VisitEngland Excellence Awards

So what are the best hotels, B&Bs, pubs and attractions in England? The winners of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 were announced last night at a ceremony at the Sage Gateshead.

Two special awards celebrating individual excellence – Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Tourism Superstar were among the winners.

VisitEngland Chairman, Lady Cobham CBE, said: “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence  celebrate the very best in English tourism. It is the highest accolade and recognises the true champions of our industry, as well as the top quality visitor experiences we are fortunate to have on offer in England.”

This year 15 Gold winners, 15 Silver winners, 15 bronze winners and 30 highly commended were selected from a total of 345 entries. And here are the winners:

2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence  – Gold Winners

Tourism Event of the Year
Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 (above)

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell, Cornwall

Visitor Information Provider of the Year
City of London Information Centre, London

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire

Small Hotel of the Year
Brockencote Hall Hotel, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire

Business Tourism Award
Woodland Grange Conference & Meeting Venue, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Taste of England Award
Hotel MaiyangoLeicester, Leicestershire

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year
Poston Mill Park, Hereford, Herefordshire

Tourism Pub of the Year
The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Tourism Experience of the Year
Treetop Trek Ltd, Windermere, Cumbria

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Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
Colton House, Colton, Staffordshire (above)

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
The World of James Herriot Ltd, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Large Hotel of the Year
Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Matfen, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sustainable Tourism Award
Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, Winkleigh, Devon

Access for All Tourism Award
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Tourism Superstar special award
Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism 2015
The Chefs of England

For the full list of winners, see VisitEngland Excellence Awards