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Youth Groups and Uniforms at Clip ‘n Climb

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Background to Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge

“Climbing Walls meet theme park in an exciting new leisure concept for all ages, four and upwards… Our stunning series of climbing-based activities provide healthy, challenging fun for all the family.”

Clip ‘n Climb originated in New Zealand and the worldwide master license is held by Entre-Prises, the world’s largest climbing wall manufacturer.

Individual Clip ‘n Climb sites purchase a license which provides the climbing equipment and operational, maintenance and marketing support from Entre-Prises’ UK head office, as well as an exclusive territory. Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge is owned and operated by Walthew Leisure Ltd which is headed by Chris Walthew. Chris has also run a marketing company in Cambridge for 12 years, which is now headed up by his wife, Beth.

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The owners’ daughter had an amazing time at Clip ‘n Climb Exeter – inspiring the creation of CNC Cambridge

The inspiration for setting up a Clip ‘n Climb in Cambridge came from Chris seeing his then 5 year old daughter climb at the Clip ‘n Climb centre in Exeter. The ethos of Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge is to provide a healthy, challenging and challenging environment for all ages and abilities, that is a positive addition to the community of Cambridge and the surrounding areas.

 

 

Information about your group’s Clip ‘n Climb session

Clip ‘n Climb is taking Cambridge by storm and is the perfect venue for your next group social activity.

Here’s why…

  • Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge has 24 climbing challenges. 22 of these are climbing walls which vary in levels of difficulty and cater for all abilities and levels of confidence.
  • Experienced climbers will be challenged by our harder walls, such as the beanstalk like ‘Triffid’.
  • For less experienced or nervous group members, we have walls that are easier to try at the start, such as the simple shapes and holds of ‘Amazing’. Climbers can go as high as they feel comfortable with. Over the course of the session, their levels of confidence greatly improve.
  • Indoor climbing has never been easier or safer. The ‘clip’ part of Clip ‘n Climb refers to climbers being clipped into a safety rope system, called an automatic belay device. These take in the slack as you climb and then lower you gently to the ground.
  • Climbers get a huge sense of satisfaction for conquering fears and completing challenges.
  • All our walls have point scoring challenges and several allow you to race head to head against each other. Our Speed Wall also allows you to time your climb to the top.
  • A session at Clip ‘n Climb is great exercise, huge fun and will put a huge smile on the faces of your group, living long in the memory.

img_6382The Extreme Challenges

Make the Clip ‘n Climb experience complete by tackling our two Extreme Challenges. Climb hands free up the Stairway to Heaven and dare to drop from the top of the Vertical Drop Slide.

How long do sessions last?

Sessions last for 90 minutes. You begin with a 30 minute safety briefing, followed by 1 hour of climbing.

Booking options

Your group can join a public session or you can hire Clip ‘n Climb exclusively for your session, allowing you to bring up to 30 climbers and unlimited use of the Extreme Challenges.

 

0ab5b681-5e16-44b9-8e73-c64690915b14Discounted costs during the week in term time

Exclusive hire

Our standard price for exclusive hire is £399 but for charities and not for profit youth groups, we offer a discounted rate of £299 during school term times.

Smaller groups

If you have a smaller group, we offer a discounted rate of £12.50 per person, regardless of age, and include a free go on both our Extreme Challenges which are a real highlight of any group visit.

 

Times of sessions

During the week in term time, sessions run starting on the hour from 3pm with the last session starting at 7pm.

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge

Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge has been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge. This is the nationally recognised indicator of good quality educational provision. In order to be awarded this badge, we have had our risk assessment processes and management of risk assessed and deemed to be of a high quality.

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Contact details

If you require further information or would like to book your session, please contact us by email or calling 01223 941700.

November and December at Clip ‘n Climb

Brrr! It’s getting pretty cold out there.ice-climbers-1247610_1920

So why not turn up the heat and face-off against the most unique and challenging climbing walls in the area! It’s a great way to keep fit, get the kids to be more active, and stay warm this winter!

It’s been an amazing few months since we first opened at the top of August, and we’ve hosted thousands of you as you’ve tackled our walls, luxuriated with our barista coffees, and inspired your friends and family to keep healthy, the climbing way!

We’ve taken on your feedback over the last couple of months, and are proud to be able to announce a new set of special sessions that are sure to help you spend more time with us. Read on for more info:

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New times effective from 7th November:

Mondays – CLOSED
Tuesday to Friday – 15:00 – 20:30 [Last session arriving for 19:00]

Saturday and Sunday – 09:30 – 20:00 [Last session arriving for 18:30]

Although we’re going to be closing on Mondays, we have added a brand new session at 18:30 on Sundays – so you can end your weekend on a high note!

Brand new sessions are coming to Clip ‘n Climb!

Adults Evening – Tuesdays from 17:00
Reinvigorate yourself for the rest of the week ahead with discounted climbing for hard-working grown-ups like you! Save £5 on your booking with the special rate of £12.50 per adult.

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Get the whole family together for an unforgettable experience while avoiding the weekend crowds! Book a session on Wednesdays from 17:00, and enjoy reduced rates for students and adults – with admission costing only £12.50 per person regardless of age.

Student Night – Thursdays from 15:00
Get yourself in tip-top shape for a cracking weekend by overcoming some of the tallest challenges in Cambridge! Whether you’re in it for fitness, energy levels, or because you heard someone say you couldn’t do it – come and conquer Clip ‘n Climb! All students can enjoy £5 off their ticket on Thursdays (Normally £15) – Please bring an in-date student card with you.

Keep in the loop!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information about Cambridge’s newest climbing experience!

Family Night at Clip ‘n Climb

People bond through adversity, and families grow stronger by overcoming challenges together…family-3pane

That inspirational soundbite is brought to you by Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge and, as dramatic as it sounds – it’s true, isn’t it?

For fun, fitness, and a real sense of accomplishment – bring the whole clan to Clip ‘n Climb on Wednesdays from 5 and save on your ticket. With every member of the family only paying £12.50 per person – here’s a challenge that’s easy to embark on, but tricky to complete!

But, you’ll reach the top if you work together!

Click here to start your journey…

Adult Nights at Clip ‘n Climb

realroc.jpgRelease your inner adventurer and conquer the heights of Clip ‘n Climb!

Get fit, have fun, and team up with your climbing comrades to overcome the tallest challenges in all of our fair city.

Join us anytime from 17:00 every Tuesday and save a fiver on your ticket! You never know, that fiver you save could be worth a fortune!

With prices starting at just £12.50 per person, what’s holding you back from reaching the top?

Click here to start your journey…

Student Thursdays at Clip ‘n Climb

Jungle Vines_female student.jpgForget about worldly worries and focus your mind on something that really matters – overcoming life’s obstacles.

And boy do we have some obstacles for you! With loads of unique climbing challenges, Clip ‘n Climb is the perfect place to relax, work out, and refresh your mind ready for the weekend ahead!

Bring your friends, and see how high you can go! Whether you’re coming to smash your targets, have bags of fun, or stay fit and healthy – there’s something for everyone here at Clip ‘n Climb.

Grab your ticket today for only £10!

Also we make pizzas here. Not just put them in the oven – make them – would you like one? Or seven?

Book online now

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Clip ‘n Climb launch day – 6th August 2016

ClipnClimbStairwaytoHeaven_low resIt’s nearly here – our official launch day on Saturday 6th August 2016.  So what can you expect if you come to the centre that day?

Official ribbon cutting ceremony @ 3pm

We’ve got to do this opening lark properly!  Ribbon will be cut! Great cheers will go up!  Come and join us at 3pm when we mark the official opening of the centre.

Speed wall competitions

Who will be the fastest up our Speed Wall during the day?  Our climbing team will be on hand to record your time.  Age categories will be 4-6yrs, 7-11yrs, 12-16yrs and 17+yrs.  Winners in each category will receive a free climb at the centre during the 2016 Summer Holidays, and a snazzy new Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge T-shirt.

Can you conquer the Stairway to Heaven?

Get to the top of the Stairway to Heaven, and your name will be put into a free draw for two free climb at the centre during the 2016 Summer Holidays.

Freebies

All climbers on the launch day will receive a goody bag full of Clip ‘n Climb freebies.

Come and enjoy our new café, Climb ‘n Dine

The launch day will be the first day that the café will be open, so join us for a pizza, cake, coffee or slush!

Book your place!

The launch day is likely to be very busy, so remember to book your place in advance at www.clipnclimbcambridge.co.uk.  There are sessions starting every 30 minutes from 9.30am until 6.30pm.

The team and I are looking forward to welcoming you.

Chris

Owner, Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge

Setting up Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge

Hi. My name’s Chris and I’m the owner of Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge. I thought it might make an interesting read for a few of you about what made me so excited by the idea of bringing Clip ‘n Climb to Cambridge and what’s in store for the good folk of Cambridge and beyond.

First experience of Clip ‘n Climb

A couple of lines about me and then on with the story. I’m originally from Devon and now live just outside Cambridge with my lovely family – my wife Beth and two daughters, Kate and Alice, who at the time of writing this are 6 and almost 2 years old respectively. I’ve run a marketing company called Prospect Research for over 12 years with Beth and we employ a great bunch of 20 people. It’s a business I enjoy and I certainly wasn’t thinking about setting up something else until last August (2015), when I was on holiday in my home county of Devon with the family.

On the Friday we were in Exeter and woke up to find the rain pouring, so decided to check out things to do on Trip Advisor and saw at the top of the ratings this interesting looking climbing centre called Clip ‘n Climb. Kate loved climbing things like trees and we’d been keen to let her have a go on a climbing wall, so this looked a perfect wet weather activity to try out. We found out there was a space for her free so we booked on for later that day.

When we arrived at the centre we were ushered into a briefing room for the safety talk, still not really having seen much of the climbing arena and the Clip ‘n Climb walls. I was given the chance to act as a ‘clipper’ where I could clip Kate from her harness onto the climbing rope of each wall. Beth took little Alice upstairs to the viewing gallery to watch on.

When we were led out to the side of the climbing arena and got to see the walls, my jaw dropped – there was a mass of amazing looking climbing walls that were a sea of colour and light. Acting as a clipper meant I had a fantastic view of my little girl climbing up these really high walls and then abseiling back down. She started of quite tentatively, but had a huge grin on her face throughout and as the session her confidence grew and she climbed higher reaching about half way on her favourite one of the day, The Big Cheese. I also looked around the climbing arena which was packed with other climbers all having the same brilliant time with as Kate.

The next day we were near the Clip ‘n Climb centre for lunch with friends. It’s situated on the Quay by the River Exe, which is a nostalgic place for me from my youth as it’s in the area that was also the venue of my first business venture, which was hiring out a nightclub to put on a club night and then also another nightclub called Warehouse which we used to go to every Friday night. Both unlike Clip ‘n Climb, now sadly no more.

The Clip ‘n Climb experience had made a big impression on me and I’d thought to myself straight away ‘this would go down a storm in Cambridge’ so I nipped back into the centre when we were down again and picked up a leaflet so I could find out more about it.

Usually when you have ideas on holiday, they get forgotten as soon as you’re back to real life but within a couple days of being back to work I’d found out about Clip ‘n Climb as a company and got in touch with them, organising for their sales manager Danny to come down to Cambridge and have a chat with Beth and myself.

Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge is coming…

Fast forward 10 months and our centre is almost open! I’ve been incredibly grateful for all the advice I’ve received from other Clip ‘n Climb owners and their teams, the Clip ‘n Climb HQ team, friends, family and business contacts.

We have found a fab home on the Clifton Way Industrial Estate near the centre of Cambridge, next to Cambridge Leisure which has ten pin bowling, a multi-screen cinema and countless restaurants, plus the Cambridge Junction theatre and concert venue. So a perfect location in the heart of Cambridge’s entertainment district, where you can make a real day of it with your family and friends when you come to Clip ‘n Climb.

At the time of writing this, we’re 3 weeks into the fit out to turn an empty warehouse into an amazing Clip ‘n Climb centre. Everyone who has been helping me has really pulled out the stops to get everything ready in time and the climbing walls are due to be on site for assembly in just over a week.

 

What’s going to be inside Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge?

The property is just under 4,000 sq ft. Over half is going to be the climbing arena, where there will be 20 different climbing challenges, 4 of which have two climbing lines, giving us 24 lines in total. For a further blog, I’ll go through each of the climbing walls so you can see what’s in store.

The rest of the centre includes:

  • Reception
  • The Climb ‘n Dine café and kitchen
  • Mezzanine floor – This is the biggest part of the non-climbing wall fit out, meaning we can create a gallery giving fantastic views of the climbing and space for party/function rooms. The rooms will be partitioned after the summer, although we will have a rethink if the first floor space is so popular we need to open up the full space for everyone the whole time.
  • Toilets including a disabled access one
  • Briefing room
  • Office and staff room

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the story of Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge so far. The launch date is shortly going to be confirmed so watch this space and look forward to welcoming you to the centre very soon!

Best wishes,

Chris – Owner, Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge