Clip n Climb is the brand new family friendly climbing centre that opened in Bicester at the end of September 2019 and has proved to be a massive hit. 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 just before it opened 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 run special sessions for toddlers. The rhyme time sessions are designed to appeal to younger kids with a story, songs, craft and climbing. They run on a Tuesday and Friday morning.
Clip n Climb have free parking and there is a cafe with tasty cakes. I’m hoping I can sit back and relax with a book while my kids scale the walls!
Clip n Climb is a great indoor activity that all the family can enjoy or ditch the kids and go with your mates for one of their adult climbing fitness classes.