Information for Under 18s

Please note that a climbing centre is a dangerous environment, and visitors of all ages must behave in a safe way at all times, or they will not be permitted to use the centre.

Please get in touch with us if our Under 18's policy is unclear, or if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in indoor bouldering: info@archclimbingwall.com

We are currently trialling an enhanced supervisor scheme, to enable adults with climbing experience to supervise 2 children under 12 years old. The scheme requires the adult and both children to take a one off class with our instructors. For more information about this scheme please email: lessons@archclimbingwall.com

Children aged 16 Years +

No parental consent required to climb, regular adult entrance rules apply.

  • Option 1: previous bouldering experience will be required,

  • Option 2: they will need to be accompanied on their first visit by an adult who is an experienced boulderer (1:1 supervisor ratio)

  • Option 3: an Introduction Lesson will need to be pre-booked for their first visit, after which they can climb unsupervised – please visit Learn to book a lesson if required.

Children aged 12-15 Years

Can climb unsupervised.

  • Option 1: they must bring a printed consent form (download here) signed by a parent or guardian AND previous bouldering experience will be required

  • Option 2: they will need to be accompanied on their first visit by an adult who is an experienced boulderer (1:1 supervisor ratio)

  • Option 3: if not an experienced climber, an Introduction Lesson will need to be pre-booked for their first visit (please visit Learn to book a lesson) AND they must bring a printed consent form signed by parent or guardian

Children aged under 12 Years

Can only climb under direct adult supervision at all times.

  • Option 1: they will need to be accompanied on each visit by an adult who is an experienced boulderer (1:1 supervisor ratio)

Please note that the 1:1 adult supervisor must have previous bouldering experience (1 month in another centre, or at least 4 visits at The Arch) and remain in the child's company at all times whilst in the centre.