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BB XI - anniversary festival and comp!

BB XI - anniversary festival and comp!

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Our big annual birthday party is back for 2024, and this time we're celebrating being ELEVEN years old! 😁 Where does the time go?

After the success of our all-weekend festival last year, we're going to run things very similarly this time round - with the addition of some extra bookable slots on the Friday night! Once again we'll be running an Open Comp as well as setting a circuit of fun festival boulders for those that don't want to enter a competition but still want to get involved.

We're excited to be able to hold a Youth Finals on the Comp Wall again this year, as well as Showcase Finals for the Open Comp to round the weekend off in style, as well as our usual mix of DJs, prize giveaways, tasty food and more. With boulders set by the BB Team and guest setters including Yann Genoux, it’s going to be another good one!

Do I still need to book if I'm a member?

For this special weekend event all sessions need to be pre-booked. Monthly members get a 50% reduction in ticket price, and this still includes a free event t-shirt!

Timetable

  • Friday 15th Mar - centre CLOSED for routesetting during the day
  • Friday 15th Mar - bookable slots available from 6pm!
  • Saturday 16th Mar - bookable slots available all day
  • Sunday 17th Mar - bookable slots available in the morning and early afternoon
  • Sunday 17th Mar - Youth Finals in the late afternoon followed by Showcase Finals from the Open Comp in the evening
  • Monday 18th Mar - Centre re-opens as normal from 8am

Adults can book into either the Adult/Youth Sessions (earlier in the day) or Adult Sessions (later in the day). Youth climbers should book into one of the Adult/Youth Sessions. See the booking widgets for available timeslots.

Festival boulders

As well as a tour of Competition boulders, we'll be setting a range of fun festival boulders for everyone to try. So even if you're not keen on entering a competition, there will still be lots of fun stuff to do! These will be set at a broad range of grades, with something available for most skill levels. As we are stripping a lot of our regular boulders to make space for these special boulders, there will be a lower number of really easy climbs up than there would be usually, so it's probably not ideal for someone's first ever climb, but if you've been at least a couple of times before you should have plenty of fun.

Comp Prizes

Those entering the Open competitions will battle it out for a tasty cash prize pot, with £150 on offer for the winner of the Men's and Women's Open events and cash prizes for the top three finishers. There will also be great prizes from our sponsors up for grabs in the Youth Comp and for other top finishers in the Masters and Gender Inclusive categories.

Men's Open Women's Open
1st place £150 £150
2nd place £100 £100
3rd place £50 £50

Free t-shirts and giveaways!

Every participant gets during the weekend gets a free BB t-shirt included in their ticket price, and there will be fun prizes for challenges over the weekend, as well as giveaways for spectators during the Showcase Finals.

Showcase Finals – including Youth Finals (back for a second year!)

The Finals event is the culmination of the annual Comp and is always a highlight of the year, as the top competitors from the Open Competitions battle it out to win the top prize on some specially crafted finals boulders on our Comp Wall in front of a big crowd. The Finals will be a ticketed event to help us manage numbers safely (it’s always really popular!), with pre-booking costing a small amount which will be 100% donated to charity. There will also be a licensed bar so you can enjoy a drink while you watch.

As it went so well last year, we will be running a Showcase Finals for the Youth competition as well as the Open! This will run in advance of the Open finals and will be ticketed separately, with special blocs set for the youth finalists. It’s a great chance for strong youth climbers to get a taste of a finals experience in a way that is not always possible.

Make sure you book your Finals spectator tickets in addition to your participant tickets if you'd like to be there, we'd highly recommend it!

Event entry prices

PLEASE NOTE that tickets must be booked in advance as it is likely that that the event will sell out.

Tickets
General tickets £16
BB Monthly Members £8
Spectators for Youth Finals @ 4.30pm £2 charity donation per ticket (limited numbers)
Spectators for Open Finals @ 7.30pm £2 charity donation per ticket (limited numbers)

All participant entry prices include an awesome comp t-shirt, as designed by BB's very own Sarah Barber! (Spectator tickets don't include a t-shirt.)

Any entrants who have not been to Boulder Brighton before will also need to register, which you can do in advance by following this link.

Youth comp

Youth climbers can join one of our morning sessions and compete in their own leaderboards. We will also be holding a Youth Finals for the top scoring competitors born in 2008 or later, on Sunday afternoon. We encourage any aspiring young climbers to book a slot and give the comp a go. Please note that most routes will be set for adults primarily, with routes not set specifically for juniors, so Youth climbers are not expected to be able to complete the full set of problems!

Minimum age is 7, but very young or small children may struggle to get the most out of it. Youth climbers should already be comfortable climbing some of the Font 4s in the centre (mint and grey circuits or thereabouts).

As with our regular centre rules, any Under 16 competitors must be actively supervised by a registered adult boulderer, unless they have completed our Youth Boulderers' Award and been signed off as able to use the centre unsupervised. Youth Squads from other centres who would like to enter should email [email protected] to organise.

Masters and Gender Inclusive categories

We will be awarding separate prizes for the highest scoring competitors in the Masters and Gender Inclusive categories. Our Masters category is applicable to anyone born in 1983 or earlier (i.e. climbers who were aged 40 or over by the start of 2024). Gender Inclusive scores will be calculated from those selecting the Non-Binary & Other gender category when submitting their scores. Any competitors who get top scores in multiple categories will be limited to one prize each so that we can spread the prizes around to more people.

Comp Rules

For our full comp rules, please see our BB Competition Rules doc - these will also be displayed around the centre on the day.

Food and drink

As well as our usual snacks and drinks in the BB café, we’ll also have delicious food available and will be running a licenced bar (strictly for after climbing) at key times over the weekend.

Do I need to prebook tickets?

Over the weekend, access to the centre will be by ticketed entry only. Existing monthly members can get half price tickets (which still include a free event t-shirt). We expect the event to sell out so would highly recommend booking tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

FAQs

Should I enter the Comp or just try the festival boulders?

Not everyone likes the idea of being competitive, but if you fancy giving the comp boulders a go then we’d encourage you to get a scoresheet and give it a crack! If you can climb up to about 6A then you can probably do half of the competition circuit. Otherwise, just relax and have a go at whatever looks fun without having to worry about scoresheets. There’s no need to decide now, just make sure you get yourself a ticket and then you can make your mind up on the day.

Does it matter if I enter the comp on Friday or Saturday or Sunday?

If you want to enter the comp, any of the ticketed sessions are fine to do this. The Youth and Open Finals (should you qualify for these) will be on Sunday afternoon/evening, but you are free to do the qualifying round on any of the qualifying days as you prefer.

I've never bouldered before, is this event for me?

Over the weekend there will be fewer really easy climbs up than we have usually, to make space for our competition and festival boulder circuits, so it's probably not ideally suited for a first time climber. We'd recommend starting with a First Time Climb session on another day instead. If you've been at least a couple of times before though, there should be plenty of fun to be had.

Can I buy a ticket for more than one day?

You can only enter a score for one of the Comps once (on your first session), but if you really want to buy a ticket for both days then there's nothing stopping you doing this. Each ticket is valid for one session on one day only.

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