Frequently Asked Questions - Leisure
The Community Recreation Division works in all areas of Wrexham that may have recreational needs. Most of the programmes revolve around the encouragement of young people to participate in sporting activities by eliminating barriers to their involvement. This takes the form of regular outreach sessions at local facilities, open access, flexible activities and times without financial constraints. Follow up work with young people can involve linking in with local club networks to pursue further skill levels, training as sports leaders to use their skills in their local community and range of opportunities in the outdoor environment.
You can pick up a copy of Sporting Contacts from the Sports Development Team on 01978 317698.
There are six quality swimming pools located at Wrexham Waterworld, Gwyn Evans Sports Centre, Chirk Leisure Centre, Clywedog Sports Centre and Rhosnesni Sports Centre.
You will find fitness suites at Wrexham Waterworld, Queensway Stadium, Darland Sports Centre, Chirk Leisure Centre and Clywedog Sports Centre.
Five country parks across the County Borough offer access to the countryside. Visitors can enjoy walks in beautiful woodlands, wander alongside the rivers Clywedog and Dee or visit the spectacular Cefn Viaduct and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Alyn Waters Country Park at Gwersyllt has a network of walks and cycle tracks for safe biking.
Ty Mawr at Cefn Mawr has superb views of the Vale of Llangollen and of the Viaduct. Nant Mill Visitor Centre nestles in woodland where a sensory garden has been created with tactile sculptured forms and fragrant plants.
Wrexham offers access to the rich and varied countryside through its Public Right of Way network covering some 850km of varied terrain to satisfy all types of walker.
Wrexham's early history is shrouded in the mists of time. Evidence of prehistoric human activity in the area was revealed by the discovery of skeletal remains, known as "Brymbo Man", in a Bronze Age burial at Brymbo. "Brymbo Man" has been returned recently to the County Borough Museum. The Roman occupation saw development of a settlement at Plas Coch on the edge of town, a tile factory at Holt, lead mining at Ffrith and an encampment at Chirk.
Although Wrexham was not mentioned in the Domesday documents, there was probably a settlement as the name is Anglo-Saxon in origin. During the Medieval period, Wrexham developed as an important market centre for the area and since that time there have been both indoor and open air markets in the town.
The Wrexham area began to emerge as an important industrial centre in the late 18th century. The establishment of a rail network in the 19th century meant that goods could be transported more easily and this boosted the established industries. John Wilkinson's Ironworks at Bersham produced naval ordnance and cylinders for James Watt's steam engines. In 1793, Wilkinson built a smelting works at Brymbo and this site later became a steelworks.
There was an extensive lead industry at Minera and deposits of clay led to a brick, tile and terracotta industry at Ruabon. The presence of coal deposits produced extensive mining activity. The building of the canals, a prime example of which can be seen at Pontcysyllte Aquaduct in Trevor, meant that these goods could be exported worldwide.
In Wrexham itself, brewing and tanning were the main industries. Evidence of the County Borough's vibrant industrial past can be seen at the Museum in Wrexham town centre located in the former militia barracks, Bersham Heritage Centre and Ironworks and at a range of smaller sites in the Clywedog Valley.