Conquer a new hobby at the YMCA Climbing Centre

People of all ages looking to learn an exciting new hobby or hone existing skills in 2023 can now try out the brand new Climbing Centre here at the YMCA Community & Activity Village in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The YMCA Climbing Centre is home to an Olympic-standard speed wall and bouldering with rope climbing from six to 15.5 metres. It also has a colourful and fun Clip ‘n Climb zone aimed at younger climbers, who can enjoy a variety of challenges and learn new skills.

Team GB speed climber Matthew Fell is a regular visitor, and the Centre is equally suited to complete beginners, with instructor-led sessions available throughout the week.

Hundreds of different features, challenges and holds are on offer throughout the different zones and the YMCA Climbing Centre is built to the highest European standards, providing a safe and fun way to keep fit and get active.

The different areas provide an excellent view across the Centre, where climbers can enjoy around 60 rope climbs and around 120 boulder problems. Climbers can tackle vertical, overhang and slab climbing in the bouldering zone, while the IFSC Olympic-standard speed wall provides a timer for speed climbing and training

Luke Mansfield, Climbing Centre Manager, said: “Climbing is a fantastic hobby and we welcome people of all ages and abilities here, from children to people in their 80s. Whether you come along to a session alone or with friends, you are sure to have a great time and our expert coaches will be on hand to help you get the most out of the experience.

“The Climbing scene is booming – especially among women – and its popularity is sure to continue. Climbing brings so many benefits for both physical and mental health. It’s all about learning to challenge yourself In a supportive environment, and knowing that you can fail then get right back up again and learn from those mistakes.

“Members of the climbing community are used to travelling far and wide, from Sheffield to Shrewsbury, but now we have a great modern indoor facility right here in Newark. We have already seen huge demand for sessions, so I’d encourage you to register now on the website if you are interested in attending.

“The YMCA Climbing Centre is an incredible addition to the region and it could even be home to the next generation of Team GB climbing talent. From seasoned climbers to complete newcomers, we can’t wait to welcome you to this wonderful new facility.”

Sessions are planned according to abilities, ranging from Introduction to Climbing for adults, to Skilled Youth Climbers sessions for those aged 14-18 years old who are already at NICAS Climbing Level 4 and above. Competent adults and seniors can book three-hour open climbing and bouldering sessions, giving them an opportunity to explore the full variety of routes and zones.

Bookings can be made via the website, at: where membership options are also available.