We are thrilled that Graig Wen camp site in Arthog near Dolgellau, Gwynedd has won the accolade of Go Caravan, Camping or Glamping of the Year Award 2021 at the prestigious Go North Wales Tourism Awards.
The glitzy ceremony took place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on November 25th 2021. Hundreds of representatives from leading tourism businesses across North Wales attended the event which was hosted by TV presenter and journalist Siân Lloyd.
Graig Wen’s owners, Sarah Heyworth and John McKenzie-Murdoch, were presented with the award by sponsors Harlech Foods.
John McKenzie-Murdoch said “We’re surprised and delighted to receive the Go Caravan, Camping or Glamping of the Year Award. It’s a reflection of how hard our team have worked in challenging circumstances. We provide employment for 8 local people for most of the year. As well as welcoming visitors to our yurts and shepherd’s hut, we have a few pitches for camper vans and lots of space for wilder camping. During the pandemic, we’ve adapted by introducing new products and services. These include using technology to make it easy for our campers to explore lesser known parts of the National Park responsibly and sustainably.”
During lockdown Sarah Heyworth enrolled as an Eryri Ambassador and Graig Wen is proud to promote South Snowdonia: “As well as giving our guests an exceptional experience, we want to support our local communities by encouraging visitors to shop and dine out at the increasing range of locally run high quality restaurants, takeaways, pubs, cafes and restaurants. We’ve also developed warm and snug glamping accommodation to attract adventurers outside of peak season. Our small camp site stays open until January so we hope this benefits other local businesses during the winter as well as giving visitors special memories of the great outdoors to take home.”
Graig Wen also won the Caravan, Camping or Glamping of the Year award at the first Go North Wales Awards back in 2016. “This category recognises excellence in caravan or holiday parks that offer cabin and tenting accommodation who can demonstrate what they have done to provide a truly memorable visitor experience.” says Go North Wales. Judges look at elements including use of innovation, benefits brought to the local community, sustainability, accolades, quality and making all visitors feel valued.
“We’re proud of the progress our business has made, especially over the last couple of difficult seasons” said John. “ We’ve had amazing feedback from guests to recent improvements and been delighted to welcome many more locals this year too. It’s a real honour to be highlighted as one of the best tourism businesses in North Wales.”