Jazzing up Brecon the eco-friendly way

It may be famous for international cultural events such as HSBC Brecon Jazz, but Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is fast becoming known for its green and eco-friendly tourism, providing a huge economic boost for sustainable businesses throughout the Park.
Leading up to the three big days from 8th-10th August, HSBC Brecon Jazz and Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority will be in full swing promoting eco-friendly accommodation, local Welsh food and culture, along with traffic free cycle, horse-riding and canal routes – which they hope will encourage visitors at the festival to extend their stay.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available – including new eco Podpads – allowing visitors to follow their eco-hearts to stay somewhere green.  The Park’s new website – www.breconbeacons.org and www.visitbreconbeacons.com  and www.breconjazz.co.uk all offer one-stop shops for green B&Bs, campsites, caravan parks, activity providers and tourist attractions as well as information on restaurants that serve local produce and whatever else is on offer.

Carol Williams, Tourism Growth Officer for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said:  “Jazz fans can expect a lot more from the Bannau Brycheiniog with fantastic opportunities to walk, groove, take a journey off the beaten track or just hang out in the Park’s unique countryside to a great soundtrack.”
And for those who want to embrace the great outdoors, Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is just one big sustainable tourist attraction itself, with a network of over 2000km of well-maintained footpaths, bridleways, cycle and canal routes.  Going green has never been so easy – with its remote wilderness, contrasting with sheltered ancient woodlands, reservoirs, breathtaking waterfalls, caves and windswept uplands – this is a National Park that has something for everyone, including Jazz. 

Pictures:  Copyright of HSBC Brecon Jazz and Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority


1.    Bannau Brycheiniog National Park demonstrates a huge ‘green’ commitment to environmental management and is developing an enviable reputation as a greener place to stay.  It still remains Wales’ FIRST and only recipient of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and has a Green Dragon award programme where over 75 tourism businesses have been acknowledged and rewarded for their commitment to improving their environmental performance.
2.    If you are a journalist writing a feature and would like to visit Bannau Brycheiniog National Park or to obtain more press information and images, please contact Carol Williams, Tourism Growth Officer for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority on 01874 620 478 or email carol.williams@breconbeacons.org
3.    HSBC Brecon Jazz tickets can be booked online www.breconjazz.co.uk or by calling Box Office 0870 990 1299 (Mon-Sat, 9.00am-5.00pm).
4.    The initiative promoting the cultural attractions of Mid Wales is supported by Tourism Partnership Mid Wales info@tpmw.co.uk