We have a bunch of options for kids once they reach age 14!

If your kids haven’t climbed before, it’s wise to book them onto a taster session so they can get a feel for the sport and if they’d like to take it further.

If your kids have climbed before, scroll down to find out more about learning to climb and climbing unsupervised here at White Spider.

Taster Sessions


Black Widows

Our holiday climbing sessions children aged 13-17. The session has a fun, casual format which requires no previous climbing experience.


  • Roped Climbing
  • Bouldering, climbing without ropes!
  • Learn how to use basic indoor climbing equipment
  • Introduction to belaying, descending and climbing movement
  • Open session with up to 5 other children taking part


  • Duration: 1.5 hours each session
  • includes all safety equipment and instruction
  • Optional: £3.80 per session to hire climbing shoes at reception

Private Sessions

A great way to introduce friends and family to climbing. Our fully qualified instructors will show you and up to five other people the ropes and get you scaling the heights in no time!


  • Introduction to roped climbing and bouldering
  • A fun, fully supervised session
  • Take part with your kids
  • Find out how to become a more regular climber


  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Includes all safety equipment and instruction
  • Participants must be age 5 or over

Climbing Unsupervised

There’re a few different types of climbing you can do here at White Spider:


Climbing on walls around 3.5 metres high, without the use of ropes or a harness. We set short ‘problems’ on the bouldering walls, and the magic is in figuring out how to get to the top! We take safety seriously, so our boulder mats are there to ensure a soft landing.

Rope Climbing

Climbing with ropes is arguably the safest type of climbing. With the help of harnesses and belay devices, you’re secure and safe whilst climbing up our 10 metre walls. Of course, you’ll need a partner who knows what they’re doing, so you can keep each other safe!

Lead Climbing

This is the next level of climbing once you’ve mastered bouldering and top roping. In order to lead climb, you’ll need to have at least 6 months of climbing experience on ropes, and be climbing at a grade f6a comfortably.

You’ll need to choose which course is right for you, and what type of climbing you’ll be doing.

We recommend a Beginners Course as the fastest and most cost-effective way of becoming an   all-round experienced climber. After the course, you’ll have the skills to boulder, auto-belay and top rope climb independently, without supervision. There are other options too, which you can explore via the links below:

Once you have attended a course, or if you know how to climb already, you’re ready to take your Unsupervised  Access Test (UAT). It’s important that you feel ready to climb unsupervised at White Spider, and are confident in your skills.

There are three levels to a Unsupervised Access Test, and they all require a different level of skill, depending on what kind of climbing you want to do. Check them out below, and if you feel ready, book now!

If you want to check that you are ready, or need a refresher, we recommend booking a Private Session with an instructor to give you the best chance of passing your test. (Note that you’ll need 2 people on this session to refresh your rope climbing skills)


We run two different social sessions each week. You can find them HERE.


NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) courses begin at age 7, and participants follow a nationally recognized syllabus working towards each of the 5 levels of the scheme.

For kids aged 14+, you may be able to skip the first two levels of NICAS by doing a Beginners Course , subject to a Direct Entry Test. Want to know more? Get in touch and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Visit the main NICAS booking page here to find out more, and to get on the mailing list for booking information!

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