Purpose-built Facilities at Maes-y-Nant

Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside just outside of Wrexham, the original building dates back to the late Victorian era when it was built as a private house in around 1870.

Its name Maes-y-Nant when translated means ‘house by a stream’. Although the stream remains, the old owners would struggle to recognise it now as the site has been transformed with purpose built facilities to provide an amazing Robinwood experience.

As our newest centre every element of the operation benefits from our experiences over years of operation and feedback across all Robinwood centres.

Maes-y-Nant Key facts:

  • An established management team are at the helm of Maes-y-Nant.  If you have been to Dobroyd or Barhaugh Hall you will probably recognize some familiar faces. With over 40 years of experience between them at Robinwood Centres, you are in safe hands with Ash, Kel and Storm.
  • The only Robinwood centre with coach access to the front door!
  • All activities are on-site and close together – making the most of every exciting minute.
  • Another first for Robinwood – Maes-y-Nant boasts a purpose-built high ropes course.
  • Raft Building and Canoeing takes place on our purpose-built lake, shallow enough to be perfect for key stage 2 and big enough for a real feel of adventure.
  • Maes-y-Nant features a brand new Giant Swing and a Zip Wire of around 80 metres in length, perfect for Key Stage 2 adventurers.
  • Maes-y-Nant offers Robinwood’s Ultimate timetable, providing all the classic Robinwood sessions, including the legendary Piranha Pool, Dungeon and Quest themed problem-solving sessions.
  • Purpose-built brand new buildings house Archery and our specially designed indoor Caving system, allowing these activities to take place year-round.
  • Dormitories and teachers accommodation are all housed in the main building. Within our accommodation, children sleep in dormitories with between 2-12 children, with en-suite toilets and washbasins.
  • Maes-y-Nant accommodation can cater for up to 170 adventurers at a time. The children get to share a dormitory with their friends, whilst teachers rooms, all of which are en-suite, are located close to the children.
  • We have a fantastic teachers lounge area where teachers can relax in the evenings, whilst Robinwood staff oversee bedtimes and overnight supervision of the children.

Typical three day programme at Maes-y-Nant

Around 24 hours of high quality activity sessions packed into a 3 day course. We ensure your group gains the most possible from every moment spent at Robinwood, from wake-up around 7.00am to lights out (and sleep!) at 10.00pm. Please note that this activity programme does vary dependent in particular on weather conditions and the timetable given is only a sample. The activity programme you follow will be confirmed in advance of your course, within a personalised timetable for your school.

Day 1

Arrivals are typically about 11.00am
Giant Swing
Raft Building
Crate Challenge
Evening Meal
Hot Chocolate and Review

Day 2

Zip Wire
Piranha Pool
Evening Meal
Team Challenge
Hot Chocolate and Review

Day 3

Challenge Course
Departures are typically about 1.30pm

Finding our Maes-y-Nant Activity Centre

Maes-y-Nant is situated just off the A525

Typical travel times

  • Chester

    30 mins
  • Liverpool

    1 hr
  • Welshpool

    1 hr
  • Manchester

    1 hr
  • Birmingham

    1 hr 15 mins
  • Bangor

    1 hr 15 mins
  • Leeds

    2 hrs
  • Nottingham

    2 hrs 10 mins
  • Aberystwyth

    2 hrs 15 mins

What Schools say about Maes-y-Nant

We really appreciate all the recommendations we get from schools who have visited Robinwood and the number of schools who come for the first time as a result of recommendations from friends and colleagues. We are constantly updating the comments from schools who have recently attended a Robinwood Course. The schools that attend come from areas of the Midlands, throughout the North of England and up into Scotland. But don’t just take our word for it, See what they have to say about Robinwood. For more testimonials and recommendations visit our Highly Recommended Page.

"* Robinwood staff make the entire experience exciting, memorable and hugely fun. We always have a huge number of children that have already been wanting to join the next years group. * A fantastic range of indoor and outdoor activities are provided that test and challenge the children in a variety of ways. * Team leaders are experienced, friendly and kind. They stretch and encourage all children to do their best and to work outside their comfort zone where possible. * Any illness or accidents are dealt with in a discrete, compassionate and professional way. Any children that were poorly and were collected had clothes washed and were provided with lunch and DVD while waiting to be collected. * Staff are confident and take groups without the teacher needing to be present but all staff love to join in. * Food was amazing and all staff looked forward to the meals ! We can't thank you all enough for another memorable trip!"

Barley Fields Primary School, Ingleby Barwick