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Battle of Britain 2023

The UK’s biggest open-to-everybody climbing competition is back for another bloc-busting year! (pun intended).

Join us at Depot Manchester on Saturday the 7th of October for the biggest public bouldering competition of the domestic calendar.

Tickets have now sold out, join the waiting list where we will release any returned tickets and allocate them in chronological order.

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What is the Battle of Britain?

Affectionately referred to as BoB, this competition is open to any climber who is keen, and is a great chance to climb alongside some of the biggest names in UK competition climbing; how many GB Climbing athletes will you spot?

The BoB is one of the longest-running competitions in the UK climbing scene, having started in our heritage site, Pudsey in Leeds way back in 2011 and is now hosted by the biggest bouldering centre in the UK: Depot Manchester.

We now see 400 competitors join the competition each year, from all over the UK, and even a few entrants from abroad!

The setting team makes sure to set a competition that is inclusive of all climbing abilities to enjoy, culminating in a grand final that usually has some of the UK’s strongest climbers battling it out on the wall to be crowned BoB Champions and take home a prize fund of £2k each.

We’ll have some of Climbing’s biggest brands in attendance on the day, plus lots of our own special offers such as:

10% OFF Scarpa Climbing Shoes

10% OFF New Season Black Diamond Clothing

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What is the format of the day?




Doors: 8:30am

Session 1: 09:30 – 12:30

Session 2: 13:00 – 16:00

Prize Giving & Senior Final: 17:00

Please note safety briefings will take place 15 minutes before the start of each session and must be attended by every competitor.

Scoring Format & Scorecards

You’ll have 30 problems to test yourself against, with the opportunity to score points on your first 3 attempts

1st attempt: 10 points

2nd attempt: 7 points

3rd attempt: 4 points

You can also receive a zone point on each problem. To earn this point, you will need to reach a designated hold on the problem in control-no slapping at it as you fall!

Zone: 1 point


All scores must be submitted via the online scorecard (found on the link below), but you will also be able to carry around a paper scorecard while you climb. This will need to be uploaded to the online scorecard no later than 15 minutes after your session ends.

What categories are there?

Junior Female 7-11
Junior Male 7-11
Junior Female 12-15
Junior Male 12-15
Senior Female 16-44
Senior Male 16-44
Male Paraclimber All ages
Female Paraclimber All ages
Female Masters 45+
Male Masters 45+

Accessibility Statement

Our aim is to be as accessible and inclusive as possible, and we are always looking at how we can remove barriers to entry in any of our climbing walls. 

Our aim is to be able to offer climbing to everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, everyone at Depot Climbing is equal and will be treated equally when visiting.

If you have any contributions or have some changes you’d like to see, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected]

Getting Here

All directions to the centre and our address can be found on our Contact Us page or via the Google Maps link below.

We have a free-to-use car park with 60 spaces, however, this does fill up quickly. There are also 2 disabled parking spaces close to the main entrance, if you have any issues with parking using the disabled spaces, our friendly team will be happy to help find a suitable space.

We have secure storage for bicycles inside the centre, and are just a short walk from the Media City UK tram stop, and can also be reached via buses x50 and 250 from Manchester.


Our centre is accessible via wheelchair, with easy access to the main climbing areas, toilets, changing rooms and cafe area. 

We have accessible toilets positioned around all areas of the centre, with the main male and female toilets and changing rooms situated just a short distance from reception.

A gender-neutral disabled toilet can be found directly opposite reception, which has an accessible doorframe and an emergency chord to alert staff if you are in need of assistance. A second disabled toilet is located in the training area. 

We have male and female changing rooms situated next to the main male and female toilets immediately left of reception.

As the largest bouldering wall in the UK, we have endeavoured to make safe and accessible walking pathways around our centre. We have also placed wayfinding maps with ‘you are here’ location pins to aid in navigating. 

If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

We ask you not to walk on the mats if you are not climbing, and food, drinks and wheel/pushchairs are not permitted on the mats. This is for the safety of all participants.

Fire exits are clearly marked around the centre so you will never be too far from a safe exit in case of emergency.  Emergency lighting will light any emergency exit pathways and our fire assembly points are located in the car park at the front of our centre and in the car park to the rear of the training unit.

How Much Is It?

Tickets: £25 pp

Ticket includes wall entry, exclusive competitor t-shirt (while stocks last) & entry into our lucrative raffle with over £1k of prizes to be had.

Tickets have now sold out, join the waiting list where we will release any returned tickets and allocate them in chronological order.

What else is on during the day?

Our sponsors Black Diamond & Scarpa will be in attendance with demos, deals, sample sales, and interactive stalls to keep you busy between climbs.

There will also be huge savings to be made in our very own Depot Climbing shop too that are exclusive to the day.

Our kitchen will be running all day long fuelling you with hand-crafted coffee and stone-baked, made-to-order pizza. We’ll even have a few beers on hand for when the climbing is finished and it’s time to sit back and watch the finals.

BoB Booking

Booking can only be made via the booking links below.

Please be sure to select the correct session, and bear in mind that most competitive athletes will book the morning session.

Tickets are £25 per competitor.

If you have any questions, you can email [email protected] or call the Manchester centre on 0161 848 9495

Tickets have now sold out, join the waiting list where we will release any returned tickets and allocate them in chronological order.

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Battle of Britain 2023 Sponsors

We couldn’t bring you the BoB each year without the support of our sponsors.

Main Sponsors:

Black Diamond


Beta Setting

Other Sponsors:

Dark Ventures

Mountain Boot Company

Moon Climbing

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