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Tourism Businesses with Designs on Winning

Tuesday, 28th August 2012

Marketing Lancashire is pleased to announce that acclaimed fashion designer and style guru Wayne Hemingway MBE will be guest presenter at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012/13 which will be held at The Guild Hall, Preston on Thursday 13 September 2012.   

 Wayne Hemingway MBE was born in Morecambe, Lancashire and established his fashion label Red or Dead from a stall on Camden Market.  He went on to win the Fashion Council’s Street Style Designer of the Year for three years running and his distinctive shoes, clothing and accessories acquired admirers around the world. He believes in the supremacy of design, whether in clothes or buildings and can count digital radios, foldaway bikes and even bottom shaped water butts, amongst his many creations. 

At the height of his fame as a fashion designer he sold Red or Dead and now specialises in affordable and social housing. Projects include a new settlement of 3000 homes in Lothian and apartments in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. His high profile development on Tyneside won a series of major awards including Building Magazine’s Best Housing-Led Regeneration.

Wayne has also launched a series of Vintage Festivals, one of which comes to Preston’s Avenham Park from Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 September 2012, as part of the Preston Guild Vintage Weekend. Visitors will see the park transformed into a glamorous wonderland of art and design, fashion and fun, as Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway give this particular festival a bespoke northern twist.

Commenting on his role at the up-coming awards, Wayne Hemingway said “I’m really delighted to have been invited to present the Lancashire Tourism Awards, in such a significant year for Lancashire and for the industry as a whole.

“Celebrating the achievements of the county’s finest tourism businesses so soon after being personally involved in the Preston Guild, one of Lancashire’s most prestigious events, will be an absolute pleasure. 

“I’m looking forward to meeting and congratulating the people who contribute so much to Lancashire’s thriving visitor economy and the welcoming reputation of which, as a Lancastrian, I’m so proud.”                                                                                                                                

The Lancashire Tourism Awards are the county’s premier awards; they recognise the outstanding qualities and achievements of tourism businesses across Lancashire, as well as the contribution they make to the county’s £3.25 billion visitor economy. 

The successfully shortlisted businesses* have been informed, the final judging and mystery shopping is underway, and tickets for this tourism industry event of the year are

on sale NOW at 

*The Shortlist for the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2012/13

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year

Broadgate Farm B&B, Bleasdale

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

Mode, Lytham St Annes

Number One St Luke’s, Blackpool                                        

Small Hotel of the Year

Bartle Hall Hotel, Preston

The Millstone at Mellor

Northcote, Langho

Penny Street Bridge, Lancaster


Large Hotel of the Year

Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel

Big Blue Hotel, Blackpool

Dalmeny Hotel, St Annes on Sea

Lancaster House Hotel

Caravan Holiday Park & Holiday Village Award                                                  

Carr Royd Parks/Sunset Park, Hambleton

Hackings Caravan Park, Clitheroe

Self Catering Award                                                                                    

Brontё School House, Cowan Bridge

Cleveleymere, Forton

Cross Farm Holiday Cottages, Downholland

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year                                                                     

Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Garstang

Museum of Lancashire, Preston

Old Holly Farm, Garstang

Samlesbury Hall

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year                                                                      

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, Ormskirk

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough

Best Visitor Experience of the Year

Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show, Blackburn

Farmaggedon, Ormskirk

Go Ape! Rivington

Treasure Trails Lancashire

Business Tourism Award                                                                           

Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel

Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe

Northcote at the Rovers, Blackburn

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Tourism Pub of the Year                                                                            

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

The Highwayman, Burrow

The Millstone at Mellor

Redwell Country Inn and Restaurant, Arkholme


Sustainable Tourism Award          

Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Garstang

Hackings Caravan Park, Clitheroe

Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough

Access for All Tourism Award                                                                              

Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Garstang

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Visitor Information Provider Award                                                                      

Blackburn Visitor Centre

Visit Garstang Centre

Lancaster Visitor Information Centre

Morecambe Visitor Information Centre

Taste Lancashire Award                 

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

The Clog and Billycock, Blackburn

The Millstone at Mellor

Redwell Country Inn and Restaurant, Arkholme

Marketing Campaign of the Year   

The Blackpool Tower Eye, launch campaign

Madame Tussauds, Blackpool, launch campaign

The Mall Blackburn, re-development campaign

Museum of Lancashire, Preston, re-opening campaign

A further announcement regarding the shortlist for the Special Recognition Award, celebrating one of the industry’s unsung heroes will be made shortly.

Partners supporting the awards include Blackpool & The Fylde College, Flowers by Sonje, Lancashire County Council, Sophisticated Events, Total Food Service, UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) and Workhouse Creative Marketing.  A number of partner opportunities are still available. For more information please contact the Partnerships Team on 01772 426 450.


Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Manager, Marketing Lancashire

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