We recently ran a competition to win a family climbing session to Clip 'n Climb Derby. This blog has kindly been written and submitted to us by the winners of that competition. Here's their thoughts:
We were so excited to win a family climbing ticket over on Facebook ran by the fantastic team at Derbydaysout.co.uk
We already had an action packed half term planned, so we decided to visit on the last Friday of the holiday for a last treat before routine kicks in.
The eldest Punk had already visited for a birthday party, and was desperate to visit again as he and his friends described the place as “epic” so this meant the littlest punk was also excited.
When we arrived we went to a briefing room for a harness and safety talk which lasted for about 20 minutes. Then it’s time to climb spiderman style.
Our climbing session lasted for an hour. Plenty of time to try out all the walls and revisit your favourites. Big punk did comment that at the end of the session his hands were aching so in fact an hour is just right.
The age of the climbers ranged from 5 – adults. There were roughly 12 climbers in our prebooked session and plenty of staff on hand to clip and unclip climbers. The staff were very aware and attentive and helped out and encouraged the younger climbers.
There are 17 walls in total all with different difficulty ratings. My boys are 7 and 5 and managed to get to the top of 4 walls, with the eldest paying the extra £2.50 to dare the leap of faith.
I would definitely recommend for younger climbers as it builds their confidence and upper body strength which is really important for developing a child’s writing skills and wrist movement which will help when it comes to starting to write and letter formations at school.
For adults who choose not to climb (like chicken over here, who does not have a head for heights) there is a good sized seating area right next to the climbing arena with a coffee bar, which offers light snacks, hot and cold drinks and lunch menus, which were reasonably priced. I had a hot drink whilst I watched the boys. It was like a civilised soft play centre for big kids. As they are pre-booked sessions the place never got over busy with plenty of seats available with fantastic views of the climbers, Perfect for a relaxing afternoon for me whilst adventure boredom busting time for the boys.
There are 2 separate soft play area’s for toddlers and under 4’s, which is a really good idea, everyone is happy whilst older children climb.
All in all us punks would definitely recommend Clip and Climb Derby. The eldest punk has requested to have his 8th birthday party here instead of a beloved football party. So it must be good.
Punks rating – 🖒🖒🖒🖒🖒 (out of 5)
For me this was like soft play for big kids without the chaos, screaming and crying. Perfect afternoon out for us punks. My boys are too old for soft play centres so this is a perfect place for them to let off steam and a boredom buster for an afternoon.
Also worth noting if you have preschoolers at home during term time there is a preschool climbing session with lunch, something I would have definitely done with my youngest this time last year. Check website for current prices and days.
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*Disclaimer – We won tickets, all views and words are those of us punks 🖒*
We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weatherbefore you set off!)