VisitEngland announces Awards for Excellence finalists

VisitEngland announces Awards for Excellence finalists

VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2016, the most prestigious awards in English Tourism.


Working in collaboration with destinations and businesses throughout England, the Awards pay tribute to businesses and individuals who champion best practice and exhibit excellence in customer service. The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony on Tuesday 8 March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

With 16 categories ranging from Access for All to Visitor Information Provider of the Year and 2016’s debut Dog Friendly Business of the Year Award, applications were received from a variety of businesses including hotels, B&Bs, glamping operators, restaurants, food and drink producers, pubs, museums, festivals, conference centres and even motorway service areas.

“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland. “Our Awards highlight exceptional commitment to quality care, service and English tourism as a whole. The Awards not only honour the great and the good in tourism and hospitality, but raise the profile of England and celebrate the importance of the industry’s contribution to local and national economies.”

Sally Balcombe goes on to say, “we received some truly impressive applications this year and shortlisting 80 finalists has been a tough feat, involving a team of mystery shoppers and even two dogs testing dog-friendly businesses. There’s absolutely no doubt those chosen are representative of the best in the industry who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors in England at the heart of their business operations. Working collaboratively, we are inspiring and motivating businesses to provide the highest standards.”

Judged by industry leaders, all finalists will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony, which is being held for the very first time this year during English Tourism Week. The Awards ceremony will also include the official presentation of the VisitEngland and Daily Mirror’s Tourism Superstar 2016 Award for the nation’s publically voted unsung tourism hero.

To find out more and book tickets visit www.visitenglandwards.org

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2016 Finalists

Below are the finalists in each category for this year’s awards (listed alphabetically)

Access for All (sponsored by Barclays www.barclays.com)

 

Attenborough Arts Centre

University of Leicester, Leicester

http://www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

 

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Barnstable, Devon

http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor/exmoor

 

Hampton Court Palace

London

http://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/

 

Hoe Grange Holidays

Matlock, Derbyshire

http://www.hoegrangeholidays.co.uk/

 

The Roman Baths

Bath

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk

 

 

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest Accommodation (sponsored by Quality in Tourism www.qualityintourism.com)  

 

Low Mill Guesthouse

Leyburn, North Yorkshire

http://www.lowmillguesthouse.co.uk/

 

Molland Manor House

Sandwich, Kent

http://www.mollandhouse.co.uk/

 

Pebble House

Mevagissey, Cornwall

http://www.pebblehousecornwall.co.uk/

 

St Cuthbert's House

Seahouses, Northumberland

http://www.stcuthbertshouse.com/

 

Trevose Harbour House

St Ives, Cornwall

http://trevosehouse.co.uk/

 

 

Business Tourism

Crewe Hall

Crewe, Cheshire

http://www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/crewe-hall/

 

Dartington Hall

Totnes, Devon

https://www.dartington.org/our-venue/conferences/

 

Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club

Umberleigh, Devon

http://www.highbullen.co.uk/

 

Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa

Nr Seaham, County Durham

http://www.seaham-hall.co.uk/

 

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa and Country Lodges

Colchester, Essex

http://www.stokebynayland.com/

 

 

Dog Friendly Business (sponsored by Pets Pyjamas http://www.petspyjamas.com)

 

Higher Wiscombe

Colyton, Devon

http://higherwiscombe.com/

 

Old Swan & Minster Mill

Lovell, Oxfordshire

http://www.oldswanandminstermill.com

 

Poston Mill Park

Peterchurch, Golden Valley, Hertfordshire

http://www.postonmill.co.uk/

 

Sun Inn

Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

http://www.sun-inn.info

 

 

 

Talbot Hotel

Malton, North Yorkshire

http://www.talbotmalton.co.uk

 

 

Holiday Park/ Holiday Village

 

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Keswick, Cumbria

www.castlerigg.co.uk

 

Darwin Forest Country Park

Matlock, Derbyshire

www.darwinforest.co.uk

 

Padstow Touring Park

Padstow, Cornwall

www.padstowtouringpark.co.uk

 

Poston Mill Park

Peterchurch, Golden Valley, Hertfordshire

http://www.postonmill.co.uk/

 

Woodovis Park

Tavistock, Devon

www.woodovis.com

 

 

Large Hotel

 

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

New Forest, Hampshire

http://www.chewtonglen.com/

 

Peckforton Castle Hotel

Tarporley, Cheshire

http://www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk/

 

Rockliffe Hall

Darlington, County Durham

https://www.rockliffehall.com/

 

Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa

Salcombe, Devon

http://www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk/

 

South Lodge

Horsham, West Sussex

http://www.southlodgehotel.co.uk/EXCLUSIVE_HOTELS/the_hotel.aspx

 

 

Large Visitor Attraction

 

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Beamish, County Durham

www.beamish.org.uk

 

Brunel's ss Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Bristol

www.ssgreatbritain.org

 

Chester Zoo

Upton-by-Chester, Chester

www.chesterzoo.org

 

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury, Wiltshire

www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

 

The Whitworth

The University of Manchester, Manchester

www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth

 

 

Self Catering Holiday Provider (sponsored by Cottages.com www.cottages.com)

 

The Dandelion Hideaway

Nuneaton, Leicestershire

http://www.thedandelionhideaway.co.uk/

 

The Dovecote Barns York

Kelfield, York

http://www.dovecotebarnsyork.co.uk/

 

Treworgey Cottages

Looe, Cornwall

https://www.cornishdreamcottages.co.uk/

 

Whalesborough Cottages & Spa

Bude, Cornwall

http://www.whalesborough.co.uk/

 

Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges

Bishop Wilton, York

http://woldsedge.co.uk/

 

 

Small Hotel

 

Cross Lane House

Minehead, Somerset

www.crosslanehouse.com

Hell Bay Hotel

Bryher, Isles of Scilly

http://www.hellbay.co.uk/

 

Kentisbury Grange

Barnstable, Devon

www.kentisburygrange.com

 

Tudor Farmhouse

Clearwell, Gloucestershire

www.tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk

 

Yorebridge House

Bainbridge, North Yorkshire

www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk

 

 

Small Visitor Attraction

 

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Whitechurch, Hampshire

www.distillery.bombaysapphire.com

 

Emma Bridgewater Factory and Shop

Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

http://emmabridgewaterfactory.co.uk/

 

The Crystal

Royal Victoria Docks, London

https://www.thecrystal.org/

 

Wheal Martyn

St. Austell, Cornwall

www.wheal-martyn.com

 

Yorkshire Trike Tours

Horsforth, Leeds

www.yorkshiretriketours.co.uk

 

 

Sustainable Tourism

 

Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn

Clitheroe, Lancashire

http://www.browsholme.co.uk/

Colton House

Nr Rugley, Staffordshire

http://www.coltonhouse.com/

 

 

 

Hoe Grange Holidays

Matlock, Derbyshire

http://www.hoegrangeholidays.co.uk/

 

Railholiday

Saltash, Cornwall

http://www.railholiday.co.uk/index.htm

 

St Cuthbert's House

Seahouses, Northumberland

http://www.stcuthbertshouse.com/

 

 

Taste of England

 

Eckington Manor

Eckington, Worcestershire

http://www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk/

 

La Locanda Ristorante Italiano

Clitheroe, Lancashire

www.lalocanda.co.uk

 

Martineau Guest House

Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear

http://www.martineau-house.co.uk/

 

The Dining Room

Rock, Cornwall

www.thediningroomrock.co.uk

 

The Guardhouse Café

Brixham, Devon

http://www.guardhousecafe.com/

 

 

Tourism Event

 

Durham University - Magna Carta Exhibition

Durham

https://www.dur.ac.uk/

 

IWM North - From Street to Trench Exhibition

Trafford Park, Manchester

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

 

Liverpool City Council - Memories of August 1914

Liverpool

https://www.liverpool.gov.uk/

 

 

Visit Eastbourne – Airbourne

Eastbourne

http://www.visiteastbourne.com/

 

York Racecourse - Juddmonte International

York

https://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk/

 

 

Tourism Experience

 

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury, Kent

http://www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk/

 

King Richard III Partnership

Leicester

http://www.kriii.com/

 

Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari Experience

Ashford, Kent

http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/livingstone-lodge

 

Morecambe Bay Partnership - Bay Cycle Way

Morecambe, Lancashire

http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/bay-cycle-way

 

River Cottage HQ

Axminster, Devon

https://www.rivercottage.net/

 

 

Tourism Pub (sponsored by Free to Book http://www.freetobook.com)

 

The Cartford Inn

Preston, Lancashire

www.thecartfordinn.co.uk

 

The Fleece Inn

Bretforton, Worcestershire

www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

 

The Rising Sun

Truro, Cornwall

www.risingsuntruro.co.uk

 

The Shibden Mill Inn

Halifax, West Yorkshire

http://www.shibdenmillinn.com/

 

 

The Swan

Bampton, Devon

http://www.theswan.co/

 

 

Visitor Information Provider

 

Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

http://www.visitchesterfield.info/

 

Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre

Eastbourne, East Sussex

http://www.visiteastbourne.com/

 

Gloucester Tourist Information Centre

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/leisure-parks-and-events/tourism/Pages/Tourist-Information-Centre.aspx

 

Thanet Visitor Information Service

Margate, Kent

http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

 

The Welcome People

London

http://www.thewelcomepeople.com/

 

Ends

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Jenia Jeroh, Corporate Communications Manager on T: 020 7578 1482|M: 07583 103881|E: jenia.jeroh@visitengland.org | W: www.visitengland.com/biz

 

Notes to editor:

About VisitEngland

  • VisitEngland’s focus is on the development and delivery of the new Discover England fund for product development to ensure that bookable regional product is being sold in international markets. This activity will also benefit the domestic industry by building engagement and partnerships between and across regions and developing product that will be attractive to both domestic and international markets.
  • Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics
  • Tourism in England is worth £106 billion, and supports 2.6 million jobs.

For corporate information see www.visitengland.org and for consumer information see www.visitengland.com.

About the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016

  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination. www.visitenglandawards.org.
  • the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are firmly established as representing the highest accolade in English tourism
  • The categories for the 2016 awards include: Access for All Tourism Award, Bed & Breakfast Award, Business Tourism Award, Dog Friendly Business of the Year, Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year, Large Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourism Event of the Year, Tourism Experience of the Year, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.
  • In addition to the 16 categories are the additional Awards of Tourism Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.  The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award will be announced on the night.  Previous winners of this award have included The Great English Pub, Michael Eavis CBE, HM The Queen, the Harry Potter films, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Paul McCartney, Liverpool, The National Trust, the English Garden, 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers, The Travel Agent and last year The Chefs of England.

About English Tourism Week 

English Tourism Week is led by the national tourist board, VisitEngland, and is an industry-wide initiative designed to shine a light on the importance of tourism in England. The industry as whole is worth £106billion to the UK economy and supports 2.6 million jobs. Hundreds of tourism organisations and businesses will be putting on events to celebrate English Tourism Week this year. For more information about English Tourism Week which takes place between 5 – 13 March 2016, see www.englishtourismweek.co.uk

About Tourism Superstar

The initiative provides destination management organisations with the opportunity to participate for free in a national campaign which guarantees national media coverage.  The campaign champions careers in tourism (for people of all ages) and promotes quality, customer service and excellence within England’s tourism industry.  It importantly acknowledges that the industry is a people-facing, people-focused industry. For more information and to cast a vote, visit https://www.visitengland.com/biz/about-us/campaigns-and-opportunities/english-tourism-week/visitengland-tourism-superstar

 

Published: 04, February, 2015


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