The Arc is a welcoming climbing centre in Chippenham offering bouldering, roped climbing and auto belays. All ages are welcome and over 70s climb free of charge. The site features a striking outdoor climbing wall, a free skatepark and a cafe which is open to the public 7 days a week, with views across Westmead from the bright interior or from extensive wooden decking – which is dog-friendly.
Bouldering is the easiest way to get into climbing. It is low-level climbing over mats without the use of harnesses. You do not need to book to go bouldering and you do not need to complete a course. Just come along and we’ll talk you through the rest. You can hire all equipment on site.
If you would like to try the ropes too, we offer one-off tasters for visitors to try all types of climbing in a fun intro session. We also run regular classes for kids, sociable sessions for parents with under 5s and roped climbing courses to get you started.
Climbing is a great sport for physical and mental health that can be enjoyed by all ages, making it perfect for a family day out. It’s a fun alternative to a gym providing a full body workout that can be tailored to suit your abilities. Walls of all angles offer varied challenges, from steep overhangs to balancy slabs. Climbing is an active way to build confidence, develop problem-solving, get fit and have loads of fun.
The Arc is fully wheelchair accessible.
We welcome birthday parties and other groups. Individuals can pay-per-visit or sign up for a monthly pass. We have a new member deal that offers a discounted first month of climbing. The Arc is part of The Climbing Academy which operates 3 centres in the southwest (The Mothership and The Church are in Bristol) and 2 in Glasgow. A climbing pass allows free entrance to all TCA centres at no extra charge.
The Arc cafe serves a range of hot and cold food including seasonal specials, burgers and pizzas all freshly made on-site, along with delicious coffee, cake and ice cream. The centre is adjacent to Westmead Open Space with beautiful walks and a wooden sculpture trail.
GET A TASTE FOR CLIMBING
The Climbing Academy is offering its biggest discount to date with 50% off adult taster courses at The Arc, their state-of-the-art climbing centre in Chippenham - use code 'GETATASTE' when booking online. Additionally, for those looking to learn the ropes, they're also offering 25% off adult roped beginner courses - use code 'CLIMBTOGETHER'. Valid until 31 January 2024. Share the codes with your friends who may be interested.
GET £3 CLIMBING AT THE ARC
Would you like to try climbing? Well it just got even easier.
If you have never climbed before at The Arc in Chippenham you can now get 2 adult visits for just £6. That’s £3 per visit to stay as long as you want. This mega deal also includes free shoe hire. It’s just £2 per visit for under 16s.
This unbeatable offer is available now. It’s super easy to get started!
You don’t need to book to boulder and you don’t need to do a course. You just watch a safety video and sign forms. Under 16s must be supervised by a registered adult. Each adult can supervise up to 2 others per visit.
The Arc staff will give you a warm welcome and our cafe is open 7 days a week.
You can find the latest prices here - https://www.theclimbingacademy.com/prices/
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* Peak Hours
We only close on 25-26 December and 1 January each year.
Special festive hours 2023-24
Sat 23 December – 9am-4pm
Sun 24 December – 9am-4pm
Mon 25 December – closed
Tue 26 December – closed
Wed 27 December – 10am-8pm
Thu 28 December – 10am-8pm
Fri 29 December – 10am-8pm
Sat 30 December – 9am-4pm
Sun 31 December – 9am-4pm
Mon 1 Jan – closed
Tue 2 Jan – 9:30am-10pm (normal hours resume)
Children & Infants
- Accept children all ages
- Baby Changing Facilities
- Facilities for children - Kids climbing Free skatepark Free playpark opening in 2023
- Dogs-Accepted - Decking only
- Groups Welcome
- On-site Restaurant/Cafe
- Open All Year
- Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
- All major credit cards accepted
- Android pay accepted
- Apple pay accepted
- Cash accepted
- Contactless payment accepted
- Within 1 Mile of a Train Station
- Corporate Events
- School Trips
Travel & Trade
- Packed lunches available - Pre-ordered pizza etc available for birthdays
- Wi-fi available
Map & Directions
In Chippenham, from Avenue La Fleche, turn east on Gladstone Road and take the first right down Westmead Lane. The centre is at the end of this road.
Public Transport Directions
The Arc is 0.3 miles from Chippenham bus station and 0.8 miles from the Railway Station. We encourage visitors to arrive via public transport, bike or on foot where possible. There is paid parking nearby and an on-site car park for disabled visitors and pre-arranged groups.