Celebrate your child's birthday with a fun-filled party with us

We offer two specialist children's party packages, giving you and your group exclusive access to our excellent climbing wall and our one-of-a-kind Essex Rebels professional basketball gameday experience.

All parties have access to a private Party Room where you can enjoy food, refreshments, and cake to celebrate your little one’s special day.

Our experienced Essex Sport Party Team will help take the stress out of the organising your party, and deliver an exciting and memorable experience.


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We offer parties for 5-16 year olds, all hosted by our Party Coordinators who have extensive experience in delivering fun, safe, and enjoyable children's sessions. Choose from:

  • Climbing Party (8+ year olds only)
  • Essex Rebels Gameday Party

Please note that food and beverages are not provided, however, you may bring your own for use in the party room.

"I was really impressed with Zak's party and how it was handled. Zak said it was the best party he's had!"
Gemma, Essex Sport community member

Party packages


One of our most popular party packages, you'll experience a variety of fun climbing-based activities, games, and challenges in the bouldering cave and main climbing area.

Under the expert supervision of our qualified instructors, you'll begin with a safety talk and warm up, before having the opportunity to belay, traverse and climb the wall!

Climbing parties can be booked for groups of up to 10 children. Participants must be aged 8 or above.

You will have 90 minutes activity time, plus 1 hour in the party room.


£150 for up to 10 children.

Essex Rebels Gameday Party

Make your special occasion even more memorable with one of our Essex Rebels Gameday Party packages. Our packages are designed to give your child a unique experience that you won’t get anywhere else, offering exclusive benefits and behind-the-scenes access to our professional teams, making their day truly unforgettable. 

Experience our elite ‘Emperor’ package if you are looking to make the party that extra bit special. Parties are suitable for children aged 5-14 years old and both include free tickets for all party guests (up to 14) as well as complimentary tickets for two adults that will be supervising the group at the game. If additional adults would like to be added to the group, this could be included for an additional £5 per person. 

Emperor package

  • Up to 14 + 2 adults
  • Dedicated party host for duration of party
  • 1 hour in private party room to enjoy food, refreshments, and cake
  • Rebels poster for every child
  • Birthday card for child signed by Rebels team
  • Commemorative group photo opportunity with players after the game
  • Group Picture in Rebels locker room* dependant on fixture
  • Photos with Rebels team on court after the game
  • Shoutout on big screen
  • Rebels t-shirt for birthday child
  • All of this for only £225.

    Parties usually start 1.5 hours before tip-off.

    For more information on available fixture dates, please email our Sports Development Coordinator Claire Paxton (claire.paxton@essex.ac.uk).


    We have lots of extras and add-ons available to suit your needs and make your party even more fun:

    • additional guests (excluding climbing and Essex Rebels parties) up to 25: £40
    • additional activity time: £30 per 30 minutes

    How to book

    To book your party, please fill in an Essex Sport Junior party booking form (.pdf) and return it to the Sports Centre Reception, or email the completed form to sportsdevelopment@essex.ac.uk.

    Once processed, we will contact you to confirm your booking. Please allow seven days from submission for a member of our team to confirm your booking.

    Please note

    • Completing the booking form does not guarantee your requested date / time. The agreement will only come into effect once full payment has been made.
    • Essex Sport party packages do not include food, however, you will have access to our party room where you can bring food
    • Please read our Essex Sport Party Terms and Conditions (.pdf) before booking

    Need some help?

    We're here to make sure your child's special day will run smoothly. If you have any questions about parties or submitting your form, please don't hesitate to contact our team on 01206 873250 or sportsdevelopment@essex.ac.uk

    "We've been talking about it ever since; Thomas was very proud to have scored a goal during one of the games! We really appreciate the energy you put into the session, and I am amazed you managed to keep them all under control!"
    Ben, University of Essex staff


    I've sent my booking request form - what happens now?

    Please allow seven days after submission for a member of the team to get back to you. All party bookings are subject to availability and we will do our best to accommodate your booking.

    Once you receive confirmation that your party has been accepted, we will request payment to guarantee your space.

    Is there a discount for University staff and students or Essex Sport members?

    Yes, we offer a 10% discount on junior birthday party bookings for University of Essex staff and students, as well as for Essex Sport public members.

    Is there a limit to how many children can attend?

    Yes, there is a maximum for each type of party, please refer to the package list above.

    Parties with more than 16 children will incur an additional £40 charge.

    Can I add or amend my party details?

    Any changes to the booking must be confirmed at least seven days before the party date, as well as any dietary or medical information needed.

    Is food and drink included in the party package?

    No, Essex Sport does not supply food for parties, however, you may bring your own food for use in the party room. If you use an external caterer, the University of Essex will not accept liability for any damages, costs, losses, claims, expenses, demands and proceedings, as stated in our Terms and Conditions (.pdf).

    What facilities are provided?

    In addition to our activity areas, which include two sports halls and a climbing wall, we also provide a party room that you can decorate with balloons, banners, table cloths, etc. and prepare and consume food.

    We will arrange the room with tables and chairs to accommodate your party size, and can also provide music systems and party music, if requested at the booking stage.

    Is equipment provided?

    Yes, we will provide all equipment necessary for your booking.

    What if I need to cancel?

    We can only accept cancellations with at least seven days notice ahead of the party date. Cancellation requests must be written and sent to sportsdevelopment@essex.ac.uk or posted to the Sports Centre.

    Depending on your reason for cancelling, we will try our best to accommodate your party at another date or time.

    You must cancel with at least seven days notice to receive a full refund. Cancellations made within seven days of the party date will not be refunded. Please see our Terms and Conditions (.pdf) for full details.

    Is car parking available?

    Car parking is available at the University of Essex. Charges apply Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

    Please see the campus map (.pdf) for directions.

    Get in touch
    Essex Sport Parties
    Telephone: 01206 873250