Lancashire’s Five Stars

28 March 2013

Marketing Lancashire is pleased to announce that five Lancashire Tourism Award Winners 2012/13 have been named as finalists in the prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence, and go forward to the national finals which will be held at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, on Monday 20 May 2013.

Lancashire’s 2013 finalists are: Access for All Tourism, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool; Caravan Holiday Park, Sunset Park, Hambleton; Small Hotel of the Year, Northcote, Langho; Taste of England Award, The Redwell Country Inn and Restaurant, Arkholme; Tourism Pub of the Year, The Millstone at Mellor. (For a full list of all categories and all finalists, see below)

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said “We know that Lancashire has some of the country’s finest pubs, attractions, accommodation, restaurants and customer service, so it is little surprise to see these five flagship businesses acknowledged in this way.

“Our whole-hearted support and best wishes now go with these five-star performers to the national Visit England Awards, where they will compete and represent Lancashire at the very highest level. We are incredibly proud of their achievement and all our Lancashire Tourism Award winners.”

Lancashire’s finalists will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

Sandcastle Waterpark and Sunset Park were both finalists in last year’s national awards and both received Highly Commended.

 In 2012 Lancashire’s also celebrated a Gold win for The Ashton, Bed & Breakfast of the Year; Gold win for Michael Gore of the Best Western Premier Leyland for Customer Service of the Year; Silver for Old Holly Farm, for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year; Bronze for Ribby Hall Village, Business Tourism Award.  

Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said

“I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year.  We received 320 applications and the quality of submissions was higher than ever.  It is therefore no small achievement for these five Lancashire businesses to become finalists and justifiably take credit and pride in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England.  I wish everyone all the best for the final in May”.

Full list of finalists (in alphabetical order)

Access for All Tourism Award

Calvert Trust Exmoor, Barnstaple, Devon

Eureka! National Children's Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock, Derbyshire

One Great George Street, Institution of Civil Engineers, London

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool, Lancashire

Science Museum, London

Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year

Alkham Court Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, South Alkham, nr Dover, Kent

Fern Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire

Pendragon Country House, Camelford, Cornwall

The Bear's Paw, Sandbach, Cheshire

The Salty Monk Restaurant with Rooms, Sidmouth, Devon

Business Tourism Award

Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton, Devon

ExCeL London, London

Manchester Central, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Rockliffe Hall, Darlington, County Durham

York Marriott, York, Yorkshire

Caravan Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

Carr Royd Parks Ltd. t/a Sunset Park, Hambleton, Lancashire

Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, Norfolk

Oakdown Country Holiday Park, Sidmouth, Devon

Trethem Mill Touring Park,Truro, Cornwall

Woodclose Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Large Hotel of the Year

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, York, North Yorkshire

Peckforton Castle Hotel, Tarporley, Cheshire

The Lowry Hotel, Salford, Greater Manchester

The Swan Hotel, Sudbury, Suffolk

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Beaulieu Enterprises Limited, Beaulieu, Hants

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Cutty Sark, London

The Roman Baths, Bath, Bath & North East Somerset

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell, Cornwall

Combermere Abbey Cottages, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Eaton Manor Country Estate, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Staying Cool at the Rotunda, Birmimgham, West Midlands

Tottergill Farm, Brampton, Cumbria

Small Hotel of the Year

Brockencote Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon

Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, Cumbria

Northcote, Langho, Lancashire

The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Corinium Museum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Ordsall Hall, Salford, Greater Manchester

WWT Washington Wetlands Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear

Sustainable Tourism Award

At-Bristol science centre, Bristol

Beechenhill Farm, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock, Derbyshire

Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Holt, Norfolk

Taste of England Award

Blackfriars, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Drewton's Limited, Nr Brough, East Yorkshire

Overwater Hall, Carlisle, Cumbria

Redwell Country Inn and Restaurant, Carnforth, Lancashire

Samuel's at Swinton Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Tourism Experience of the Year

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Kielder Water & Forest Park (KW&FP), Newcastle, Tyne & Wear

Manchester International Festival, Manchester, Greater Manchester

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2012, Barnstaple, Devon

The French in York, York, North Yorkshire

Tourism Pub of the Year

Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside, Cumbria

Rashleigh Arms, st Austell, Cornwall

The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The Millstone at Mellor, Blackburn, Lancashire

The Yew Tree Inn, Tarporley, Cheshire

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Greenwich Tourist Information Centre, Greenwich, London

Thanet Visitor Information Service, Margate, Kent

Wakefield Tourist Information Centre, Wakefield, West Yorkshire


Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Manager, Marketing Lancashire

on 01772 426459  

Notes to Editors

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