As part of Heritage Open Days you can book a free guided tour of The Arc.
Take a look around
Chippenham’s most striking new building
Designed by Chippenham Architect Rob Elkins (Artel31) for Chippenham Borough Lands Charity (CBLC), The Arc climbing centre is one of Chippenham’s newest and most striking structures. It is one of the first climbing centres in the UK to be entirely purpose-built. Most are established in existing warehouses or churches.
This is your chance to find out what goes on behind the peaks of the impressive north and south blocks. You will learn interesting details about the building including how it has been future-proofed to withstand being built on a flood plain! The centre is operated by The Climbing Academy on behalf of CBLC. You will have the chance to meet TCA staff and ask questions about how the centre works.
In addition to the main buildings, The Arc features an impressive wooden cafe decking that affords views of the rare outside climbing wall, a state-of-the-art skatepark (designed by CANVAS) and Westmead Playing Fields. The tour will include inside and outside locations, so come prepared for both.
Heritage Open Days
Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. Heritage Open Days is your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.
The skatepark build
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Book now for your
Tour of The Arc
SAT 17 SEPTEMBER
Tours will run every half hour from 2pm until 5pm
Free but bookable – using the widget below
The building is fully accessible for wheelchair users. We have baby changing facilities and a cafe serving hot food, snacks and sweet treats.