Finalists announced for VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

27 April 2023

VisitEngland has today 27 April announced the finalists who will go forward to compete for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence.

The 48 finalists, announced following a rigorous judging process by handpicked tourism industry experts, now go on to compete in 16 core categories at the national awards, with the Caravan and Motorhome Club announced as headline sponsor. The awards' categories range from ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ and ‘B&B and Guest House of the Year’ to ‘Business Events Venue of the Year’ and ‘Experience of the Year’.

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence champion the very best of the country’s tourism industry celebrating quality, innovation, best practice and exceptional customer service.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said:

“This impressive list of finalists demonstrates the innovation and excellence thriving across England’s tourism industry. The quality and number of applications also highlights the outstanding range of products and experiences on offer for both domestic and international visitors. We wish the finalists the very best of luck.”

Applications to the awards were put forward for judging from businesses including hotels, self-catering accommodation providers, B&Bs, glamping operators, visitor attractions, restaurants, pubs and museums.

In addition to the 16 core categories, four special awards are also being presented this year including an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award,’ a ‘Travel Content Award’, a ‘Tourism Superstar Award’ and a ‘TXGB Trailblazer’ Award.

All finalists are invited to attend the national awards ceremony, this year being held at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter on 7 June, where Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at the black tie event. The Family Holiday Charity is the chosen charity for this year’s event.

This year’s Awards aligned with 16 local competitions from across England with winners automatically put forward for the national awards.

Tourism is one of England’s largest and most valuable industries, supporting hundreds of thousands of businesses, employing about 2.6 million people and, in 2019, generating £76 billion in domestic visitor spending.

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023 – List of Finalists:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award:

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages & Lakeside Hub, Lancashire

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire

B&B and Guest House of the Year:

Cedar Manor, Cumbria

Piglets Boutique B&B, Essex

Sunnyside Guest House, Merseyside

Business Events Venue of the Year:

Imago Venues, Leicestershire

National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

The ICC Birmingham, West Midlands

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year:

Brook Meadow, Leicestershire

Hendra Holiday Park, Cornwall

The Quiet Site, Cumbria

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award:

National Forest EBike Holidays, Leicestershire

Pure Outdoor, Derbyshire

The Cottages at Blackadon Farm, Devon

Experience of the Year:

Peak District Walking Experience, myGuidedWalks, Peak District

Grey Seal and Seabird Cruise, Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours, Northumberland

Make Your Own Gin Experience, Shed 1 Gin Distillery, Cumbria

Large Hotel of the Year:

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Wiltshire

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort, County Durham

Titanic Hotel Liverpool, Merseyside

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Hertfordshire

New Tourism Business of the Year:

Bassenthwaite Lake Station, Cumbria

Great British Car Journey, Derbyshire

Thorington Theatre, Suffolk

Pub of the Year:

The Blind Bull, Derbyshire

The Duncombe Arms, Staffordshire

The Shoe, Hampshire

Resilience and Innovation Award:

Healing Manor Hotel, Lincolnshire

Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland

St Luke's Bombed Out Church C.I.C., Merseyside

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year:

Eaton Manor Country Estate, Shropshire

Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages, Northumberland

The Dovecote Barns, North Yorkshire

Small Hotel of the Year:

Askham Hall, Cumbria

THE PIG-at Combe, Devon

Wildhive Callow Hall, Derbyshire

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre, Cumbria

PK Porthcurno, Cornwall

Watatunga Wildlife Reserve, Norfolk

Taste of England Award:

Pensons Restaurant at the Netherwood Estate, Worcestershire

The Glasshouse Restaurant, Hampshire

The Unruly Pig, Suffolk

Unsung Hero Award:

Michael Wilson, Official Guide to the Kent Estuary, Guide Over Sands Trust, Cumbria

Carol Adams, Head of Horticulture & Biodiversity, Trentham, Staffordshire

Marie Colgrave, Welcome Building Supervisor, Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire

The TXGB Trailblazer Award:

Cotswolds Tourism, Cotswolds

New Adventures, Tyne & Wear & Northumberland

Red Funnel, Isle of Wight

Travel Content Award:

Paul Healy, Anywhere We Roam - A wild getaway in Swaledale – the unspoilt valley in the Yorkshire Dales

Ben Lerwill, National Geographic Traveller - How art and ancient history collide on a hike through Deal, Dover and Folkestone

Alicia Miller, The Independent - How to do a classic Cotswolds weekend, car-free

Notes to Editors:

For more information on the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence see:

For more information on the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence judges see:

For more information on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter see:

For more information on Caravan and Motorhome Club see:

For more information about the Family Holiday Charity see: