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  • Bed & Breakfast of the Year
  • Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year
  • Business Tourism Award
  • Dog Friendly Business of the Year
  • Guided Tour of the Year
  • Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year
  • Hotel of the Year
  • Inclusive Tourism Award
  • Inbound Tourism Award
  • Innovation in Tourism Award
  • Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • New Tourism Business Award
  • Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
  • Sustainable Tourism Award
  • Taste of England Award
  • Tourism Pub of the Year
  • Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Bed & Breakfast of the Year of the Year

Gold

Alkham Court Farmhouse
Dover, Kent
www.alkhamcourt.co.uk  

Alkham Court Farmhouse has been lovingly built by Wendy and Neil on their family farm giving them great pride in sharing their home and a haven for guests to enjoy the beautiful Kent countryside of the North Downs. They are personally dedicated to providing a luxury and unique farmhouse stay, striving to ensure every guest has a special and memorable experience. Guests enjoy cosy woodstove fires, a taste of Kent breakfast handmade by Wendy, bubbles in the hot tub overlooking the valley below and stunning sunsets. Alkham Court is truly an escape from a busy world for guests to relax, rest and rejuvenate.

Silver

The 25 Boutique B&B
Torquay
www.the25.uk

The 25 Boutique B&B, in Torquay has a unique and funky look, combining the very latest technology, cutting edge design and good old-fashioned hospitality. Their six luxury bedrooms offer supreme comfort and lots of little touches which set them apart to help make the guests’ experience truly memorable. Owners, Andy and Julian Banner-Price created their B&B from scratch only three years ago and have already built an excellent reputation for their obsessive attention to detail, homemade treats and focus on personalised customer service. They want every guest to go away feeling they’ve had the greatest stay possible – not only at The 25 but also experiencing the very best of Devon and the English Riviera.

Bronze

South Lodge Boutique B&B
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
www.southlodgebandb.co.uk  

“I’ve stayed in many hotels and B&Bs over the years but never stayed in one so well appointed” “[The room] has been done with a perfect balance, so much that you forget you are disabled” “Personal touch, quiet, spacious and maximum comfort - not a single fault!” These quotes sum up our philosophy: five star quality and accessible luxury for everyone. Building from the ground up meant we were able to create something unique that blended contemporary function led design with every luxury our guests could anticipate - and some they couldn’t! Quite simply we set out to create an alternative space for business and leisure travellers and change the image of B&Bs.

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Gold

Yorebridge House
Wensleydale. North Yorkshire
www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk  

Yorebridge House, in the heart of picturesque Wensleydale, was opened by David and Charlotte Reilly in 2008. The buildings, having never been used for hospitality before, are now home to this award winning, contemporary, stylish and elegant 12 bedroom boutique hotel and restaurant. They hold AA 5 Star Highly Commended Restaurant with Rooms and 3 AA Rosettes for their restaurant. David and Charlotte are fully involved in everyday hotel life, enjoying sharing their passion with their guests for luxury, fine dining and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Their ethos is “The Simple Life at the Luxury Level” and to achieve the best in customer service, food, beverage, contemporary interiors, and overall a wonderful place for guests to relax in stylish comfort.

Silver

Hever Castle & Gardens
Edenbridge
www.hevercastle.co.uk

The boutique accommodation at Hever Castle offers 28 five star gold rated bedrooms. The rooms are located in the Edwardian wing of the Castle, the Astor Wing.

Created by William Waldorf Astor in 1903 as an annexe for his house guests, the Astor Wing was crafted using original Tudor tools and is an exquisite example of Tudor craftsmanship and Astor’s tremendous imagination.

Surrounded by private lawns, the bedrooms combine traditional features with modern day luxuries. Each has its own unique charm and style. There are views though leaded windows, there’s oak panelling and antique furnishings, combined with luxury fabrics, soft furnishings and bathrooms to suit.

A stay includes an award winning breakfast and complimentary access to the Castle and gardens.

Bronze

Cary Arms & Spa
Babbacombe Bay, Devon
www.caryarms.co.uk  

Sitting majestically in the beautiful Babbacombe Bay on the South Devon coast, the Cary Arms & Spa combines all the charm, personality and values of an English “Inn on the Beach” with the style & originality of a boutique hotel. The New England style, luxury sea-facing rooms and the contemporary chic beach huts and suites are ideal for couples. For families and friends, choose the freedom of two, three or four-bedroom characterful coastal cottages. Hearty breakfasts, long lunches and lazy suppers; it’s about delicious English heritage seaside food made with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients, simply and creatively cooked by our team of talented chefs. Unwind in the state-of-the-art Cary Spa with its waterfall hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, experience shower and gymnasium. Discover the world of leading marine-themed French beauty and skincare brand Thalgo in one of the three treatment rooms including a couple massage room.
Created by the de Savarys, this is the perfect place to enjoy chic beach living and all the pleasures and freedom of the coast.

Business Tourism Award

Gold

Sage Gateshead
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
www.sagegateshead.com

Sage Gateshead is an international music, conference and event venue in the North East of England. Set against the stunning backdrop of NewcastleGateshead Quayside, the iconic building has an unrivalled location, world-class acoustics, expert events team and state-of-the-art technical and production facilities. It hosts a wide range of conferences from large brand names to international associations, award ceremonies, political party conferences, art exhibitions and live broadcasts. Concerts by local, national and international artists run all year round and music-making and learning takes place not only in the building but across the region. As a charity, conferences and events directly support its mission to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joy of music.

Silver

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa
Nantwich & Crewe, Cheshire
www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/rookeryhall

Set in 38 acres of grounds, Rookery Hall is a 70 bedroom 4 AA red star country house located in South Cheshire with excellent road and rail transport links. We are the key North West venue for our Hotel group to recommend business to and we work predominantly within the UK market to attract conferences, meetings, training and business events. We offer a purpose built, self-contained meeting and event centre with 8 contemporary & stylish rooms holding from 8 to 200 delegates The high speed rail link between Crewe and London Euston has opened up a new feeder market to the area making Rookery Hall and Cheshire an accessible and viable option for many UK companies looking for a central meeting point.

Bronze

Tewkesbury Park
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
www.tewkesburypark.co.uk

Tewkesbury Park is an independent, family-owned hotel, golf and leisure resort set in the rolling Gloucestershire countryside, a short drive from Cheltenham and within an hour of Birmingham and Bristol. Alongside our 84 bedrooms and 9 individually-designed historic suites, we’ve a whole host of indoor and outdoor meetings and events spaces catering for 10 to 300 guests. Our brand-new Cotswolds Suite & Berkeley Bar, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the 18-hole golf course and Cotswold Hills, electric privacy blinds, a multi-screen video wall and outdoor terrace with patio heaters, wood-fired pizza oven & BBQ, is a unique space. The Suite can be hired as a whole or divided into three smaller but perfectly formed spaces.

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Gold

Wallops Wood Cottages
Droxford, Winchester, Hampshire
www.wallopswoodcottages.co.uk

Located in the Meon Valley, Wallops Wood Cottages are six luxurious ground floor, multi-award winning, accessible, family and pet friendly self-catering cottages (sleeping 4-8 people, 42 in total) with spectacular views across the South Downs National Park. The well-equipped cottages have underfloor heating, wood burners, hot tubs, individual gardens that are safe for both children and pets and ensuite bathrooms. Two further cottages, an indoor heated pool with a disabled hoist and jacuzzi will be ready for the forthcoming season.

There are a number of excellent dog walks straight from the door, some via great dog-friendly pubs. We provide a comprehensive dog welcome basket, including locally-made dog treats, and lots of dog equipment for guests’ furry friends to use.

Silver

Bulleigh Barton Manor
Newton Abbot, Devon
www.bulleighbartonmanor.co.uk  

Bulleigh Barton Manor is a country house B&B set in South Devon. Located between Dartmoor and the coast it’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. Guests and their dogs are free to relax and enjoy themselves in the large garden set safely back from the road. As dog owners ourselves we are delighted to share our home with visiting dogs and their families and to be able to share our knowledge of the local area. Guests can borrow an extensive range of guide books, maps and other local information to help them to make the most of their stay. Dogs are welcomed with their own hampers containing towels, blankets, home made treats and much more besides.

Bronze

Salad Days Beach Hut
Dunster, Somerset
www.dunsterbeachhut.com 

Salad Days offers luxurious, award winning, accommodation in Dunster, Somerset for couples and their canine companions.

At Salad Days we don’t just accept dogs, we welcome them in a way befitting your best friend, we even have our very own resident dog blogger ‘Maverick’ giving you his ‘barkingly honest reviews’.

Salad Days is a quintessential British beach hut with all its charm, fun and nostalgia, add to this all the luxury associated with a 5 star boutique hotel, wrapped up in the tranquil magical place that is Dunster Beach. In these surroundings our guests can’t help but relax and unwind.

This self-catering beach hut is one of England’s best kept secrets, bordering Exmoor National Park and the Somerset coast.

Guided Tour of the Year

Gold

York’s Chocolate Story
York
www.yorkschocolatestory.com

At York’s Chocolate Story, guests go on an entertaining, informative and interactive guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. Engaging storytellers take visitors back thousands of years to the rainforests of Central America where it all began. Moving through the history of chocolate’s founding families you’ll learn the fascinating facts and surprising secrets behind their finest creations, from the Chocolate Orange to the globally famous Kit Kat. Guests will learn all about factory life and hear stories and memories from the people of York, before making their own chocolate creations and watching professional chocolatiers showcase their skills in a live demonstration.

Silver

World of Wedgwood
Stoke-on-Trent
www.worldofwedgwood.com  

World of Wedgwood is the ultimate destination to experience the Wedgwood Brand, bringing the history and craftmanship of Wedgwood to our visitors in an inspiring setting.

Visit World of Wedgwood to discover new perspectives and deepen your understanding of the Wedgwood heritage and culture. Featuring the award-winning Factory Tour where guests can learn about all aspects of our production processes and techniques. See at first-hand the skill, talent and knowledge that goes into every product.

Visitors can also explore the UNESCO recognised V&A museum collection, learn how to throw a pot and design a plate in our creative studios and enjoy our tea room, restaurant and the Wedgwood Flagship retail store. The World of Wedgwood is an opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, to shop, eat and explore…

#wedgwood

Bronze

Cotswolds Distillery
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
www.cotswoldsdistillery.com  

When we opened in 2014 we knew we wanted to create a destination distillery that would celebrate the stunning surroundings here and show people exactly how the spirits they enjoy are made; an experience that would be illuminating and enjoyable. We had no idea that it would grow to be as popular as it is though, we now welcome three full guided tours a day, seven days a week, and our visitors are able to see the distilling in action as well as sample the whole range of small-batch products we make here. Without a doubt, it’s the enthusiasm of everyone here that makes the experience so worthwhile – both for us as a team and for our visitors. Making small-batch spirits by hand is hard work, but it’s driven by a passion and belief in what we’re doing, and we want to share that with as many people as we can.

Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

Gold

Landal Gwel an Mor
Portreath, Cornwall
www.gwelanmor.com  

A 5 star resort that sits high above the beach and fishing harbour of Portreath, Cornwall. Our luxury lodges have sea views and stunning details from hot tubs and log burners to accessible accommodation and pet friendly lodges. Just steps from the lodge door you’ll find a vast array of activities, from the challenge of The Famous Nine golf course to hand feeding foxes and flying owls at Feadon Farm, coarse fishing, archery, zorbing, soft play, indoor climbing, swimming and much more. Indulge in fantastic food at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant, Base Camp Café or the Lakeside Café or simply spend time relaxing at the Wellbeing Spa.

Silver

Seafield Caravan Park
Seahouses, Northumberland
www.seafieldpark.co.uk  

Seafield Caravan Park is situated on the Northumberland Coast between Bamburgh and Beadnell in the village of Seahouses and overlooks the Farne Islands and award winning beaches. The family run park established in 1960 consists of mainly privately owned holiday homes, 24 touring pitches, 41 high quality holiday homes and lodges for rental and on site leisure club, The Ocean Club. Targeted very much towards the discerning customer, Seafield offers the highest quality standard in terms of accommodation, grounds maintenance and leisure facilities, allied with a very keen eye on attention to detail in all aspects. Cleanliness, and the friendly nature of all of the handpicked staff are very high priority and, members of the family are situated in all aspects of the business.

Bronze

Polmanter Touring Park
St Ives, Cornwall
www.polmanter.co.uk

Overlooking St Ives, Polmanter Touring Park has been run by the Osborne family for fifty years, and combines five-star facilities with a warm Cornish welcome.

The 3rd generation at Polmanter, Phill and Becki, live and work at the heart of the site with their young family, and as campers themselves, they know the extra touches that make a holiday effortless, striving to offer outstanding facilities across the site.

The site restaurant and shop offer fantastic Cornish produce. The outdoor pool, playgrounds, indoor soft play area, games room and tennis courts provide hours of fun. There’s also a shuttle service to the centre of St Ives; dog-friendly and accessible facilities; and new treatment rooms, offering relaxing spa treatments. Truly 5-star camping!

Hotel of the Year

Gold

Rudding Park
Harrogate
www.ruddingpark.com  

Rudding Park in Harrogate is a privately owned 4 AA red star luxury hotel with destination spa, two restaurants, kitchen garden, events facility, 18 hole golf course, 6-hole short course, and Golf Academy.

The Spa which opened in May 2017 features the UK’s first genuine Roof Top Spa and Garden and 3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant which offers contemporary fine dining inspired by ingredients grown in Rudding Park Kitchen Garden. The Spa and Horto have enhanced the guest experience and helped increased the national profile of the hotel resulting in a number of awards including:
• ONLY UK hotel in Hall of Fame, recognising properties worldwide who have won an award for 10 consecutive years, TripAdvisor 2017
• Best Hotel Spa in UK, The Sunday Times 2017
• Best Hotel in England, outside London, TripAdvisor 2018

Silver

Lucknam Park
Bath
www.lucknampark.co.uk  

Located 6 miles from the historic city of Bath, Lucknam Park is a magnificent Palladian mansion dating from 1720. Set in 500 acres of listed parkland and beautiful gardens, Lucknam Park has been lovingly restored to the elegance and style of the past era. The distinguished hotel boasts 42 individually styled rooms and suites, Michelin star dining in Restaurant Hywel Jones, two AA Rosette dining in the Brasserie, an award-winning spa, equestrian centre, cookery school, family play facility and a three bedroom country cottage. Lucknam Park is truly one of England’s finest hotels, providing 5-star luxury at every turn.

Bronze

Seaham Hall
Durham
www.seaham-hall.co.uk 

Situated on the picturesque Durham Heritage Coastline, 15 miles from Durham. Seaham Hall is a renowned spa and boutique hotel, housed in a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building, built in 1791.

Our award-winning spa spans over 44 square feet and boasts a 20 metre pool, salt sauna, outdoor hot-tubs, hammam, 17 treatment rooms and a fitness suite.

With 21 individually designed suites, we create unique experiences for every guest. We offer two outstanding restaurants; our Pan-Asian inspired Ozone for relaxed dining as well as the luxurious Byron’s Restaurant that celebrates modern British cuisine.

The professional and friendly customer service at Seaham Hall is individually tailored to ensure each guest has the best possible experience, from booking to departure.

Inclusive Tourism Award

Gold

The Roman Baths & Pump Room
Bath, Somerset
www.romanbaths.co.uk  

Set in the natural heart of Bath the Roman Baths were built nearly 2,000 years ago around Britain's only hot springs. Subsequent developments in the Middle Ages and Georgian period have added to the historical complexity and interest of this unique site. The Baths were re-discovered in the 1880s and opened to visitors in 1897. The Temple Precinct was excavated beneath the Pump Room in 1981-83 and added to the visit.

The Roman Baths appeals to visitors of all ages from around the world. In recent years we have focused on making the site more accessible physically and intellectually, to help people with a range of disabilities and those from overseas, which has given the added benefit of making a more engaging and enjoyable visit for everyone.

Silver

Mylor Sailing & Powerboat School
Falmouth, Cornwall
www.mylorsailingschool.co.uk  

Mylor Sailing and Powerboat School is a training centre for absolute beginners to salty seadogs. We are based in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Fal Estuary, on the south coast of Cornwall. Sailing and powerboating in the fantastically beautiful, Cornish waters is an indulgent experience. We are an accessible facility with a wheelchair friendly powerboat, adapted keelboats and a classroom with hearing loop and ramped access. We have excellent, knowledgeable and well trained staff who are passionate at passing this on. We are accredited by the Royal Yachting Association and deliver high quality training to children and adults. Mylor Sailing and Powerboat School strive to make these activities and training, accessible to all.

Bronze

Cottage in the Dales
Newbiggin, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
www.cottageinthedales.co.uk  

Cottage in the Dales is a self-catering business with a dream to deliver our luxury ‘Distinctly Dales experience’ by bridging the gap between disabled and able-bodied, maintaining the luxury experience, regardless of age or physical ability. Many disabled properties, being clinical, don't appeal to able-bodied guests. Conversely, many are unsuitable for disabled guests. We wanted to change that, to offer the red carpet, rather than a red emergency cord. ’Accessible Luxury’, our premium hospitality experience, priced, accessible & enjoyed by all. The Dairy is as individual as each guest, the first Yorkshire Dales accommodation providing VisitEngland NAS support for guests with mobility, hearing and visual requirements. Accessible facilities are there when needed, otherwise the majority of them simply disappear.

Inbound Tourism Award

Gold

Beiwei 55°
Barnard Castle, County Durham
www.beiwei55.co.uk [English] or www.beiwei55.com [Chinese] 

Beiwei 55 a UK tour operator who provide tours to Chinese tourists that are run and guided by native British Mandarin-speaking guides and cater specifically for Chinese visitors to the UK. This is a unique approach that offers Chinese travellers the best of both worlds - combining local knowledge and British insight with enjoyable, comfortable travel in their own language.

We also provide professional Mandarin Chinese interpreting, translation and recruitment services for UK businesses and attractions who want to cater to incoming Chinese corporate guests and attract more Chinese business.

Since 2015 we have taken over 800 Chinese guests on tours, from small families and corporates, right up to two of the richest people on the planet.

Silver

The Roman Baths & Pump Room
Bath, Somerset
www.romanbaths.co.uk  

Operating for more than 120 years The Roman Baths and Pump Room is owned and managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Set in the natural heart of Bath the Roman Baths were built nearly 2,000 years ago around Britain's only hot springs. Subsequent developments in the Middle Ages and Georgian period have added to the historical complexity and interest of this unique site. The Baths were re-discovered in the 1880s and opened to visitors in 1897. The Temple Precinct was excavated beneath the Pump Room in 1981-83 and added to the visit.

The Roman Baths appeals to visitors of all ages from around the world. In recent years we have focused on making the site more accessible physically and intellectually, to help people with a range of disabilities and those from overseas, which has given the added benefit of making a more engaging and enjoyable visit for everyone.

Bronze

The Grand Hotel & Spa
York
www.thegrandyork.co.uk  

With stunning views of York Minster and the city’s ancient walls, The Grand Hotel & Spa enjoys an enviable central location as York’s only five star hotel. Built in 1906 as one of the great railway buildings of York, the hotel’s graceful Edwardian architecture is complemented with luxury bedrooms and Suites creating an indulgent yet unpretentious environment for both leisure and business travellers.

A recent £15M development has seen the opening of 100 further bedrooms bringing the total offering to 207, with two restaurants and bars, function spaces for private events, a luxury spa and the exclusive White Rose Lounge, The Grand really does have it all.

With multilingual staff, translated menus and true Yorkshire hospitality, The Grand gives the very best welcome to visitors from afar.

Innovation in Tourism Award

Gold

British Airways i360
Brighton, East Sussex
BritishAirwaysi360.com  

British Airways i360 is an observation attraction on Brighton seafront which was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. Visitors board a giant glass pod and glide up to 450ft for panoramic views across Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline.

The attraction stands on the site of the old West Pier and two reconstructed toll booths now house the ticket office and tea room.

British Airways sponsors the attraction and staff wear BA uniforms, tickets are ‘boarding passes’ and the experience is called a ‘flight’.

This bold landmark has boosted the local economy, created job and, thanks to a funding partnership with the city council, is supporting the regeneration of Brighton seafront.

Silver

Go North East
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
www.gonortheast.co.uk

With a fleet of almost 700 buses, Go North East is the region’s largest bus operator, employing over 2,100 people.

Around 200,000 people use our services daily - travelling to work/education, visiting friends and family, socialising or visiting the North East’s many tourist and leisure attractions – including some of the region’s 460,000 annual visitors.

Passionate about service and innovation, we are recognised as a flexible, innovative partner across the private and public sector, committed to our vision of ‘journeys taken care of’.

Dedicated to engaging with local communities, customer insight ensures we continue to meet changing needs; achieved through pioneering ticketing initiatives, strong partnerships and branded bus routes which not only engender community pride but business success.

Bronze

English Lake District China Forum
Windermere, The Lake District
www.englishlakes.com.cn  

The English Lake District China Forum was formed in 2015 when Windermere Lake Cruises and English Lake Hotels Resorts & Venues initially met to see how they could work together to enhance the exposure of the Lake District to Chinese visitors. These discussions formed the basis of a creating a pro-active marketing consortium of 10 businesses.

The other 8 partners that formed the Forum are World of Beatrix Potter, National Trust, The Forestry Commission, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Lakeland Arts, Lake District National Park Authority.

The promotional events in London, China and the Lake District and a targeted social media content strategy have increased our profile to the travel trade and media and Chinese travellers.

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold

National Memorial Arboretum
Lichfield, Staffordshire
www.thenma.org.uk

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance and home to over 350 memorials, including the nationally-important Armed Forces Memorial which was dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen in 2007.

A growing, living tribute, the 150-acre site features around 30,000 trees along with an abundance of wildlife. Throughout the year the Arboretum hosts around 250 events including Remembrance services, memorial dedications, seasonal fairs, Christmas activities, outdoor cinema and a summer proms. There is also a strong programme of family activities, guided walks and tours, and relevant exhibitions for visitors to enjoy.

In March 2017 His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge opened a new Remembrance Centre with contemporary new visitor facilities.

Silver

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxon
www.blenheimpalace.com  

Home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This National Treasure houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe and boasts over 300 years of history to discover.

A World Heritage Site set in more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens. As a large visitor attraction, we work to deliver innovative, exciting experiences each year to encourage a fresh audience and to give our loyal Annual Pass holders something new to discover.

Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year.

Bronze

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Bournemouth
www.moors-valley.co.uk  

Moors Valley is a 1000 acre Forest and Country Park, managed by the Forestry Commission and East Dorset District Council.

Managed sustainably, we offer an iconic 2km forest play trail, 30 km of predominantly accessible cycle and walking trails, a tree-top trail, a narrow gauge steam railway, a beautiful 18th century visitor centre with an info point, shop and restaurant as well as a golf course, Go-Ape and cycle hire.

We welcome nearly 1 million visitors a year including locals, who enjoy regular events such as parkrun and health walks, as well as many holiday visitors who enjoy a fun, good value day out in an ideal location close to both the beautiful New Forest and the wonderful Dorset coastline.

New Tourism Business Award

Gold

Stasher
Islington, London
www.stasher.com  

Stasher is the world’s first sharing economy for luggage storage. Our platform connects travellers, day-trippers and city-dwellers with local businesses who can store their bags- freeing them to enjoy their day. We focused on simplicity, security and scalability, to create an innovative service accessible to everyone. It costs a flat fee £6 for 24 hours (including insurance). Unlike station lockers, our locations are spread across city centres, have long opening hours (many 24/7) and have no queues (as well as being half the price). We have 150 StashPoints across England and are growing quickly across Europe. We are incredibly proud that our platform drives revenue to these 150 UK businesses (many independent shops and hotels) and this number is constantly growing.

Silver

Ascent Trampoline Park
Blackpool, Lancashire
www.ascenttrampolinepark.co.uk  

Ascent Trampoline Park is based in the heart of Blackpool and is THE ultimate family day out providing a fun, safe and exciting atmosphere suitable for all ages. Ascent is an indoor Trampoline Park with over 100 Interconnected Trampolines and innovative features such as a Giant Airbag, a Climbing Wall, a Total Wipeout style Meltdown Feature, Dodgeball Court, Ninja Assault Course plus much more. Ascent only opened in March 2016 yet has established itself as one of THE Blackpool attractions, evident by being awarded The Best New Business Award in both the Lancashire Tourism Awards and The Gazette Retail and Leisure Awards. Specialising in Children’s Parties, Ascent Academy and Fitness Classes Ascent offers much more than your typical Trampoline Park

Bronze

Loose Reins
Blandford Forum, Dorset
www.loosereins.co.uk  

Loose Reins is an award winning, luxury glamping and Western riding destination in the heart of The Blackmore Vale and the U.K.’s first Guest Ranch. Loose Reins was created in 2015 and aims to put people into the landscape; to relax, unwind, walk, cycle, ride and explore. Nestling in a natural coombe between The Wessex Ridgeway and ancient hill forts, three cedar cabins and three canvas lodges accommodate up to thirty guests who have direct access to hundreds of acres of forest trails. Loose Reins offers Western riding on American Quarter Horses as just one of many experiences to enjoy. Guests rate Loose Reins as five-star for comfort, service, uniqueness and a sense of well-being.

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Gold

Sheepyard Barn at The Suffolk Escape
Ipswich
www.suffolkescape.co.uk  

The Sheepyard Barn – a unique, luxury self catering barn 1 mile from the road into rural farm land – provides groups of family and friends an idyllic setting for social gatherings that create memories which last forever.

Sleeping up to 12, the barn offers a large, open plan living space with floor to ceiling sliding glass walls to give stunning views of the rolling countryside. It provides modern features such as home cinema system, a 4-cabin adult bunk room and an indoor swimming pool.

Outside, guests can indulge in the hot tub, an outdoor lounge or make their own pizzas in the wood fired pizza oven. For the children – or playful adults – there is a sunken trampoline and separate games room.

Silver

The Milkshed
Honiton, Devon
www.themilkshed-devon.com  

RELAX * EAT * SLEEP * ENJOY

The Milkshed is situated in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB area of East Devon, three miles outside the market town of Honiton, and just 20 minutes from the Jurassic Coast. It was originally a stone milking shed which was converted into a two-bedroom luxury holiday let, in 2013/4.

Guests have their own private garden but are also welcome to stroll around the four acre meadow with boating lake and grass tennis court.

Special features include an onsite Michelin-trained chef, wood-fired hot tub, wood-burning stove, underfloor heating throughout and a freestanding claw bath in the master bedroom. The property is extremely eco-friendly with hot water and heating being provided by a biomass log-burning boiler.

Bronze

The Treehouse Hotel at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Ashford
www.aspinallfoundation.org/treehouse-hotel

The Treehouse Hotel at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, offer guests higher levels of luxury in a unique setting, with a 30 mile vista, incorporating black rhino, cheetah and hundreds of other rare and endangered animals that call the 600 acre reserve home.

Comprising of 10 glass fronted, self-catering suites, set in the tree line above the reserve, the accommodation is perfectly designed for four, with two bedrooms, a bathroom, an open plan sitting room and fully equipped kitchen, leading out onto a furnished private balcony.

Each treehouse has its own golf buggy, so guests can enjoy access to exclusive areas of the reserve. All profits from the Treehouses go towards the Reserve’s conservation work with The Aspinall Foundation.

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold

the Charterhouse
London
www.thecharterhouse.org 

The Charterhouse has been living the Nation’s history since 1348. Originally London’s largest Black Death burial ground, in 1371 the site became home to a community of hermit monks. The monks became proto-martyrs of the Reformation after they refused to accept Henry VIII as head of the Church. The buildings were demolished or repurposed to create a Tudor mansion where Elizabeth I spent the first days of her reign. In 1611 it was acquired by one Thomas Sutton, England’s wealthiest commoner. There he established his charity, providing a home to elderly men who had served their country and a school for poor scholars. Now with a museum and events venues, the Charterhouse welcomes visitors daily.

Silver

Hall Hill Farm
Lanchester, Durham
www.hallhillfarm.co.uk  

Hall Hill Farm, is an award winning Farm Attraction which first opened in 1981, to allow visitors to witness the arrival of new born lambs at Easter. The farm offers outstanding customer service as well as providing education about farming to over 10,000 school children each year.

There is a daily programme of events with bottle feeding, donkey rides, Barrel train, tractor and trailer rides as well as puppet shows, crazy golf and the fantastic new Outdoor play area, just completed in time for Easter 2018. There is an exciting indoor soft play area, now with extra seating for the grown–ups to relax over a coffee. The farm also has a tearoom with home made cakes and scones.

Bronze

Screech Owl Sanctuary & Wildlife Park
St Columb Major, Cornwall
www.screechowlsanctuary.co.uk  

Our small attraction offers unique owl experiences for all age groups by providing staff led hands on owl close encounters, flying displays and animal daily activities. This makes our visitor experience very special and we are the only attraction of our kind to offer this type of service.

Our work is also recognised by people and organisations who have special requirements or sensory impairment.

We were delighted to win Gold Awards in Cornwall Tourism Awards and South West Excellence Awards which offers a great opportunity to share our important and dedicated work through networking with other award winning organisations and give our staff morale a great boost and reward them for the hard work and commitment over the 28 years.

Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold

Laverock Law Cottages
Berwick Upon Tweed, The Secret Kingdom, Northumberland
www.laverocklawcottages.co.uk 

We found Laverock Law 7 years ago, the cottages were empty and unloved. From the start we worked with holistic sustainability in mind, giving our guests a fantastic self-catering experience, in our cottages or Harvest hut, where quality, hospitality and sustainability sit together in harmony. The cottages are just a few miles from the coast, in a 2 acre wildlife haven, with woodlands, wildflowers and abundant birdlife. Key features include renewable energy use, substantial insulation, organic bedding, local sourcing, effective recycling and outstanding hospitality, quality environmentally friendly accommodation without compromise. Proving sustainability and a great holiday make an inspiring partnership.

Cottages and hosts are brilliant, well done on your vision, enthusiasm and determination to provide an eco-friendly, community centred holiday destination. ‘The Gresswells’

Silver

Browsholme Hall
Clitheroe, Lancashire 
www.browsholme.com  

Built in 1507, Browsholme Hall, (listed Grade 1) is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. A tourism attraction for 60 years, the experience at Browsholme demonstrates that a traditional historic venue can be in the top echelon of sustainable practice. Browsholme attracts a wide spectrum of visitors interested in heritage, the countryside and special events. These include day visitors, coach parties, school children, weddings (Overseas 25%), local BAME community and groups with special access requirements. Since the restoration of the eighteenth century listed barn in 2010 the tourism enterprise has become multi-faceted, with sustainability at the core of expansion. Renewable energy consumption, use of local, plants, products, services and staff all enhance our connection and involvement with the community.

Bronze

Colton House
Colton House, Colton, Staffordshire
www.coltonhouse.com  

Colton House is a luxury B&B aiming to provide a high quality, friendly, homely and relaxed style of accommodation with sustainability at its core.

We enjoy sharing our passion with both guests taking leisure breaks, and business people all of whom return time and time again. They tell us what they’re doing to save money through their now sustainable lifestyle, and that the quiet relaxed atmosphere at Colton House helps recharge their batteries, going away refreshed and inspired to live in a more sustainable way.

It’s not just guests we motivate, lectures to businesses, enable university students to get placements and so help improve a business’s environmental practices.

It’s also possible some come to enjoy our multi award winning locally sourced breakfasts!

Taste of England Award

Gold

Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park
Bath
www.lucknampark.co.uk  

Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park transports you to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. The experience begins at the mile-long drive entrance, before you enter through our magnificent drawing room or charming library for evening cocktails and canapés. Executive Chef, Hywel Jones has held a Michelin star at the restaurant since 2006 and offers guests an unforgettable fine dining experience. In his quest for perfection, Hywel uses the finest ingredients to ensure the fullest flavours and, where possible, sources from local suppliers. Herbs are picked fresh from the extensive kitchen garden at the Hotel which helps enhance the subtle flavours of the cooking.

Silver

Miller’s Fish and Chips
Haxby, North Yorkshire
www.millershaxby.com

Miller’s Fish and Chips is an award-winning fourth-generation, family-run fish and chip shop. They are officially the best fish and chip shop in the UK after scooping the title at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2018 – the recognised ‘Oscars’ of the UK fish and chip industry.

Miller’s believe sustainability is just as important as the delicious taste of their top-quality fish, seafood and freshly fried, golden chips. Millers’ customers can trace the fish on their plate back to the location and name of the vessel that caught it – a result of their MSC certification. In addition, their gluten-free accreditation from Coeliac UK and their provision of vegetarian and Halal options means everyone can enjoy the nation’s favourite dish at its very best!

Bronze

Askham Hall
Penrith, Cumbria
www.askhamhall.co.uk  

 

Askham Hall is a family run, multi award winning business located in a secluded part of the Lake District - the newest Work Heritage Site.

We can offer an intimate, luxurious place to relax and stay with a restaurant, party spaces, beautiful gardens, a kitchen garden cafe and a spa with pool.

A 13C grade I listed Pele Tower, it has been in the Lowther family for over 200 years. It follows Charles Lowther's transformation of the award-winning sister establishment the nearby George and Dragon country inn, winner of Taste of England (Silver) in 2012.

Head chef is Richard Swale, originally Cumbrian but whose menus are inspired by time abroad. An imaginative and creative dining style, using fresh, seasonal ingredients from Askham Hall and the 800 year old estate.

Tourism Pub of the Year

Gold

The Riverside at Aymestrey
Leominster, Herefordshire
www.riversideaymestrey.co.uk  

The Riverside Inn is a 16th Century pub and inn, situated in the rural community village of Aymestrey, surrounded by the natural beauty of the River Lugg valley, on the edge of Mortimer Forest in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside. We have always been a prominent local food led pub within the Herefordshire region over the last 15-20 year, developing in the last 5 years to become a one of the hubs for the tourism by promoting the regions artisan produce, showcasing Herefordshire’s values, food, drink and even arts.

Our ethos is champion the local region but in a sustainable and environmentally conscience way, with extensive chef run kitchen gardens, to our aim to source exclusively from the local area.

Silver

The Cartford Inn
Little Eccleston, Lancashire
www.thecartfordinn.co.uk  

The Cartford Inn is a multi - Award winner country Inn located in rural Lancashire, overlooking scenic views of the river Wyre and the Fylde coast countryside. It offers Lancastrian hospitality at its best, 5 - star gold AA inspected hotel with 17 luxuries, quirky and diverse accommodation. The pub/restaurant, headed by local chef Chris bury was Awarded 2 AA rosettes and is included in the 2018 list of the Estrella Damm top 50 gastropub. The food is modern British with French influence. The menu celebrates some of the best Lancashire produce available that Chris is keen to use daily. Foraging, pickling and home smoking is also one of Chris’s passion. The Cartford Inn also offers unique private dining/meeting facilities and an on-site deli/shop called TOTI for Taste of the Inn.

Bronze

The Bruce Arms West Tanfield 
Ripon, North Yorkshire
www.thebrucearms.com  

The Bruce Arms is a traditional, 18th century coaching inn with 3 guest bedrooms. It is family run with the majority of staff from the village. The team take great pride in their Yorkshire roots and the specific history, culture and facilities of their area.

Quality menus feature many local ingredients and Masham cask ales and local gins feature on the bar. Many celebrations for locals and visitors alike are catered for in the private dining room which echoes the grand era of the long-distance coaching routes. JMW Turner sketched the inn in 1816 and exhibitions of art regularly take place. The Bruce offers genuine hospitality and the best possible experience of being in ‘God’s own county’.

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Gold

Visit York Information Centre
York, Yorkshire
www.visityork.org

York VIC is good at people! Everything we do has the customer in mind and each day we meet students, middle aged couples, elderly singles, families with toddlers, dogs and stroppy teens as well as lots of overseas, non-English speaking visitors wanting to ‘do’ York in a day!

Between them, our staff speak nine languages and are supported by 30 dedicated volunteers. The visitors’ shop is kitted out with everything they need – advice on where to go, shop and eat as well as souvenirs, maps and ponchos for those damp days.

We handle accommodation bookings, currency exchange as well as photocopying, printing and scanning; and our pre-purchased York Pass provides access to over 30 attractions and saves people pounds.

Silver

Experience Oxfordshire - Oxford Visitor Information Centre
Oxford, Oxfordshire
www.experienceoxfordshire.org

Oxford Visitor Information Centre offers a very wide range of services to meet the needs of the high volume of visitors to our historic city, including visitor information, left luggage, ticket agency, tour bookings, and a Gift Shop. We constantly tailor our service to the market and to visitors’ questions.

We have a team of friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, who speak a range of languages, who listen to the customers and provide clear and tailored advice. We aim are to inspire and inform each visitor about what they can see and do, and to provide the tools for them to make it happen, so that they can make the most of their visit to Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Bronze

Liverpool Tourist Information Centre
Liverpool
www.visitliverpool.com  

In a city where you can experience a kaleidoscope of art, music, theatre, style and sport, Liverpool Tourist Information Centres assist visitors on their journey exploring the many wonderful sights of the Liverpool City Region.

Whether visitors arrive by plane, train, automobile or even a cruise ship, we ensure that they are looked after with warmth and expertise. Our mobile unit enables us to offer information and merchandise at events and other outside locations.

Assisting the visitor with everything from attraction tickets to reuniting them with a lost coach party, we are ready for any eventuality.

We support and guide others in the visitor economy industry and are renowned for our respected knowledge, experience and real passion for the city.