Information for experienced climbers.

You must be an experienced climber age 18 or over to climb at Big Rock unsupervised. Under 18s must be supervised by a competent registered adult. You can read our full registration policies HERE.

The original Big Rock experience has a reputation for quality climbing and community spirit. Our climbing is designed around progression and provides a pathway from first experience to elite performance.

We welcome climbers of all abilities, no matter whether you are just starting out or pushing the big numbers. You’ll find a full range of roped climbing and bouldering from relatively easy challenges for those new to the sport to fiendishly difficult climbs capable of testing the best climbers around.

Whether you are a regular visitor or just passing through, we hope that you enjoy using Big Rock Hub. Have fun, stay safe and please feel free to ask us any questions you like – our staff will always be happy to help you out.

Yes. Experienced climbers age 18+ must register before using the bouldering or roped climbing walls. Registration is free and involves reading our conditions of use and completing a registration form declaring your basic competence and a willingness to accept responsibility for yourself and anyone you are supervising. Under 18s must be supervised by a competent registered adult. Read our REGISTRATION section for full details.

A full range of climbing equipment is available for hire including:

Climbing shoes (sizes child 7 to adult 14) £2.50
Harnesses (adult waist or child full body) £2.50
Belay plates (with karabiner) £1.00
Chalk bags (with chalk ball) £1.00
Helmet £1.00
Complete Set £6.00

Please note that ropes are in position for top roping but not for leading. We do not hire lead climbing ropes. All lead routes are equipped with quickdraws.

You will need a minimum 30m rope to attempt our longest routes.

No. Visiting with friends or family but not climbing, or just fancy having a look around? Spectators are free to relax in the seating area overlooking the climbing walls and can enjoy a selection of drinks, snacks and meals from our café. Spectators must not enter the designated climbing areas.

Experienced climbers often like to introduce friends to climbing, which we accept, but we also recognise that there are inherent risks. We therefore have a clear policy to minimise these risks:

  1. Registered adult climbers may sign in no more than two guests, who may be novices or U18s.
  2. By signing in a guest, you are accepting responsibility for the full and constant supervision of your guest(s) while on the premises. We specifically warn that if you wish to teach a novice to belay you ensure that it is done in a way that is appropriate and puts no other wall users at risk. For anyone wanting to learn to belay we would recommend our LEARN TO CLIMB COURSE.

Bouldering only members are not permitted to sign in novices. Read our REGISTRATION section for full details.

Big Rock is open 7 days a week all year except 24, 25 and 26 December.
Weekdays 10am – 10pm
Weekends 9.30am – 7pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 10pm

Yes. The Big Rock Café is open to anyone irrespective of whether they wish to use the climbing facilities. The Café offers a superb range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals served throughout the day, with seating overlooking the climbing areas.

An overview of the climbing facilities you will find at Big Rock Hub, Kingston.

Roped climbing.

  • Multi-faceted lead climbing walls up to 11m high.
  • Overhanging and vertical walls for more technical roped climbing.

  • 3 route lines with Trublue auto belay units.

  • Textured ‘Granite’ wall with crack systems.
  • 70+ routes with grades from F3+ to F7+.

Bouldering.

  • Huge 650 sqm bouldering arena including large freestanding boulder.

  • All styles covered from tenuous slabs to overhanging roofs.

  • Colour coded circuits with 6 different grade bands and over 100 problems.

  • Regular guest setting by some of the UK’s finest setting talent.

Training.

  • Training board. 5.6m wide, 45 degree.

  • Metolius Project and Simulator finger boards.

  • Campus boards. 10 rungs with Metolius small/medium options.

  • Gymnastic rings and dip bars.

  • Beast Maker 1000 and 2000 finger boards.

Standard entry prices & membership deals.

The standard entry charges listed are for registered adult climbers or under 18s/novices being signed in by a registered adult climber. Not registered? Please read our REGISTRATION information. Registration is free and is mandatory if you wish to use Big Rock. If you have little or no climbing experience, please refer to our GETTING STARTED section.

If you want to climb regularly, our 10 entry pass deal allows reduced rate entry on any day and at any time for a total of 10 visits with an advance payment. The passes are valid for entry at Big Rock Hub and Big Rock Bond, and have no time expiration so can be used at any time in the future.

Standard Entry DAY PASS 10 Entry Pass 5 Entry Pass
Adult £9.50 £85.50
Student/Concession* £8.50 £76.50  £38.25
Under 18 £7.20 £64.80
Under 6 £3.00
Supervising Adult Free
Group using external instructor
standard entry rates

*Over 65, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.
We also offer £5 entry for students arriving before 4pm on Wednesdays.

Want unlimited climbing? Big Rock membership allows unlimited use of Big Rock Bond and Big Rock Hub and could literally save you hundreds of pounds!

Big Rock Membership
Direct Debit* 1 month unlimited 3 month unlimited
Annual unlimited
Adult £46 £57 £142 £475
Student/Concession** £40 £51 £125 £420
Under 18 £34 £42 £105 £350
Family Membership*** £102
Additional family member £25

*All direct debits are subject to a £20 initial set up fee.
**Over 65, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.
***1 adult + 2 children or 2 adults + 1 child.

Weekly social climbing sessions.

Open to all registered rope climbers no matter how experienced you are or what level you climb at, these sessions at Big Rock Hub, Kingston offer you the chance to meet up with other climbers and form a group of regular climbing friends. If you’ve just completed your Learn to Climb Course or are looking to attend regular climbing sessions to increase your motivation and confidence, the sessions are a perfect way to get more involved with climbing at Big Rock.

Advance booking is not required and there is no additional charge to attend – you just need to pay your standard entry fee. The sessions don’t include any formal instruction, but you’ll always find a Big Rock instructor on hand if you’re looking for some handy tips.

Social Climbing Sessions
Adult Social Climbing Minimum age 18 Every Weekday: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ladies’ Night Minimum age 18 Every Wednesday: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Daytime Social Climbing All ages Every Wednesday: 11:30am to 1:30pm
Family Social Climbing All ages Every Wednesday: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Every Wednesday: 11:30am to 1:30pm (school holidays only)

*Under 18s must be supervised by a registered adult climber.

Introduce a friend for free. And get £5 off your entry!

Our bring a friend scheme operates at Big Rock Bond and Big Rock Hub and is an opportunity for you to save money and spread the word amongst your friends about how great climbing is. What’s not to like?

One of the best things about climbing is working out in the same space as your friends. If you climb at Big Rock regularly, you’ve probably already thought about getting some of your friends involved. And now we’ve just made it really easy for you to do this!

Any registered member of Big Rock can now introduce up to 2 friends to climbing at Big Rock for free. You will get £5 off your entry fee (or £5 cashback for unlimited or 10 entry pass holders) and your friend(s) can climb for free under your supervision during their first visit.

Just turn up with your friend(s) and after completing our guest sign-in process you can go climbing together. Simple.

  • You must be a registered member of Big Rock age 18+.
  • You can introduce up to 2 friends age 18+ for free per visit.
  • You will receive £5 off your entry fee (or £5 cashback if you are an unlimited or 10 entry pass holder).
  • Your friend(s) must not already be registered with Big Rock and will receive free entry (including equipment hire) during their first visit.

  • You must supervise your friend(s) at all times, according to our REGISTRATION policies.

Please note that this offer expires on 30th November 2018.