Image demonstrating Northumberland sweeps the board at North East England Tourism Awards

Northumberland sweeps the board at North East England Tourism Awards

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.

 

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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

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