19 December 2019

Barley Wood has been announced as a finalist at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, in the Wedding Venue of the Year and Tourism Innovation categories.

The news follows Barley Wood’s success as last month’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, where they scooped gold in both categories, as well as the overall ‘Winner of Winners’. As a social enterprise and part of YMCA Dulverton Group, judges were impressed with the team’s dedication to great customer service, supporting the local economy and how money from events goes back into supporting the charity.

Barley Wood is amongst a variety of other tourism businesses from across the South West to be recognised at the awards, which saw a massive 773 nominations this year.

Martin Hodgson, CEO of YMCA Dulverton Group said: “I am so proud that Barley Wood has been recognised as a finalist at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards!

“Recognition such as this is a fantastic achievement for us, as a small team with only a few years in the industry, we have worked hard to get here.

“We are approaching 5 years since we took over Barley Wood and in that time we have seen so many people walk through our doors, take in the breath-taking views and become surprised that all of this is offered by a charity. Every time someone chooses Barley Wood, they are directly supporting YMCA Dulverton Group and enabling us to continue working within our local communities to help young people to fulfil their full potential.”

The awards will be held at Exeter Cathedral in February, where the winners of each category will be announced.