• 17 February 2022

The Arc is Open!

The Arc is Open!

The Arc is Open! 1024 512 Westmead

It’s fantastic to be able to report that The Arc is now open. We are delighted that after all the planning and hard work that this exciting new attraction for Chippenham can finally start to be enjoyed by the local community.

Please visit the The Climbing Academy website to find out more and read all the latest information including: –

The Arc Cafe is open to all visitors – even non-climbers. TCA hope that the cafe will become a community hub for Chippenham where visitors will feel comfortable enjoying a drink, snack or a meal.

The Arc skatepark is a free unsupervised facility. Users skate there at their own risk. General opening hours are from Mon-Sun: 9am – sunset (subject to variations). The Wiltshire Council Planning Committee mandated that the skatepark will not be open before 8am, after 8pm or after dark (which will be much earlier at certain times of year). Access will be in line with the climbing centre opening times. If the centre’s opening times vary, for any reason, this will affect access to the skatepark.

*Please note this information was correct at the point of publishing this blog post – check the TCA website for the most up to date info. 

The brilliant team at TCA has been working really hard to get the centre open. Please be patient and show them your support in these early days when everyone is learning the ropes. Excuse the pun.

We hope you will enjoy and show your support for this fantastic new facility.

So what involvement does Chippenham Borough Lands Charity now have with The Arc?

The land that The Arc (climbing centre and skatepark) has been built on belongs to our charity. We have built the climbing centre, with support of a £100,000 grant from Sport England.  Wiltshire Council gave a grant of £200,000 to our charity to build the skatepark element of the site and provide this community facility in Chippenham. The Arc skatepark belongs to Chippenham Borough Lands Charity. We own and are responsible for running it.

We have leased the running of The Arc to The Climbing Academy. This includes responsibility for daily health and safety checks of the skatepark and closing the site in accordance with the planning permissions of the build and weather restriction guidelines for skateparks. The skatepark opening times will therefore be in line with The Arc climbing centre opening times set by The Climbing Academy. The skatepark cannot be used in wet, icy or snowy weather and will be closed in these inclement weather conditions.

The Wiltshire Council Planning Committee mandate also included closure of the park when dark and ‘no later than 8pm’ which will also affect the opening times at different points in the year. We were hoping to be able to have the skatepark floodlit to increase the opening hours however this was not possible due to ecology considerations in the skatepark area. The skatepark is a ‘managed facility’ but an unsupervised park which all people use at their own risk.

Please contact The Climbing Academy directly for any questions relating to the climbing centre opening times, courses and information related to the running of The Arc, including courses and membership.

Telephone: 01249 471182