AN AWARD-winning pilgrimage centre is reopening with a new name to mark its 10th anniversary.

Mary Jones Pilgrim Centre, the new name for Mary Jones World at Llanycil, Bala, tells the story of a Welsh girl who inspired a global movement that changed the lives of millions.

The centre, which re-opens on March 23, shares the inspirational story of Mary Jones, whose epic 26–mile barefoot journey to buy a Welsh Bible led to the foundation of Bible Society, a global movement which is now active in more than 240 countries and territories across the world.

To celebrate the opening of the new season with a new name, there will be a presentation by Elin Owen, from the Diocese of Bangor’s Pererin Project at 10.30am, a short drama of the Mary Jones story at 1pm and a presentation at 3pm by Mary Thomas, author of ‘The Mary Jones Walk’.

Also available throughout the day will be creative prayer stations with Coleg y Bala and children’s crafts. Pilgrim Café will be serving light lunches, homemade cakes and drinks.

A spokesperson for the centre said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received so far and hope the public will join us in this new, exciting chapter for the centre."

The visitor experience is set on the edge of Llyn Tegid.


Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Mary Jones by engaging in displays and interactive content in a Grade II listed building.

Dogs are not allowed into the centre or the graveyard. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the Pilgrim Café and other areas of the site.

The café offers a selection of hot drinks, homemade cakes and light lunches from suppliers. Group bookings are available on request.

Visitors from around the world have been welcomed over the past decade and the centre, which opened in October 2014, has listened to feedback that the name Mary Jones World doesn’t accurately represent the experience.

The centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from March 23 to September 29 from 10am to 4pm in addition to Bank Holiday Mondays.