Covid-19: Visiting the Pirate Ship

We are pleased to be open again and welcoming you all back to the Pirate Ship & Castle. However please note the following new restrictions;

  • Only one Adult per group. This means extended family will have to leave their Suits of Armor and Peg Legs at home for the time being*
  • Hands-Face-Space, please make sure all members of your party sanitise their hands before entering the castle areas. Catch those sneezes and keep your distance
  • Please follow the ‘Rule of 6‘, don’t arrange to meet groups larger than 6 at the Pirate Ship

*The only exception to rule of ‘One Adult’ is children who require direct supervision (0-2yrs and S.E.N)

Pirate Ship Pricing

  • For kids aged 3+ who are using the Castle & Pirate Ship only, entry is £6.00.
  • For kids aged 2 yrs and under, entry is £3.00.
  • For siblings 3+ accompanying a climber (taking part in a Creepy Crawlies, Arachnids or NIBAS lesson) but not taking part in a lesson, entry is £2.50. For siblings below 3 entry to the castle & Pirate Ship is free *.
  • For kids who are taking part in a lesson or open session, use of the Castle & Pirate Ship is included in admission.


  • 0-2yrs – Direct supervision at all times
  • 3-4yrs – Supervising adult must remain attentive in Pirate Ship & Cafe Mezz.
  • 5yrs+ – Supervising adult must remain accessible/in the building at all times

Common F.A.Q's

– Pre-Booking is still not required, but you may have to queue at peak times

Hands. Face. Space. These are the three most effective ways to control the spread of Covid-19.

This is why we are asking everyone visiting Red Spider to wear a face mask on arrival and at any time within non-climbing areas.
= What this means =
You will not need to wear a mask when;
  • eating/drinking

All of our facilities have a maximum capacity based on 3 metre social distancing (9sq metres per climber), giving plenty of room for everyone.

Cafe – Open, with a limited range

  • We will be offering our full range of Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Sit-In will be available with reduced seating
  • Only snacks and pre-packaged food will be available to purchase

Changing Rooms, Lockers and Showers – Partially Open

  • Please arrive ready for your session to limit use of changing areas
  • Showers will not be available, with changing room space being prioritised for hand washing and toilet use
  • We will not be operating our ‘Key Exchange’ system for lockers. We do still have a limited number of coin operated and bring your own padlock lockers for any valaubles

In addition to managing capacity, we have introduced a number of walk-ways to help the flow of individuals around the climbing wall along with separate entrance and exits.

As we did in the lead up to closing, we will be maintaining a rigorous cleaning schedule of all high contact surfaces; with a staff member on permanent rotation going around and cleaning. We have also added additional hand washing and sanitisation stations.

We have put screens up and moved our Auto-Belays to allow for 2 metres social distancing.

Due to the nature of the climbing wall, we are unable to wash each hold after its use, so we ask that you wash your hands before and after your climb.

More questions?

Get in touch

  • If you’ve still got questions please email us on We are still running with a reduced team so will respond as soon as we can
  • Our phone lines are currently closed until we re-open on the 25th of July

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