Rock Monkeys

This is our kids climbing program.

A great activity for kids from 7 to 17yrs old
(although we recommend “Redpoint Youth” for teenagers).

One-Off Sessions
If you just want to give it a try, join a “Rock Monkey Individual” or “Holiday” session.

Term Bookings
If you know you want to come every week book onto the “Rock Monkey 1 & 2“. No experience necessary.

The program follows an nationally accredited award scheme (NICAS) which ensures progession and quality.

Rock Monkey Individual & Holidays

This is a great place to start! Rock Monkey Individual & Holidays are for those who are just wanting to try climbing for a few sessions or maybe they are unable to commit to a full term.

The focus is on fun and confidence building, while teaching a few key skills such as knots and belaying.

How Much? £15 per session

How Long? 1.5 Hours


Wednesday & Friday : 16:30 – 18:00

Saturday & Sunday : 10:30 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 14:00

Over the school holidays we run extra sessions, see online booking above for availability.

Rock Monkeys 1 & 2

This group is all about the grass-roots of climbing. By the time a child has finished our level 1&2 course they will have the skills to use the centre safely and understand how to use all the climbing equipment for top rope climbing.

These are the essential skills that will provide them with a safe and fulfilling climbing career. They will also be able to complete a large number of climbs as they build up their strength and confidence on our wide variety of routes.

When new Rock Monkeys join level 1 & 2 they will need to purchase a NICAS book from our reception. This helps both them and instructors to record their progress.

How Much? £16.5 per session (number of weeks, and therefore the price, per term may vary). Please note these sessions are fixed once booked and are non refundable or transferable.

Rock Monkeys 3 & 4

It’s best to speak to us before booking onto this block-booked session. Usually participants on these sessions have been with us for a while and hold certificates for NICAS Level 1 & 2.

Level 3: To book onto this level you should hold NICAS level 1&2 certificates and be more than confident with top-roping and belaying safely. Level 3 focuses mostly on movement skills and improving your climbing grade, so be prepared to do a lot of bouldering!

Level 3+ focuses on preparation for entering NICAS level 4 and is an introduction to lead climbing with top-rope back-ups.

Level 4  concentrates on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. It aims to develop a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals. On the first session the duty manager will speak to the parents and explain the risks involved in lead climbing. Parents will the have fill out an Under 18 Supervised Lead Climbing consent form to ensure that they understand the changes from level 3 / 3+ to level 4.

The conditions for starting NICAS level 4 sessions are:
– Must have completed a level 4 entry test during a previous rock monkey session
– Must be 12 years old (or 12 in the next 3 months)
– Must have the maturity to be responsible for their own safety and the safety of their climbing partner (this will be at the discretion of the instructor during their level 3 Rock Monkey sessions)

For more info and booking of these levels see the buttons below, if you have any questions please email

Flashpoint Youth @ Flashpoint

If you haven’t heard, we have a world class bouldering centre called Flashpoint Bristol. Flashpoint Youth will run on a similar format to Rock Monkeys with individual sessions available from launch and term sessions soon after. Flashpoint Youth will skip the focus on NICAS, knot tying and belaying. Instead sessions will be based on movement, technique and conditioning, developing participants’ abilities to move well and efficiently on the wall. All of these skills will be transferable to rope climbing, but will also progress participants toward becoming independent boulderers – opening up a world of fun, social climbing and community, as they move into their teenage years and beyond.

Due to the style of route setting at Flashpoint, these sessions are suited to climbers who are 12+ years.

For more information check out the Flashpoint website.


During your Rock Monkey career the instructors will ask you to complete quizzes and ask you to do some climbing research. You will be following a NICAS logbook. If you are interested to learn more about the NICAS structure, follow the link below.

Lockdown 3.0

Bristol (along side the rest of the UK) is in Lockdown. This means we have had to close our doors once more. 

If you have a booking with us we will be in touch very soon to offer you a voucher / refund. 

If you have a membership with us we will also be in touch by email to ask you what to do with your fees over the next couple of months.

If you want to support us, click here

(some free ways to help and / or you can donate £££ if you are able).