The Cragg Climbing Wall

The Cragg Climbing Wall boasts East Anglia’s premier climbing, bouldering and rock climbing experiences for everyone aged five and over, regardless of your level of experience.

The Cragg Climbing Wall features the following facilities:

  • 330 square metres of climbing wall surface
  • More than 30 lead and top rope lines
  • A dedicated bouldering wall
  • Children’s lessons running five days per week
  • Nationally recognised awarding schemes
  • Regular adult’s courses from complete beginner to outdoor climber
  • Regular route setting

Climbing Sessions

Adult Climbing

Are you new to climbing or have you been enjoying the sport for years? We have a wide range of activities and courses for people with a wide range of experience..

Casual Climbing

As long as you are competent and over 18, you can climb at The Cragg as an unsupervised adult. You will, however, need to register at reception before you begin. We offer both yearly registrations as well as day registrations for those that are on holiday, on a work trip or just passing through the area.


Our bouldering room is an exceptionally popular part of The Cragg. Whether you are new to the sport or are a seasoned hardcore ‘boulderer’ we have our bouldering-only registration option. This allows you to use the bouldering room to your heart’s content but if you would like to climb in the rope room as well, then you will need to register accordingly.

Beginner’s Courses

The Adult Introduction course is the perfect place to start. This two part course takes place every month. Part 1 is on the first Sunday and Part 2 is on the third Sunday (one or two exceptions apply where bank holidays are involved).

During these training days, you will be taught basic climbing skills such as:

  • Bouldering basics
  • How to warm up
  • How to wear a harness correctly
  • Belaying on top-rope
  • ‘Tying-in’
  • Catching a fall
  • Lead climbing is not taught during this course

Learn to Lead Climb

Lead climbing differs from top-rope climbing in that the rope starts on the floor and is led up the wall as the climber ascends. This is a fairly advanced and as such, this class is only suitable for regular climbers (at least once per week) who have been climbing for the previous three months or so and are at a grade of f5 and above.

The Learn to Lead Climb course will give you all the skills and knowledge to be a safe and confident lead climber. The four hours spent learning will lay the foundation to take your climbing to the next level. As well as best practice, you’ll learn how to avoid the pitfalls of leading a climb. We teach everything through practical demonstrations, guided coaching and personal experience.

What you’ll learn:

  • Clipping quickdraws smoothly and efficiently
  • Lead belaying

Personal Coaching

Have you reached a plateau in your climbing? Does it seem like the next grade is miles away? Do you know what is holding you back? Are you happy with your grade but feel like your technique could be improved? Do you fear falling off?

Our qualified and very experienced coaches are available to help you improve. One-off ‘masterclass’ style sessions are available but to really see a marked improvement we recommend a booking block of coaching sessions. Be warned, however, you will be getting homework!


If you climb on a regular basis, then you will probably like our membership packages. Get in touch with The Cragg team regarding our monthly and annual membership options.

Junior Climbing

Climbing is perfect for children. It boosts confidence, improves agility, tests the mind and is great for improving fitness.

Our children’s courses are the most extensive in the region and, due to popularity are growing from strength to strength.

Monkey, Apes and Orang-utan classes

If your child is aged six or over, the best way to start is with one of our junior clubs – Monkeys, Apes and Orangutans.

While they are participating in the club, your child will take part in the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). NICAS is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on indoor walls. We offer four levels of the scheme, all of which are designed to cover a huge breadth of skills, knowledge, equipment, and advanced techniques in a fun, nurturing, and progressive manner.

For those aged between six and eight, our Pre NICAS sessions are designed to give a gentle and fun-filled introduction to the world of climbing. We instill safe techniques from the beginning, and once your child has demonstrated sufficient understanding of the risks involved, and is aged 8 or older, they will be invited to join our NICAS Level 1 course.

For those aged nine upwards, our NICAS Level 1 courses are the place to start, providing the opportunity to develop essential skills and techniques. Your child can then work through the various levels of the award at their own pace, whilst receiving first class tuition from our highly experienced team. To join directly at NICAS Level 1 we require you to attend one of our Start Climbing courses that we run during the school holidays.


For children aged 6-8 years this is an easy going lesson with the aim of getting the children to climb as much as possible whilst instilling the safety aspects required.


During this course we deliver NICAS levels 1-3 for children aged nine and up, aiming to improve everyone’s knowledge and climbing ability. Registration onto NICAS is mandatory in this class. We also ask that the children attend the Start Climbing course or equivalent private tuition before joining.


For those that are working on their NICAS level 3 and 4 awards.

How Do I Book Climbing?

Mobile App – Book The Easy Way. Download our FREE Everyone Active app, select ‘Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre’, open the ‘Climbing Wall’ tile, log in and make your booking!
Online – Just click the available sessions button on this page to view current booking options. If there is a course or option that you’re looking for but cannot find, please get in touch.
Register – If you’re not already a member or don’t have a free pay-as-you-go Everyone Active card, click here to set up your account. Don’t forget to activate notifications to receive discount vouchers and other centre benefits!

Contact Us:

The Cragg, Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre,
Gainsborough Road,
IP14 1LH

Enquire Online

Tel: 0144 967 4980