All About Redpoint Climbing in Worcester
The Redpoint Climbing Centre in Worcester has 1,500 square metres of bouldering and climbing walls to get your hands on. From complete beginners to veteran climbers, there’s something for everyone. Craig Wilkinson who’s the manager of the centre tells us more.
How and when did Redpoint open?
We threw open our doors on 4th July last year after a mammoth job getting things ready. The space we used was at one time a pencil factory and we spent a lot of time giving it a really good clean! After the basic building was in place, a company called Walltopia arrived and constructed the climbing space. They are one of the world’s best designers and builders of climbing walls. What they created is amazing. It’s a top-spec third generation climbing wall, the best that’s currently available. There’s 500 square metres of bouldering space and 1,000 square metres of wall for roped climbing.
What sorts of people use Redpoint?
I can honestly say everyone, starting from the youngest at 3 years old to those who are retired. We cater for every ability, so if you’ve never climbed you can book a session where an instructor will give you a chance to try it out. If you enjoy that, you can join one of our climbing courses, progress your skills and eventually climb independently.
What about more experienced climbers, or those returning to it later in life?
Our walls have routes Graded from 3 up to 8a so there is something for most abilities. We constantly create new routes by changing the holds on the wall. Our route setting team works on a new section of wall every week so you’ll always find a new challenge. You can climb top-roped or with a lead climber using protection on the way up. Among the people using Redpoint are Natasha Allock, a high ranking female climber in the UK, and a young GB climber Sammy Oakes who is ranked among the world’s best climbers.
What do you have for younger climbers?
Three times a week on a Monday, Thursday and Friday, there’s an after-school climbing club between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. On Saturday and Sunday we have Rock Monkeys between 10.30am and 12.30pm which is open to all ages between 3 and 17 years old. On Sundays it’s the chance for younger climbers aged between 3 and 5 years to come to Mini Monkeys between 10.30am and 11.30am. They’re learning new skills, mingling with others and gaining confidence in all sorts of ways – it's great to see them develop.
We are regularly visited by schools and scout groups who use our facilities and you can book children’s birthday parties here – we even had one party with 60 guests!
How do we find out more?
Give us a call if you’re interested in climbing on (01905) 350346. We’re open from 10am until 10pm during the week and between 10am and 6pm at weekends. You’ll find us on Midland Road, between Shrub Hill station and the Worcester Sauce factory.