COVID-19 Update

We are closely monitoring government guidelines and are in regular contact with Durham County Council.

Rock Stars Climbing Club sessions are operating under COVID-secure guidelines.

Additional measures in place are: social distancing practiced on lessons, regular hand washing, masks worn by climbing coaches and staff, adapted activities and lesson plans for all activities, cleaning of tables and sofas after every use.

We have added many more sessions for all age groups so we have space for all children that would like to attend.

*These policies are kept under review and regularly update in-line with government guidance.

Rock Stars Children's Lessons

Looking for somewhere to keep your bundle of joy entertained after school, on weekends and during holidays? At Durham Climbing Centre, we make sure to provide a space that is safe and fun for your children to learn new skills, improve fitness and make friends for life!

We offer Rock Stars lessons from ages 3-16 years and make sure there is something to suit everyone. We want your children to experience the benefits of bouldering. Becoming a Rock Star will help with increasing physical fitness, balance and agility to promote hand eye co-ordination. Our group sessions also help to build social skills and encourage speaking and listening.

Most importantly, we want your children to feel that they are part of our team. We want them to leave every lesson and activity knowing that they are not just a climber, they are a Rock Star!

Make sure to look out for our special events including children’s Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party and Christmas Party with themed climbing activities. See you there!

Little Rock Stars

3 - 6 Years

You are never too young to start bouldering! We offer Little Rock Stars classes for ages 3-6 which give your children the basic techniques they need to become confident climbers. By attending our structured climbing sessions, your child will be taught the skills they need to improve co-ordination, build self-confidence and social skills. All sessions include chalk and shoe hire. We make sure to keep these sessions fun and engaging by using games and activities to teach them the skills they need. We also have a great team of coaches to guide them along the way. Sign-up now!

Please contact the centre for any remaining availability or to request a place on the waiting list on [email protected]

3 - 6 Years Term
£49(7 Week Block)
Monday 1st November - Sunday 19th December
3 - 6 Years Casual
£7One off session
Autumn Half Term & Christmas Holidays

Junior Rock Stars

7 - 11 Years

Being part of the Junior Rock Stars means that your young climber’s skills and talents are celebrated, and so they should be. Our unique Durham Climbing Centre Award Scheme allows every Junior Rock Star to work through a criteria designed by experienced and qualified climbing coaches to help them reach their goals! We award your child with medals and certificates at each of the four stages: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Junior Helper. Young climbers also receive their very own ‘buddy badge’ after completion of the Gold Award. As a buddy badge holder, junior helpers may be asked by their coaches to pair up with new members and given extra responsibilities by their coaches. We make sure that all Junior Rock Stars are recognised for their amazing achievements and given the tools they need to grow! Sign-up now!

7 - 11 Years Term
£84(7 Week Block)
Monday 1st November - Sunday 19th December
7-11 Years Casual
£12One off sessions
Autumn Half Term & Christmas Holidays

Rising Rock Stars

12 - 16 Years

Some Rock Stars come through the ranks and others may start a bit later on. But the Rising Rock Stars is prepared for all abilities and ready to nurture any talent as your child enters their teenage years. Our coaching sessions for the older children really focus on developing those key skills and perfecting techniques whilst making them feel more grown up and like part of the DCC team. Climbing coaches also deliver advanced workshops to those more experienced climbers and introduce conditioning, nutrition and training. To be a Rising Rock Star, all you need to do is get involved and sign-up now!

12 - 16 Years Term
£84(7 Week Block)
Monday 1st November - Sunday 19th December

DCC Academy

Be part of our Youth Team!

We love to recognise and develop talent in every Rock Star. So when one of our stars shines bright we are able to offer them advanced coaching as part of the DCC Academy Rock Stars programme. Designed specifically for young climbers who are competing or aspiring to compete in national and international climbing competitions. We focus on preparation for BMC Youth Climbing Series and national climbing competitions.

Our Durham Climbing Centre Academy Rock stars are selected as a squad from team trials and is aimed at our most advanced young climbers who are keen to train multiple times a week and are ready for an advanced training programme. Think you have what it takes? Look out for the next team trials!

Children's Climbing Course with NIBAS


This course is suitable for beginner or experienced climbers and includes a nationally recognised award in Bouldering. This is the ideal session if you are looking for coaching on every visit in a small group or a private session leading to a NIBAS Award. With five levels of structured progression, the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) focuses on key skills for anyone new to artificial climbing. Our scheme is open to children aged 7-15 years.

NIBAS is a national scheme focussing on using a Log Book to log your climbs. The log books costs £7 and covers Levels 1-3.

Sign up and get your own NIBAS Log Book and be awarded with a certificate at each level of the scheme. Booking is essential so make sure to get your place! 

Aims of NIBAS

  • To learn how to use equipment properly.
  • To develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport.
  • To work as a team, communicate with and trust other boulderers.
  • To provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance.
  • To develop an understanding of the sport, it’s history and ethics.
  • To provide a record of personal achievement.
  • To point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.
Children's Climbing Course with NIBAS
Private Session
£20Per Hour
Children's Climbing Course with NIBAS
Group Session
£957 Week Block
Children's Climbing Course with NIBAS
Group Session
£15Per Session

Rock Stars Activity Camp

Can your child not get enough of their Rock Stars classes? Are they looking for more ways to get involved at the Durham Climbing Centre? Or are you looking for ways to keep them entertained during the school holidays? Well why not be part of the School Holiday Camp Rock Stars! Our activity camps run during school holidays Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm with an extended day option from 8am - 6pm.

Children's Themed Events

Rock Stars Climbing Club hosts annual Easter, Halloween and Christmas Children's Parties!