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As a physical activity, climbing is in a class of its own! It’s a non-contact sport suitable for all ages and abilities, it builds mental concentration and is great for physical development, fitness and coordination. Climbing promotes social skills, teamwork and communication, and builds confidence and self-esteem. It’s appropriate for mixed-sex groups, individuals or teams, can be as competitive or recreational as required and often proves to be an inspiring and engaging activity that children continue to pursue as they grow-up.
The Warehouse Climbing Centre has a passion for providing fun, safe, indoor adventure! With a range of activities for young people we have the perfect activity to suit your pupils - scale the heights in our Main Arena with top rope, lead and auto-belay climbing up to 13m, or leave the ropes behind and experience dynamic, low-level climbing in our 4,400sq ft Bouldering room. Our dedicated Kids’ Zone includes a children’s auto-belay room, bouldering walls and the innovative, interactive DigiWall. Then there’s The Cave – the biggest artificial caving system in the region which features a series of realistic geological elements throughout its 100m long subterranean tunnels and activity chambers.
We create challenging, motivational experiences for children aged 4-16 years. We cater for groups of all sizes, usually between 6 - 72 people, but can design sessions outside these parameters. Half or Full Day sessions can be tailored to your specific needs throughout the week. Prices vary depending on the amount of participants and the type and length of activities involved, but we work with you to design a session that best suits your requirements, so the logistics of activities, times, lunch, room hire are fitted around what you need.
All equipment is provided and children learn all they need to know under the careful supervision of our highly trained instructors, all our whom are fully qualified and DBS certified. We take safety extremely seriously which is why our staff are specially trained to provide expert guidance to ensure everyone enjoys our activities safely.
The Warehouse is an accredited NICAS Primary Centre, awarding from Levels 1 - 5. The centre can also be used to incorporate many other physical education qualifications such as the DofE syllabus and GCSE curriculum.
The Warehouse Climbing Centre is set within a five-story Victorian building in Gloucester, just a short walk from the historic popular docks. We’re easily reached by coach or bus from all major routes, with a drop-off/pick-up point right outside our main entrance, and there are a number of car parks all nearby.
The Warehouse’spassion for climbing goes way beyond Gloucester City Centre! We’re also the largest mobile climbing wall operator in the UK with over 20 years’ experience and a range of indoor and outdoor mobile activities available for hire to venues across the whole of the country.
Our climbing walls and caving systemoffer a convenient way to bring fun, rewarding experiences to your School while improving the agility, coordination and confidence of pupils. They are a must for anyone looking for a challenging, motivationalactivity to add to their sports programs, extracurricular clubs, enrichment experiences, Open Days or just as a fun end-of-term reward.
We receive regular testimonials stating that bringing our mobile experiences to their school has helped motivate their pupils and developed both mental and physical skills way beyond anything they had expected.
Bring the rock face to your place with our range of mobile climbing walls - our 4-person walls stand an impressive 7.3m high and are eye-catching centerpieces for larger areas and outside spaces. If you need something a little smaller then at 5.5m high, our 2-person wall is perfect for smaller areas or inside spaces (meaning there’s no need to worry about the weather!).
Our unique mobile DigiWall is the only one of its kind in the UK! It’s a fusion of low-level climbing wall and game console where your body becomes the interface. It works via touch-sensitive illuminated climbing holds that make sounds. Interactive games can be played by individuals, pairs or teams. Games can be adjusted to meet the levels of various abilities, you don’t even have to leave the ground as games can be set up to utilise half of the walls’ height. This makes the wall stimulating for everyone, giving those not comfortable with climbing the opportunity to get involved.
Discover over 30m of twisted tunnels and challenging chambers in our subterranean caving experience! With its realistic geological features the cave is great for schools and educational purposes, it can just be used as a fun way to get kids active or for schools to incorporate into lessons. The Cave can accommodate up to 10 children at a time, and comes with a gazebo and CCTV cameras so you can watch live footage of participants whilst they’re inside!
All activities are suitable for KS1 children through to adults. The Cave has capacity to take 60 children per hour, while our climbing walls can accommodate up to 80. For more structured sessions they work brilliantly with classes of up to 30 pupils at a time and can comfortably take over 200 a day - and that’s not including them being used during breaktimes or at breakfast/after school clubs.
We offer competitively priced hire packages from single day through to multiple weeks and all equipment and set-up comes included. We have £5 million Public Liability Insurance and adhere to documented Risk Assessments. All activities are operated by professional, fully trained and DBS certified staff. We either provide instructors or can train your staff to operate the Cave and DigiWall yourselves.
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