For Excellence: the World Egg Throwing Championships

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Last week, the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence were given out. From more than 100 regional winners across the 9 regions of England, judges sat down and decided who the 46 awards should go to. There were 15 different categories and you can see a list of all the winners, national and regional at http://www.enjoyengland.com/corporate/corporate-information/excellence-awards/2010-awards.aspx.
There was also another appealing award called the “Where Else But England ” and this proclaims the quirky, the different and the odd. These were voted for by the readers of “The Sun” and people who voted on the Enjoy England website. The winner was the World Egg Throwing Championships. How voters decided this over the annual nettle eating contest, the Dwyle Flonking dance or the Bird man Festival held in Worthing is beyond me but you might be able to find out by going to Swaton Vintage Day (near Sleaford in Lincs.) on June 27th when this years championships will be held.
For the more traditional, the visitor attraction of the year was split between large and smaller venues. The large visitor attraction was the RHS garden at Wisley in Surrey a very popular attraction as anyone who has been there at the weekend will testify. They have increased the number of car parking spaces so that it can take a full 10 minutes to walk from the furthest spot to the gardens and shop. The silver winners were Blists Hill Victorian Town in Telford, BeWILDerwood in Hoveton in Norfolk and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.
For the smaller attractions, the winner was the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and the silver winners were Ripley Castle near Harrogate and Oakham Treasures, a museum that has been open less than 2 years , which is not in Rutland as you might guess but in Portbury in Bristol.
Blackpool Illuminations won the best tourism event award and the silver winners were the Salisbury International Arts Festival and the Brighton Festival.
When any of us travel, information on what to see can very often decide where we go as often we just t go for a day out with nothing too much in mind. So one of the awards that Enjoy England makes is for tourist information service and this was won by Nottingham Tourism Centre. The silver winners were Portsmouth information Service and Wakefield Tourist information Centre where Linda Banks also won a silver award for outstanding customer service. (The winner was Christina Dixon at Jury’s Inn in Liverpool)

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