Information for schools


“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 everyone.”


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.

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.

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Sessions at Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge produce a host of valuable learning and development outcomes for your students including:

  • Confidence building
  • Experience of facing fears and overcoming challenges
  • Problem solving
  • Team work

This is done is a fun and engaging way, giving children the chance to experience an alternative sport that improves flexibility, balance and core strength.

Clip ‘n Climb can support your term time activities in a number of ways:

  • Your physical education curriculum
  • Other subjects on the curriculum using climbing as a learning tool
  • An after-school club activity
  • A school trip location
  • Start of year confidence building sessions
  • Practice sessions for any adventure training trips

Information about your school’s Clip ‘n Climb sessions

Clip ‘n Climb is taking Cambridge by storm and is the perfect venue for your school to visit.

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 students, living long in the memory.

The 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.

 We have a set of different sessions that we offer to schools:

Explore Session

This is where the children have free range of the arena to ‘Explore’ and find their comfort levels on the walls. Our instructors are on hand to provide assistance and encouragement throughout. This is an ideal session for the first time a school group has visited Clip ‘n Climb. The main learning outcomes are developing confidence and provide the opportunity for children to face any fear of heights and challenges.

Team Building Session

This is where we get the group into teams and give them challenges to complete. As well as the learning outcomes achieved from our Explore sessions, Team sessions also help with problem solving and the ability to work in teams.

Examples of this include:

Wall Golf: Each touch of the wall is counted as a stroke as the climber ascends the wall,

Points Challenge: Each wall has multiple ways to complete it, with increasing points awarded according to difficulty. Climbers add their points to for each wall to their team score

Challenge Session

Two of our walls are particularly suited to competitive scoring:

Triffid – Our hardest wall. We keep a Roll of Honour for each climber who makes it to the top

Speed Wall – The speed of ascend is timing on a clock built into the wall. Times are recorded for each climber.

We keep a record for each group and this can be used to compare other groups from the same school. This is mostly aimed Key Stage 3.

While there is a competition element to both challenges, one of the very positive things about climbing is that it is very much about challenging yourself. We find that walls such as the Triffid and Speed Wall are more about climbers challenging themselves either to reach the top in the case of Triffid, or complete the wall in the fastest time, Speed Wall.

Rock Stars

For schools that will bringing in the same group on a regular basis, we offer our Rock Star programme which is based on the one we run for our successful after school club.

This involves structured sessions with varied activities, with time split between working towards the Rock Stars Awards and a variety of games and challenges.

The Rock Stars Awards are a set of standards that climbers work towards, which progress in difficulty. They involve a mixture of completing walls, completing the walls in set ways and confirm understanding of safety issues. Children can work towards Bronze, Silver, Gold, Training Ninja, Ninja and Training silent Ninja. Certificates are issued for each award and progress is kept in a log book.

Discounted 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 and regular sessions

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.

For regular sessions, please speak with us about your requirement for us to provide you with a quotation.

Times of sessions

During the week in term time, standard sessions run starting on the hour from 3pm with the last session starting at 7pm. We are able to run sessions earlier in the day by special arrangement.

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge

Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge has been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge. In ordered to be awarded this, we have had our risk assessment processes and management of risk assessed and deemed to be of a high quality.


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