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See inside new adrenalin-pumping climbing centre at Ransomes Europark

PUBLISHED: 21:49 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:59 03 October 2018

People have already returned to climb the wall for a second time since it opened last week. Picture: AVID INDOOR CLIMBING

People have already returned to climb the wall for a second time since it opened last week. Picture: AVID INDOOR CLIMBING

From thrillseekers to families, people of all abilities try their hand at rock climbing at a brand new attraction on the outskirts of Ipswich.

The indoor centre doesn't use ropes for the ultimate 'bouldering' experience. Picture: AVID INDOOR CLIMBINGThe indoor centre doesn't use ropes for the ultimate 'bouldering' experience. Picture: AVID INDOOR CLIMBING

Avid indoor climbing centre opened its doors to the public last week after a £500,000 revamp turned a warehouse at Ransomes Europark into a new bouldering centre.

The 7,000 sq ft space in Ipswich incorporates 500 metres of walls that are up to 4.5 metres high – and offer 250 different routes.

Before and after the £500,000 renovation Picture: AVID INDOOR CLIMBINGBefore and after the £500,000 renovation Picture: AVID INDOOR CLIMBING

The centre has a special padded safety floor and does not involve any ropes, making it perfect for bouldering – which has climbed in popularity and is set to appear in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Owner Lindsay Barker said: “It has been a real team effort to get the doors open and to see so many people coming in to enjoy climbing with us is amazing.

“The feedback has been great and we have already had repeat visits even after only being open for five days.”

The centre in Bermuda Road gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to discover the delights of indoor climbing on their doorstep.

Avid indoor climbing centre (9)Avid indoor climbing centre (9)

The climbing course is open from noon to 10pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Standard entry is £9 during peak times (after 5pm Monday to Friday) and off peak entry is £7.

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The centre is also offering monthly passes, student concessions, annual passes and group tickets for up to 10 people.

If you are new to climbing, email info@avidclimbing.co.uk to set up an induction or visit the website for more information.

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