VisitEngland 2018 Awards
Now in their 29th year, the Awards celebrate the very best in English tourism, championing excellence in best practice and customer service.
The winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Bath Assembly Rooms on 23 April 2018.
Below are the winners in each category for this year’s awards:
Bed & Breakfast of the Year
GOLD - Alkham Court Farmhouse, Kent: https://www.alkhamcourt.co.uk
SILVER - The 25 Boutique B&B, Devon: https://www.the25.uk
BRONZE - South Lodge Boutique B&B, Buckinghamshire: http://southlodgebandb.co.uk
Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year
GOLD - Yorebridge House, Yorkshire: http://www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk
SILVER - Hever Castle & Gardens, Kent: https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/stay
BRONZE - Cary Arms & Spa “Inn on the Beach”, Devon: https://www.caryarms.co.uk
Business Tourism Award
GOLD - Sage Gateshead, Tyne & Wear: http://www.sagegateshead.com
SILVER - Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, Cheshire: https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/rookeryhall/business
BRONZE - Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire: https://www.tewkesburypark.co.uk/meetings.html
Dog Friendly Business of the Year
GOLD - Wallops Wood Cottages, Hampshire: https://www.wallopswoodcottages.co.uk/dogs.html
SILVER - Bulleigh Barton Manor, Devon: http://www.bulleighbartonmanor.co.uk/dogs.html
BRONZE - Salad Days Beach Hut, Somerset: http://www.dunsterbeachhut.com/dogs-at-salad-days
Guided Tour of the Year
GOLD - York’s Chocolate Story, Yorkshire: https://www.yorkschocolatestory.com
SILVER - World of Wedgwood, Staffordshire: https://www.worldofwedgwood.com
BRONZE - Cotswolds Distillery, Warwickshire: https://www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year
GOLD - Landal Gwel an Mor, Cornwall: https://www.gwelanmor.com
SILVER - Seafield Caravan Park, Northumberland: https://www.seafieldpark.co.uk
BRONZE - Polmanter Touring Park, Cornwall: https://www.polmanter.com
Hotel of the Year
GOLD - Rudding Park, Yorkshire: https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk
SILVER - Lucknam Park, Wiltshire: https://www.lucknampark.co.uk
BRONZE - Seaham Hall, County Durham: https://www.seaham-hall.co.uk
Inbound Tourism Award
GOLD - Beiwei 55°, London and Tyne & Wear: http://beiwei55.co.uk
SILVER - The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath & North East Somerset: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk
BRONZE - The Grand Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire: https://www.thegrandyork.co.uk
Inclusive Tourism Award
GOLD - The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath & North East Somerset: https://www.romanbaths.co.uk
SILVER - Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School, Cornwall: https://mylorsailingschool.co.uk
BRONZE - Cottage in the Dales, Yorkshire: http://www.cottageinthedales.co.uk
Innovation in Tourism Award
GOLD - British Airways i360, East Sussex: http://britishairwaysi360.com
SILVER - Go North East, Tyne & Wear: https://www.gonortheast.co.uk
BRONZE - English Lake District China Forum, Cumbria: http://www.englishlakes.com.cn
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
GOLD - National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire: http://www.thenma.org.uk
SILVER - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire: https://www.blenheimpalace.com
BRONZE - Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset: https://www.moors-valley.co.uk
New Tourism Business Award
GOLD – Stasher, London: https://stasher.com
SILVER - Ascent Trampoline Park, Lancashire: http://www.ascenttrampolinepark.co.uk
BRONZE - Loose Reins, Dorset: https://www.loosereins.co.uk
Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
GOLD - Sheepyard Barn at The Suffolk Escape, Suffolk: http://www.suffolkescape.co.uk/barnescapes/sheepyard-barn
SILVER - The Milkshed, Devon: https://www.themilkshed-devon.com
BRONZE - The Treehouse Hotel at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Kent: https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne/short-breaks/treehouse-hotel
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
GOLD - the Charterhouse, London: http://www.thecharterhouse.org
SILVER - Hall Hill Farm, County Durham: http://www.hallhillfarm.co.uk
BRONZE - Screech Owl Sanctuary & Wildlife Park, Cornwall: https://screechowlsanctuary.co.uk
Sustainable Tourism Award
GOLD - Laverock Law Cottages, Northumberland: http://laverocklawcottages.co.uk
SILVER - Browsholme Hall, Lancashire: https://browsholme.com
BRONZE - Colton House, Staffordshire: http://coltonhouse.com
Taste of England Award
GOLD - Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Wiltshire: https://www.lucknampark.co.uk/dining/restaurant-hywel-jones-by-lucknam-park
SILVER - Miller’s Fish and Chips, Yorkshire: http://www.millersfish.co.uk
BRONZE - Askham Hall, Cumbria: https://www.askhamhall.co.uk
Tourism Pub of the Year
GOLD - The Riverside at Aymestrey, Herefordshire: http://www.riversideaymestrey.co.uk
SILVER - The Cartford Inn, Lancashire: http://www.thecartfordinn.co.uk
BRONZE - The Bruce Arms West Tanfield, Yorkshire: http://www.thebrucearms.com
Visitor Information Provider of the Year
GOLD - York Visitor Information Centre, Yorkshire: https://www.visityork.org/general-and-tourist-info/visitor-information-centre
SILVER - Oxford Visitor Information Centre, Oxfordshire: https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/information-ticket-sales-oxford-visitor-information-centre
BRONZE - Liverpool Tourist Information Centre, Merseyside: https://www.visitliverpool.com/plan-your-visit/visitor-centres
Jim O’Reilly, Red Funnel Ferries, Isle of Wight: https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/en/
Travel Article of the Year
Richard Mellor, The Guardian
Party in the Sea - Between the Isles of Scilly
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism
Historic Royal Palaces: https://www.hrp.org.uk
Details of the finalists can be found on the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence website.
Barclays - sponsor of the Inclusive Tourism Award category
Barclays are committed to accessibility and aim to become the most accessible and inclusive organisation in the FTSE 100.
Creating an environment which is not only free of physical barriers, but actively seeks to welcome everybody, regardless of disability or impairment, is something the team at Barclays firmly believes is not only the right thing to do, but also makes good business sense. As a founding member of England's Inclusive Tourism Action Group (EITAG), Barclays is delighted to sponsor this category and congratulate all of the businesses involved. Barclays understands that the tourism sector has an important role to play in embracing accessibility, to ensure that people have the choice and freedom to enjoy England and experience all it has to offer, as demonstrated in the Inclusive Tourism category.
Shearings - sponsor of the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category
Shearings is the UK’s largest escorted tour company, offering a broad range of holidays and hotel breaks to more than 200 destinations across the UK, Europe & beyond. With over 100 years of experience, they provide a range of expertly planned itineraries with everything from 2-day weekend breaks to 17-day escorted tours.Shearings’ customers travel the length and breadth of the country on their holidays and the fantastic visitor attractions England has to offer play a significant part in making these holidays memorable.
Shearings are therefore thrilled to sponsor the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
Hotels & More is a leading inbound tour operator for the UK and Ireland, offering a wide range of services for groups and individual travellers. With over 20 years of experience, they design bespoke travel itineraries, organise accommodation, transport, entrances and specialist guides to create memorable travel experiences.
Hotels & More is well aware of the huge impact that a first-rate guided tour can have, helping to transform a visitor attraction or bring a destination to life through engaging and entertaining anecdotes. They are therefore delighted to sponsor the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Guided Tour of the Year category which recognises excellence in this vital area.
cottages.com - sponsor of the Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category
cottages.com offers over 20,000 holiday homes in some of the UK, Ireland, France and Italy’s most amazing locations. With hot-tubs, pet-friendly breaks, truly unique accommodation, family-friendly holidays, romantic escapes and much more, holidaymakers will find the perfect place for an unforgettable getaway.
cottages.com is delighted to sponsor the Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. As a brand that strives to achieve excellence in both customer experience and owner satisfaction, cottages.com is proud to help recognise the outstanding achievements of the shortlisted finalists.
2017 Winners and Finalists
The winners were revealed at the Awards Ceremony on the afternoon of 24 April 2017 at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel in central London. A new format for 2017 saw a greater number of awards be presented over High Tea in the renowned Palm Court. During the ceremony the winners from 22 award categories, plus the winners of Tourism Superstar and Outstanding Contribution to English Tourism awards received their award by members of the VisitEngland Advisory Board, as well as sponsors of specific categories, and Sue Perkins, the host and compere of the ceremony. You can find details of 2017's winners on the official awards website.