Rock Up Lakeside Review, Essex Mums

We Visited: Rock Up Lakeside

A Fantastic Climbing Experience for the Whole Family

Rock Up Lakeside is the perfect venue for climbing enthusiasts and little explorers in Lakeside, Essex. As a parent, I highly recommend this indoor climbing facility for a fun and exciting day out with the kids. Not only does it offer an array of climbing options, but it also boasts a brilliant soft play area for younger children.

Climbing Experience

The climbing session at Rock Up Lakeside lasts for an hour, starting with a thorough briefing to ensure everyone’s safety. The staff members are friendly and knowledgeable, taking the time to explain the rules and provide tips on climbing techniques. Once the briefing is done, the kids are let loose to explore the various climbing walls. They were thrilled to try out different routes and challenges, and the staff members were always available to assist with clipping and unclipping, providing extra support if needed. We were impressed by the variety of climbing options available at Rock Up Lakeside. Compared to other venues we’ve visited, there were more walls to choose from, allowing my children to test their skills and try out almost every wall within the hour. The experience was exhilarating and left us wanting more. Next time, we’ll definitely book a longer slot to fully immerse ourselves in everything this venue has to offer.

Climbing Club and Parties

If you’re a local resident, you’ll be delighted to know that Rock Up Lakeside also offers a climbing club. This is a fantastic opportunity for climbers to further develop their skills, learn new techniques, and socialize with other climbers. The club provides a supportive and encouraging environment for climbers of all levels. Additionally, the venue hosts parties, providing a unique and thrilling experience for celebrations.

Soft Play Area

For the younger ones who may not be ready for climbing just yet, Rock Up Lakeside has a perfect solution – a dedicated soft play area. Divided into two sections for children under and over eight, this area offers plenty of room for exploration and play. The soft play equipment is well-maintained and designed to stimulate the senses, with slides, ball pits, and climbing structures. It never felt overcrowded, allowing the little ones to enjoy their playtime to the fullest. As a parent, it was a relief to have a safe and engaging space for my younger children while the older ones enjoyed their climbing adventure.

Parking and Accessibility

Parking at Rock Up Lakeside is free and conveniently located near House of Fraser. The venue itself is situated opposite McDonald’s, making it easy to find. The parking area is well-maintained and spacious, ensuring that finding a spot is hassle-free. While weekends can get busy, as expected, we found it manageable to find a parking spot and enjoy our visit without any inconvenience.

Refreshments and Facilities

Inside the venue, you’ll find a café serving a variety of hot drinks, children’s drinks, and snacks. They take payment in cash and card. The hot drinks, served in mugs, are a nice touch. Whether you prefer a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. The toilets, located near the soft play area, are clean and easily accessible, ensuring convenience for families with young children.

In conclusion, Rock Up Lakeside is the perfect destination to let your children burn off some energy while having a fantastic time climbing. The combination of thrilling climbing options, a delightful soft play area, and convenient facilities make it an ideal choice for a family outing. The friendly and knowledgeable staff members ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Afterward, you can even indulge in some retail therapy at the nearby shops – a win-win situation for everyone! So, gather your family and head to Rock Up Lakeside for an unforgettable day of adventure, laughter, and bonding.

Visit the Rock Up Lakeside Website

Travel Info:

You should plan to arrive by car or train to visit this attraction – there is free parking onsite.

We travelled from Chelmsford and the journey time by car was 35 minutes.

We think this experience is best suited to: Children of all ages.

For more ideas for family days out take a look at the Visit Essex website.