The Lancashire Tourism Awards are back – with these amazing winners !

3 February 2022

Yesterday evening (Wed 2 February 2022) Marketing Lancashire hosted almost 400 tourism and hospitality partners and colleagues, at the new Orangeraie at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, where guest presenter Tez Ilyas, alongside Headline Sponsor UCLan and Destination Sponsor, Blackburn with Darwen Council celebrated the winners of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021.

Guest Presenter, Tez Ilyas

After a gap of over two years the Lancashire Tourism Awards are well and truly back, with resounding applause for the county’s resilient and innovative visitor economy businesses.  Proud Blackburn-born comedian Tez Ilyas steered the proceeding through seventeen awards, with two surprise awards also given out during the evening.

Rachel McQueen Chief Executive opening the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021

In her opening speech Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, said

“We have lost so much over the last two years, and I know that many in this room will have suffered personal as well as professional pain. But we have gained something too – the undeniable truth that the Lancastrian spirit will never be defeated, and the recognition, finally, that this great county is nothing without its tourism and hospitality businesses.

“When you were forced to close your doors, everyone realised how much they were missing, and how big an impact on the quality of life in Lancashire that the visitor economy makes.”

Rachel concluded with “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 once more.”

The challenges of the last two years prompted the inclusion of a new Resilience and Innovation Award, which was presented to Inch Perfect Trials by Lancashire Director of Public Health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, who became a familiar face during the pandemic. The unsung hero award, recognising the work of individuals or groups throughout the pandemic was presented to Glen Duckett of the Eagle & Child and Eat Grow Thrive.

Tony Attard OBE

Two surprise awards, for outstanding contribution, were also made to Tony Attard OBE, who stood down as Chair of Marketing Lancashire after seven years, and to Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi of La Locanda, for their outstanding contribution to Taste Lancashire.

 

The full list of finalists and winners follows:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award *

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, Hambleton

Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs    WINNER

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, Clayton-le-Dale

 

Camping, Glamping & Holiday Park of the Year *

Dearden Wood, Edenfield

Rossendale Holiday Cottages & Glamping

Stanley Villa Farm Fishing & Camping, Greenhalgh    WINNER

 

Cultural Venue / Organisation of the Year

Browsholme Hall, Cow Ark

Culturapedia, Blackburn

Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes

The Whitaker Museum + Art Gallery, Rawtenstall    WINNER

Winter Gardens Blackpool

 

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

The Golden Ball of Longton    WINNER

Mowbreck Holiday & Residential Park, Wesham

 

Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award *

The Bee Centre, Brindle

Lancaster House

Moss Wood Caravan Park, Cockerham

Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool

The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth    WINNER

 

Experience of the Year *

The Bee Centre, Brindle

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Go Ape! Rivington

Goosnargh Gin    WINNER

 

Hotel Wedding Venue of the Year

Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley    WINNER

Foxfields Country Hotel, Whalley

Mytton Fold, Langho

Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor

 

Lancashire Perfect Stay *

The Coach & Horses, Bolton-by-Bowland    WINNER

3 Millstones Inn, West Bradford

Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor

 

Large Hotel of the Year *

Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham    WINNER

Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley

Lancaster House

Mytton Fold, Langho

 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year *

Escape Entertainment Venue, Chorley

Viva Blackpool

Winter Gardens Blackpool    WINNER

 

New Tourism Business Award *

Hampton by Hilton Blackburn

Orchard Glamping, Catterall

Ridgeway Farm Blackpool

The Secret Garden Glamping, Skelmersdale     WINNER

 

Resilience and Innovation Award *

Briony Machin Studios, Mawdesley

Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom

Goosnargh Gin

Inch Perfect Trials, Whitewell     WINNER

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven

The Whitehall Hotel & Distillery, Darwen

 

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year *

Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat, Slaidburn    WINNER

Ream Hills Holiday Park, Weeton

Rossendale Holiday Cottages & Glamping

Windy Harbour Holiday Park, Thornton-Cleveleys

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year *

Cedar Farm, Mawdesley     WINNER

HAPPA Shores Hey Farm, Burnley

Leighton Hall, Carnforth

Mrs Dowsons Farm Park, Clayton-le-Dale

 

Restaurant of the Year *

La Locanda, Gisburn

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Aughton    WINNER

Wilfred’s Restaurant & Bar, Burnley

 

Unsung Hero Award*

Peter Baillie, Owner of Cedar Farm

Glen Duckett, Owner, Eagle & Child/Eat Grow Thrive    WINNER

Justin Jerome, Head Chef, Stanley House Hotel & Spa

Pam Shread, Visitor Co-ordinator and Senior Guide, Leighton Hall

 

Wedding Venue of the Year

Bashall Barn, Bashall Eaves

Browsholme Hall, Cow Ark    WINNER

The Out Barn, Bashall Eaves

 

* The winners of these categories will have the opportunity to represent Lancashire in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022 competition – subject to meeting criteria.

The Lancashire Tourism Awards could not have been delivered without the support of: University of Central Lancashire – Headline Sponsor, Blackburn with Darwen Council – Destination Sponsor, Booths, Creative Council, Dewlay, DFC Limited, Ewood Experience at Blackburn Rovers, insight6, Lancashire Business View, Lancashire Life, Links Signs and Graphics, Northern Print Distribution LTD and Stanley House Hotel & Spa.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by singing-duo, Timeless.

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