Dobroyd Castle is set high up on the Todmorden moors enjoying some fantastic views of the surrounding area. It is a historic, grade two star listed building, with wonderful architecture including a breathtaking main entrance hall. The 17 acres of grounds, which accommodate Robinwood adventure and teamwork activities, are also the home for a wide range of wildlife including deer, rabbits and many more.
The castle has had many different lives; starting out as a very grand house for a famous local mill owner, later it became an approved school for boys and just before Robinwood took over, a Buddhist Centre. We have invested lots of time and money creating the on site activities, all linked together with paths. We have a shallow lake on site which is ideal for an introduction to canoeing and raft building. We also have giant swings and zip wires which are around 80 metres long. Everything is close by so there is no time wasted between activities.
Our converted sports hall provides some fantastic indoor activity areas. It houses climbing walls and indoor trapeze areas, within which children are challenged to leap from a small platform at the top of a wooden pole just over 4 metres high. We also have indoor archery ranges and rooms in which crate challenge takes place We have three different themed problem solving areas; Quest, the Dungeon and Piranha Pool. Our staff team love developing these areas to ensure the challenges involved really capture the imagination of the children taking part.
We’re always looking to develop and improve the activity programme we offer, sharing ideas across the company and drawing on the experience gained at three centres.
We have dormitories and teachers accommodation areas in the main castle building and in three separate accommodation blocks next to the main castle. The children get to share a dormitory with their friends, whilst teachers get their own en-suite rooms, located close to the children. We have two very nice teachers’ lounge areas in larger rooms just off the grand castle entrance hall, where teachers can relax in the evenings, whilst Robinwood staff oversee bedtimes and overnight supervision of the children.