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Climbing Craze Is Clipping Good

Blackpool is sporting a resurgence in adventurous activities for locals with the new Clip ‘n Climb franchise joining ventures such as the ever popular Ascent and the soon to be opened Coast Riders Roller Rink in offering affordable year round family friendly fun for residents.

So what is it? Clip ‘n Climb is exactly what is says on the tin. Wearing a harness you ‘clip’ into the custom designed TruBlue auto belay device and ‘climb’. Climb a whole series of themed challenges, rising over 25ft, including the 8.5m vertical drop slide, set to be the highest of all Clip ‘n Climb centres in the UK.

The brainchild of Kiwi climber Tim Wethey and Irishman John Targett, Clip ‘n Climb has been opening its doors all over the globe, so you can expect thrilling tests of skill and nerve. The trials in the 2,500 sq ft unit will be unique to the brand and incorporate elements not generally seen in your average climbing haven. Dry ice will add atmosphere, the Speed Climb will generate adrenaline, while the Twister and Stairway to Heaven will bring the fun.

Who is it for? Everyone! Kids parties, team building, family events, couples day out… the centre is set to cater for all ages and abilities from 5 years and up. And this is just for the visitors. Opening in March, the enterprise promises over 30 new jobs and, if you follow their new Facebook feed, to support other local businesses as suppliers. I for one am particularly excited at the prospect of a Wallings ice cream after a fun but gruelling climb.

Fylde Council has approved the plans laid out by a local business partnership consisting of Anne and Ben Wade, successful entrepreneurs and ice-skating stars, Olympian Karen Barber and sandgrown’un Daniel Whiston from Dancing on Ice. Daniel is “very excited about Clip ‘n Climb as it has such wide appeal”. The venture, based in Whitehills Business Park, is part of a 714 acre business community with easy links to public transport and major traffic routes. Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool is expected to open in March 2017.

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