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Climbing walls at Rock Up Watford

Climbing walls at Rock Up Watford

My youngest loves to be active, especially over the holidays when all her normal clubs aren’t on. A couple of times she asked to go to the climbing walls at Rock Up Watford in Hertfordshire. It’s a great location because you can book a session and combine it with a shopping trip and getting something to eat.

We went last week and it was our third visit. Rock Up is a chain with currently 5 locations – Watford, Hull, Whiteley, Birmingham and Rushden Lakes. We have only been to Rock Up Watford and it has 27 climbing walls, a soft play area for younger kids (you have to be 4 and older to climb) and a cafe.

Climbing walls at Rock Up Watford

I booked online to make sure there was space available and we arrived 30 minutes before our session for the safety briefing. A member of staff made sure all the kids had a harness fitted and they watched a safety briefing. I opted to stay with the kids and help them clip on and off each wall so watched a safety briefing too.

Climbing walls at Rock Up Watford

When it was time for our session the children climbed down a special caged staircase whilst I opted for the stairs. Both the children had been before so chose a climbing wall, waited to be clipped on, and started to climb. They had great fun and I enjoyed seeing them challenge themselves on each wall. Each climbing wall is different, with multiple routes to challenge all levels of climbers.

Rock Up Watford

I found it bizarre to see shoppers walking past but I really love the location. It’s a great way to compromise with your kids if they hate shopping! Our session went really quickly but it was pretty quiet mid-week so the kids were able to try each wall a couple of times if they wanted.

indoor climbing at Rock Up

I would have liked the staff to be more encouraging. On previous visits there have been some really helpful staff who have given advice on how to climb certain walls, especially the Stairway to Heaven. This time we felt the staff were lacking any enthusiasm which was a real shame.

Soon our 55 minutes were up and we took off our safety equipment and headed to the cafe for a cool drink. We can’t wait to go back again soon.

cooling down at Rock Up

Our top tips for Rock Up Watford would be:

book online to avoid disappointment

arrive 30 minutes before your session starts for your briefing

wear socks and trainers

pay extra for the Leap of Faith

Park at Kings Car Park in intu Watford as it stays open later

Pay £5 so younger kids can enjoy the soft play whilst older kids climb


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    Claire Roach
    September 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Yes seems a strange location with having shoppers being able to gawp at you, but for the price I could live with that. The twins would love a go on the walls.

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    Kacie Morgan
    September 2, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Indoor climbing looks really fun and I bet it’s a good way to keep fit and tone your leg muscles. I really should try it out sometime.

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    Rebecca Smith
    September 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I definitely think this is something Jack would enjoy and it is local to us too! I might have to head over and check it out.

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    Laura Dove
    September 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Oh what fun! We have something similar up here which the children love. It’s great exercise for them too and tires them out – always a bonus!

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    Lauretta at Home and Horizon
    September 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    This looks really fun for the kids. What a good way to get them moving while they have fun.

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    Jennifer Gladwin
    September 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I think the location is great, it can be used as a bribe for after shopping! It looks like great fun, my lot would love it.

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    September 4, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I wanna try wall/rock climbing one day, this sounds like a lot of fun for sure.

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    September 7, 2019 at 8:21 am

    We have a climbing centre like this in Bournemouth and are actually heading there today – the kids love it

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