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North East’s Tourism stars celebrated as annual awards return

The region’s leading tourism businesses were celebrating last night (THURS) as the winners of North East England Tourism Awards were announced. 

This year the annual awards, being held during English Tourism Week, were once again able to return to a full ceremony at Newcastle’s Civic Centre, after hosting a virtual ceremony last year due to the pandemic. 

BBC Radio Presenter Alfie Joey presented the awards and winners on the night included The Alnwick Garden who picked up three Gold Awards, including in a new category this year Resilience and Innovation in Tourism. 

Also new for this year was the Unsung Heroes category which celebrated individuals who go the extra mile to ensure visitors have a truly memorable experience. The gold award was won by Clive Goodwin, of The Ouseburn Trust, who co-ordinates the programme of tours at The Victoria Tunnel.  

The full list of Gold winners is:  

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award – Vindomora Country Lodges 

B&B and Guest House of the Year – Market Cross Guest House 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year – Beacon Hill Hideaways 

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism – Laverock Law Cottages & Glamping 

Resilience and Innovation Award – The Alnwick Garden  

Small Hotel of the Year – Seaham Hall 

Unsung Hero Award – Clive Goodwin, The Ouseburn Trust  

Experience of the Year – The Alnwick Garden 

New Tourism Business Award – Triple A Food Tours 

Pub of the Year – The Blackbird 

Self-Catering Provider of the Year – St Oswald’s Farm 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – Kielder Observatory 

Taste of North East England – Colman’s Seafood Temple 

Large Hotel of the Year – Hotel Indigo Durham  

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – The Alnwick Garden  

The awards play a key role in celebrating and showcasing the range of quality tourism businesses that visitors to the North East encounter. The tourism sector continues to be the fourth largest in the region, highlighting the importance of the businesses working in the sector to the wider economy.   

The awards were once again sponsored by Newcastle College and Bidfood. Students from both Newcastle College and Gateshead College also supported the evening with photography, videography and hospitality service. 

Sarah Green, Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) who deliver the awards, said: “Huge congratulations to all of the winners tonight. It was fantastic to all be together again celebrating our amazing tourism sector in the region, especially during English Tourism Week which helps to shine a light on the nation’s tourism sector. 

“All of tonight’s businesses have demonstrated the true strength and quality of tourism businesses in the North East, something they should all be extremely proud of. Our two new category winners tonight are great examples of the inspiring attractions and talented individuals here in the region, who despite challenging times over the last few years have continued to deliver an unforgettable service for our visitors.” 

Lisa Hamilton-Murray, Deputy Principal, at Newcastle College, said: “Newcastle College continues to be a proud supporter of the North East England Tourism Awards and this year’s event was particularly special. 

“After such a challenging two years, it was the first time that many of our students were able to gain valuable work experience within the hospitality and tourism sector and it was wonderful to see them being part of the event. It was also fantastic to be back together with our local venues and employers, and to celebrate and recognise the vital part they play in supporting our region. Congratulations to all of the winners.” 

Susan Justice, Head of Business Development North East at Bidfood, added: “We were delighted to be able to sponsor the North East England Tourism Awards again this year, and it was made even more memorable after not being able to celebrate in person for so long.  

“This year we also sponsored the Small Hotel of the Year Award which highlighted the fantastic choice visitors have when choosing some where to stay in the region. Congratulations to all of the winners.” 

A raffle was also held on the night with money raised going towards the Blackfriars Cook Up for Ukraine appeal. 

Full List of Winners: 

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award 

Gold- Vindomora Country Lodges 

Silver- GHOSTnortheast – The Walk 

B&B and Guest House of the Year 

Gold- Market Cross House  

Highly Commended- Old Rectory Howick 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year 

Gold- Beacon Hill Hideaways 

Silver- Woodland Chase Glamping 

Bronze- Vindomora Country Lodges 

Highly Commended- Walkmill Campsite 

Ethical, Response and Sustainable Tourism 

Gold- Laverock Law Cottages and Glamping 

Silver- CBK Adventures LTD 

Resilience and Innovation Award 

Gold- The Alnwick Garden 

Silver- Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums 

Bronze- Langley Castle Hotel 

Highly Commended- Beamish, The Living Museum of the North 

Small Hotel of the Year  

Gold- Seaham Hall 

Silver- Langley Castle Hotel  

Bronze- High Force Hotel 

Unsung Hero Award  

Gold- Clive Goodwin- Ouseburn Trust 

Silver- John Nolan- Northside Surf School 

Bronze- Richard Darlington- Hall Hill Farm  

Highly Commended- Carl Howe- Valhalla North Axe Throwing 

Experience of the Year 

Gold- The Alnwick Garden 

Siver- The Escape Key 

Bronze- Ingram Valley Farm 

New Tourism Business Award 

Gold- Triple A Food Tours 

Silver- Sycamore Cottage & Glamping Pods 

Bronze- Woodland Chase Glamping 

Pub of the Year 

Gold- The Blackbird 

Silver- The Feathers Inn 

Bronze- The Bamburgh Castle Inn 

Highly Commended- The Twice Brewed Inn 

Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year 

Gold- St Oswald’s Farm 

Silver- Breamish Valley Cottages 

Bronze- Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 

Gold- Kielder Observatory 

Silver- Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens 

Bronze- Woodhorn Museum 

Taste of North East England 

Gold- Colman’s Seafood Temple 

Silver- The Feathers Inn 

Bronze- Teesdale Cheesemakers 

Large Hotel of the Year 

Gold- Hotel Indigo Durham 

Silver- Maldron Hotel Newcastle 

Bronze- INNSiDE by Melia Newcastle 

Highly Commended- Ramside Hall Hotel 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 

Gold- The Alnwick Garden 

Silver- Beamish, The Living Museum of the North 

Bronze- Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum