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26 June 2012

Marketing Lancashire today announced the shortlist of top tourism businesses going forward to the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012/13, the annual regional awards that celebrate the best of Lancashire’s £3.25billion tourism industry.

This year the awards ceremony will take place in Preston Guild Hall, on Thursday 13 September, following the official civic celebrations of the first Preston Guild of the 21st Century and the first since Preston achieved city status. The Preston Guild takes place every 20 years and is the last remaining Guild celebration in England.

Forty seven businesses feature in fifteen categories in the shortlist, which includes the new category of Tourism Pub of The Year. A further announcement regarding the shortlist for the Special Recognition Award, celebrating one of the industry’s unsung heroes will be made shortly.

Tony Openshaw, Marketing Director of Marketing Lancashire commenting on the shortlist said, “The quality of entrants never fails to impress and each year the competition attracts a wider range of businesses, keen to see themselves named amongst Lancashire’s best.

“This is the first step towards the national VisitEngland awards and those who have reached this shortlist, need only look to our triumphant Lancashire winners who stood shoulder to shoulder with the best of England and walked away with Gold awards just a few weeks ago. 

“We wish all those on this year’s shortlist the very best of luck in their bid to become Lancashire Tourism Award winners and I’m sure that there are more national award-winners amongst them.”

Winner of Lancashire’s B&B of the year 2011, speaking about winning the Bed & Breakfast of The Year Award at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012, James Gray of The Ashton boutique B&B in Lancaster said,

“It’s wonderful to be recognised for all the hard work we do and is a great morale boost to the whole team.  It also places you in front of the national media and provides new opportunities to promote the business more widely.

“I was very proud to receive both the Lancashire and national award and to be able to add the phrase ‘England’s Best Bed & Breakfast’, to The Ashton website.”

This year’s shortlisted tourism businesses will now be required to complete more detailed applications and undergo further scrutiny with site visits, mystery shopping and interviews over the coming weeks.


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 Awardp>

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

Partners supporting the awards include Blackpool & The Fylde College, 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

      01772 426 459 or [email protected]

Notes to Editors

  1. Marketing Lancashire is the new name for Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist  Board  (from 1st April 2012)

    Our activities in marketing and communications, commercial membership, `Welcome to Excellence` training and place marketing are all designed to grow the visitor economy and develop the destination as a great place to visit, live and work.

    In 2010 the Lancashire attracted 60 million visitors who contributed £3.25 billion to the local economy and helped support 55,227 jobs.

  2. Winners of the Lancashire & Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12 awards can be viewed here Winners of the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2012/12 can be viewed here



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