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GOLD Awards for premier visitor attractions

Coed y Brenin visitor centre

Natural Resources Wales is celebrating Gold Awards for two of its most popular visitor attractions, Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth and Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Snowdonia National Park.

Awarded by Visit Wales, the two premier visitor attractions have achieved excellence for their facilities and customer services.

 John Taylor, Recreation Team Leader, Coed y Brenin, Natural Resources Wales said:

“What better way to start a very special year for Coed y Brenin than with a gold award, as 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of our iconic Tarw trail and the 10th anniversary of our fantastic visitor centre.

“We have grown from being a leading mountain biking centre to an internationally renowned venue for our outdoor activities and facilities, and this award is a wonderful acknowledgement of what we have achieved.”

Gareth Owen, Visitor Centre Manager, Nant Bwlch yr Arian Natural Resources Wales said:

“We are delighted to receive the gold award in what is a dynamic and exciting industry where the need to offer a memorable visitor experience is essential.

“Bwlch Nant yr Arian is renowned for its ever popular and always spectacular daily feeding of the majestic Red Kites which can be viewed from the terrace of our turf roofed visitor centre, to our accessible activity trails and delicious and locally sourced food at our visitor centre café.”

The winners of Visit Wales’ new attraction accolades scheme have been announced today by Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. 

The new accolades are for attractions which are already part of the Visit Wales’ Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme but who make an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.

Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said:

“Wales has such a wealth and range of attractions and things to do, our visitors are spoilt for choice.  This new scheme will both reward those attractions which go the extra mile and also give visitors more information on what makes some of our attractions extra special and will also highlight some less well known gems.  I’d like to congratulate all the 2016 winners and we hope that these accolades will drive further improvements in visitor experience throughout Wales.”

Coed y Brenin was the first purpose-built mountain bike trail in the UK established by Welsh mountain biking pioneers. The centre has eight, hand built, all weather trails and multi-purpose visitor centre set within the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. Also a working forest, Coed y Brenin is home to 12 European protected species and a conservation area for 160 archaeological features. 

Bwlch Nant yr Arian is located within picturesque Melindwr valley in mid Wales, surrounding a lake that is ringed by a waymarked walking, running and mountain biking trails. The attraction has a visitor centre, café, shop and two outdoor children’s play area.

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