2014 Visit England Awards for Excellence

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Calvert Trust sailing

Calvert Trust sailing

Last week after regional heats had whittled down the number of entrants form 400, Visit England handed out its Awards for Excellence. In doing so, the organisation itself, celebrated its solver anniversary of running the awards.

From our readers’ point-of-view, it was Tatton Park in Cheshire that won the gold award in the large visitor attraction category and solver went to Trebah Garden in Falmouth in Cornwall.  Bronze went to Walby Farm Park in Carlisle.

In the small visitor attraction category, the gold award went to the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham, the silver to the National Trust’s Coleridge Cottage in Somerset and the bronze to the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire. Last year it had won gold in the Tourism South East awards.

An award called the Tourism Event of the Year was won by the Kendal Mountain Festival, held in Kendal, Cumbria, whilst the silver medal in this category was won by an event held at Beaulieu in Hampshire called the Beaulieu International Autojumble.

As well as the event of the year there is also a category called the Tourism Experience of the Year and for this, the main award went to the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool for its exhibition called Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story. The silver went to Lindisfarne Gospels Durham which was lead curated by Durham University and the bronze was received by Nottingham’s Ezekial Bone – Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour.

Just about Travel under its old name, CD-Traveller, has long championed the tourist information bureau which is often the intial source of information when a visitor arrives in a town. the quality of that information is due to the enthusiasm and knowledge of the people there on the day. In thes etimes that often means a volunteer as more and more are subjected to local authority cuts. So the award for Visitor Information Provider of the Year is – in our opinion – a really important one be they that information office or a website. This year it went to the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, the silver to English Riviera Tourism Company in Devon and the bronze was received by the City of London Information Centre in St Paul’s Churchyard in London.

There is an award called Access for All designed for those orgaisations that truly do provide facilities for all and this year it was won by Calvert Trust Exmoor who provide adventue holidays for the disabled. The Calvert Turust operates two other centres in Cumbria and Northumberland. Between all three, over 11,500 disabled people get to try a variety of adventure sports such as ziplining, sailing, abseiling and climbing.

These awards are – of course – only won by those that enter. There are many organisations who maybe just as adept but never enter for awards. Don’t therefore, disregard those bodies that don’t win anything. Make your own mind up about any place or oganisation!

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