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Climbing Wall

The Colchester campus climbing wall was designed and built by Entre-prises in 1996. The walls are up to 8 metres high and are suitable for climbing at all grades from total novice to relative expert. There is approximately 250 square metres of climbing area with bouldering and top roping facilities. Maximum safe capacity is 40 at any one time.

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Individual Usage

If you'd like to simply have a go at climbing, you can contact the local climbing clubs who use the wall and attend one of their regular sessions.

There is a student/staff climbing club: University Of Essex Climbing Club and also two Colchester based clubs: Colchester Climbing Club and the Out-There Club. These hold beginner and intermediate sessions and will be able to provide the equipment and instruction required. Please follow the links to visit their websites for further information.


Instructors need to have the following current qualifications and a ratio of 1 instructor to 8 climbers must be adhered to.  If you do not have any of these qualifications, we can hire instructors to accompany your group.  Instructor hire will be charged in addition to the wall hire.

  • Mountain Instructor

  • Single Pitch Award

  • Climbing Wall Award

  • Climbing Wall Supervisors Award - specific to the University wall

For more information on climbing and other clubs, please contact the Operations Manager in the first instance by email or by telephone on 01206 873526.

For outdoor climbing, mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits, visit James Linford Outdoor Learning and Adventure

Climbing Wall Parties and General Hire

Reward your child, friends or employees with a unique experience everyone is sure to remember. Whether you want to promote fun, unity, reduce stress or increase self-confidence, our staff can create a unique and positive climbing experience that will meet the needs of your group.

Climbing Wall Parties last about 1 1/2 hours and are available for group sizes of up to 15 participants of 8 years and upwards.

General hire is dependent on the size of your group, whether you need to hire instructors and whether you require exclusive access to the wall for your booking.

Who to Contact

  • For general booking enquiries please contact the Sports Centre for more information, Tel: 01206 873250 (Option 1).

  • For climbing party bookings please email  or call 01206 873251.