Active NAtion

Experience climbing like never before with Active Nation Birchwood’s 16 station indoor climbing centre!

Each wall is designed and themed differently, with a variety of difficulties for the ultimate challenge.

The great thing is that no experience is needed at all, we’ll get you safely strapped into the harness and it’s go go go as you race to the top and complete the challenges.

Our climbing adventures are 1hr in length and include a full safety briefing and harness fitting. In this time you’ll have chance to try a range of different wall types and challenges.

Session Times

Weekends – 09.00 – 15.30
Weekdays – 16.30 – 18:30

Parties & Groups

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for a team building activity, or have a stag or hen do coming up, our climbing walls are a great challenge for groups.

With exclusive use of the walls you can have up to 16 people climbing, and we also have a private function room for hire and catering options too!

Green Bank Parties


Each session is 1 hour in length, during this time you will receive your safety briefing, be kitted up with your safety harness.
Please arrive at reception 5 minutes before your booking. One of our instructors will meet you. Your instructor will introduce themselves and collect your group together and walk you to the climbing area. Your instructor will run through a full safety briefing , ask you to sign our safety and risk declaration form before going into the climbing area to get kitted up with your harness. Once harnessed, the instructor will ask you to complete an initial small climb on one of the walls and descent from a low height on the wall to get used to our descender devices (auto belay). Then you are ready to challenge yourself to scale many walls throughout your session.

Yes, the minimum age to take part in Apex climbing is 4 years old. All participants under 18 years of age will need a completed parental consent form. This should be completed prior to arrival and should be handed to the instructor during the safety briefing.

Yes, climbing is a great activity to challenge yourself and push yourself outside your comfort zone. Please note that climbing is physically and mentally demanding and carry’s inherent hazards and risks. Climbing is not suitable for persons with; heart conditions, severe back pain, severe anxiety, severe obesity, vertigo, epilepsy, pregnancy or persons with injuries/ailments/conditions, whether physical or mental, that could be adversely effected by participation.

Yes, our descender devices are limited to 150 kilograms (22 stone).

We recommend that you wear a long sleeved top, long trouser (tracksuit bottoms), clean closed toed trainers which can be tied tight. Note, loose clothing and jewellery should be worn as this can get snagged on the climbing wall holds when you climb. All finger rings will need to be removed prior to climbing.

All equipment is provided (only our equipment may be used when climbing). Please do not bring valuables, we will have an area for you to hang your coats/jumpers within the climbing arena.

Yes, wherever possible we offer equal access to all people. Please contact the centre to discuss your individual disabilities and requirements.

16 people can climb in Apex at any one time (16 walls). Unless you exclusively book the climbing area, you’ll be teamed up with other individuals for the duration of your session.

Yes, climbing is the perfect way to celebrate yours or your friends upcoming stag do or hen party with loads of fun to be had. Although we understand you’ll want to raise a glass to the stag or hen, please ensure no alcohol is consumed before you take part in your activity.

Yes, there is a café at our main reception to allow you to get a drink or a snack prior to or after your climbing experience.

Alongside our full Costa coffee range of hot drinks; the cafe provides a full menu offering hot and cold food for adults and kids, including a dedicated plant based menu.
Open Mon 8-2pm, tues 8-2pm, weds CLOSED, thurs 8-6pm, fri 8-8pm sat & sun 8-4pm

Ready to take on the challenge?

Or give us a call on 01522 304450 for more information.

Terms and Conditions

The Active Climb Terms and Conditions are incorporated to Active nations Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale which apply to all purchases. If you are unsure as to whether you are able to take part in the Active Climb Activity, please contact us before booking.


  • Climbing is physically and mentally demanding and carry’s inherent hazards and risks.
  • By taking part in the Active Climb experience you have accepted and agree to comply with these Active Climb Terms and Conditions. In making a booking for a group, you are responsible for ensuring all group members comply with these Terms and Conditions.
  • The use of the Active Climb walls will be dependant on the proper fitment of the safety equipment as determined by the Active Climb Instructors. Harnesses must be used by all climbers. Harnesses fit a waist size up to 50 inches. Please note that our safety equipment does not support a persons weight in excess of 150 kilograms (22.5 Stone). Our staff can assist any supporters who may have any questions regarding sizing and fitment of safety equipment. Please telephone to discuss any questions you have prior to booking.
  • Climbing is not suitable for persons with; Heart conditions, Severe Back Pain, Severe Anxiety, Severe Obesity, Vertigo, Epilepsy, Pregnancy or persons with injuries/ailments/conditions, whether physical or mental, that could be adversely effected by participation.
  • Rings must be removed before climbing. Other loose jewellery that may snag on the wall should also be removed. Please do not bring valuables to Active Climb.
  • All sessions will be shared with other supporters, unless the session has been exclusively booked.
  • If you decide to stop participating throughout the session, you will not be entitled to a refund.


  • Children age 4 year and above are able to use Active Climb Walls.
  • A Parental/Guardian Consent form signed by a parent or guardian must be submitted for all participants under 18 years old before the activity can take place (this form is available from our web site, confirmation email or alternatively please ask for a copy). If this form is not submitted the booking will be cancelled and the cancellation conditions in clause 3 of these Terms and Conditions will apply.


  • If you would like to cancel a booking, you just need to let us know by contacting us by telephone on 01522 304450.
  • Where we receive a cancellation request the following refund policy will apply: (a) For requests received more than 7 day before the booking will receive a 75% refund will be given. (b) For requests 7 days or fewer days before the activity date no refund will be given.


  • If for any reason, you would like to reschedule your booking we will do the best to assist you.
  • Subject to availability and at the sole discretion of Active Nation, you may reschedule the date, time of your climbing booking up to 14 days before your original booking.


  • Only safety equipment (harnesses, helmets, rope belays and carabiners) provided by Active Climb may be used on our walls.
  • The training and instruction you receive at Active Climb is specific to our climbing environment. We do not guarantee that skills learnt at Active Climb will be transferable to any other activity.
  • Safety briefings will be given in English. In order to safely participate you must be able to understand the briefing in full. If you do not understand any aspect of the safety briefing given to you, please ask for clarification at the time of the briefing, before you participate in the climbing activity.


  • In booking and participating in Active Climb you agree to agree to follow the instructions given by our staff. If you do not act in accordance to Active Climb terms and Conditions you may be asked to leave the centre without any entitlement of a refund.
  • Dangerous or threatening behaviour is not tolerated.
  • If you are part of a group which causes any disturbance, the group will be treated as one and our staff have the right to remove the whole group from the centre and no refunds will be given.


  • Active Nation shall not be liable for any damage or loss of any property or items belonging to you, any member of your group or any third parties; or personal injury or death of any person but only as far as such injury or death is not caused by Active Nation’s negligence.