Want to learn the ropes?
The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on indoor climbing walls. It's a great starting point for young climbers wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering, from novice to experienced, starting from age 7.
Please note, due to certain limitations surrounding social distancing measures, we currently will not be running NICAS Level 1 sessions. For juniors wishing to start climbing, please book onto our Junior Intro to Climbing Sessions.
September Term Bookings Now Open!
BOOKING FOR LEVEL 4? Please ensure the Prep Module (section 4.1 to 4.7) has been completed.
If this hasn't been fully signed off, including the 'Date of completion (Prep module)' section, please book on to Level 3.
Missed your weekly NICAS sessions?
Now’s the perfect time to make up for those missed weeks of NICAS with our NICAS SUMMER DROP IN SESSIONS. For levels 2 to 5, these sessions will help get your young budding climbers NICAS ready for the September term.
What people think
Took 20 explorer scouts here for a 90min session, great time had by all. Staff were lovely, very helpful, attentive and professional. Cafe staff excellent, brought our coffees to the table and their freshly made pizza was delicious. We will be back!
Went climbing for the first time with my girlfriend the other day; was a little unsure at first as I’m scared of heights, but Tom, who showed us the ropes (pun intended,) was absolutely fantastic! A genuine gem, and the climbing isn’t half bad either!
I had the pleasure of my two eldest children and my nephews over the half term. We decided on rock climbing as it was wet, no surprise there!! We choose Reading Climbing Centre purely on the ease of booking over the phone, and we weren’t disappointed. All 4 kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves, not too much boring safety chat and plenty of climbing, the climb tested all the children’s determination, logical thinking, character and fears. They were gently pushed by the…
Took three 9 years olds and two 10 year olds. They had a fantastic time and want to do more climbing. Excellent facilities, parents can sit in cafe and watch.
Everytime I take my grandchildren for a climb they thoroughly enjoy the experience, are challenged and always want to return again for more!! Wonderful staff who always encourage and have expert skills.
Thanks for the great review and we're glad your kids enjoyed their session! Many thanks ad look forward you seeing you again soon Tom Vaessen-Walker Centre Manager
Completed the introductory class. Instructor was very encouraging, adhering and knowledgeable. Facilities where very good. Recommended.
My kids (ages 7-13) enjoy coming here for both kids’ group sessions or occasionally to climb with me. The climbing experience is great, the staff are always friendly and helpful and there is a good coffee shop from which you can watch. I think the kids’ group sessions are quite expensive for what you get but if you can take your kid’s yourself it’s good value.