Tourism Awards

North East England Tourism Awards 2018

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.

 

There are 15 award categories – B&B of the Year, Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year, Business Tourism Award, Dog Friendly Business, Guided Tour of the Year, Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Inclusive Tourism, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism, Taste of England Award, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.

 

Record number of Durham businesses 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 www.newcastlegateshead.com/tourism-awards/buy-tickets.

 

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.

 

Full list of 2017 winners:

Hotel of the Year
Gold – Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant
Silver – Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter
Bronze – Seaham Hall
Highly commended – Hotel du Vin

 

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year
Gold – Newton Hall
Silver – The Percy Arms, Chatton
Bronze – The Joiners Arms
Highly commended – Barrasford Arms

 

Bed and Breakfast of the Year
Gold – St Cuthbert's House
Silver – Mill House B&B
Bronze – West Longridge Manor B&B
Highly commended – The Old Manse B&B

 

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Gold – Brunton House and Cottages
Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd
Bronze – Renner Farming - Bellshill Tower
Highly commended – West Wood Yurts

 

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year
Gold – Seafield Caravan Park
Silver – Kielder Waterside
Bronze – Ord House Country Park

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Gold – South Tynedale Railway
Silver – Hall Hill Farm
Bronze – Kirkley Hall
Highly commended - The Aln Valley Railway Trust
Highly commended - Bide-a-Wee Cottage Garden and Nursery
Highly commended - Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Gold – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Silver – Kielder Water & Forest Park (KWFP)
Bronze – The Alnwick Garden

 

Guided Tour of the Year
Gold – BBC Tours
Silver – Wild Dog Outdoors
Bronze – Victoria Tunnel
Highly commended – Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil

 

Dog Friendly Business of the Year
Gold – South Tynedale Railway
Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd
Bronze – Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

 

Tourism Pub of the Year
Gold – The Apple Inn
Silver – The Botanist
Bronze – Barrasford Arms

 

Taste of England Award
Gold – Block and Bottle
Silver – Blackfriars Restaurant Banquet Hall, Cookery School, Parlour Bar and Tasting Room
Bronze – The Potted Lobster
Highly commended – Barrasford Arms

 

Sustainable Tourism Award
Gold – Laverock Law Cottages
Silver – St Cuthbert's House

 

Inclusive Tourism Award
Gold – Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Silver – Sage Gateshead

 

Business Tourism Award
Gold – Event Durham, Durham University
Silver – Sage Gateshead
Bronze – Newcastle City Council, Hospitality Services
Highly commended – Seaham Hall

 

Visitor Information Provider of the Year
Gold – Durham Pointers
Bronze – South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre
Highly commended – Hartlepool Borough Council – Hartlepool Railway Station & Coast Project

 


North East Tourism Awards 2017 – Durham winners

Hotel of the Year

Seaham Hall
BRONE

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Hall Hill Farm
SILVER

 

 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
GOLD

 



 

 

Business Tourism Award

Event Durham, Durham University
GOLD

Seaham Hall
HIGHLY COMMENDED

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Durham Pointer
GOLD

 

 

 

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