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Bank Holiday – Mon 19 September
TCA centres will be open
Get a tour of The Arc
As part of Heritage Open Days you can book a free guided tour of The Arc
Price changes September 2022
Some prices are going up. Find out what's new.
Subsidised or free group visits to The Arc
Find out if your group is eligible
Pop-up shoe sale in Chippenham
Arc customers can get 10% discount on usual TCA price from 13-24 July
Autumn kids courses in the Southwest
Autumn terms go on sale on Mon 18 July at midday and summer fun
Black Diamond Tribe Leaders
Find out who this year's BD Tribe Leaders are.
Southwest summer challenge
Visit all 3 TCA centres in the Southwest and win freebies
Climbing is a sport for all – watch our new film by Mark Vaughan
The Arc Jam – launch event
A fun family event - skateboard and climbing demos, music and opening ceremony
The Arc – opening
Find out the latest on climbing at The Arc
Pricing change for 2022
Find out about a pricing change and a new way to support Urban Uprising through TCA
How to start bouldering
You can start bouldering at any centre without doing a course, but what actually is it?
Climbing in the Olympics
As climbing reaches the Olympics for the first time, find out about the format and ones to watch.
Offers for Chippenham residents
We have created some offers to help the people of Chippenham get into climbing before The Arc opens. Discounted tasters, passes and more.
Is it possible to climb with kids?
We spoke to parents at TCA to find out how they’ve faced and conquered the challenge of climbing with kids. From encouraging them to making time for yourself. Here's how to make it work.
TCA squad – challenging, friendly, rewarding
Owen Taylor tells us about his time in the youth climbing team
The Arc – a new climbing centre in Chippenham
A brand new climbing centre is announced for Chippenham, a joint venture from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity and TCA.
Top tips for climbing outside
If you are new to climbing outdoors or thinking about starting we have gathered some useful tips to help you stay safe and confident.
I didn’t expect to be learning a new sport at my age!
We talk to parents of kids who climb in our squad about how climbing has impacted their lives.
Climbing hard and saving lives
TCA climber, Dr Ry McHenry's had an incredible 2020. In between heavy shifts in ICU he managed one of his best climbing years to date
The secrets of safer belaying
Watch our talk: We discuss the pros and cons of different devices, skill-fade, why accidents happen and offer practical ideas for practising and improving your belaying safely.
Let’s go outside
A useful skip through lots of the things you should be thinking about if you're starting to climb outside. With guide and coach Trev Massiah
Forgetting to clip auto belay – an interview
Climbing on auto belay is a safe sport, if it is done correctly. But lose focus and any one of us could forget to clip. We speak to Sam about her accident and what we need to do as climbers to stay safe.
Finding the positive: the psychology of climbing
Watch our free Q&A Hazel Findlay. Get tips to deal with stress and create a positive mindset. Stay safe and make progress by managing your comfort, stretch or panic zone.
Competition to name our new centre
Our new climbing wall in Chippenham is due to open in later in the year (Covid-permitting). We want you to come up with a name and logo idea.
Hazel Findlay on Mental Health and Climbing
Hazel shares her thoughts on why climbing is so good for your mental health and what can you do to stay positive in lockdown.
Musings on the art of route-setting
TCA setter Dan talks about the art and challenges of being a route-setter
How to take better climbing photographs
TCA route-setter and photographer Joseph Schenk shares advice on how to become a better climbing photographer.
Your love letters to climbing
Being forced to stop doing your favourite things is really hard. We'd like to hear from you about how much climbing means to you.