News

    LOVE YOUR PET DAY!

    (20th February 2024)

    We know that we are a nation of pet lovers and that is why we are more than happy to welcome the well-behaved, four-legged members of your family here at Pen Y Bont ❤

     

     

    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

    (14th February 2024)

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Pen Y Bont Touring Park ❤

     

    HAPPY PANCAKE DAY! DIWRNOD CREMPOG HAPUS!

    (13th February 2024)

    Happy Pancake Day from Pen Y Bont Touring Park! How do you like your pancakes – American or crepe style? Sweet or Savoury?

    Don’t forget! Pancakes also make a great campfire breakfast!

     

    3 WEEKS TO GO!

    (9th February 2024)

    Today marks three weeks until we re-open and we cannot wait to welcome you back!

    WALES DARK SKIES WEEK!

    (9th February 2024)

    Today marks the start of Welsh Dark Skies Week!

    Find out more here!

    POB LWC CYMRU!

    (2nd February 2024)

    Today marks the start of the start of the 2024 Six Nations Championship – pob lwc Cymru!

    Anybody that knows our Park Manager Jan, will know she is a HUGE rugby fan! She is off to Cardiff as we speak to go and watch and support Wales in their first game against Scotland.

    4 WEEKS TO GO!

    (2nd February 2024)

    Only 4 weeks today until we will be welcoming guests back to Pen Y Bont and we are so excited!

    Bank holidays are booking up very quickly, as well as school holidays so book now to avoid disappointment!

    🐥EASTER AVAILABILITY! 🐥

    (2nd February 2024)

    We are booking up extremely quickly for the Easter weekend – our touring pitches are all fully booked now! There are still plenty of tent pitches as well as two of our Isabella Time Out Glamping Tents which can accommodate up to 5 guests.

    Hop to it and give us a call on 01678 520549 or book directly through our website 🐰

    MAY BANK HOLIDAY AVAILABILITY!

    (2nd February 2024)

    We are also booking up extremely quickly for the late May Bank Holiday and have almost completely run out of tent pitches! If you were hoping to camp that weekend, why not try one of glamping tents which can accommodate up to 5 guests. There are only four touring pitches available as well as 2 of our Shepherd’s Huts. 

    Please book now to avoid disappointment!

     

    HAPPY HOT CHOCOLATE DAY!

    (31st January 2024)

    The perfect drink to enjoy around the campfire – we stock everything you need in our on-site shop to make yours!

    QR CODES!

    (30th January 2024)

    We have new QR code stickers on all of our electric hook up towers – just scan with your smartphone to leave us a review!

     

     

    VISITING FRIENDS!

    (29th January 2024)

    It was nice to catch up with some previous Seasonal friends over the weekend and great to see them looking so well!

    AT DDIWRNOD SANTES DWYNWEN!

    (23rd January 2024)

    Looking for a last minute gift?

    How about a voucher for a stay with us here at Pen Y Bont? Or book a surprise stay in one of our luxury Shepherd’s Huts, complete with its own hot tub?

    CALOR GAS U-TURN!

    (22nd January 2024)

    After announcing that from 1st February 2023, they would be streamlining their range and discontinuing their 3.9kg propane and 4.5kg butane, Calor Gas have now decided to reverse this decision.

    Limited stocks of the refurbished bottles will re-join the network throughout the year – these probably won’t be available for a while yet and when they do get released to suppliers, it’ll be a maximum of 3 bottles of each type for retailers.

    NEW MAPS!

    (16th January 2024)

    The new maps for 2024 arrived this morning – re-opening day is getting closer and closer!

    SNOW DAY!

    (15th January 2024)

    Today saw the first snowfall of 2024 – Pen Y Bont saw a sprinkling and really did look magical as the sun set.

    CARAVAN, MOTORHOME & HOLIDAY SHOW 2024!

    (11th January 2024)

    Jan and Grace attended the Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Show in Manchester today.

    Bala Holiday Parks were showcasing all that we have to offer in Bala and we headed straight to the stand on arrival to surprise Gareth! He was delighted to see us and we made the most of the opportunity and filmed a few social media videos. Next, we made a beeline for the Isabella stand – they supplied our Glamping tents. There were a few bits and bobs we needed to order to make sure the tents were ready for opening on March 1st. It was great to chat to Colin and make the most of his product knowledge. He also plans to come and visit soon! It was really fascinating and eye-opening to look around the brand new motorhomes and caravans on the market. We also gained lots of knowledge and new ideas for this season!”

    CARAVAN, MOTORHOME & HOLIDAY SHOW 2024!

    (9th January 2024)

    Bala Holiday Parks will be attending the Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Show in Manchester this week – please pop and say hello to Gareth if you’re there too!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! BLWYDDEN NEWYDD DDA!

    (1st January 2024)

    Wishing all of our guests new and old a Happy New Year – we look forward to welcoming you to Pen Y Bont very soon!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! NADOLIG LLAWEN!

    (24th December 2023)

    Wishing all of our guests new and old a very Merry Christmas from the Team at Pen Y Bont!

    PEN Y BONT ADVENT CALENDAR!

    (1st December 2023)

    Every day of December leading up to Christmas Day, we will be giving away a different prize; from money off vouchers to freebies on arrival! Local businesses have also joined in to offer discounts on local attractions and experiences!

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    ⛄️ Winner of each prize will be announced at 9pm the same day, and messaged directly by us
    🎁 Prizes must be redeemed throughout the 2024 season and must be collected in person
    ⭐️ This competition will run solely through Instagram

    WE ARE NOW CLOSED!

    (30th November 2023)

    We are now closed after a very busy 2023 season! Thank you to everybody that had visited this season, we’ve loved welcoming friends new and old!

    The office will still be manned but with limited hours – bookings can be made via the website and other providers, or leave us a message on the answerphone. The best form of direct contact is via our email address.

    We re-open again on Friday 1st March 2024.

     

    WINTER WARMERS!

    (25th November 2023)

    The temperature may have plummeted, but we have everything you need to keep warm and cosy in our on site shop!

    Bags of logs, kindling, Flamers, matches, firelighters and firelogs – ideal for gathering around a warming firepit (and don’t forget the giant marshmallows and BBQ chocolate kit!)

    BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE!

    (24th November 2023)

    Free Prosecco Breakfast Bundle with every booking made between 09:00 on 24/11/23 and 16:00 on 27/11/23. This bundle is normally exclusively for the glamping units but we are offering it to every pitch type – tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans, the lot! Valid on stays in both the 2023 and 2024 season!

    The bundle includes – a bottle of prosecco, Bara Brith, Welsh cakes, eggs, milk, mini cereals, butter and orange juice.

    *Only valid on bookings made directly via phone (01678 520549), email (balalakecamping@gmail.com) or messaging us directly on Instagram.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🦃

    (23rd November 2023)

    Happy Thanksgiving to our ‘friends across the pond’! Make today a day you give thanks for all the great things and people you have in your life – you can even tell us on our Instagram story and we will share it!

    ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT!

    (16th November 2023)

    Book now for your last chance to stay with us before closing for the season on 30th November – we then reopen on Friday 1st March 2024!

    BOOK NOW!

    Thank You ❤

    (13th November 2023)

    Thank you so much Gordon & Hazel for our gorgeous gifts – we’ll miss you but see you soon!

    STORM DEBI

    (12th November 2023)

    Please take care if travelling to us on Monday 13th November as there are yellow weather warnings for wind issued between 4am and 6pm. 

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-67395739

    Remembrance Day

    (11th November 2023)

    We will be observing a 2 minutes’ silence at 11am to remember those that fought for our freedom on both Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November. 

    BLACK FRIDAY!

    (9th November 2023)

    Black Friday Deal Incoming!

    Keep an eye on our social media accounts for a deal not to be missed – follow us @penybont_bala to avoid disappointment!

    CROESO!

    (8th November 2023)

    A curious robin captured by one of our guests recently. Jan (the site Manager) actually had a nest of robins hatch in her house this Spring so we like to call them her ‘grand-robins’! They’re regularly spotted around the site and have grown bolder and more inquisitive throughout the year.

    Thank you @sonniesadventures for the great photo!

    WE ARE HIRING

    (3rd November 2023)

    We are looking for a friendly, welcoming, well-motivated and flexible person to join our team at Pen Y Bont Touring Park (part of Bala Holiday Parks). This is a seasonal vacancy, employed from March to October.

    Hours are typically

    Mon – Fri : 9.00am – 5.00pm

    Sat & Sun : 9.00am – 4.00pm

    Responsibilities include

    – Welcoming guests to Pen Y Bont Touring Park

    – Making bookings, taking telephone calls, responding to emails and other general admin tasks

    – Joining the cleaning team when required to clean up to six Glamping units, along with the shower/toilet amenities

    Previous experience preferred:

    • Excellent communication skills
    • Competent in Microsoft Word

    Please call 01678 520549 to apply

     

    Rhydym yn chwilio am berson cyfeillgar, croesawgar, a hyblyg i ymuno a ni yma yng Ngwersyll Penybont (rhan o Barciau Gwyliau’r Bala). Gwaith tymhorol fydd y swydd hon o fis Mawrth i fis Hydref.

    Oriau:

    Llun i Gwener 9.00yb – 5.00yp

    Sadwrn a Sul 9.00yb – 4.00yp

    Cyfrifoldebau:

    – Croesawu cwsmeriaid i wersyll Penybont

    – Derbyn archebion, cymeryd a gwneud galwadau ffon, ateb/gyrru ebst, gwaith swyddfa cyffredinol

    – Ymuno, pan fydd angen gydar tim i lanhau 6 uned moethus

    Cymwysterau:

    • Profiad blaenorol yn fanteisiol
    • Y gallu i gyfathrebu yn effeithiol
    • Yn gymwys yn Microsoft Word

    Am fwy o fanylion neu sgwrs pellach ffoniwch 01678 520549

    THANK YOU

    (2nd November 2023)

    A beautiful thank you card from Freya – we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you all back to Pen Y Bont to enjoy your stay in one of our Glamping Tents as winners of the Halloween pumpkin carving competition!

    TRICK OR TREAT?!

    (31st October 2023)

    Happy Halloween from Pen Y Bont Touring Park!

    It was great to see some of our guests dressed up in frightfully spooky costumes delivering their pumpkin carving competition entries! Congratulations to the Hawkins family who win a 2 night stay in one of our Isabella Glamping tents. The kids also received some extra prizes for such fabulous costumes!

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! NOS GALAN GAEAF HAPUS!

    (31st October 2023)

    Happy Halloween from Pen Y Bont Touring Park!

    We hope to see your spooktacular costumes if you’re staying on site today!

    Nos Galan Gaeaf, the Welsh version of Halloween, has its roots in centuries of tradition. It is the night where people believe the spirits walk amongst us; a night where the veil between the living and the dead thins. The end of October was the end of harvest time. Giving thanks for the harvest, people would eat a special meal called stwmp naw rhyw, containing carrots, turnips, peas, leeks, potatoes, parsnips, milk and butter cooked in a cauldron over a roaring fire. Consuming this meal was said to keep evil spirits at bay. Bonfires were very popular too – lit on village greens, in town squares and hilltops to frighten away evil spirits. As the bonfires died down, people would run home in fear of being eaten by Hwch Ddu Gwta (The Tailless Black Sow)!

       

    Winter Renovations!

    (30th October 2023)

    Winter renovation work has begun in ‘The Nook’ – levelling, repositioning and updating the pitches.

    Pitches 11-17 will all receive some well deserved TLC after a busy season! This area is ideal for campervans and small motorhomes.

    Easter 2024 Bookings!

    (24th October 2023)

    Believe it or not, bookings for next Easter have been FLYING in! Over half of our fully-serviced hardstanding pitches and all of our large electric tent pitches are booked up – but don’t worry, there are still plenty of other pitches available including our glamping options. Stay in one of our Isabella Glamping Tents which can accommodate up to 5 guests, or our Shepherd’s Huts – the perfect couple’s getaway complete with hot tub!

    Book Now!

    PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION!

    (23rd October 2023)

    Be in with a chance of winning a 2 night stay in one of our Isabella Glamping tents (for up to 5 guests) next year! Bring your carved pumpkin to us between now and 31st October, along with a name and contact number to enter our competition. They will then be used to decorate the site for the spooky season!

    The winner will be chosen on 31st October.

    T & C’s: open to all guests, winner decided by Pen Y Bont staff and their decision is final. Date of stay to be between 01/03/24-21/03/24 and 01/10/24-30/11/24 and is subject to availability.

    Charity Climb!

    (11th October 2023)

    We are thrilled to be welcoming Mia and her Dad, Simon to Pen Y Bont on Friday ahead of their charity climb of Mt. Snowdon on Saturday.

    They will be raising money for Young Minds via Mia’s Just Giving Page : DONATE HERE

    World Mental Health Day

    (10th October 2023)

    The Outjoyment Report by The Camping and Caravanning Club surveyed 11,000 campers and non-campers, assessing their attitudes towards the benefits of all types of camping including pitching a tent, touring in a caravan or even glamping.

    Key findings from The Outjoyment Report discovered campers are:

    • Happy: 97% of campers say happiness is their top motivator for going camping while 48% of campers reported feeling happy almost every day, compared with 35% of non-campers
    • More connected to nature: 93% go camping to enjoy being in nature – the second highest motivator after happiness, and they score highly on measures of nature connection
    • Enjoying better well-being: 93% of campers value camping for the benefits it gives to their health and well-being – an increase on the 85% of our Real Richness Report in 2011
    • Flourishing: 44% are flourishing (have optimal mental health) compared with 31% of non campers. This increases for those who camp more often
    • Less stressed: 88% of campers are motivated to go camping to take time out of everyday life and have higher levels of psychological well-being than non campers
    • Active outdoors: 98% of campers take part in outdoor activities. 91% go walking, 39% cycle and 26% enjoy bird-watching

    AMSER BRECWAST!

    (9th October 2023)

    Introducing our Glamping Breakfast Package – available when staying in our Shepherd’s Huts and Isabella tents.

    For just £15 you can have Bara Brith, Welsh cakes, 6 eggs, 1 pint of semi-skimmed milk, 2 boxes of mini cereals, a block of butter and a carton of orange juice waiting for your arrival!

    Available to order when you book or as an extra when you log in to our Client Portal.

    AUTUMN OFFER!

    (3rd October 2023)

    3 nights for the price of 2 on all stays throughout November 2023. Only applies when booking directly via telephone (01678 520549) or email (balalakecamping@gmail.com).

    *valid on stays between 01/11/2023 and 30/11/2023

    Beautiful Bala Lake!

    (1st October 2023)

    Another stunning guest photograph of Llyn Tegid, just on our doorstep! Even in the autumn months, it is breath-taking – a great place for a dog walk, picnic or just a stroll!

    Thank you to Colin Edwards for allowing us to share this.

    Starry Skies!

    (28th August 2023)

    Starry skies from one of our tent pitches.

    Thank you to Phillip Ratcliff for these amazing photos.

    Sunset views from Pitch 80!

    (19th August 2023)

    Stunning photos of the sunset view from Pitch 80.

    Thank you to Tim Cieslik for these beautiful photos. One of the gorgeous sunset and another aerial shot of his set up on the 9m fully-serviced hardstanding pitch. No doubt this pitch will be in demand now!

    Hidden Gem!

    (28th July 2023)

    Bala has been named the biggest hidden gem in Wales by holiday letting firm HomeToGo!

    Read more here!

    Afternoon Tea for Two!

    (30th June 2023)

    A beautiful afternoon tea by Dawn from Little Boo enjoyed outside our Little Green Shepherd’s Hut.

    Dawn delivers these to the site served as this one is, using a China tea set, or picnic-ready in little boxes.

    Available Monday-Friday 11-2pm, either option (served on China or in picnic boxes) £16pp – a selection of sandwiches & cakes (Gluten free option)

    Also available – Smores kits, breakfast hampers, and much more!

    Dawn Marsden – 07807834568 – marsdendawn@icloud.com

    Peak, Pedal, Paddle Update!

    (30th June 2023)

    “Mother Nature threw everything at us for our Peak, Pedal, Paddle challenge – lashing rain and strong winds throughout forced our young explorers to dig deep to conquer Wales! Teenagers Jake & Phoebe (and us, their Dads) came up with challenge to raise money for their beloved charity, the Sadie Bristow Foundation. With a fundraising target of £1k, we smashed through that before they even reached the peak! Setting off at about 8:30, dressed completely inappropriately for the conditions, we trekked up the Miners Track to the Peak of Snowdon. I won’t lie, conditions were horrible. We then quickly came down the Watkin path for a well earned lunch at the bottom. From here, we jumped on bikes and pedalled the 35 miles across “undulating” (to put it mildly!) terrain to the shore of Lake Bala. Into a strong headwind, a 4 mile paddle ensued before finally being able to collapse in a shivering, exhausted heap… ready for a well deserved hot shower in the amazing Peny Bont Touring Park who looked after us for the duration of our stay. We completed the challenge in 10.5 hours, covering 9.5miles on foot (peak), 35 miles in the saddle (pedal) and 4 miles on the water (paddle). Mission complete!

    Huge thanks for everyone who supported us and helped make this possible. In particular Pen y Bont Touring Park who looked after us – amazing place (luxury showers, the friendliest team and beautiful location). They even prepared us a “survival hamper” for the day 😊

    The concept worked so well.. perhaps we’ll be back next year with more people to raise even more money!”

    2024 Bookings Open!

    (27th June 2023)

    Bookings are now open for our 2024 season. We open on Friday 1st March 2024!

    Use the Book Now button to book your pitch now!

    Interactive Site Map!

    (26th June 2023)

    There is now the ability to book via our Interactive Map which allows you to choose your pitch.

    Use the Book Now button to try it out!

    *we do reserve the right to move pitches if circumstances deem necessary but only as a last resort

    Beat the Bugs!

    (21st June 2023)

    We have everything you may need to avoid getting bitten this Summer – insect repellent, fly spray and citronella candles, all available in our on site shop!

    Pen Y Bont in 1983!

    (16th June 2023)

    We were sent these wonderful photos by guests that arrived to stay with us today – from their stay at Pen Y Bont in 1983, 40 years ago!

    Peak Pedal Paddle

    (2nd June 2023)

    We are thrilled to be supporting Peak Pedal Paddle. Simon, Jake, Stu & Phoebe will be staying here at Pen Y Bont while preparing for and completing their challenge, raising money for the Sadie Bristow Foundation, and we wish them the very best!

    “On June 23rd 2023, with their Dads in tow, the intrepid explorers are going to trek up and over the tallest mountain in England/Wales, Mt Snowdon. With the peak scaled, they will then jump on bikes and pedal across the undulating Welsh countryside to the shores of the longest lake in Wales, Llyn Tegid (Bala). Here, they’ll jump in/on paddleboards & kayaks to paddle the length of the lake, finishing before the sun goes down (we hope!).”

    Big Bala Swim

    (2nd June 2023)

    Good Luck to all those competing in the Big Bala Swim this weekend!

    Adam’s Catering

    (29th May 2023)

    We are excited to announce that Adam’s Catering will be joining us every Saturday from 5-8pm (until September), offering burgers, chips, and much more!

     

    Visit Wales 5 star grading

    (19th May 2023)

    Our Visit Wales 5 star grading sign has arrived and is now proudly displayed on site!

     

    ACSi Inspection 2023

    (19th May 2023)

    Our ACSi inspection is complete for another year.

    “ACSI is Europe’s leading camp site specialist. The trusted green camp site guides full of information for campers have been around since 1965. A way of life for camping enthusiasts and camp site owners alike!

    ACSI offers general information about camping and camping accommodation package holidays in Europe. Plus of course Europe’s most visited camping website. ACSI is prepared for the future!

    First came the camp site guides. These are unique in that all camp sites included are visited every year by an inspector. ACSI does not award ratings to camp sites, it just gives objective information and quality standards. Campers themselves can rate the sites because only they know which amenities they require and what they consider to be a good camp site.

    ACSI provides a complete range of products and services to campers. There is a wide range of printed camp site guides containing all camp sites and extras such as the integrated route planner. And plenty of information on the ACSI websites. The www.eurocampings.eu website for finding camp sites is in fact Europe’s most visited camping website.”

     

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    (11th May 2023)

    Pen Y Bont’s first proposal! Congratulations to Chloe and Cam who got engaged while staying in one of our Shepherd’s Huts over the weekend!

     

    AFTERNOON TEA PICNICS!

    (5th May 2023)

    We have teamed up with Dawn from Little Boo who makes the most gorgeous Afternoon Tea Picnics! These can be delivered to site and set up in your caravan, on one of our picnic benches or even on a picnic blanket at the edge of Bala Lake… You can choose to have them set up using proper china cups and saucers or chose more of a picnic-style option, in little boxes to take on your travels!

    Available from 11th May, Monday-Friday 11-2pm, either option (served on China or in picnic boxes) £16pp – a selection of sandwiches & cakes (Gluten free option)

    Also available – Smores kits, breakfast hampers, and much more!

    Dawn Marsden – 07807834568 – marsdendawn@icloud.com

    PITCHUP AWARD!

    (22nd April 2023)

    We are thrilled to have received this award! Rated 9.4 out of 10 by our PitchUp guests in 2022. Thank you all for your kind words and here’s to a great 2023 season!

    10% OFF FOR PEN Y BONT GUESTS!

    (21st April 2023)

    Guests staying here at Pen Y Bont Touring Park can enjoy 10% off at the National White Water Centre! Thrill seekers can enjoy a bargain and it’s only 8 mins drive from your tent or touring pitch!

    Please ask at Reception for the discount code.

    SPECIAL OFFER!

    Book 3 nights for the price of 2 in our Isabella glamping tents!

    Call 01678 520549 or email balalakecamping@gmail.com to book now!

    Offer only valid on direct bookings. Valid on bookings arriving between 18/04/23 and 26/05/23

    PLEASE TAKE CARE – HIGH WINDS!

    (13th March 2023)

    We are currently experiencing very high winds of up to 50pmh on site. Please take care if you’re travelling to us today.

     

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPH!

    (12th March 2023)

    A huge thank you to Colin Preston for this wonderful aerial shot showing Pen y Bont Touring Park with the beautiful Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and the town of Bala in the background.

     

    CALOR GAS

    Calor Gas are streamlining their range – this may affect which gas cylinder you now use in your tourer

    From 1st February 2023, the Cube, 3.9kg Propane, 4.5kg Butane, 6Lite Propane and 12kg Butane will be discontinued. This means that customers won’t be able to buy new cylinders or exchange existing cylinders of these sizes for a refill.

    We will continue to swap out like for like until our stock levels have run out and then we will be swapping for the size recommended to us by Calor Gas. Please be aware that under the new procedure, 4.5kg butane will be exchanged for a 7kg cylinder which requires a different regulator.

    For more information, click here: https://www.calor.co.uk/news-and-views/press-release-cylinder-range#:~:text=From%201st%20February%202023%2C%20the,these%20sizes%20for%20a%20refill.

    WE ARE OPEN!

    (1st March 2023)

    We are thrilled to be open for the 2023 Season and cannot wait to welcome you all back to the site!

    Happy St. David’s Day! / Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

    (1st March 2023)

    Wishing you a Happy St. David’s Day from the team at Pen Y Bont Touring Park!

    We have a great selection of Welsh products for sale in our shop!

    MARCH OFFER – 25% off stays in our Glamping Tents

    Get 25% off when you book to stay in one of our Time Out Glamping Tents any time throughout March 2023.

    Each tent can accommodate up to 5 guests and comes fully equipped with a fitted kitchen and soft furnishings.

    Call 01678 520549 to book now!

    * offer valid on stays between 01/03/2023 and 31/03/2023. Offer only valid when booked directly.

    FIVE STAR RATING

    We are thrilled to have been awarded a 5 star grading by Visit Wales!

    NEW FOR 2023 – Improving our Touring Pitches

    Over the next few months, we will be upgrading some of our existing touring pitches – levelling, landscaping and extending them.

    PEN Y BONT TOURING PARK VOUCHERS

    Did you know we offer vouchers at Pen Y Bont? A great gift idea for those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ friends and family members.

    You can choose between a monetary value to put towards a stay with us or a voucher entitling the recipient to a particular stay with us.

    Contact the office via email balalakecamping@gmail.com or call on 01678 520549 to find out more!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TEAM PYB

    We wish our guests past and future a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you next season!

    We re-open from 1st March 2023.

    GLAMPING TENTS – 3 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 2!!

    Book a three night stay in our Glamping Tents – Onnen, Celyn or Derw – for the price of two!

    These glamping tents are fully equipped with a fitted kitchen and soft furnishings, you won’t need to bring anything – perfect for couples, families, and anyone looking for a luxurious camping holiday. Each tent can sleep up to 5 people.

    Please call the office directly on 01678 520549 to make the most of this deal!

    Offer valid for bookings between 1st March 2023 and 30th March 2023.

    Autumn Camping Essentials

    We visited Camping In The Forest‘s Autumn Camping Guide to discover their 10 top tips for camping in the autumn as well as the essentials to pack when camping at this time of year.

    They also have lots of other great advice for camping all year round!

     

    New – Glamping Bundles!!

    Pre-order a Fire Bundle to be delivered to your tent, ready for your arrival, for just £15. Including matches, Flamers, a handful of kindling and a bag of logs; everything to get your fire started – ideal if you plan to use the firepit for toasting marshmallows or keeping warm on the cooler autumnal evenings. Exclusive to Glamping Tents : Derw, Onnen and Celyn.

    Also available, Glamping Pamper Kit for £20 – including a 750cl bottle of prosecco and a box of chocolates to make your stay extra special!

    Please call the office on 01678 520549 to arrange either of these options with at least 1 weeks’ notice prior to your date of arrival.

    Now Stocking Aran Hufen Iâ Ice Cream

    Great for the heatwave, we have just started stocking Aran Hufen Iâ ice cream in our shop!

    Handmade ice cream based in our very own historic market town of Bala, North Wales, Snowdonia.

    Set beside the lake ‘Llyn Tegid’, the view of the mountain Aran provides inspiration for creating artisan ice cream with locally sourced ingredients.

    All of the ice cream is made in the shop in Bala (well worth a visit!) – even the honeycomb for the Honeycomb Crunch flavour – and everything is handmade with the assistance of a mixer. They are then filled, stickered and packaged on site in the kitchen.

    They only use Welsh cream and locally sourced ingredients to find the best flavours possible.

     

    Keep Safe In The Heatwave at Pen Y Bont

    Please take care if visiting during the hot weather – we have plenty of ice creams, chilled drinks and water for sale in the shop, freezer facilities for ice blocks and Bala Lake only a few minutes away for a much needed cooling dip!

    Here is a great website with top tips for keeping cool on your summer camping trip.

    For more information on keeping cool and safe, please visit the NHS Wales website.

     

     

    Wirral Ice Swimmers visit Pen Y Bont Touring Park & Llyn Tegid

    Wirral Ice Swimmers stayed with us at Pen Y Bont Touring Park over the last weekend in June as they braved the waters for a 24hour swim in Bala Lake.

    “OMG we did it!!!! – the 2022 Baltic Straits Team Relay and it was definitely a challenge. Two teams set out to each swim 35 miles in 24 hours but, by the morning, we became a single team completing 70 miles as it became clear the distance was the challenge not competing against each other.

    Conditions were sun, wind, rain, hailstones, and a few little calm bits. The moored boats near our course pitched, yawed and swung about as we headed into twilight. The wind gusts were so strong through the night they snapped a shoud and the mast came down on one of the boats on the moorings. Sharks-teeth waves broke over the swimmers heads. Some of the lake was drunk. The gazebo had to be tied down with boulders but we kept going, starting 09:00 on Saturday, finishing 07:50 on Sunday 26th June. Vast pans of soup and chilli were consumed. Only coming off the water for 6 hours when swimming just wasn’t possible. Our amazing support crew took turns to sit on a chair at the jetty-end, decked out in multiple Dryrobes clocking us round the laps. At the end of their shift, they had to get help to stand up because otherwise the chair would blow into the lake (again!).”

    The Lanky Walker visits Pen Y Bont

    A great postcard we received through the post from ‘The Lanky Walker’ after he stayed with us as part of his walk from Hastings to the summit of Snowdon in aid of Dom’s Food Mission. Diolch Matt!

    The Big Bala Swim

    http://loveswimrun.co.uk/thebigbalaswim/

    Saturday 28th May 2022 sees the return of The Big Bala Swim taking place in Llyn Tegid, Bala.

    The main open water swim route is 4.5km. To reach the start, swimmers catch the historic Bala Lake Railway to Llangower train station for a beach start. For those looking for a bigger challenge, there is a 9km swim which takes in two lengths of the 4.5km course. There is also a shorter 1.5km swim which is also open to children of 8 years and above.

    Pen Y Bont is the ideal base for competitors and spectators alike and we wish everybody taking part the best of luck!

    NEW for 2022 – Doggy Ice Cream

    Now everybody can enjoy an ice cream on a hot, sunny day at Pen Y Bont! We now stock Utterly Mutterly ice cream for your four-legged friends in our shop.

    NEW for 2022 – Deluxe Touring pitches

    We have developed 9 brand-new deluxe touring pitches. All new pitches have been spaciously landscaped, are extra-large, fully serviced with private water, wastewater, and electric connections, right next to the pitch.

    NEW for 2022 – Glampio Gelli Glamping

    Our new glamping area includes 3 brand new pitches with their own private parking and decking area. Sited on these pitches will be permanent glamping tents, made by Isabella, a company known Europe-wide for their premier awnings. These glamping tents will be fully equipped, and you won’t need to bring anything yourself to furnish the tents. These tents are perfect for couples, families, and anyone looking for a luxurious camping holiday. To book, please call the office.

    NEW for 2022 – Brand New Amenity Block

    Firstly, we have a brand-new amenity block. We’ve replaced the roof, cladded the outside in canexel and totally stripped the inside. The interior is fully updated and modernised with brand new equipment.