A great activity for kids from 7 to 17 yrs old, although we also recommend “Redpoint Youth” for teenagers.

Ratio: 1:6

Ages: 7-17

Duration: 1.5 hours

Individual Sessions: £18.50

Term Bookings: from £17 per session

The program follows an nationally accredited award scheme (NICAS) which ensures progression and quality.

Rock Monkeys Individual

This is a great place to start! Rock Monkeys Individual is for those who are just wanting to try climbing for a few sessions, or if you are unable to commit to a full term.

The focus is on fun and confidence-building while teaching a few key skills such as knots and belaying.

Over the school holidays we run extra sessions, see online booking for availability.

Rock Monkeys 1 & 2

These sessions are booked by the term (usually 6 weeks) and is all about the grass-roots of climbing. By the time a child has finished our level 1&2 course they will have the skills to use the centre safely and understand how to use all the climbing equipment for top rope climbing.

These are the essential skills that will provide them with a safe and fulfilling climbing career. They will also be able to complete a large number of climbs as they build up their strength and confidence on our wide variety of routes.

When new Rock Monkeys join level 1 & 2 they will need to purchase a NICAS book from our reception. This helps both them and instructors to record their progress.

Rock Monkeys 3 & 4

It’s best to speak to us before booking onto this block-booked session. Usually participants on these sessions have been with us for a while and hold certificates for NICAS Level 1 & 2.

Level 3: To book onto this level you should hold NICAS level 1&2 certificates and be more than confident with top-roping and belaying safely. Level 3 focuses mostly on movement skills and improving your climbing grade, so be prepared to do a lot of bouldering!

Level 3+ focuses on preparation for entering NICAS level 4 and is an introduction to lead climbing with top-rope back-ups.

Level 4  concentrates on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. It aims to develop a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals. On the first session the duty manager will speak to the parents and explain the risks involved in lead climbing. Parents will then need to fill out an Under 18 Supervised Lead Climbing consent form to ensure that they understand the changes from level 3 / 3+ to level 4.

There are 3 conditions for starting NICAS level 4 sessions:
– Must have completed a level 4 entry test during a previous Rock Monkeys session
– Must be 12 years old (or will  turn 12 in the next 3 months)
– Must have the maturity to be responsible for their own safety and the safety of their climbing partner (this will be at the discretion of the instructor during their level 3 Rock Monkeys sessions)

For more info and booking of these levels see the buttons below; if you have any questions please email [email protected]


During your Rock Monkeys career the instructors will ask you to complete quizzes and ask you to do some climbing research. You will be following a NICAS logbook. If you are interested to learn more about the NICAS structure, click on the links below.