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VisitEngland: Awards for Excellence Winners


VisitEngland has just declared the winners of the annual Awards for Excellence, which celebrates the best deliverers of nation’s tourism industry products.

In total, 19 winners were pronounced in a ceremony that was led by Julia Bradbury of The Outdoor Guide.

Some of the key winners were The Hive, Birmingham in the category of Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award; Wild Wookey, Somerset for the Experience of the Year; and The Baskerville in Oxfordshire, which was declared Pub of the Year; while Vine + Country Tours, Kent and East Sussex scooped the New Tourism Business Award.

The Dining Room, Whatley Manor won The Taste of England Award, and The 25 Boutique B&B, in Torquay was judged the Best B&B.

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said, “These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding businesses and individuals in tourism across England who have delivered excellence.

“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards are also a timely reminder of the determination, innovation and commitment of businesses across the country who have been working extremely hard to reopen, to welcome visitors back safely and to continue to provide a first-class experience.”

Italian Garden at Blenheim Palace Awards for Excellence
Italian Garden at Blenheim Palace, Bronze in International Tourism Award

If you are planning an England staycation, perhaps you could consider some of the gold, silver and bronze award winners.

B&B and Guest House of the Year

Gold – The 25 Boutique B&B, Torquay, Devon

Silver – St. Cuthbert’s House, Northumberland

Bronze – Haven Cottage, Cumbria

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Gold – Landal Darwin Forest, Derbyshire

Silver – Swallowtail Hill, East Sussex

Bronze – Eye Kettleby Lakes, Leicestershire

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold – The Hive, Birmingham

Silver – The Quiet Site, Lake District

Bronze – Hoe Grange Holidays, Derbyshire 

whatley manor
The final challenge in The Dining Room, Whatley Manor, winner of Taste of England

Experience of the Year

Gold – Wild Wookey, Somerset

Silver – Ezekial Bone, Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour, Nottinghamshire

Bronze – ZSL London Zoo Lodges, London

International Tourism Award

Gold – International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire 

Silver- The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath.

Bronze – Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

Large Hotel of the Year

Gold – The Ned, London 

Silver – Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire

Bronze –  Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa, Hampshire

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Old Royal Naval College, Greater London

Silver – The Roman Baths and Pump Room, Bath 

Bronze – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Hertfordshire

New Tourism Business Award

Gold – Vine + Country Tours, Kent and East Sussex 

Silver – Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery, East Yorkshire

Bronze – The Flower Bowl, Lancashire

Pub of the Year

Gold – The Baskerville, Oxfordshire

Silver – The Three Horseshoes Pub & Kitchen, Dorset

Bronze – The Howard Arms, Warwickshire

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year

Gold – North Hayne Farm Cottages, Devon

Silver – Wallops Wood Cottage, Hampshire

Bronze – Broadgate Farm Cottage – East Yorkshire

Small Hotel of the Year

Gold – Grays Court, North Yorkshire 

Silver – Cary Arms & Spa, Devon 

Bronze – Seaham Hall, Seaham County Durham

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – Gladstone Pottery Museum, Staffordshire

Silver – Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Somerset

Bronze – Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorset

Taste of England Award

Gold – The Dining Room,Whatley Manor, Wiltshire 

Silver – John’s House, Leicestershire 

Bronze – Restaurant Hjem, The Hadrian Hotel, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Read about Mark Bibby Jackson’s Taste of England expereince in Whatley Manor: a Gourmand’s Delight.

A full list of Awards for Excellence winners can be found here.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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