North East England Tourism Awards 2014

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the sewwtshop at the Beamish Museum in Co. Durham

the sweetshop at the Beamish Museum in Co. Durham

Last week, the winners of the North East England Tourism Awards 2014 were announced.

For visitors, awards such as these are useful as guides to where they go, see and stay in a destination. It also gives prominence to those smaller organisations that sometimes get overlooked by the national awards. Winners here have the opportunity to compete nationally at Visit England’s Excellence Awards 2015.

The Large Visitor Attraction Award went to Beamish, The Living Museum of the North which many will have heard or have visited. 589,474 visitors in 2013/14The  Small Visitor Attraction  award went to  WWT, the Washington Wetland Centre which is one of a group of nine that is run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the only one in the north east.

Newcastle Gateshead Visitor Information Centre won visitor Information Provider award. Readers of Just about Travel might remember that, back in 2011, we suggested that the Grand Arcade centre in Newcastle might be the best tourism information centre in the country given its spaciousness, location, range of brochures held and the helpfulness of the staff!

Northumbrian Water won the award for best tourism event for its Kielder Winter Wonderland and The Cycle Hub, Newcastle won the Best Tourism Experience award. For those that don’t know, The Cycle Hub is a social enterprise that promotes and facilitates cycling, complete with bike hire facilities, cafe, bike shop and repair workshop.

Newcastle's  tourist infomation centre in Grand

Newcastle’s tourist infomation centre in the Grand Arcade

Durham University, which provides B&B accommmodation outside term time won the award for sustainable tourism and Sage Gateshead beat others to pick up the Access for All one.

The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle collected Best Tourism Pub, Langley Castle Hotel won the award in the small hotel category whilst Matfen Hall Hotel bagged the award in the large hotel category. Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth was the best B&B and Seafield Caravan Park in Seahouses was adjudged the best holiday village or caravan park. The self-catering category was won by Springhill Farm Accommodation.

Finally a farm shop in Consett, Knitsley Farm Shop, collected the Taste of England Award.

All the winners now go forward to compete nationally at Visit England’s Excellence Awards 2015.





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