Lancashire’s tourism talent – the LTA22 award-winners

7 February 2023
The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 at the Blackpool Conference and Exhibition Centre. The winners with Andrea Challis Chair of the Board of Marketing Lancashire, Steve Royle Guest Presenter and Rachel McQueen CEO of Marketing Lancashire (centre).

The stars of Lancashire tourism and hospitality shone brightly last night (Tuesday 7 February 2023) at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, held at the new Blackpool Conference and Exhibition Centre, supported by Headline Sponsor University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Destination Sponsor Visit Blackpool.

Lancashire comedian Steve Royle was Guest Presenter and kept the audience entertained throughout, with the unique style and brilliant humour that saw him reach the finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Having recently celebrated his 1000th appearance in panto, the 400-strong audience of tourism professionals, sponsors and supporters were guided masterfully and joyfully through 24 awards – Oh yes they were!

Guest presenter (and juggler) comedian Steve Royle.

This year saw the addition of a brand new award, in association with Headline Sponsor UCLan, the award for Hospitality and Tourism Student of the Year. The winner of the award was Charlie Nicholls, a C&G L3 Diploma in Professional Cookery student at Blackpool and the Fylde College. There was strong competition for the award’s first year and the judges agreed that David Wetherill, a student on the Chef Diploma course at Runshaw College should also be commended, and he was presented with a special certificate on the night. Much to their delight, the students collected their accolades from celebrated Lancashire Chef and Taste Lancashire Ambassador, Paul Heathcote MBE.

The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022 at the Blackpool Conference and Exhibition Centre. Hospitality and Tourism Student of the Year Charlie Nicholls with Steve Royle (left) and Paul Heathcote MBE (right).

This year’s Special Recognition Award, selected by the judges across all the finalists, was awarded to Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort by Marketing Lancashire’s Chair of the Board, Andrea Challis.

Chair of the Board of Directors of Marketing Lancashire, Andrea Challis.

Earlier in the evening Andrea Challis proudly addressed the audience, for the first time as Chair of the Board of Marketing Lancashire saying “I am delighted to be here to celebrate with you all and to help the Marketing Lancashire team champion the very best of the county’s tourism and hospitality businesses. I am honestly in awe of the strength and diversity of our wonderful sector here in Lancashire.

“I have learnt through my involvement with Marketing Lancashire, and the other organisations and initiatives that I am a part of, that we have our own businesses, our own challenges and our own opportunities for growth but when we work together, we can, and we do, achieve so much more.”

CEO of Marketing Lancashire Rachel McQueen.

Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire followed Andrea’s speech with her review of the last year, a year that saw Lancashire ‘fighting back’ from the impact of Covid on the tourism and hospitality sector “Success in 2022 was hard fought, hard won, against, quite literally, all the odds. But successes there were, and significant ones too.”

On the finalists this year she said “What came through loud and clear from the judges and our mystery shoppers was the tremendous hard work, determination, entrepreneurship and vision demonstrated by our tourism businesses.

“There is absolutely no shortage of pride, passion and ambition in this room, and myself and the Marketing Lancashire team look forward to working with you to support the county’s tourism and hospitality sector to thrive.”

She also thanked the many supporters and sponsors of the awards including:  B&D Print Services, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Creative Council, Creative Venue Stylist, Dewlay Cheesemakers, DFC, Harrison Drury Solicitors, Heckford, Insight 6, Lancashire Business View, Lancashire Life, Lancashire Post, Lancashire Telegraph, Lancaster University Management School, Links Signs and Graphics, Northern Print Distribution, the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business and Total Foodservice.


Lancashire Tourism Awards 2022



Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award *

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages & Lakeside Hub, Hambleton – WINNER

The Estuary Riverside Chalets, Hambleton

Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven


Business Events Venue of the Year *

Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley

Ewood Experience, Blackburn

Merlin Events, Blackpool – WINNER

The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth

Winter Gardens Blackpool


Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year *

Hedgerow Luxury Glamping, Newsholme

Newton Hall Holiday Park, Blackpool

Ribble Valley Retreat, Langho – WINNER

The Secret Garden Glamping, Skelmersdale

Stanley Villa Farm Fishing & Camping, Greenhalgh

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award

Lancaster Grand Theatre

Samlesbury Hall

Winter Gardens Blackpool – WINNER


Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Bella Vista Lodge, Blackpool

The Golden Ball of Longton

HAPPA, Shores Hey Farm, Briercliffe

The Lawrence Hotel, Padiham – WINNER

Mowbreck Holiday Park, Wesham


Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award *

Hedgerow Luxury Glamping, Newsholme – WINNER

Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat, Slaidburn

The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth


Experience of the Year *

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Blackpool Pleasure Beach ‘Walk The…’ Experiences – WINNER

Countryside & Culinary Breaks at Dale House Barn, Slaidburn

Goosnargh Gin School Experience Days

Inch Perfect Trials Experience Day, Whitewell


Hospitality and Tourism Student of the Year

Steven Cartmell, BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel & Tourism at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

Sophie Lancaster, NCFE Extended Diploma Travel & Tourism at Runshaw College

Charlie Nicholls, C&G L3 Diploma in Professional Cookery at Blackpool and the Fylde College – WINNER

David Wetherill, Chef Diploma at Runshaw College

Hotel Wedding Venue of the Year

Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley

Mitton Hall, Mitton – WINNER

Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho

Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor


Lancashire Perfect Stay – Small Serviced Accommodation *

3 Millstones Inn, West Bradford

Dale House Barn and B&B, Slaidburn

Fence Gate Lodge, Fence – WINNER

The Lawrence Hotel, Padiham

The Royal at Heysham


Large Event of the Year Award

British Textile Biennial, East Lancashire

Christmas by the Sea, Blackpool

Highest Point Festival, Lancaster – WINNER

Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway

Large Hotel of the Year *

Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley

Foxfields Country Hotel, Whalley

Hampton by Hilton Blackpool – WINNER

Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho


New Tourism Business of the Year *

The Estuary Riverside Chalets, Hambleton

Ribble Valley Retreat, Langho – WINNER


Pub of the Year *

PLAU, Preston – WINNER

Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green

White Bull Oswaldtwistle


Resilience and Innovation Award *

The Secret Garden Glamping, Skelmersdale

The Whitehall Hotel & Distillery, Darwen – WINNER

Winter Gardens Blackpool


Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year *

Brickhouse Holiday Cottages, Hambleton

Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat, Clitheroe

Oakdean Cottages, Langho – WINNER


Small Event of the Year Award

British Country Music Festival, Blackpool

Chorley Flower Show

Dino Fest, Lancaster

Pumpkin Festival at Ridgeway Farm, Blackpool

Thornton Hall Christmas Adventure, Thornton-in-Craven – WINNER


Taste Lancashire Award *

263 Restaurant, Preston – WINNER

The Coach and Horses, Bolton-by-Bowland

La Locanda, Gisburn


Taste Lancashire Producer Award

Brindle Distillery, Chorley – WINNER

Goosnargh Gin

Lancaster Brewery Spirits Company

Morecambe Bay Chowder


Unsung Hero Award

Jenna Bullows, Assistant Manager, The Whitehall Hotel and Distillery

Sharon Jones, Hall Director, Samlesbury Hall

Jeremy Rowlands, Managing Director, Meat & Drink – WINNER

Visitor Attraction of the Year *

The Blackpool Tower

The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre, Brock – WINNER

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven


Wedding Venue of the Year

The Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood

The Out Barn, Waddington – WINNER

Samlesbury Hall

The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth

* The winners of these categories will have the opportunity to represent Lancashire in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023 competition – subject to meeting criteria.


PHOTO GALLERY of the event and all the winners receiving their awards.


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