering is difficulty graded and colour-coded, making it really easy to select challenges that are appropriate to your level of ability.

One of the best things about bouldering is that you can enjoy exercising in the same space as your friends, your partner or your family and the feeling of satisfaction from reaching the top is the same whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro. Keep in shape, distract yourself from the pressures of everyday life and most importantly, have fun whilst you’re doing it.

Tempted? Get started with our Bouldering Induction!

  • 1 hour Induction (min. age 18) from £10 per person.

  • 2 hour Family Induction (min. age 11) £20 per person.

Got a question? Find the answer here.

Yes. Book onto a Bouldering Induction and we’ll get you started. Climbing at Big Rock is very sociable and a great way to meet new people. Bouldering can be practised on your own and at your own pace, but you’ll soon find yourself discussing the nuances of a particular climb with someone else in order to work out how to get to the top!

Advance booking is recommended for Bouldering Induction and can be done using our simple to use online booking system. Our booking system operates in real time so you can check current availability and select any available session. However… if you do turn up without booking in advance, we will do our best to complete your induction immediately if we have an instructor available.

No. Unlike regular gyms, Big Rock 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 your induction, you can use Big Rock at any time upon payment of our standard day pass fee – see our current rates HERE.

Bouldering is limited to 4-5m and is practised above deep foam matting. It does not require the specialist equipment and training required for roped climbing and also removes the psychological aspect of climbing high. If you’re scared of heights, bouldering is the perfect introduction to climbing!

Bouldering is easier if you are wearing loose fitting comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Jeans, combat trousers or tracksuit bottoms combined with a short sleeved t-shirt or vest are ideal. It is also a good idea to bring a jumper for wearing when resting. Avoid wearing jewellery around your arms or hands.

Free Skills Workshops after your Induction.

After completing your Induction you will receive a stamp card that you can use to keep track of your visits to Big Rock. Each time you visit, we’ll stamp your card and after visiting 5 times, we will offer you a free Level 1 Skills Workshop so that we can keep in touch and see how you’re getting on. Visit another 10 times and you can attend the Level 2 Skills Workshop for free too! The Workshops will help you get the most out of Big Rock and will also help you access climbs and areas that have previously been unattainable. There aren’t even any annoying terms and conditions, and you can book your free Workshops online at a time and date to suit your schedule.

Bouldering Induction at Big Rock in Milton Keynes
Bouldering Induction at Big Rock in Milton Keynes
Bouldering Induction at Big Rock in Milton Keynes
Bouldering Induction at Big Rock in Milton Keynes

Sounds good… how do I book?

We run Bouldering Inductions every day, during weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings, and also at weekends. You can book right here using our simple to use online booking system. Our online booking system operates in real time so you can check current availability and select any available session.

Step 1:

Choose from one of the three options below:  you can attend our standard Bouldering Induction (suitable for all adults age 18+), a Family Bouldering Induction (suitable for parents attending with children age 11+) or a Ladies Bouldering Induction (suitable for all females age 18+).

Step 2:

During your 1  hour induction, we’ll get you started with the fundamentals of bouldering and you’ll then be able to use Big Rock on your own, including during the rest of the day immediately following your induction.

Step 3:

You’re ready to go! You can now visit Big Rock at any time and go bouldering unsupervised upon payment of our standard day pass fee – see our current rates HERE. Unlike regular gyms, Big Rock is operated on a pay as you go basis so you don’t need to sign up to any contracts to use the centre.

Bouldering Induction

from £10/ person
  • 1 hour induction (£10 off-peak / £15 peak)
  • Minimum age 18
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Family Bouldering Induction

£15/ person
  • 1 hour 30 minute induction
  • Minimum age 11
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Ladies Bouldering Induction

£15/ person
  • 1 hour induction for women only
  • Minimum age 18
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Testimonials.

Still unsure? Read what our customers are writing about us!

I only popped in to have a look! I’d been toying with the idea for a while but I was a little too shy to commit. I needn’t have worried. The staff were really approachable and I felt welcome. There was no pushy sales pitch, no hidden agenda. I ended up booking a Bouldering Induction there and then. Dave was brilliant. The instruction was calm, measured and above all engaging. I managed to accomplish climbs that I never would have thought possible for a beginner. Above all, there was no pressure. He took his time to explain things without impatience or the pressure of the clock. The session was over yet he hung around to boulder with me a little more. Brilliant just brilliant. His parting comment: “If you’re stuck, just ask. We’ll always help.”

Source: TripAdvisor

Took the Bouldering Induction with my girlfriend and had a great experience. We were taught some basic techniques and we were encouraged to go at our own pace. At the end of the session we were able to stay and climb until we’d had enough. We will definitely be returning on a regular basis.

Source: TripAdvisor

My husband and I attended the Bouldering Induction session. We are both in our 50s and were pleased that we were able to complete the basic climbs. We will be going back. The instructor was excellent and all the staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome.

Source: TripAdvisor

Absolutely fantastic experience. Myself and my companion were very nervous but all of that was completely dissipated by the professionalism and welcoming atmosphere. All the other climbers were so incredibly friendly and there’s a fantastic mix of skill levels which is both impressive and motivating. We will absolutely be coming again!

Source: TripAdvisor