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WWT Slimbridge nominated in VisitEngland Awards

The finalists of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023 have been announced and the only finalist for Gloucestershire this year is the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

The center has been nominated in the comprehensive and accessible tourism award category.

Meanwhile, Noah’s Ark zoo farm near Bristol is also nominated for the same category.

Additionally, the Cotswolds Tourist information guide has been nominated for a Trailblazer Award.

VisitEngland director Andrew Stokes said: “This impressive shortlist of finalists showcases the innovation and excellence that is flourishing in the UK tourism industry.

“The quality and quantity of applications also highlight the range of outstanding products and experiences offered to both domestic and international visitors. We wish the finalists the best of luck.”

The VisitEngland Excellence Awards celebrate the best of the country’s tourism industry to celebrate quality, innovation, best practices and exceptional customer service.

The 48 finalists, announced after a rigorous evaluation process by handpicked tourism industry experts, will now go on to compete in 16 major categories at the national awards. family.

The award categories range from ‘small attraction of the year’ and ‘B&B and guesthouse of the year’ to ‘business event venue of the year’.

All finalists were invited to attend the national awards ceremony, this year held at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter on June 7.

This year’s awards match 16 local competitions from across the UK with the winners automatically awarded a national prize.

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Stroud News and Journal: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Center Nominated for National Award

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Center Nominated for National Award (Photo: Newsquest)

Full list of finalists:

Comprehensive and accessible Travel Awards:

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages & Lakeside Hub, Lancashire

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire

TXGB Pioneer Award:
Cotswold Tourism, Cotswold
New Adventures, Tyne & Wear & Northumberland
Red Funnel, Isle of Wight

B&B and Guest House of the Year:

Cedar Manor, Cumbria

Piglets Boutique B&B, Essex

Sunnyside Guest House, Merseyside

Business event venue of the year:

Location Imago, Leicestershire

National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

ICC Birmingham, West Midlands

Camping, Glamping and Vacation Park of the Year:

Brook Meadow, Leicestershire

Hendra Holiday Park, Cornwall

Quiet site, Cumbria

The Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Awards:

National Forest EBike Holidays, Leicestershire

Pure outdoors, Derbyshire

Cottages at Blackadon Farm, Devon

Experience of the year:

Walking Experience in Peak District, myGuidedWalks, Cheshire

Gray Seal and Seabird Cruise, Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours, Northumberland

Create Your Own Gin Experience, Shed 1 Distillery, Cumbria

Big hotel of the year:

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Wiltshire

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort, County Durham

Titanic Liverpool Hotel, Merseyside

Attracting a large number of visitors during the year:

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

International Bomber Command Center, Lincolnshire

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

New tourism enterprise of the year:

Bassenthwaite Lake Station, Cumbria

Great British car journey, Derbyshire

Thorington Theatre, Suffolk

Pub of the Year:

The Blind Bull, Derbyshire

Duncombe Weapons, Staffordshire

The Shoe, Hampshire

Awards for Resilience and Innovation:

Healing Manor Hotel, Lincolnshire

Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland

St Luke’s CIC Bombed Church, Merseyside

Self-catering accommodation of the year:

Eaton Manor Country Estate, Shropshire

Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages, Northumberland

Dovecote Barn, North Yorkshire

Small Hotel of the Year:

Askham Hall, Cumbria

THE PIG-at Combe, Devon

Wildhive Callow Hall, Derbyshire

Small tourist attractions of the year:

Castle, Muncaster Gardens and Falconry & Owl Centre, Cumbria Porthcurno, Cornwall

Watatunga Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk

Taste of England Awards:

Pensons Restaurant at Netherwood Estate, Worcestershire

Glasshouse Restaurant, Hampshire

The Unruly Pig, Suffolk

Silent Hero Title:

Michael Wilson, Official Guide to Kent Estuary, Guide to Sands Trust, Cumbria

Carol Adams, Head of Horticulture & Biodiversity, Trentham, Staffordshire

Marie Colgrave, Welcome Building Supervisor, Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire

Tourism content award:

Paul Healy, Anywhere We Roam – A wild getaway in Swaledale – the unspoiled valley in the Yorkshire Dales

Ben Lerwill, National Geographic Traveler – How ancient art and history collide while hiking through Deal, Dover and Folkestone

Miller, The Independent- How to Enjoy a Classic Weekend in the Cotswolds, Without a Car


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