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Lancashire's National Finalists

Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Celebrating the finest in the Tourism Industry:

VisitEngland Reveals Finalists for 2014 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

 Today, during English Tourism Week, VisitEngland announces the finalists for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014. The Awards celebrate the very best England has to offer and the winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced the Award Ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday 12 May.

Both regional winners and direct entries for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are rigorously assessed by independent assessors and judged by a board of tourism industry experts. Carefully chosen by a judging panel, the finalists represent the finest in the industry and include a wealth of attractions, accommodation providers, tourism experiences, Tourist Information Centres and businesses that have shown complete dedication to developing the excellent standards of English tourism. Each finalist is guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended in their category. 

VisitEngland’s Chief Executive James Berresford said:

“I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year.  We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for any business to become a finalist.  Each finalist is already a winner and can take justifiable pride and credit in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England, and in the contribution they make to an industry worth £106 billion to the economy, supporting 2.6 million jobs. I wish all our finalists the very best of luck for the awards ceremony in May”.

This year’s Award ceremony will also include the official presentation of the Tourism Superstar 2014 Award. As part of English Tourism Week, VisitEngland teamed up with the Daily Mirror for an online public vote to find England’s unsung tourism hero – someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to make visitors feel extra special, and is a real ambassador for the local area.  The 2014 winner is Buzby Allen, an on-resort entertainer from Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

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2014 Finalists
Below are the finalists in each category for this year's awards (listed alphabetically).

Access for All Tourism Award                                  

Calvert Trust Exmoor
Barnstaple, Devon
Countryside Mobility South West
Exeter, Devon
Leicester, Leicestershire
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Jurys Inn Brighton
Brighton, East Sussex
Sandcastle Waterpark
Blackpool, Lancashire

Business Tourism Award

Arundell Arms Hotel
Lifton, Devon
Emirates Old Trafford
Old Trafford, Manchester
ExCeL London
Keele University Conferences & Events
Keele, Staffordshire
The Lowry
Salford, Manchester

Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

Gwel an Mor Resort
Redruth, Cornwall
Hoburne Bashley
New Milton, Hampshire
Northumbrian Water Ltd - Leaplish Waterside Park
Horsley, Northumberland
Seafield Caravan Park
Seahouses, Northumberland
Waldegraves & Cosways Family Holiday Parks
Colchester, Essex

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
Tatton Park
Knutsford, Cheshire
The Trentham Estate
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Trebah Garden
Falmouth, Cornwall
Walby Farm Park
Carlisle, Cumbria

Large Hotel of the Year

Burleigh Court
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Ellenborough Park
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Hope Street Hotel
Liverpool, Merseyside
Peckforton Castle Hotel
Tarporley, Cheshire
Rockliffe Hall
Darlington, County Durham

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays
Whitwell, Isle of Wight
East View Farm Holiday Cottages
Norwich, Norfolk
Staying Cool at the Rotunda
Birmingham, West Midlands
The Dandelion Hideaway
Osbaston, Leicestershire
Trevase Cottages
Hereford, Herefordshire

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Chiltern Open Air Museum
St Giles, Buckinghamshire
Galleries of Justice
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Museum of East Anglian Life
Stowmarket, Suffolk
National Trust Coleridge Cottage
Bridgwater, Somerset
Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre
Faversham, Kent

Small Hotel of the Year

Brockencote Hall Hotel
Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Hell Bay Hotel
Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Rothay Garden
Ambleside, Cumbria
Swinton Park
Ripon, North Yorkshire
The Old Rectory Hotel
Martinhoe, Devon

Sustainable Tourism Award

Bleasdale Cottages
Preston, Lancashire
Colton House
Rugeley, Staffordshire
Killhope Museum
Cowshill, County Durham
Little White Alice
Redruth, Cornwall
Newlands Adventure Centre
Keswick, Cumbria

Taste of England Award

1884 Dock Street Kitchen
Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire
Delifonseca Dockside
Liverpool, Merseyside
Eckington Manor
Eckington, Worcestershire
River Cottage Canteen & Deli Plymouth
Plymouth, Devon
The Parkers Arms
Clitheroe, Lancashire

Tourism Experience of the Year

Calvert Trust Exmoor
Barnstaple, Devon
Heritage Tours - Robin Hood Town Tours
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Lindisfarne Gospels Durham - lead partner Durham University
National Museums Liverpool
Liverool, Merseyside
Blackpool, Lancashire

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

City of London Information Centre
English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC)
Gloucester Tourist Information Centre
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
NewcastleGateshead Visitor Information Centre
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Visit Garstang Centre
Garstang, Lancashire

Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year

Holbeck, Yorkshire
Eckington Manor
Eckington, Worcestershire
Kester House Bed & Breakfast
Sedlescombe, East Sussex
Low Mill Guest House
Leyburn, Yorkshire
St Cuthbert’s House
North Sunderland, Northumberland

Tourism Pub of the Year

Pandora Inn
Falmouth, Cornwall
South Causey Inn
Stanley, County Durham
The Feathered Nest Country Inn
Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire
The Horse and Jockey, Manton
Manton, East Midlands
Watermill Inn & Brewery
Kendal, Cumbria

Tourism Event of the Year

Beaulieu International Autojumble
Beaulieu, Hampshire
Elemental Force Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire, East Midlands
Elemental Force Visit High Peak & Derbyshire
Derbyshire, East Midlands
Kendal Mountain Festival CIC
Kendal, Cumbria
Trent Bridge
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

For more information or to set up interviews contact:
Angelah Sparg, Corporate Communications Manager Tel: 02075781482, Email: or Sarah Long, Head of Corporate Communications Tel: 020 7578 1452, Mob: 07500555651, Email:  Website:

About VisitEngland
• VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. We work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors.  Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics on
• England is a unique destination and a real powerhouse in global tourism. It represents 84 per cent of the total UK visitor economy, is worth £106 billion, and supports 2.6 million jobs.
• For corporate information see and for consumer information see

About the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014
 The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 celebrate the best of English tourism. They promote healthy industry competition and high standards, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination.
 The 18 categories for the 2014 awards include: Access for All Tourism Award, Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year, Business Tourism Award, Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year, Large Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Hotel of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Taste of England Award, Tourism Event of the Year, Tourism Experience of the Year, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.
 Included in the 18 categories are the additional Awards of Tourism Superstar, Travel Article of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.  The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award will be announced on the night.  Previous winners of this award have included The Great English Pub, Michael Eavis CBE, HM The Queen, the Harry Potter films, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Paul McCartney, Liverpool, The National Trust, the English Garden and last year the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers.

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