All the reviews of places to go on Red Kite Days are tried and tested by a Mummy and kids but I’m making an exception this time to let you know about Clip n Climb Bicester . The indoor climbing centre is still being constructed but I got a sneaky peek last week and wanted to share it with you. Once it’s all open and running, I’ll be there with my kids to try it out and will do a full review.
It seems like Bicester is the place to be these days with a trampoline park, recently refurbished soft play at the garden centre, a new soft play coming soon to the town centre and indoor go karting in the planning stages.
With three monkeys … oops I mean three boys who love to climb, I’m so excited about Clip n Climb opening up. I popped in last week to meet Keely who is one of the owners along with her husband and Clara. With three kids between them aged 7 to 11, they know a thing about what families are looking for. Keely is also experienced in education from senior leadership school positions and Clara has a background in hospitality so I’m pretty sure they’ll have everything set up perfectly.
The indoor climbing centre has been designed with a passion to offer an experience that the whole family can enjoy from toddlers to silver foxes. Keely and her partners got their kids involved with what they most wanted at the climbing centre but they’ve also thought through what challenges big kids (grown ups) will enjoy when designing what climbing walls will be on offer. They’ve certainly put in their research to ensure there’s something for every age group and ability.
The climbing centre is bright, colourful and exciting with each challenge wall varying in difficulty. Some sections will be perfect for younger kids, others like the ice pick wall will be much tougher, competitive Dads will enjoy the Orbital and there are even walls side by side for races. The auto belay climbing means that you don’t need someone to hold the rope for you and it will catch you if you slip. While I was there, they were in the middle of constructing a vertical drop slide if you fancy an extra rush.
Clip n Climb will also be running special sessions for toddlers. The rhyme time sessions will be designed to appeal to younger kids with a story, songs, craft and climbing. They’ll run on a Tuesday and Friday morning.
Clip n Climb have free parking and there will be a cafe with tasty cakes. I’m hoping I can sit back and relax with a book while my kids scale the walls!
So, the question I’m sure you’re asking is ….when can I go? There’s not an exact launch date just yet as they’re still finishing pulling everything together. Staff have their training at the end of September so fingers crossed it will be soon after that. I know I’ll be zipping straight over as soon as I can.