Core categories for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2019/20

The following categories relate to the awards cycle culminating in a national learning expo and presentation event in June 2020.

All local competitions aligned with the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence must offer the following categories:

  • Haven Cottage, Cumbria

    B&B and Guest House of the Year

    Recognises B&Bs and guest houses providing truly memorable guest experiences.

  • Swinfen Hall Hotel, Staffordshire

    Small Hotel of the Year

    Recognises small serviced accommodation businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences.

  • Elgin Hotel, Lancashire

    Large Hotel of the Year

    Recognises full service hotels providing truly memorable guest experiences.

  • Ream Hills Holiday Park, Lancashire

    Camping Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

    Recognises holiday parks, sites and villages providing truly memorable guest experiences.

  • Heywood Hall, Staffordshire

    Self Catering Accommodation of the Year

    Recognises self catering accommodation businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences.

  • Wordsworth House & Gardens, Cumbria

    Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

    Recognises small visitor attraction businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences.

  • Ravenglass Railway, Cumbria

    Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

    Recognises large visitor attraction businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences.

  • Fishpool Inn, Cheshire (c) Joe Jord

    Pub of the Year

    Recognises pubs that make a significant contribution to tourism, with a food and drink offering that includes quality locally sourced produce.

  • Ezekial Bone Robin Hood Tour, Nottinghamshire

    Experience of the Year

    Recognises providers of truly memorable and immersive activities for visitors to participate in.

  • Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, Nottinghamshire

    New Tourism Business Award

    Recognises new tourism businesses who understand their market, exceed the expectations of their customers and have clear plans for future development.

  • Chef's Table, Cheshire

    Taste of England Award

    Recognises businesses within the tourism industry that offer food, beverage and service innovation and excellence.

  • Local competitions are required to offer at least two of these four categories:

    In addition, local awards competitions may choose to offer additional categories at a local level that do not feed up to the national Awards, such as ‘Event of the Year’, which are specific to the destination.

    Please note:

    • Local competitions may choose to combine certain core categories e.g. instead of running ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ and ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’, a single ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ category may be offered. The winner would be put forward to the most relevant category at national level
    • Local competitions may choose to split certain categories e.g. the ‘Taste of England Award’ category could be split into ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Tearoom of the Year’ at local level, with an overall winner selected and put forward for the national ‘Taste of England Award’
    • The ‘Taste of England Award’ name may be changed to reflect the local destination e.g. ‘Taste of Cumbria Award’
    • Local competition organisers and VisitEngland reserve the right to refuse an application if the business does not meet the eligibility criteria or move an application to another category if deemed more appropriate
    • In certain circumstances a local competition may not carry a mandatory core category if there is deemed to be insufficient stock in the area e.g. an urban awards competition may not carry the Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year category

    Terms and conditions vary by local competition.

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