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Tourism Awards - Shortlist announced!

Tuesday, 23rd March 2010


Today (23 March), Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board (LBTB) announced the shortlist for the Tourism Awards 2010/11, from a record-breaking number of entries.

LBTB’s annual Tourism Awards recognise high achieving tourism businesses across 14 categories, including the much coveted Taste Lancashire Award, for quality eating establishments and the new for 2010/11, Online Marketing Award.

The awards are supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

Having successfully completed the new simplified ‘expression of interest form’ shortlisted businesses will now submit final applications, for consideration by a panel of invited experts and industry professionals.

The winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony being held this year

at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Nr Accrington on Wednesday 9 June 2010.

Tony Openshaw, LBTB Director of Marketing said “This year, perhaps more than ever, we’re delighted by the enthusiasm our colleagues across the industry have expressed in the Tourism Awards, with more entries than ever before.  Throughout the challenges of the economic downturn, tourism businesses have continued to move forward and innovate; constantly looking to improve levels of customer service, the quality of their product and working together to exploit the opportunities presented by the renewed interest in the Great British Holiday.

“The shortlist reveals the frontrunners in each field, amidst an increasingly impressive range of applications. Thank you to all those who did take time to apply and the very best of luck to those who are now embarking on this year’s awards journey.”

Those shortlisted by category are :

Bed and Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year:

Langtrys, Blackpool

Little Stubbins B&B, Claughton-on-Brock

Mitton Hall, Nr Whalley

Number One South Beach, Blackpool


Small Hotel of the Year:

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn

The Strand Hotel, Blackpool

Large Hotel of the Year:

Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel

Big Blue Hotel, Blackpool

The Elgin Hotel, Blackpool

Lancaster House Hotel


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Claughton-on-Brock

Samlesbury Hall

World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, Nr Blackpool


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Blackpool Zoo

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool


Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village Award:

Fold House Park, Pilling

Newton Hall Holiday Centre, Blackpool

Twyn Ghyll Leisure Park, Gisburn


Self Catering Award:

Martin Lane Farmhouse Holiday Cottages, Burscough

The Old Shippon at Mellor

Promenade Apartments, Blackpool

Queens Mansions, Blackpool


Taste Lancashire Award:

Bashall Barn, Nr Clitheroe

Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Claughton-on-Brock

Greens Bistro, Lytham St Annes

The Highwayman, Burrow

Homestead Farm Shop, Holmeswood


Business Tourism Award:

Lancaster Campus, University of Cumbria

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Park Hall Hotel Conference Centre, Charnock Richard

Preston Marriott Hotel

Stanley House, Mellor

Sustainable Tourism Award:

Caldertop Cottage, Garstang

Clough Bottom Farm Cottages, Bashall Eaves

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Nr Ormskirk


Access for All Tourism Award:

Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Claughton-on-Brock

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Langho


Best Tourism Experience of the Year:

Fish and Chip Themed Cruises, Lancaster Canal Boats

Go Ape! Rivington

Martin Mere Swan Spectacular, Nr Ormskirk

Walkabout Theatre at Williamson Park, The Dukes Lancaster


Online Marketing Award:

Blackpool Zoo

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool

Sugarvine, Blackpool


 The category of Tourism Event of the Year, will be decided by public vote in May.


Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Executive, Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board on 01257 226614 or

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