Planning your first visit

Coming to the Ballroom for the first time could not be easier - in just three short steps you can be ready to join our fantastic community of climbers. 

If you are looking for parking then we are very close to West Orchards but beware it shuts by 5! Alternatively Bishops street car park is a couple of minutes walk away.

If you are planning on coming for the first time with U18s click here to get specific advice just for them.

Step 1 - Complete the waiver


All participants must have a signed waiver. If the climber is under the age of 18 this waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The waiver can be completed online before you come by clicking below.

Step 2 - Book a time slot for your first session

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You can book sessions up to 3 weeks in advance - so you can arrange to come whenever suits you and try bouldering at your own pace.

Step 3 - Turn up ready to climb!

On the day of your session arrive ready to climb wearing clothes that are comfortable, stretch and that you are happy to get some chalk on.

On checking in for the first time each climber will have to pay a one off £3 registration fee and take part in a short safety demonstration.

Everyone will need to wear climbing shoes while they climb – either bring your own or you can rent our Mad Rock rental shoes.

Get climbing! Don't worry if you forgot to ask a question during your induction, our staff are always on hand to answer any queries you might have.