Robinwood has four Activity Centres; two of which (Dobroyd Castle and The Old School) are located in the south Pennines market town of Todmorden, benefitting from excellent transport links. Our third centre, Barhaugh Hall, is situated on the Cumbria/Northumbria border in an designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our newest centre is Maes-y-Nant Activity Centre near Wrexham. More information on each centre is detailed below.
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.
Barhaugh Hall is set in over 9 acres of land and lies on the Cumbria / Northumbria border. For those wishing to have a wonderful experience in a really beautiful part of the countryside, Barhaugh Hall will certainly not disappoint. The views over the valley are breathtaking whatever the weather and the wildlife living in the area such as deer and the famous red squirrel are a joy to see and can sometimes be spotted during the walk into the centre or around the beautiful grounds.
The Old School Centre is where it all started over 20 years ago, running courses for no more than 30 children. Set in the South Pennines town of Todmorden, with brilliant transport links, fascinating local history and amazing natural resources. One of the highlights of a visit to The Old School is a trip up to Orchan Rocks; a pile of natural boulders that is perfect for children to challenge themselves by seeing which of the small holes they can wriggle through. Also up on the moors a short walk from the activity centre we have an Alien Conspiracy session based on the famous story of Alan Godfrey.
Maes-y-Nant activity centre is our newest centre and is set in the beautiful Welsh countryside just outside of Wrexham. Maes-y-Nant 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’. In 1959 the house was sold and converted to a hotel with many of its original features being preserved to this day
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.
"I can honestly say that in 12 years of teaching, Robinwood Alston has been the best school residential I have ever been on. My only negative is that I hadn't heard of it sooner! The staff, the facilities, the food and the activities were all top class and the staff in particular are a real credit to your company. Cannot wait to return!
Organisation on centre - This was the most impressive part of the residential. It ran like clockwork and our group leaders were amazing at getting the children to where they needed to be.
As a teacher in charge of other people’s children, I always felt confident that the children in our care were 100% safe. You could tell that safety was a top priority of all of the staff at Robinwood.
Overnight Supervision - Wow! Wow! Wow! Is all I can say about the night time staff. They were so attentive yet assertive when needed and helped out with one of our children with diabetes. One lady made a very conscious effort to get to know about the child's condition and asked directly what she should be looking for. Her concern was very apparent which made us feel safe in the knowledge that she really cared about the safety and well-being of the children.
Best children's shower facilities I've ever seen!
Fantastic food and really directed at children's tastes. Always aware of our allergy children and counts were on the food for our diabetic child. "