Climb and clamber
Do your little ones drive you round the bend climbing furniture and standing on chairs? Why not harness that potential and try the many climbing centres across the SELKY patch…
Here are six venues to try…
Chimera Climbing Centre, Tunbridge Wells
Chimera Climbing Centre is actually a bouldering centre. Their clean and modern facility offers an exciting climbing experience for people of all abilities. The Centre has a full-size competition wall, top-out boulder, a roof section, “the cave” and more.
The key thing here is there are NO harnesses. It is free climbing and over time the children build their confidence in taking on the more challenging surfaces. They welcome children from ages 5 and up.
They also do classes for kids and even do a holiday club.
My boys are currently enjoying the Sunday morning classes. It is really building their confidence and we love it.
Sutcliffe Park Climbing Wall, Eltham
The Sutcliffe Park Climbing Wall climbing wall is in the relatively new centre at Sutcliffe Park. The Extreme Climb Zone is all about fun and adventure.
Their state-of-the-art climbing wall system provides an exciting, fun adventure in a safe, supervised environment, from ages 4 and up.
My eldest loves what he calls “The Drop” which they normally open up towards the end of each session. This vertical playground also features a 5m step tower (my personal favourite) which again is great for building a child’s confidence plus testing your nerves!
Sessions start from £10 and it is a great Birthday Party venue too…
The Reach, Woolwich
At The Reach they do Fun taster climbing sessions for 7-17 year olds, aimed at complete beginners. Lasting 90mins and with all equipment included, these sessions are subsidised. Apparently you need to book early as these go quickly.
Kids Clubs are available for up to 2 children per booking. Currently £12 per session.
They also do private tuition for small and large groups as well as accredited courses.
Jags Sporting Club Climbing Wall, Denmark Hill
Jags Sporting Club Climbing Wall is South London venue and has an exciting climbing wall facility including two bouldering walls and one enormous 9 metre wall for roped climbing.
They do a special Pebbles Class on a Sunday morning for 4-7 year olds. And they do a series of climbing courses for older children and climbing parties. They also do holiday clubs which seem extremely popular.
Children need to do an induction course before embarking on the classes etc. Check out their website for more details.
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A Few Fast Facts
From Bromley, each of these centres can be reached in the following times:
Chimera Climbing in Tunbridge Wells – 43 mins
The Reach in Woolwich – 29 mins
Jags in Denmark Hill – 28 mins
Sutcliffe Park in Eltham – 21 mins