Located in the small village of East Tytherton near Chippenham our Guiding Centre offers plenty of space, both indoors and out. Accommodating up to 50 for overnight stays and up to 150 day visitors, it’s ideal for holidays, sleepovers, meetings and activity days.
The Centre is a converted village school which includes four large rooms/halls, a well equipped kitchen, a second kitchen area, conservatory, toilets, showers and disabled facilities.
Outdoor space comprises an enclosed large car park, field and campfire circle.
We welcome use by Guiding and Scouting groups as well as by other not-for-profit organisations.
Only 20 minutes from the M4 (Junction 17) and 15 minutes from Calne, Lyneham and Chippenham (with bus and rail links), the Wiltshire North Guiding Centre lies in the centre of the small village of East Tytherton, Wiltshire.
Wiltshire North Guiding Centre
Conservatory: Great for storing outdoor shoes/wellies and equipped with comfy seats so also ideal for meetings or adults’ relaxation area.
Lydiard: Carpeted and suitable for comfortably sleeping 12-15 people, for activities or for meetings. Table tennis table.
Bowood: Carpeted and suitable for comfortably sleeping 12-15 people, for activities or for meetings. TV and DVD player (no TV receiver), bat watching facilities.
Kitchen: Fully fitted including range cooker, domestic oven, large larder fridge, under counter freezer, microwave, hot water heater for drinks, commercial dishwasher, crockery and cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. Full kitchen inventory available here.
Brunel: Large tiled floor hall with stackable tables and chairs. Will seat 50 for meals. Suitable for meetings.
Wiltshire: Part carpeted / part tiled floor, equipped with double sink and drainer, washing machine, tumble dryer.
Avebury: Large hall, carpeted and suitable for comfortably sleeping 20 people, for activities or for meetings.
Sybil Taylor: Equipped with comfy seats, suitable for First Aid or for small meetings.
Office: Computer, Wi-Fi connection (available on request)
Large games equipment available for use:
Link to list of games equipment
The Centre is in a conservation area and is home to 2 protected species of bat which are resident in the roof area! Bat cameras are available for use.
The Centre has an enclosed tarmacked car park, field and campfire circle.
Geocaching, benches, wooden play equipment, rotary airer and compost bin are all within the grounds.
The towns of Chippenham and Calne are each 4 miles away. Both have a heritage centre, a leisure centre with swimming pool, takeaways and a good range of shops. There is a daily bus service to Chippenham (Monday – Friday) and Chippenham also has a railway station.
With transport it is possible to visit attractions further afield, such as STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Bowood House and Gardens, the National Trust village of Lacock with its Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum, Avebury’s stone circle, Cherhill’s White Horse, the Kennet and Avon Canal or the South Cotswold locations of Castle Combe and Malmesbury.
The Centre is ideally situated for walking and is located on the route of Maud Heath’s Causeway. Route maps for local walks are available on request.
“The Centre was great for our joint Brownie sleepover – loads of room for us to spread our activities around both indoors and out. We were really pleased we didn’t have to limit the number of places available too. Although we took 29 Brownies, there was room for plenty more.”
Jo and Gill, 1st & 2nd Purton Brownies
Stayed November 2014
“We have stayed in Maud Heath Guiding Centre twice during the past year with Brownies and Guides. The facilities are excellent and it is one of the largest indoor centres I've been to in the south west. The kitchen is well-equipped so easy for catering for large groups. Our girls loved playing in the field and cooking on the campfire. There is plenty of play equipment that is easy to borrow and the bats entertained the girls at night - via the batcam, not in the building!”
Alexandra, 54th Bristol Brownies, May 2015
“We have been hiring the County Guiding Centre for a number of years. The facilities there - two rooms, a large hall and a well equipped kitchen are perfect for our group, and the huge garden is a marvellous bonus for us all. The team that manage the bookings and look after the hall make it very easy for us to hire the hall, pay for the hire and report any issues that may have occurred between hires or on our day there.“
Mandy, Outpost Education (home schooling group), April 2015
“We have used the centre for our Christmas weekend for the past 3 years, and have booked already for this year! The Centre is a great place to be with plenty of space for all our guests - young and old. It’s set in a lovely area for cycling and walking from. The booking and payment process is very easy and efficient.
Thanks for having us!”
Jacqui & Andy, Cycling club, April 2015
“As a group of home-educating families who meet once a month for the whole day, the Maud Heath Centre is a fantastic venue. The space, both inside and out, has been wonderful for all our activities over the past three years. There are a lot of tables so all the children can have their own work space when needed, and enough rooms to have more than one activity at a time for different age groups. The boys make full use of the playing field, but there is still room near the centre for the younger ones. During the cold months the centre is easy to heat, but when the weather is warm enough we eat our lunches together outside at the picnic tables. Many happy memories!”
Sandra & Tara, Ace Space, April 2015