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The Northumberland winners of the North East Tourism Awards

Northumberland award winners
Every year, the best of the North East’s tourism industry are recognised in the North East Tourism Awards, and every year Northumberland steals the show. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next Northumberland trip, you might as well start with the very best, so here is our round up of the Northumberland gold award winners of the North East Tourism Awards 2024.
Northumberland stole the show in the North East Tourism Awards 2024, achieving gold in an amazing nine of the available fourteen categories. So, if you want to know where to stay, what to do and where to eat in Northumberland, look no further than the latest award winners in the county:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award - The Alnwick Garden


Built to be unconventional, The Alnwick Garden is a unique, contemporary garden in the beautiful town of Alnwick, where you can lose yourself in the mysterious Bamboo Labyrinth, explore the perils of The Poison Garden or picnic by the Grand Cascade. Awarded for their outstanding accessibility and inclusivity, The Alnwick Garden team embed inclusivity into every decision they make, including in the design features, activities, events and more. From being a completely wheelchair accessible attraction and offering free use of mobility scooters on-site (pre-bookable), to offering sensory maps and braille signage, they ensure that every single visitor feels welcome, comfortable and has a fantastic experience.

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year - Hadrian’s Wall Campsite 


Hadrian’s Wall Campsite is a fantastic campsite less than a mile from Hadrian’s Wall, with incredible sweeping views of Northumberland National Park, sunsets and dark skies that will make you want to stay up all night gazing at the sky, and nearby historical sites that you may struggle to fit into one stay. They offer everything from grass pitches, most of which offer electric hook up, to a variety of self-catering options all the way up to their shepherd’s hut and The Bunkbarn. Admired by judges for its spectacular customer service and staggering surroundings, you can pitch yourself here for Hadrian’s Wall hikes, immersing yourself in nature and enjoying other nearby attractions Northumberland has to offer.

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award - Northumberland Zoo 


Home to over 80 species, from tiny Harvest Mice to fluffy Snow Leopards, Northumberland Zoo is a fantastic place for a family day out in Northumberland. Offering private experiences with different animals, as well as a Zookeeper Experience, the zoo wasn’t only recognised for its outstanding offer for visitors, but also its ethical, responsible and sustainable values and practices. Owners are passionate about creating a North East hub for wildlife conservation and they participate in conservation breeding programmes and much more. They also ensure that sustainability is ingrained into every detail of the business, including using wood for their exhibits from their local sawmill, the use of solar panels, having their own borehole as their water source and sourcing the animals’ fruit and veggies from their local market as well as onsite from their own polytunnels.

Experience of the Year - Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours


Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours is a repeat winner in the North East England Tourism Awards AND has been announced as a finalist in the national awards in London. The Farne Islands are a small group of islands a few miles off the coast of the Northumberland village of Seahouses where adorable puffins return every year, from May to September, for mating season. Serenity’s purpose-built catamarans are the perfect platform for viewing the Farne Islands and their spectacular wildlife, with easy access on and off the boat, wheelchair access (when the tides are right), a toilet on board and 360 degree views. The decks are all one level so it’s easy to walk around, and their wildlife guides go the extra mile to make the experience a special one. This award-winning experience is not to be missed when you visit Northumberland.

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Whitehouse Farm Centre 


Whitehouse Farm Centre is Northumberland’s largest, family-run farm attraction spread over 40 acres, located south of Morpeth. Whitehouse is a great place for families, school and group visits of all ages enabling visitors to see, handle and feed a wide variety of animals from traditional breeds to more unusual and exotic species. As well as animals and activities, there are indoor and outdoor play areas to discover and explore, so there is always fun to be had whatever the weather, and parents can relax with a hot drink in hand from The Hungry Pig Cafe.

New Tourism Business of the Year - The Hiddle Hut 


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Despite being a Northumberland newbie, The Hiddle Hut has already stolen the show at the North East Tourism Awards. Situated under the Northumberland Dark Sky Park and immersed within breath-taking views of the countryside, their two-storey, luxury cabin offers a completely unique, bespoke hideaway. The second-floor bedroom mezzanine is linked to the ensuite bathroom via a bridge, where the roll-top bath of dreams awaits beside a window looking out onto stunning views of the surrounding rural landscape. The roaring log-burner means you can while the nights away in front of a relaxing open fire, and the star-gazing roof window over the King-sized hand-built bed means you can stargaze until you fall asleep.

Pub of the Year - The Beresford Arms


The Beresford Arms is a restored coaching inn turned into a beautiful, cosy blend of original stone walls, exposed beams, and an open fireplace. In summer, choose between the sun-drenched front beer garden and spacious rear garden to enjoy an al fresco drink or meal, and in winter snuggle up in the dog friendly bar area. Based in the stunning Northumberland countryside, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Cragside House are within easy reach, and you can rest your head in one of their lovely bedrooms tucked away in the former stables blocks.

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year - Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages 


Nowhere feels like more of an escape from reality than staggering Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages. Sitting 1400 feet above sea level deep in Northumberland National Park, the mind-blowing views and complete, blissful silence, other than the sound of chirping birds and scurrying wildlife, will make you never want to leave. Their selection of luxury cottages and barn conversions offer a variety of features including warming log burners, panoramic private terraces and dark skies equipment to embrace the Gold Tier-rated dark skies above. Offering an off-grid experience without compromising on luxury, the cottages operate sustainably and are powered by solar trackers and wind turbines, water is pumped from two bore holes and filtered on site and in-cottage products are locally sourced.

Unsung Hero - Duncan Wise, Northumberland National Park Authority 


This award picks out an individual who is integral to Northumberand’s tourism industry and Duncan Wise, the Northumberland National Park's Visitor Development and Tourism Officer, scooped the Unsung hero award for his tireless efforts to establish Northumberland as the country's leading Dark Skies reserve and his contribution to firmly establishing the park as a place to enjoy nature.  The incredible Northumberland National Park is home to fascinating wildlife, a huge chunk of Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Forts, some of the darkest skies in Europe and fantastic views to be enjoyed on its endless hiking routes and challenging bike trails.

Northumberland Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended Awards:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

SILVER: Northumberland National Park Authority
BRONZE: Spectrum Holidays
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vindomora Country Lodges

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

SILVER: Vindomora Country Lodges
BRONZE: Woodland Chase Glamping

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

SILVER: Kidlandlee Holiday Cottages

Experience of the Year

BRONZE: Athey’s Moor Flying School

Large Hotel of the Year

SILVER: Matfen Hall

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

BRONZE: Northumberland Zoo

Pub of the Year

SILVER: The Joiners Arms
BRONZE: Twice Brewed Inn

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

SILVER: Honeybee Cottage
BRONZE: Chesters Stables

Small Hotel of the Year

SILVER: Langley Castle Hotel

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

SILVER: Kielder Observatory
BRONZE: Falconry Days

Taste of North East England Award

SILVER: The Old Boathouse
BRONZE: The Lord Crewe

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award

Vera: TV Series and Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera book series

Author: Jenni Meikle

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