Football and opera win

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soldier in costume of battel of Bosworth Field

part of the Bosworth exhibition. Image © Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park,

Last year was Leicester Football Club’s year. Against all the odds it won the premiership so is it any wonder that in the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards it took first prize for the Best Free Event. Over a quarter of a million of people turned up to see the parade through the city when they showed off the trophy.

It shows much for the attractions of the city of Leicester that it didn’t win this award outright. It had to share it with the Nevill Holt Opera Festival which is held each June.

There is an abstruse link between the opera festival and another winner. The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre won the award for best small attraction. It was at Bosworth that Richard III was killed a few months after the death of his wife – Ann Neville – who probably had absolutely nothing to do with Nevill Holt Hall!  The award in the large attraction category was collected by Twycross Zoo.

John’s House near Loughborough was named restaurant of the year, Boboli in Kibworth Harcourt won the gold award as family friendly restaurant and Shivalli was as best vegetarian restaurant an award that I don’t think I have seen elsewhere. The Red Lion Inn in Stathern was judged to provide the best food whilst the City Rooms in Leicester served up the best afternoon tea. Farndon Fields Farm was voted the best local food retailer.

The Hotel of the year was the College Court and Eye Kettleby Lakes won in the category of self-catering accommodation. The Business tourism award was collected by Hothorpe Hall & Woodlands.

A whole raft of awards was given over to people rather than places. The Best Front of House Team was won by The Blacksmith Arms in Barrow upon Soar and the best volunteer team was at the Boiler House at Foxton Locks. Eye Kettleby Lakes collected another award, this time their Log Cabin Cleaning Team was judged to be the best team.

The Most Inspiring Manager award was won by Steve Crawford at College Court and Jareth Taylor at the Badgers Mount Hotel won the Rising Star Award. Finally, the Tourism Superstar was Stephen Hallam from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray who has been at the forefront of promoting the town.

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