Visitors will be able to scale new heights next year at Hampshire County Council’s Calshot Activities Centre, with brand new aerial trekking, auto-belayed climbing, bouldering and interactive climbing facilities, thanks to a £320,000 investment
Improvement works will begin in October, and the new facilities will be available from Spring 2019, with most offered in a flexible ‘pay and play’ format without the need to book in advance.
Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said:
Climbing is an enormously popular sport in Hampshire, and by investing in our facilities, we aim to ensure that Calshot remains a destination of choice. It will be the only venue in the region with such a variety of activities, and will include new technology, such as ValoClimb, an interactive climbing wall, with smart projection technology. Anyone, from young children to serious adult climbers, can enjoy interactive games such as dodging incoming asteroids while climbing.
This enables Calshot to continue to provide great climbing for serious enthusiasts, but also opens the door to families and others who want to try out a range of exciting activities, without needing to book ahead. I hope we’ll inspire people of all ages to try something new.
The new activities include:
Aerial trekking – New indoor high ropes course including balance beams, tightrope bridges, stepping stones and zip wire, whilst visitors are attached to a continuous safety system.
Auto-belayed climbing – Varied fun climbing walls with an automated safety system which takes up the slack during a climb and controls the descent, – maximising your climbing time
Interactive climbing – active play technology which invites anyone, from the youngest kids to hard training adults, to a have fun and get great physical exercise.
Bouldering – State-of-the-art bouldering cave with improved indoor rock climbing, enabling climbers to move freely and flexibly between climbing holds.
To allow for the building works, the current bouldering wall (low level climbing wall) will be closed from 21 October until early 2019 – when the brand new bouldering facility will be available for climbers. All other facilities, including climbing walls, will be open as usual.
For full details of progress on the project and opening times please visit www.calshot.com or find the centre on social media @CalshotActs.
In the meantime, Calshot Activities Centre offers a wide range of water and land-based recreational courses and activities, including dry slope skiing, velodrome cycling, climbing walls, kayaking, windsurfing and dinghy sailing, all of which can be included in great programmes for schools.
Photo: An approximate computer-generated image of what the new bouldering cave