Record number of VCD partners make North East Tourism Awards 2018 shortlist

Record number of VCD partners make North East Tourism Awards 2018 shortlist

Businesses from across the county are celebrating after being shortlisted for the 2018 North East England Tourism Awards, following a record year for entries.

Application numbers for the awards were up 25 per cent from last year to nearly 150 and new entries made up a significant proportion of these. Overall, 57 applications made the shortlist for the 15 award categories from a wide range of tourism businesses across Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

The awards play a key role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the region. The tourism sector continues to be the fourth largest in the North East, highlighting the importance of the businesses working in the sector to the wider economy.

The 2018 shortlist is as follows:-

Hotel of the Year

Gisborough Hall Hotel

Langley Castle Hotel

Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa

Seaham Hall

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa


Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Barrasford Arms

Lord Crewe Arms

Newton Hall

William De Percy


Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Moor End Guest House

Brunswick House

Layside Bed & Breakfast

Budle Hall

St Cuthbert's House


Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

St Oswald's Farm

Mains Cottages

Woodside Lodge

Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms


Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham

North Shire

Finchale Abbey Touring Park

Doe Park Caravan Site


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

South Tynedale Railway

The Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

Wynyard Garden

The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Whitehouse Farm Centre

Alnwick Castle

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

The Alnwick Gardens


Guided Tour of the Year

Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil

Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)

Lundgren Tours

Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours


Dog Friendly Business of the Year

South Tynedale Railway

Mains Cottages

Lord Crewe Arms

The Lindisfarne Inn


Tourism Pub of the Year

Barrasford Arms

The Twice Brewed

Lord Crewe Arms

The Lindisfarne Inn


Taste of England Award

Lord Crewe Arms

Block and Bottle

Blackfriars Restaurant

The Potted Lobster


Sustainable Tourism Award

St Cuthbert's House

Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut


Inclusive Tourism Award

Go North East

The Hog's Head Inn

The Commissioners Quay Inn

Sage Gateshead


Business Tourism Award

Event Durham, Durham University

Civic Centre Banqueting Suites

Sage Gateshead


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Durham Pointers

Durham world heritage site visitor centre

Winners will be announced at a major celebration of the North East tourism industry on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at Newcastle Civic Centre. Hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter Alfie Joey, tickets to attend the awards are priced at £67.50 and are available to buy at

In 2019 the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence will celebrate 30 years of the awards and success in English tourism, with winners from the North East England Tourism Awards highlighted as part of this.

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance.

The Northern Tourism Alliance is a collaboration of the region’s tourism bodies who work together on projects that will benefit the tourism industry across the region. The founding members of the alliance are Visit County Durham, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northumberland Tourism and The North East Hotels Association. The North East England Tourism Awards are also supported by South Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Council.

Published: 18, October, 2018

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