Clip ‘n Climb to exhibit at British & International Franchise Exhibition

Clip ‘n Climb is delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s British & International Franchise Exhibition, taking place from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June at the Olympia, London.

With hundreds of exhibitors and over 50 free presentations and workshops, the British & International Franchise Exhibition is a must-attend event for aspiring business owners looking for their next venture.

This year’s stand at the three-day exhibition will provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to talk one-to-one with our experienced franchise team – Franchise Manager, Danny Hodgson and Franchise Account Manager, Marcus Crossman.

Come and chat to us on stand A10 and find out more about owning your own fun climbing business with Clip ‘n Climb.

Get your free tickets today!

Clip ‘n Climb Franchise Model

Owned by Entre-Prises, the world’s leading manufacturer of climbing walls, Clip ‘n Climb is a trusted brand with over 80 fun climbing centres across the UK.

Founded on the philosophy that climbing is for everyone, Clip ‘n Climb filled a gap in the market by creating a fun and accessible climbing experience for all to enjoy.

Now, after launching its new franchise model in the UK, Clip ‘n Climb continues to expand and is looking for talented franchisees to own and run their own centres.

If you build it, they will climb

In March 2022, Clip ‘n Climb opened its newest franchise centre in Thanet, Kent. Key attractions include a 7-metre Vertical Drop Slide, an augmented gaming climbing wall, and the modern South Ridge Café.

In its first month of opening, the centre welcomed over 3,000 climbers, quickly establishing itself as a real social hub for families in the area.

Ready to start your own fun climbing business?

Our franchise model is ideal for individuals looking to get a foothold in the UK leisure industry. As a franchisee, you’ll receive ongoing training and support, giving you everything you need to launch and grow your business.

Enquire today to find out more.

Clip ‘n Climb takes Oldham by storm

In its first 2 weeks of opening, Clip ‘n Climb Oldham welcomed 1,675 individual climbers, 228 soft play bookings and 90 children’s party bookings, proving the centre to be a hit with families of all ages.

Clip ‘n Climb Oldham is part of a new indoor climbing facility called Summit Up, which also features 100 climbing routes, 2 speed walls and a floating boulder – all provided by Entre-Prises Climbing Walls, the world’s leading manufacturer of climbing walls and holds.

Clip 'n Climb Oldham

Congratulations to our new franchise owners, who celebrated their grand opening alongside Sir Norman Stoller CBE KStJ DL, Chairman and Founder of the Stoller Charitable Trust, local dignitaries and members of the community.

Here’s what some of their first customers had to say:

“An absolutely fantastic place for kids and adults too! Our kids said it was the most fun they’d had at any play place they’d ever been to, and they can’t wait to come back. The building has great facilities and is beautiful and clean.” – Ashley Irving

“The staff were fantastic and really motivated us to try different walls and reach new heights! Would definitely recommend and I will be returning.” – Jaclyn Roe Sal

“First time climbing and I absolutely loved it! Will definitely be back again. Managed the Vertical Drop Slide and the Leap of Faith!” – Kelly Sandiford

Clip 'n Climb Oldham Centre

Here’s to a successful journey ahead!

See our Investor Guide for detailed guidance on setting up your Clip ‘n Climb business.

Find out more about Clip ‘n Climb Oldham at summitupclimbing.com

Clip ‘n Climb unveils new mascot

What is purple and green, has a cape, a huge smile and a big bushy tail?

Pip the Possum!

Clip ‘n Clip has unveiled its new mascot, an energetic possum who loves to climb, make friends and eat cake! Inspired by Clip ‘n Climb’s roots in New Zealand, Pip the Possum represents an exciting new step in Clip ‘n Climb’s future as the brand continues to expand across the UK.

Designed by UK artist Dan Lewis from Power Box, Pip is anything than your average possum! He’s been on many crazy adventures, including climbing the world’s highest tree to rescue a magical stone during a lightning storm! Wearing his harness, Pip is ready to climb all the time and loves having fun at kids’ parties, especially when there’s cake involved!

The Pip costume, signage and merchandise will be made available to all UK franchise owners in the coming months, enabling them to make their customer experience even more memorable. For example, Pip will be a special guest at the grand opening of Clip ‘n Climb Oldham, the North’s largest Clip ‘n Climb centre, set to open in 2021.

Vicky Coupe, Clip ‘n Climb’s franchise manager, said:

“We hope that Pip acts as a friendly face to welcome new customers (young and old). The response so far on social media has been amazing and we can’t wait to see our customers faces when they meet Pip for the first time!”

Pip the Possum Clip 'n Climb

Don’t forget to share your photos of Pip with us on social media using the hashtag #PipthePossum. For more information about Pip, contact our UK franchise team.

Reference – Dan Lewis from Power Box

Meet a Clip ‘n Climb Owner

Are you thinking about starting your own fun climbing business? If so, we’d love to share our latest video with you. The video tells the story of Josh Davey and Mark Patterson, two business owners, who decided to set up their own Clip ‘n Climb in 2018.

After visiting Clip ‘n Climb Belfast, Josh and Mark were hooked by the “carnival atmosphere” and soon realised the potential demand for a fun climbing centre in their home town of Ipswich.

“We saw an opportunity in Ipswich. It doesn’t really have anything like Clip ‘n Climb in the area. We were able to work with Clip ‘n Climb to build the perfect customer journey for our centre and our customers.”

Since then the business has grown to become one of the largest Clip ‘n Climb centres in the UK, attracting over 65,000 climbers per year with its range of colourful climbing challenges, café and toddler sessions. In the next five years, Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich aims to become the best centre in the UK and one of the main family attractions in East Anglia.

If, like Josh and Mark, you want to open your own business, see our Investor Guide. You’ll learn about the Clip ‘n Climb brand, how we support our franchisees, and more.

Clip ‘n Climb to open new centre in Thanet, Kent

Clip ‘n Climb, the market leader in fun climbing, is opening a new franchise centre in Thanet, Kent.

The new centre – which is expected to open in early 2022 – will feature over 15 unique challenges including the popularStairway to Heaven, an 8-metre Vertical Drop Slide and an interactive climbing wall called ValoClimb, which combines gaming and climbing.

Clip 'n Climb Thanet

Clip ‘n Climb Thanet will also be home to a soft play area, birthday party areas and South Ridge Café, serving a range of meals, snacks and drinks.

Clip ‘n Climb Thanet Manager, Tom Hickman, said:

“Our purpose-built climbing centre aims to provide an exhilarating, adrenaline fuelled, safe space for the entire family to experience something new and push their limits.

With over 15 climbing challenges, using auto belay devices, we make climbing easy, reassuring and fun.

Over the next year we will be developing our community programme. Things to look out for will include, Holiday Schemes, Team-Building Activities, School Programme, Adult Events and Pre-school Activity Centre.

We cannot wait to open the doors and welcome you to our centre.”

Interested in running your own fun climbing business? Take a look at our Clip ‘n Climb Investor Guide for information on how to get started.

Clip ‘n Climb launch its own café brand, South Ridge Café

As an extension to our colourful climbing centres, we have created a new café brand called South Ridge Café. Inspired by Clip ‘n Climb’s origins, our new café brand has been named after the South Ridge region of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

South Ridge Café has been designed to complement the Clip ‘n Climb experience by providing our customers with a warm and welcoming environment to recharge and refuel, whether they’re taking a break from climbing or keeping an eye on the kids.

Clip 'n Climb Oldham South Ridge Cafe

PHOTO CREDIT: Clip ‘n Climb Oldham

In line with our core values, South Ridge Café caters for all tastes and dietary requirements, offering a selection of fresh and healthy food and drink choices, with a few treats thrown in! We’re also passionate about sourcing locally where possible to support local suppliers, while minimising our impact on the environment.

Commenting on the new café, Daniel Hodgson, Clip ‘n Climb Business Manager, said:

“We’re delighted to bring South Ridge Café to our customers and UK franchise owners. We believe the new café brand will enhance our customer experience by providing a welcoming space for all to enjoy. Since launch, we’ve had some great feedback about the quality and choice of food, as well as our prices.”

South Ridge Café is available to all UK franchise owners. For more information about South Ridge Café and owning your own Clip ‘n Climb, contact our UK franchise team.