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28 Dec 2012 12:01

Social Climbing sessions!


by popular demand we are starting our social climbing sessions:


Ladies social climbing : Starting Jan 8th

 - Tuesdays at 7.00-9.00pm led by Bronagh

 - Thursdays at 10.30am-12.30 led by Evie

Adults social climbing : Starting Jan 9th

  – Wednesdays 7.00-9.00pm led by Stew

Social climbing


During these sessions, the White Spider leader will be around to provide tips and hints on techniques and movements, to give route suggestions and to match climbers together.

There’s no extra cost for these sessions (other than the usual entry to the wall). Free tea and coffee will be available from the urn on the upper mezzanine where you can relax and chat after your climb.

These are not a “coached sessions” – you need to have passed our competent climber test to join. If you are feeling rusty and want a refresher call us and we can arrange a private lesson to get you on your way up the wall. Or call us on 0208 397 0390 to find out about our next beginners course.

   Cheers, the White Spider team

15 Dec 2012 17:46

Christmas Opening Hours at White Spider

We've got a whole heap of seasonal new routes for you to try over Christmas …!

If you're thinking to book your party at White Spider, phone us today on 0208 397 0390 or email us to check for availability.




We are open for much of the christmas holidays…


  • Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd: open as usual 10am – 7.30pm
  • Monday 24th: closed
  • Tuesday 25th: closed
  • Wednesday 26th: closed
  • Thursday 27th/ Friday 28th: open as usual
  • Saturday 29th/ Sunday 30th: open as usual
  • Monday 31st: closed

January – Climb your way into the New Year!

  • Tuesday 1st: open 12.00 noon to 10.00pm


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 

The White Spider Team

15 Dec 2012 13:03

Sky Sports – Get Involved in Rock Climbing

We're ready to rock, how about you?

Sky Sports - Get Involved in Rock Climbing


Rock climbing was the subject of this week's Get Involved.

The British Mountaineering Council has witnessed a dramatic climb in membership over the last two decades – with 70,000 people registered in 2012 compared to just 25,000 in 1990 – while there are approximately 300 climbing and mountaineering clubs affiliated with the BMC.

SKY SPORTS – Get Involved in Rock Climbing

While many feel it is a niche sport and fear high expenses, John Gibbons – manager of White Spider Climbing Centre – insists it's an affordable and enjoyable way of maintaining fitness.

He told Sky Sports News: "I would say it's not expensive. You can climb for as little as £10 and have an hour's coaching session.

"We are running those sessions every day over Christmas at various times of the day. You don't need any equipment – we'll provide everything."

Overcoming fear and improving your skills are key benefits of engaging in the sport – and Climbing Instructor Andy Fairgrieve revealed initial reservations are easily overcome.

Fairgrieve said: "You can have someone who's very nervous about heights and we have tactics and ways of getting them used to it.

"One of the ways is to make them take falls. Once they take falls, it relaxes them hugely."

If you want a sedate start to your climbing experience, you can always test your mettle on any of the 300 indoor walls in the UK, something 5 million people do each year.

If you want to get started in the sport, visit the BMC website: