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Shortlist announced for North East England Tourism Awards 2023

Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. View across the river Tyne at Quayside with the Baltic and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Image: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. View across the river Tyne at Quayside with the Baltic and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

The top tourism businesses who will be competing to take home the Gold at next year’s North East England Tourism Awards, have been announced.

The prestigious awards, which will be held next March, will see shortlisted businesses in 16 categories ranging from Large Hotel of the Year to Unsung Hero.

This year saw more than 160 entries with over 50% coming from businesses who were entering the awards for the first time.

Next year is the 20th anniversary of the awards and organisers NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) are hoping it will be the best one yet.

Sarah Green, Chief Executive of NGI said:

“The North East England Tourism Awards are a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the varied and distinctive tourism businesses across the region.

“This has been a record year for award entries, and I am particularly delighted that 55% of entries were from businesses that have never entered before.

“Our tourism industry is worth around £5bn to the region’s visitor economy and employs more than 50,000 people. Our ambition is to continue to grow the value of the visitor economy, create quality jobs and boost employment across the sector.

“The awards are a perfect example of creating and maximising such opportunities across the North East by showcasing the vibrancy of our tourism offer to visitors and investors, as well as demonstrating the richness of a career in the sector.

“NGI has been working tirelessly alongside tourism businesses and our partners to support this crucial sector to be sustainable and to encourage growth, and we are extremely excited to be able to reflect and celebrate at the awards ceremony next March.”

North East England Tourism Awards 2023 Shortlisted Businesses

(in alphabetical order)

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

Life Science Centre

Sage Gateshead

Sunderland Empire

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

B&B and Guest House of the Year

Market Cross Guest House

The Bosk

Tynemouth 61 Guesthouse & Tea Room

Business Events Venue of the Year

The Common Room

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Venues at Northumbria University

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Herding Hill Farm Camping and Glamping Site

Hesleyside Huts

Hillside Huts & Cabins

Teesdale Cheesemakers Limited

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination

Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages

Laverock Law Cottages and Glamping

Experience of the Year

Falconry Days

La Chocolatrice

The Escape Key

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Large Hotel of the Year

Doxford Hall Hotel & Aqueous Spa

Newton Hall and Cabin Walk

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Bamburgh Castle

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

The Alnwick Garden

Whitehouse Farm Centre

New Tourism Business Award

Hillside Huts & Cabins

Overland Adventures

Schoolhouse Fenwick

The Greenhead Hotel

Pub of the Year

The Apple Inn

The Greenhead Hotel

The Joiners Arms

Resilience and Innovation Award

Langley Castle Hotel

The Common Room

The Escape Key

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year

Breamish Valley Cottages

Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages

Mains Cottages/Shepherds Retreats

Till Fishing Holidays

Vindomora Country Lodges

Small Hotel of the Year

Langley Castle Hotel

Lord Crewe Arms

Seaham Hall Hotel

The Lord Crewe

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Newham Grange Farm

Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours

Stephenson Steam Railway

Tees Barrage International White-Water Centre & Air Trail

Taste of North East England

Dobson & Parnell

Seaham Hall Hotel

Teesdale Cheesemakers Limited

Unsung Hero Award

Crowne Plaza Newcastle Stephenson Quarter – Sally Razack

Project Escape Ltd and Putter Chaos Adventure Golf – Nick Rodgers

Seaham Hall Hotel – Caroline May

Spanish City – Mohamed Kamal

The County Restaurant – Samantha Brown