Hampshire County Council’s 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.
“Calshot has over fifty years' experience of providing adventure sports. Traditionally Calshot has focussed on school residential courses, working with thousands of young people across a range of land and water-based activities every year.
“Now we want to open up the excitement to more people, including those who just want to drop in and have a go at activities. To appeal to local people new to climbing, and those visiting the area, the new activities we’ve built in the Hangar will be available on a drop-in basis, or bookable online.”
Most of the new facilities are open for booked visits now, and from the start of the Easter school holidays they will be available in a flexible ‘pay and play’ format, during holidays and weekends, subject to availability of sessions. To book online and secure a session in advance, visit www.calshot.com
The new activities in the Hangar include:
- Aero Trek – New indoor high-ropes course including balance beams, tightrope bridges, stepping stones and zip wire, whilst visitors are attached to a continuous safety system.
- Take Off - Varied fun climbing walls with an automated safety system, so that people can get climbing and having fun safely and quickly, without the need to learn the about ropes and belaying.
- Laser Climb (available from the start of the Easter holidays) – an innovative interactive bouldering game, which invites anyone, from the youngest kids to hard-training adults, to have fun and get great physical exercise.
- Bouldering Cave – State-of-the-art bouldering cave with improved indoor rock climbing, enabling climbers to move freely and flexibly between climbing holds.
Councillor Woodward continued: “Thanks to this investment, Calshot can now continue to provide great climbing for serious enthusiasts, but also open 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.”