Northumberland sweeps the board at North East England Tourism Awards
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Northumberland swept the board at last night’s North East England Tourism Awards picking up more Gold awards than any other area in the region.
Out of 15 categories the county received nine Gold awards at the glittering ceremony held at Newcastle Civic Centre.
Winners included Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland who walked away with two Gold awards, Langley Castle who picked up the coveted Large Hotel of the Year award and The Alnwick Garden who won the hotly contested Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.
Once again St Cuthbert’s House B&B in Seahouses showed its high standards continue as it was named Bed and Breakfast of the Year for the fifth time.
Northumberland topped the list of nominees at this year’s awards, organised by NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), with 35 out of 57 businesses shortlisted from the county.
As well as the Gold awards there were also 8 Silver awards, 11 Bronze winners and 6 Highly Commended from Northumberland.
Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism at Northumberland County Council said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners, what a fantastic night it has been for Northumberland. Whether you’re a gold winner, silver, bronze or highly commended you should be really proud of the contribution you make to the county’s economy.
“The winners demonstrate the quality and diversity of what is on offer for visitors whether it’s our fantastic accommodation providers or excellent visitor attractions. Together those businesses help to make Northumberland an unforgettable place to live, work and visit.”
The council also sponsored the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category, which was won The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery at Auckland Castle.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NGI, said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and those who contribute to the success of the North East Tourism sector. This year we received a record number of applications and all the categories were tightly contested.”
Tourism is a key economic driver for Northumberland making up 11.8% of the county’s economy and contributing £665m. In 2017 the county welcomed more than 10 million visitors an increase of 6% on 2016.
Full list of winners (Northumberland winners in Red):
Hotel of the Year
Gold - Langley Castle Hotel
Silver – Seaham Hall
Bronze – Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa
Bronze – Gisborough Hall Hotel
Highly commended - Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa
Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year
Gold – Lord Crewe Arms
Silver – William De Percy
Bronze – Barrasford Arms
Bed and Breakfast of the Year
Gold – Brunswick House
Gold – St. Cuthbert's House
Bronze – Layside Bed & Breakfast
Highly commended – Budle Hall
Highly commended – Moor End Guest House
Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Gold – St. Oswald's Farm
Silver – Woodside Lodge
Bronze – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.
Highly commended – Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms
Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year
Gold – Doe Park Caravan Site
Bronze – North Shire
Bronze – The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Gold – The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery
Silver – South Tynedale Railway
Silver – Wynyard Garden
Bronze – Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Gold – The Alnwick Garden
Silver – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Bronze – Whitehouse Farm Centre
Highly commended – Alnwick Castle
Guided Tour of the Year
Gold – Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours
Silver – Lundgren Tours Ltd.
Bronze – Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil
Highly commended – Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)
Dog Friendly Business of the Year
Gold – Lord Crewe Arms
Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.
Bronze – South Tynedale Railway
Highly commended – The Lindisfarne Inn
Tourism Pub of the Year
Gold – Barrasford Arms
Silver – Lord Crewe Arms
Bronze – The Lindisfarne Inn
Bronze – The Twice Brewed
Taste of England Award
Gold – Blackfriars Restaurant
Silver – The Potted Lobster
Bronze – Block & Bottle
Bronze – Lord Crewe Arms
Sustainable Tourism Award
Gold – Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut
Silver – St. Cuthbert's House
Inclusive Tourism Award
Gold – Sage Gateshead
Silver – Go North East
Bronze – The Commissioners Quay Inn
Highly commended – The Hog's Head Inn
Business Tourism Award
Gold – Event Durham, Durham University
Silver – Sage Gateshead
Bronze – Civic Centre Banqueting Suites, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle City Council
Visitor Information Provider of the Year
Gold – Durham Pointers
Silver – Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre