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North East England Tourism Awards
North East England Tourism Awards

North East England Tourism Awards

North East England Tourism Awards

The awards have had a hugely positive impact on tourism in the North East, providing a benchmark for all businesses to aspire to and delivering significant benefits to shortlisted and winning businesses alike. By simply taking part you could improve your business performance in terms of turnover, profitability, quality, sustainability, staff morale and customer satisfaction.


New categories introduced for the North East England Tourism Awards 2020 include Experience of the Year, International Tourism Award and New Tourism Business Award. Eligible winners of all categories will be automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.


The categories include:

  • Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award
  • B&B and Guest House of the Year
  • Business Events Venue of the Year
  • Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year
  • Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Experience of the Year
  • Large Hotel of the Year
  • Small Hotel of the Year
  • International Tourism Award
  • New Tourism Business Award
  • Pub of the Year
  • Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year
  • Taste of North East England Award
  • Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year


Durham's shortlisted businesses are:-

  • Go North East – Accessible and inclusive tourism award
  • Large hotel of the year – Ramside hall 
  • Small hotel of the year – Seaham hall and Wynyard hall, Lord Crewe Arms 
  • EventDurham – international tourism award and business events venue 
  • Large visitor attraction – Beamish Museum


The awards take place at Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday 24 March, hosted by Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey.

The North East 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.


Full list of winners 2018:


Hotel of the Year

Gold - Langley Castle Hotel

Silver – Seaham Hall

Bronze – Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

Bronze – Gisborough Hall Hotel

Highly commended - Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa


Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Gold – Lord Crewe Arms

Silver – William De Percy

Bronze – Barrasford Arms


Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Gold – Brunswick House

Gold – St. Cuthbert's House

Bronze – Layside Bed & Breakfast

Highly commended – Budle Hall

Highly commended – Moor End Guest House


Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Gold – St. Oswald's Farm

Silver – Woodside Lodge

Bronze – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.

Highly commended – Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms


Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Gold – Doe Park Caravan Site

Bronze – North Shire

Bronze – The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery

Silver – South Tynedale Railway

Silver – Wynyard Garden

Bronze – Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Alnwick Garden

Silver – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Bronze – Whitehouse Farm Centre

Highly commended – Alnwick Castle


Guided Tour of the Year

Gold – Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours

Silver – Lundgren Tours Ltd.

Bronze – Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil

Highly commended – Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)


Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Gold – Lord Crewe Arms

Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.

Bronze – South Tynedale Railway

Highly commended – The Lindisfarne Inn


Tourism Pub of the Year

Gold – Barrasford Arms

Silver – Lord Crewe Arms

Bronze – The Lindisfarne Inn

Bronze – The Twice Brewed


Taste of England Award

Gold – Blackfriars Restaurant

Silver – The Potted Lobster

Bronze – Block & Bottle

Bronze – Lord Crewe Arms


Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold – Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut

Silver – St. Cuthbert's House


Inclusive Tourism Award

Gold – Sage Gateshead

Silver – Go North East

Bronze – The Commissioners Quay Inn

Highly commended – The Hog's Head Inn


Business Tourism Award

Gold – Event Durham, Durham University

Silver – Sage Gateshead

Bronze – Civic Centre Banqueting Suites, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle City Council


Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Gold – Durham Pointers

Silver – Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre