Cornwall Tourism Awards

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pod cabins at Corwalls Hendra Holiday park

pods at Hendra © Hendra Holiday Park

Now in their 15th year, the Cornwall Tourism Awards saw an increase to 195 entries entering the 25 different categories.

Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay collected the most important gong of the night – Winner of Winners. It turned out to be Hendra’s night as it also won Golds for Sustainable Tourism and Holiday Parks and a Silver for Caravan and Camping. This comes on top of gold awards at those dished out by both the AA and Visit England. At this rate the Hendra mantlepiece must be groaning under the weight of the trophies. Having had a good staycation summer, the BBC TV series Poldark – which is shot in the area – had already stimulated more visitors so more awards should swell the visitor numbers to Cornwall and Hendra next year.

Lanhydrock near Bodmin and run by the National Trust won as Large Attraction of the Year and Screech Owl Sanctuary in St Columb picked up the award in the small attraction category.  Trebah Garden near Falmouth was deemed the top winner as International Visitor Experience of the Year. The Looe Music Festival was voted the Tourism Event and Festival of the Year and Newquay Activity Centre won in the Active and Sporting Experience category.  The Access and Inclusivity award went to the Eden Project near St Austell and the late Tim Reed of Tredethick Farm Cottages collected a posthumous special award for innovation in tourism. The author and campaigner, David Croft, collected the Unsung Hero Award.

domes at the Eden Project

Eden Project

Mark Camp, the baker turned Blue Badge Guide  from Looe, was given the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Pentillie Castle and Estate in St Mellion won the top Venue and Business Tourism Award. Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow (where else would it be?) took the intriguingly named Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience Award.

This year there were two animal-friendly awards.  Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park in Padstow was the winner of the Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business Award and Kernock Cottages in Saltash won the Best Dog-Friendly Business Award.

In the accommodation categories, the Hotel of the Year was the Hell Bay Hotel on the Scilly Isles  and the Trevose Habour House in St Ives was named best in the mall Hotel/Boutique Accommodation category. The top gong in the B&B of the Year Award was Roundhouse Barn Holidays of St Just. The Bay Spa at the Carbis Bay Hotel took the gold award in the Spa and Wellbeing Experience group.

image of Mark Camp

Mark Camp who own the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award. Image © Visit Cornwall

The Old Barn in Tregonetha near St Columb won the top prize as self-catering property of the year and The Headland Hotel Cottages in Newquay walked off with the accolade as Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year.  Trethem Mill Touring Park near Truro was judged to be Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year and Yurts Cornwall in Fowey picked up the award as Glamping Business of the Year.

The food winners were the Rising Sun in Truro as Tourism Pub of the Year, The Waymarker in Falmouth as Café and Tearoom of the Year and the Dining Room in Rock was Restaurant/Bistro of the Year.

Not to be forgotten under any circumstance is the last award and probably the most important one to visitors. Bude Tourist Information Centre was named Tourist Information Service of the Year. Without the continuing help of tourist information centres, there would be a lot more nonplussed tourists around and rewarding and mentioning them for the efforts is something that Just about Travel is more than happy to do.

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