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 has even recently been accepted as an Olympic sport, making its debut at Tokyo 2020. And it’s easy to see why.

Sociable and dynamic, bouldering gives you a full body workout that is far more engaging than typical gym routines. It is a great entry point to climbing, whether you are starting out with a few friends or on your own, and regular practice will improve your body dynamics, suppleness, power and strength.

It’s good for your mind too. Bouldering is a great stress buster and provides a very engaging mental challenge that makes exercising motivating and fun. 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 for your current level of ability.

Bouldering is for everyone and it doesn’t matter what your ability level is. Everyone can enjoy exercising in the same area 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. What’s stopping you?

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.

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:

Check times and availability using our online calendar and book your induction.

Bouldering Induction

from £10/ person
  • 1 hour induction
  • Minimum age 18
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Or get started with our Family Bouldering Induction. One of the great things about climbing is that it doesn’t matter what your ability is or how old you are. Parents and children can enjoy exercising together and the feeling of satisfaction from reaching the top is the same for everyone.

Family Bouldering Induction

£20/ person
  • 1 hour 30 minute induction
  • Minimum age 11
  • ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

Step 2:

During your 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.

If you become a regular user and want to save money, we do offer 10 entry pass deals that allow reduced rate entry at any time for a total of 10 visits with an advance payment, or unlimited membership deals. Please ask at reception for further details.

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