Kick-start the next generation of climbers

Harrogate Climbing Centre runs regular kids’ activities, including intro sessions, Kids’ Clubs, and is also a great birthday party idea too! Anyone from the age of 4 years old can come and climb with us.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids, their friends, or an exciting day out for the whole family, you’re in the right place! Climbing is a great way for kids to develop fitness and communication skills whilst building confidence in a fun and active environment .

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Birthday Parties

Climbing is a unique birthday party idea that will give your youngsters & their friends something to talk about for weeks!

Every birthday party is led by our climbing instructors in an engaging and safe environment. The party will include climbing and games as well as equipment hire. Birthday party food can also be provided, made fresh on the day by the on-site café, the Indulge Deli Bar.

Birthday Party

4-6 Years

Birthday Party

7+ Years

Groups & Courses

Little Monkeys

Fun sessions for 4-6 year old climbers!

£10 Per Person

Rock Its

One-off sessions for 7 to 11 year olds

£12.50 Per Person

Hang Time

Climbing clubs for 11 to 17 year olds

£12.50 Per Person

Schools & Youth Groups

School & Youth Group Climbing....

From £10 Per Person

Nicas & Nibas

The National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes are the only nationally recognised climbing awards. Promoting the development of both roped climbing and bouldering, the schemes are open to anyone aged 7 or above.

The NICAS scheme focuses on roped climbing but also incorporates bouldering into the syllabus.

The NICAS scheme comprises five levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers.

The five levels are:

  • Level 1 – Foundation Climber
    An entry level award aimed at candidates that teaches the fundamentals of climbing in a fun and welcoming envirnment.
  • Level 2 – Top Rope Climber
    Moving on to introducing the skills and techniques that are fundamental to safe climbing and bouldering on indoor walls.
  • Level 3 – Technical Climber
    A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills learned in the earlier levels.
  • Level 4 – Lead Climber
    Introduces and develops on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.
  • Level 5 – Advanced Climber
    The top level that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing. Level 5 candidates will learn more about injury prevention, nutrition and outdoor climbing.

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The NIBAS scheme focuses solely on bouldering technique and involves no roped climbing.

The NIBAS scheme comprises of five levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert boulderers.

The five levels are:

  • Level 1- New Boulderer
    An entry level award teaching bouldering as a physical activity and how to use a bouldering wall safely and enjoyably.
  • Level 2 – Foundation Boulderer
    Teaches basic preparation and control while bouldering, with an introduction to equipment and movement skills.
  • Level 3 – Competent Boulderer
    Building on the skills learned in the previous levels, level 3 concentrates on improving movement technique, with a continued understanding of training safely.
  • Level 4 – Skilled Boulderer
    Developing a self–motivated boulderer 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.
  • Level 5 – Performance Boulderer
    The top–level award that focuses on improving performance, with advanced skills and knowledge of training and bouldering as well as experience of local and national competitions.

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Holiday Activities

We run extra kids holiday clubs in every school holiday. They are fun sessions split into age groups in exactly the same way as our term-time kids clubs:

Holiday Day Camp

The day camp is five & a half hours of climbing, abseiling and games from 9.30am until 3.00pm every Monday or Tuesday during the school holidays. We stop for a lunch break halfway through the session to let the kids recharge, with food available from the on-site cafe.

You can come along as a one-off, or incorporate NICAS into the sessions, making the day camps a great way to track your progress over the holidays!

Our instructors are with the group for the full day, including over lunchtime, so there’s no need for parents to stay at the centre, just drop the kids off at 9.30am and the day is yours until collection time at 3.00pm!

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Holiday Kids Clubs

Little Monkeys

5 – 6 years
£10 per session


7 – 11 years
£12.50 per session

Hang Time

11 – 17 years
£12.50 per session

Family Taster

1hr session for adults & kids
From £30 per session

Outdoor Climbing Sessions

Outdoor Youth Intro

Outdoor climbing days for kids

£50 Per Person

NICAS Outdoor Day

Outdoor days for anyone taking part in the NICAS scheme

£50 Per Person

Outdoor Family Intro

Outdoor climbing days for all the family

£35 Per Person

Experienced Junior Climbers

If you are a regular climber aged between 14 and 17, you may want to start climbing without needing adult supervision. To do this, you will need to gain a Green Card (allowing you to climb on top ropes only), and if you wish, a Yellow Card (allowing you to lead climb as well).

Green Card Sign-Off

These sessions are 60 minutes long and give you the opportunity to show us what you know! During the session, you will need to demonstrate that you can:

  • Use climbing equipment correctly
  • Tie in to your harness
  • Belay safely
  • Hold a falling climber
  • Behave in a consistently safe and responsible manner in the centre.

This is an assessment session only, no instruction in ropework or belaying will be given. If you need more instruction to get you to a standard where you can climb unsupervised, you will need to book a session with an instructor first.

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Yellow Card Sign Off

The Yellow Card is available to people who already hold Green Card, and allows you to lead climb without direct supervision. In order to pass a Yellow Card Assessment, you must demonstrate the following:

  • Safe and appropriate use of climbing equipment
  • Safe belaying of a lead climber
  • Holding a falling climber
  • Clipping confidently and safely
  • Consistent safe and responsible behaviour in the centre

This is an assessment session only, no instruction in ropework or belaying will be given. If you need more instruction to get you to a standard where you can climb unsupervised, you will need to book a session with an instructor first.

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External Instructors

Qualified climbing instructors are welcome to bring their own groups to Harrogate Climbing Centre. We require a copy of the instructor's CWA or higher, valid First Aid certificate and valid public liability document.
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