June 4, 2018 4:34 pm

The Little Flash | #TLF18

The Little Flash was just around, and boy-howdy was it a big event! The walls were choc-a-bloc (geddit) with Youth Category climbers, and there was tons of extra special setting around the centre for everyone.

Rob Napier and Guy Copland did a stellar job setting over the week for this comp, and the outcome was a brilliant event for everyone involved, and tons of excellent prizes too!

For the full write-up and images from the event, head here.


Round 2 | SBL18

Our Summer Bouldering League just had its second round! An excellent setting by Guy Copland, Jim Pratt, Jonathon Slarke, and a person whose name escapes us, which was very well received by the competitors.

All those pictures and scores you’re looking for are coming soon! Keep your eyes on our social media or the blog on our website to see when the release is.

For more information on our Summer Bouldering League, head here.

We look forward to our next round of the SBL18, unfortunately Yann has been poached from us for the IFSC setting team for the World Cup in Briancon (yes, our setters really are that good!), so instead, we are getting Ben West in early to set for Round 3!


OPENING HOURS | Highball News

Our standard opening hours are changing slightly! Now, on Mondays you’ll be able to check yourself in from 10:00 onwards, with reception opening at 14:00! And Friday to Sunday, we’ll be opening for self check-in from 08:00, so you can get that lovely early morning exercise in.

Mon –  *Self Check-in: 10:00-14:00*   Reception Opens: 14:00-22:00
Tue –  *Self Check-in: 10:00-12:00*  Reception Opens: 12:00-22:00
Wed –  *Self Check-in: 10:00-12:00*  Reception Opens: 12:00-22:00
Thu –  *Self Check-in: 10:00-12:00*  Reception Opens: 12:00-22:00
Fri –  *Self Check-in: 08:00-10:00*  Reception Opens: 10:00-22:00
Sat –  *Self Check-in: 08:00-10:00*  Reception Opens: 10:00-18:00
Sun –  *Self Check-in: 08:00-10:00*  Reception Opens: 10:00-18:00

Ladies Night | Whats On

The first Monday of every month hosts our Ladies Night. It is a chance for women from all walks of life to come and get involved in bouldering and climbing, and ideal for meeting like minded people.

As a female, you will have the opportunity to get highly discounted introductory sessions, which are great for beginners and those who want to supervise any friends, family, and children. We also have free coaching sessions where you’ll receive professional advice on technique, or just some encouragement to advance that bit further (or even up to the next grade).

June 4th (WHICH IS TONIGHT, SO GET BOOKING FOR IT!) we have Ladies Bouldering Inductions, Ladies Auto-Belay Inductions (must be a competent Boulderer), and Ladies Coaching sessions. Spaces are limited so book online before they fill up! Head here for more.



I am happy to say that I have managed to find a vegan cheese that actually melts in toasties and tastes great, so vegans rejoice!

This months teapigs of the month is chamomile flowers, so for this month it is just £1! Good month to try it if you haven’t had it before.

New opening times! The BetaCafe will now be open from 08:00 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from now on. We will be offering baps and bagels from 08:00-12:00. Obviously the coffee machine and cakes will also be available at these times as well!

HB BetaCafe

Route Setting | News On The Bloc

12th-13th – ZONE 4 – Yann Genoux

15th – Around Highball for NuKids! – Guy & The Highball Team

26th-27th – ZONE 1 – Ben West

28th-29th – Round 3 of the Summer Bouldering League – Ben West


Jo Atkins | View From The Crew


Good day everyone! For those of you who don’t know me I’m the mysterious person that hides in the kitchen or can be seen running about doing things and wears a bobble hat year round.

Over the last 10 months I have been trying to make the BetaCafe somewhere everyone can eat, so have been expanding our vegan and gluten free options. there is anything else you would like to see on the menu, just come and have a chat with me :)

Now it’s a bit warmer you will be seeing me on the wall a lot more, as I’m not a winter climber, way too cold for that!

I am also currently training for a Spartan Super on the 23rd of June, it will be 12-16km of running with 24-29 different obstacles. During this race I will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, you can sponsor me here, any donation will be greatly appreciated.

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

There will also be a ‘guess my time’ competition on the bulletin board – it will be £2 to enter, all you need to do is write down your name and how long you think it will take me. The person with the closest time will win a free pizza and drink of their choice.


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