Rossendale climbing centre celebrated first birthday in style

Published August 1, 2016 at 16:06

Hundreds of people recently flocked to Rossendale to help celebrate Grip & Go’s first birthday.

The £275,000 climbing centre, which is based at the Adrenaline Centre in Haslingden, celebrated the milestone by hosting a first birthday party.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris, kicked off the celebrations by giving a welcome speech to visitors.

During the event there were a host of different activities on offer, including fitness challenges, face painting, bounce castle, soft play fun, a roller disco and the chance to have a go at laser tag and to try out Grip & Go.

Obie White from Whalley celebrated his 8th birthday at the centre, his dad, Steven White, said:

“It’s been great to celebrate Obie’s 8th birthday at the same time Grip & Go celebrates its first birthday. We have been to Grip & Go a few times before, it’s a really good facility and is a great way to get children to experience climbing in fun and safe way. We’ve brought eight of his friends with us, they’ve all had a really good day.”

The climbing facility which is aimed at families and young people, first opened its doors on Saturday 18th July 2015, and has since attracted more than 25,000 visitors through its doors.

The attraction features 18 themed 24.5ft climbing walls, a ‘Leap of Faith’ and aerial stepping stones.

Since opening it has played host to a number of events, including raising more than £700 for Children in Need by hosting an event which saw scout groups from across East Lancashire join together to climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest.

Ken Masser Executive Director of Rossendale Leisure Trust said:

“We were delighted with the turnout; it is a reflection of the success we’ve had over the past 12 months. I would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate with us, and we hope to see you all again soon.”

Grip & Go will be extending their opening hours from July 25th to September 2nd from 10am to 7pm, both weekdays and weekends. For more information visit

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