Lancashire tourism awards

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Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower plus the pleasure beach

This week there was a spate of awards given to tourism enterprises. One was in Lancashire which people often forget includes one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country – Blackpool.

It attracts nearly seventeen million visitors a year and helps generate over a billion pounds for the local and Lancashire economy. The second largest destination attraction, albeit quite a long way behind is Lancaster and just behind is Preston. Between the three, over thirty million people visit them each year so Lancashire attracts more people than many countries do.

In all seventeen awards were handed out at the Lancashire Tourism Awards but only those of interests to vistors and tourists are covered here. The Large Visitor Attraction winner was named as Blackpool Tower and the Small Visitor Attraction being the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre. It celebrates its twentieth birthday this very November. Of course, the station will forever be linked to the famous 1940’s film, Brief Encounter which was filmed there.

Carnforth Station and the famous clock that was featured in the film Brief Encounter. © Carnforth

Carnforth Station and the famous clock that was featured in the film Brief Encounter. © Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Vintage By The Sea in Morecambe is a celebration of twentieth century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment with a special focus on the British seaside and draws over 40,000 visitors. It won the Large Tourism Event of the Year whilst he Chorley Flower Show won the top prize in the small tourism event category. St Anne’s Beach Huts in Lytham St. Annes won the Visitor Experience Award. Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool received the Access for all Award and Browsholme Hall and The Tithe Barn, Clitheroe achieved the top prize in the Sustainable Tourism Award category.

In the accommodation categories, the Best Hotel Award was won by the Northcote in Langho, the Boutique accommodation Award went to Hipping Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale and the Self Catering Award went to Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages in Hambleton. Hambleton.

The Three Fishes in Whalley won the Tourism Pub Award and La Locanda  Ristorante Italiano picked up the Taste Lancashire Award. Bowland Brewery in Clitheroe collected the Lancashire Producers and Makers Award.

There is no customer service or customer satisfaction award which,  as readers will know, Just about Travel would wish to see. maybe the organisers would consider that for next year.

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