Our visit to Commonwood Leisure camping and fishing in Wrexham

Written by Shayle Follows

We recently stayed at Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham and had the most fantastic weekend camping, fishing, and relaxing! Here’s what we thought of our visit to Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham.

We loved our recent stay at Commonwood Leisure. With its stunning natural surroundings, excellent facilities, and endless activities to keep us entertained, we had a wonderful break. Here’s our full review.

What is Commonwood Leisure?

Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham is a lakeside glamping and camping site that offers spacious and well-maintained glamping and camping. Commonwood has 10 fishing lakes catering to all levels of expertise and specialised children’s pools. But even if you’re not into fishing, there’s plenty to enjoy here, from live music at the bar to wild swimming. They have an on-site café for tasty food and drinks when you’re feeling peckish. With private fishing pegs, toilets, and parking spaces for each pitch, it’s all set up for a hassle-free stay. And for the kids, there’s plenty of outdoor life to enjoy, including spending time with the friendly pygmy goats and exploring the Welsh countryside.


There are many different camping options at Commonwood Leisure.
There are many different camping options at Commonwood Leisure.

They have various camping options available, including luxury camping pods, lakeside bell tents, a safari tent (on the private catfish lake), electric hook-up caravan/motorhome pitches and lake access non-electric caravan/motorhome pitches. You can visit their website for further information on their camping options.

Arcadia Safari Tent

Perfect for celebrations, The Arcadia Safari Tent.
Perfect for celebrations, The Arcadia safari tent.

The Arcadia safari tent is fantastic for those seeking a fun and private experience. This beautiful tent is situated in its own 5-acre field and features a private lake perfect for swimming, fishing, and canoeing. Additionally, guests can enjoy a small natural lounge pool, a sizeable Argentinian bbq, a fire pit, an extra-large table, and plenty of seating areas and hammocks. The tent can accommodate up to 10 people, and group bookings allow guests to hire the entire field. It’s perfect for group celebrations. Find further information about Arcadia camping here.

Fishing Lakes

There are 10 fishing lakes at Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham.

There are 10 fishing lakes at Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham.


Originally stocked with Carp weighing over 20lbs, it now has fish that weigh up to 40lbs. The pool is only open to syndicate members, who have access to all the Carp waters throughout the year.


Their premier Carp water, Llewelyn, is renowned for its challenging but rewarding fishing experience. The water is harder than Weston, but the abundance of double-figured Carp and a good head of fish over 20lbs, with most being +25lbs, make it well worth the effort. The current lake record is an impressive 32lbs common, and even an uncaught +30lbs mirror is waiting to be caught. If you’re interested in fishing at Llewelyn, day tickets are available but make sure to book your peg in advance.


Weston is a great Carp “runs” waters. It has a good number of Carp, with some over 20lb and an average of 13lb. This lake is popular because it fishes well all year round. The water has a mix of bivvy and standard sized swims. Booking is not required for day fishing; purchase a ticket at the lodge before fishing. Weston can also be fished at night, but pre-booking is necessary.


They recently added this pool to the fishery, and it boasts a great variety of Carp and an impressive population of Catfish. The Catfish, in particular, have been growing remarkably since their introduction, with current sizes exceeding 50lbs. It’s anyone’s guess as to how large they’ll eventually become. Please note that this pool only accommodates one double peg, so we highly recommend booking in advance.


Glyndwr is a lake that’s been designed explicitly for match fishing, featuring a total of 18 pegs, two of which are disabled for easier access. The lake is well-stocked with a range of fish, including Carp, Roach, Skimmers, and Rudd, all of which come in various sizes. You can expect to find plenty of quality fish here, making it an ideal spot for match and pleasure fishing.


Tryfan is an excellent lake for match fishing, with 22 pegs, each with its own unique feature. It’s stocked with Carp, Roach, Skimmers, and Rudd, and was remodelled in 2015 with a new central island. The water has high stocking levels of quality fish in various sizes, making it the perfect venue for all your match and pleasure fishing needs.

Fishing at the canal lake, Gelert.
Fishing at the canal lake, Gelert.


This is their canal lake; it is popular with matches, pleasure anglers, and families. It has a mixed selection of Silverfish, Tench, Crucian, and Carp. You can fish this lake through winter.


Aran Lake is an excellent spot for traditional Tench fishing, with good chances of catching tench up to 7lb and a few carp and other types of coarse fish. The lake offers a natural setting with plenty of weeds and fallen trees to fish between, and it features one purpose-built peg and the option to stalk fish from one bank.

Our experience of Commonwood Leisure

We recently stayed at Commonwood Leisure Park and had a wonderful time. We live roughly an hour away, and our little one has recently got into fishing; he’s only six and loves it. So we searched online for somewhere to stay in the campervan and fish over the weekend.

Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham young boy fishing.
Our little one caught a few Roach by himself, which he was very impressed with!

We booked a spacious electric hardstanding pitch with a grass area in front of the hardstanding area. It was located on their canal lake, Gelert. Which was fantastic for us as it meant we could set up on the peg in front of the campervan pitch and fish for hours! We caught a fair amount of Common and Mirror Carp, and our little one caught a few Roach by himself, which he was very impressed with!

We stayed on an electric pitch next to the canal, Gelert

The electric pitches by the canal are only a short walk from the showers, toilets and cafe/bar, which was great for us. The food was fantastic, and we tried their breakfast and lunch options. Everything we ordered was reasonably priced and of excellent quality. We highly recommend their burgers.

Fishing at the children's ponds by the cafe and bar. Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham.
Fishing at the children’s ponds by the cafe and bar.

There are small children’s ponds to fish at the bar, and they have rods and nets free to use beside the bar, which is a lovely touch. It was nice to see kids getting involved and giving fishing a go. We spent a lot of time at these little pools trying to catch ‘Nemo!’ their orange Carp. We had lots of luck in these ponds, but we’ll have to return to get you Nemo!

It was such a fun weekend; the site is enormous! There is so much to walk around. We swam in their wild swimming lake, had a bbq and enjoyed every moment outdoors. The staff were fantastic with the kids, and we would love to visit again. It’s one of those places that really suits the entire family.

What’s nearby?

Looking for something fun to do outdoors while you’re there? Why not head over to Farndon, just a quick five-minute drive away, to launch kayaks? Or, if golf is more your style, Wrexham’s golf course is also just a five-minute drive away. Consider heading to the eastern side of Snowdonia National Park for a bit more adventure. You’ll find plenty of opportunities for watersports and walks around the beautiful Bala Lake.

Kayaking Bala Lake
Kayaking Bala Lake.

If you’re interested in exploring some historic sites, stroll around the vast manor and elegant gardens at the National Trust’s Erddig estate, which is just 20 minutes away. Then, continue to Chirk Castle, only 25 minutes away. This medieval fort has been updated with 18th-century features and is worth checking out. The Llangollen area is also just 25 minutes away and boasts many exciting sights, including Castell Dinas Brân and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Chester Zoo is an excellent option for families with children and is only 25 minutes away. Alternatively, you could take a trip to The Ice Cream Farm, which is just 20 minutes away and sure to be a hit with kids. Wrexham has a swimming pool, bowling, and the Xplore science museum to keep everyone entertained.

If you’re looking for a fishing and camping experience that will suit the entire family, we can’t recommend Commonwood Leisure in Wrexham enough! We hope our review has been helpful and inspired you to visit. Let us know if you’ve stayed at Commonwood Leisure and what you thought in the comments.

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