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Northumberland shines in North East England Tourism Awards

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Northumberland stole the show at the annual awards, achieving gold in an amazing nine of the available categories, including returning category Business Events Venue of the Year which was won by The Sill: National Landscape and Discovery Museum.

Held during English Tourism Week, the awards play a key role in celebrating and showcasing the range of quality tourism businesses that visitors to the North East encounter and we are thrilled that Northumberland showed such a range of award-winning services. The tourism sector continues to be the fourth largest in the region, highlighting the importance of the businesses working in the sector to the wider economy.

 A staggering number of Northumberland businesses also achieved Silver and Bronze in a range of categories, including ‘Pub of the Year’ and ‘Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year’, both of which Northumberland dominated by achieving all available awards.

The full list of Gold Northumberland winners is: 
B&B and Guest House of the Year Market Cross Guest House 
Business Events Venue of the Year – The Sill, National Landscape Discovery Centre 
Experience of the Year – The Escape Key  
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Bamburgh Castle  
New Tourism Business Award – Hillside Huts & Cabins  
Pub of the Year – The Apple Inn, Lucker 
Resilience and Innovation Award – Langley Castle Hotel  
Self-Catering Provider of the Year – Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages 
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours 

Andrew Fox, chair of Visit Northumberland, said, “Once again Northumberland businesses have had fabulous results in the North East England Tourism Awards. Our businesses go the extra mile to ensure the highest quality of service, leaving visitors with memories that make them come back time and time again. It is fantastic to see businesses being recognised for this.

“The recent announcement of the North East as the first ever Destination Development Partnership strengthened the importance of tourism in Northumberland and the wider North East. It’s therefore important we commend the individuals who offer outstanding visitor experiences and a warm Northumbrian welcome. On behalf of Visit Northumberland, I would like to congratulate all of those who were recognised in the awards.” 

Northumberland County Councillor, Jeff Watson, portfolio holder for Healthy Lives said: "It's great to see so many Northumbrian businesses being recognised for their contributions to our bustling tourism industry in this, the 20th North East England Tourism Awards.

"It's down to the hard work and dedication of those working in our tourism industry that Northumberland is such a must-visit destination - you are all a credit to our county. 

"We've got some really exciting things happening in Northumberland and we can't wait for visitors to experience them." 

The awards were once again sponsored by Newcastle College and Bidfood. A raffle was also held on the night with money raised going towards NE Youth. 


Full list of Northumberland awards:  
Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award 
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre   
B&B and Guest House of the Year 
GOLD: Market Cross Guest House 
SILVER: The Bosk 
Business Events Venue of the Year 
GOLD: The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre  
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year 
SILVER: Hillside Huts & Cabins 
BRONZE: Hesleyside Huts 
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Herding Hill Farm  
Ethical, Response and Sustainable Tourism 
SILVER: Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages 
BRONZE: Laverock Law Cottages  
Experience of the Year 
GOLD: The Escape Key 
BRONZE: Falconry Days  
Large Hotel of the Year 
SILVER: Doxford Hall Hotel & Aqueous Spa 
BRONZE: Newton Hall & Cabin Walk  
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 
GOLD: Bamburgh Castle 
BRONZE: Whitehouse Farm 
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Alnwick Garden 
New Tourism Business Award 
GOLD: Hillside Huts & Cabins 
BRONZE: Overland Adventures 
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Schoolhouse Fenwick  
Pub of the Year 
GOLD: The Apple Inn, Lucker 
SILVER: The Greenhead Hotel 
BRONZE: The Joiners Arms  
Resilience and Innovation Award 
GOLD: Langley Castle Hotel 
SILVER: The Escape Key 
Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year 
GOLD: Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages 
SILVER: Till Fishing Holidays 
BRONZE: Vindomora Country Lodges 
JOINT HIGHLY COMMENDED: Breamish Valley Cottages & Mains Cottages/Shepherd's Retreats  
Small Hotel of the Year  
SILVER: The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland 
BROZE: The Lord Crewe, Bamburgh  
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Langley Castle   
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 
GOLD: Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours  

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