What is Clip 'n Climb?
Clip 'n Climb is Weston-super-Mare's only indoor climbing activity centre. After opening in October 2018, the centre welcomed a staggering 11,500 visitors in its first six months, some travelling over an hour's drive to join in the fun.
Owing to the impressive ceiling height of the venue, Clip 'n Climb Weston is able to proudly boast climbing walls measuring eight panels high, equating to an eye-watering ten metres. So whether you're an enthusiastic first-timer or an experienced climber, you'll find great new challenges to conquer.
Home to a fantastic variety of walls with different grips, layouts and difficulties, Clip 'n Climb Weston also invites visitors to take on their Drop Slide for the maximum adrenaline high, recognised as one of the highest of its kind in the UK.
Where is Clip 'n Climb?
Clip 'n' Climb Weston is located upstairs in the Dolphin Square leisure complex, between Carlton Street and Oxford Street. From the sea-facing side of the building, head for cinema double doors and take the two upward escalators to the Clip 'n' Climb entrance, just look out for the purple and green signage!
Who can take part?
Clip 'n Climb is suitable for anybody aged 4 years and up, with a maximum weight limit for climbers of 150kg. The staff advise seeking medical advice before climbing for anybody pregnant, diagnosed with a heart condition, any pre-existing back or neck problems or following any recent surgery.
Clip 'n Climb is also a great venue for birthday parties, group bookings, Stag and Hen celebrations, corporate functions or team building days.
Don't worry if you're anxious about heights or have concerns about your climbing ability, the patient, friendly and approachable team are trained to offer great advice and support. Their aim is for everybody to enjoy their climbing experience and leave feeling a sense of achievement, as well the excitement to come back as soon as possible!
The centre has also received great feedback from the parents and carers of climbers with complex or additional needs.
How do I take part?
Whilst walk-in sessions are possible - availability permitting, it is advisable to ring ahead or book online to secure your climb as sessions are booked up very quickly, especially at peak times (weekends, school holidays etc.)
Bookable sessions are ready to browse on the Clip 'n Climb website, where weekly timetables are also available. Clip 'n Climb Weston hosts a variety of sessions including Adults Only, Quiet Climbs and Family sessions where climbers as young as 2 years old are permitted to take part.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement, tops with sleeves, trainers are ideal footwear as no heels or open-toed shoes are permitted. Jewellery should also be removed to minimise potential health and safety issues. You will be provided with a helmet and safety harness before your climb as part of your safety briefing.
Anything else I need to know?
You should arrive 20 minutes before the time slot of your session. This is to allow ample time for being supplied and fitted with your harness and helmet, as well as being talked through the crucial safety briefing before your climb begins.
The unique and easy-to-use Clip 'n Climb system means that once you're comfortable with using the clip and attaching yourself to the safety system, you're good to go and free to explore the challenges are your own pace. Staff remain on hand for guidance, support and encouragement throughout your session.
Clip 'n Climb Weston operates a flat fee for climb sessions; one price covers climbers of any age and at any time of day.
Feeling peckish after your climb? A great selection of hot and cold meals and snacks are available on the premises. Choose to be tempted by handmade baguette sandwiches, made-to-order pizzas, hearty jacket potatoes with great fillings, handy hotdogs and traditionally made cakes. There's also barista-style coffee and hot drinks on sale, as well as a variety of soft drinks.
Clip 'n Climb activities aren't just for fun; did you know that an hour-long session of climbing can burn over 500 calories? Climbing is a great all body workout, working multiple muscle groups and improving cardio fitness. So if you're fed up of your regular workout, why not try something new as part of your fitness routine?
There are also available baby changing facilities in the dolphin centre, a lift for wheelchairs and buggies, the café also offers a few different special dietary options to those who require it (Vegan, gluten free.)
* Session times vary during term time, holidays, seasonally. Check website for accurate session time data