VISITORS to Calshot Activities Centre will be able to scale new heights next year - thanks to a £320,000 improvement project.

Hampshire County Council has unveiled plans to create a raft of new attractions at the centre, which will be given a major revamp during the winter.

From next spring visitors to the seafront complex will be able to take part in activities such as aerial trekking, auto-belayed climbing and bouldering.

The council says the scheme will make Calshot Hampshire’s “pinnacle” of adventure sport.

Cllr Sean Woodward, executive member for recreation and heritage, said: “Climbing is an enormously popular sport in Hampshire and by investing in our facilities we aim to ensure Calshot remains a destination of choice.

“It will be the only venue in the region with such a variety of activities.

“They will include new technology such as ValoClimb, an interactive climbing wall, with smart projection technology.

“Anyone from young children to serious adult climbers can enjoy interactive games such as dodging incoming asteroids while climbing.

“This enables Calshot to continue to provide great climbing for serious enthusiasts but also opens the door to families and others who want to try out a range of exciting activities without needing to book ahead.”

The scheme was first discussed in December last year.

A county council spokesman said: “To allow for the building works, the current low-level climbing wall will be closed from October 21 until early 2019. All other facilities, including climbing walls, will be open as usual.”

Calshot Activities Centre is a former flying boat base at the end of Calshot Spit.

It offers a wide range of water and land-based recreational courses and activities, including a dry ski slope.