Meet Our Team
Our bespoke built bouldering walls offer hundreds of routes, suitable for all skill levels. Meet our lovely Boulder Barn Climbing team. We want to be approachable to everyone.
MEET THE TEAM
Our bespoke built bouldering walls offer hundreds of routes, suitable for all skill levels. Meet our lovely Boulder Barn Climbing team. We want to be approachable to everyone. Each team member has been asked to give a brief write up on themselves, their passions and (brief) history.
Lynn Stokes MBE
During normal bouldering hours, we also offer selected classes on certain days of the week.
09:30 -11:00 0-4 Years old (term time only)
No set bouldering sessions
Student concessions 12:00 – 16:00 £5.00 entry
Free coaching for ladies, registered climbers only. 7pm – 9pm
09:30 -11:00 0-4 Years old (term time only)
The Taste for Adventure charity was set up in 1991 from ‘Brummie’ and Lynn’s home, its aim was to help improve the personal effectiveness of local young and elderly people, who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’ in life by reason of abuse, crime, infirmity, rural and social isolation, disablement, poverty or social and economic reasons beyond their control.
This was achieved through sporting and adventurous pursuits such as climbing, canoeing, abseiling, caving, mountain biking and with much informal discussion, we were able to encourage these young people to learn how to work together in self-sufficient teams in an environment very different from their city streets, and see for themselves that there is more to life and more exciting challenges than gathering on street corners and getting into trouble with the police.
‘Brummie’ was instrumental in encouraging young people to get together in different communities, all across Herefordshire, forming their own committees to work on projects from; clearing woodlands and village ponds, shelters with seating as meeting places and play parks. All of this was achieved by the young people taking ownership of the project and doing their own fundraising by putting bids forward to local businesses and sourcing local grants, with ‘Brummie’s’ help and guidance all the projects were successful.
In 1997 ‘Brummie’ and Lynn opened up the first residential centre with 5 acres of land. Thousands of young and not so young people have passed through the centre. The elderly were not left out and in 1998 reaching out into the two rural communities offering hot lunches throughout the winter months, soon grew into days out, weekends away and many more social activities, helping to combat loneliness and isolation. Such was the centre’s renowned visit from HRH Prince Philip in 2004, and in 2005 ‘Brummie’ received an MBE for his work with young people, then in 2008, Lynn received an MBE for work within the local communities.
‘Brummie’ would never turn anyone or any group away, he saw potential in all young people, telling them “you can be your wildest dream, think big”, every young person who came into contact with him, wanted to emulate this extraordinary human being. Sadly in 2016 ‘Brummie’ passed away but his legacy has not. Taste for Adventure has moved into a new era with an exciting and much-anticipated venture with the re-opening of the ‘Boulder Barn’ complete with MoonBoard, making this an exciting new climbing facility that will offer affordable climbing for all. We hope that the little that has been shared here of ‘Brummie’s’ lasting legacy for Hereford will inspire you if you are not a climber don’t worry, we invite you to come and have a look and enjoy a coffee and a slice of delicious cake whilst watching the climbing family. In 1998 ‘Brummie’ released his autobiography called Soldiers and Sherpas, if you would like to learn more about his incredible life you can purchase a copy from the Boulder Barn. We hope you enjoy the adventure.
Our new boulder barn has some long-standing roots. Starting back in 1991! We have come a long way…
1991 | Founded
Taste for Adventure was founded!
1997 | Residential
We opened our first residential centre with 5 acres of land in May 1997
2008 | Bouldering
The Boulder Barn opened with support from the HYO fund.
2014 | Development
We enhanced our facilities with Sports England support.
2017 | Next Step
We began the search for a new location within the city limits.
2018 | New Roots
The new Boulder Barn facility is now open for all!
We have copies of this incredible book for sales in the centre. Please ask if you would like to purchase one.
Contacting Boulder Barn Climbing
Please send across any questions you may have, booking requests or any general needs. Our team will email you back as soon as we can.
Boulder Barn offer classes, group activities, disability sessions, tutorials, competitions, kids classes, parties and much more. Please drop your question to our team, someone will be in touch soon.
If the question is of an urgent nature, please phone us on 01432 359 392
Taste for Adventure Charity (Reg no: 1027330)