Northumberland celebrates as county tops the winners at awards

Northumberland found reason to celebrate today as the county topped the list of winners at this year’s North East England Tourism Awards.

The awards were announced online with judges from each category outlining the strengths of the winning applications in a show of support for the industry at this difficult time.

There were eight Gold winners from Northumberland, out of 15 categories, with the county once again having more winners than any other area in the region.

Winners included Falconry Days, of Simonburn, Hexham which picked up two awards in both the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category and one of the new categories for this year - the International Tourism Award.

Matfen Hall was named Large Hotel of the Year and once again St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses picked up the Gold for B&B and Guest House of the Year and Seafield Caravan Park also in Seahouses was named Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year.

Other winners were South Tynedale Railway who won Gold in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award and The Apple Inn, in Lucker picked up the coveted Pub of the Year award.

And for the second year in a row St Oswald’s Farm on Hadrian’s Wall was named Self Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year.

Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism at Northumberland County Council said: “I would like to congratulate all of our Northumberland winners. We know that it is a worrying time for our tourism industry and for all those businesses that add to our county’s success. However it is these businesses and their continued passion and commitment who will help us to economic recovery once current restrictions are eased.

“As a council we are doing all we can to support businesses, particularly in the tourism industry through these difficult times by continuing to show why Northumberland is a destination of choice, and when the time is right, visitors will be welcomed back to our great county with open arms.”

Winners of the North East England Tourism Awards will now automatically be put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.

Full‌ ‌list‌ ‌of‌ ‌winners (‌Northumberland‌ ‌Winners‌ ‌in‌ Bold‌):‌ ‌

Accessible‌ ‌and‌ ‌Inclusive‌ ‌Tourism‌ ‌Award‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Sage‌ ‌Gateshead‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Go‌ ‌North‌ ‌East‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌South‌ ‌Tynedale‌ ‌Railway‌ ‌

‌ ‌

B&B‌ ‌and‌ ‌Guest‌ ‌House‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌St‌ ‌Cuthbert’s‌ ‌House‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Millstone‌ ‌House‌ ‌Bed‌ ‌and‌ ‌Breakfast‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Market‌ ‌Cross‌ ‌Guest‌ ‌House‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Layside‌ ‌Bed‌ ‌and‌ ‌Breakfast‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌St‌ ‌Valery‌ ‌Boutique‌ ‌and‌ ‌Breakfast‌ ‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Business‌ ‌Events‌ ‌Venue‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌ ‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Sage‌ ‌Gateshead‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Newcastle‌ ‌City‌ ‌Council‌ ‌Civic‌ ‌Centre‌ ‌Banqueting‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Event‌ ‌Durham,‌ ‌Durham‌ ‌University‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Biscuit‌ ‌Factory‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Northumbria‌ ‌University‌ ‌–‌ ‌Venues‌ ‌at‌ ‌Northumbria‌ ‌University‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Camping,‌ ‌Glamping‌ ‌and‌ ‌Holiday‌ ‌Park‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌-‌ ‌Seafield‌ ‌Caravan‌ ‌Park‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌‌Hesleyside‌ ‌Huts‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Westfield‌ ‌House‌ ‌Farm‌ ‌Shepherd’s‌ ‌Huts‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌-‌ ‌Herding‌ ‌Hill‌ ‌Farm‌ ‌Touring,‌ ‌Camping‌ ‌and‌ ‌Glamping‌ ‌Site‌

‌ ‌

Ethical,‌ ‌Responsible‌ ‌and‌ ‌Sustainable‌ ‌Tourism‌ ‌Award‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌South‌ ‌Tynedale‌ ‌Railw‌ay‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌-‌ ‌Battlesteads‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Sage‌ ‌Gateshead‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Westfield‌ ‌House‌ ‌Farm‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌St‌ ‌Cuthbert’s‌ ‌House‌

‌ ‌

Experience‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌CBK’s‌ ‌Adventure‌ ‌Co.‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Footsteps‌ ‌in‌ ‌Northumberland‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Alnwick‌ ‌Garden‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Falconry‌ ‌Days‌ ‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Large‌ ‌Hotel‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Matfen‌ ‌Hall‌ ‌Hotel,‌ ‌Gold‌ ‌and‌ ‌Spa‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Ramside‌ ‌Hall‌ ‌Hotel,‌ ‌Golf‌ ‌and‌ ‌Spa‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Vermont‌ ‌Hotel‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Doxford‌ ‌Hall‌ ‌Hotel‌

‌ ‌

Small‌ ‌Hotel‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Seaham‌ ‌Hall‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Walwick‌ ‌Hall‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Lord‌ ‌Crewe‌ ‌Arms‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Battlesteads‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Wynyard‌ ‌Hall‌ ‌

‌ ‌

International‌ ‌Tourism‌ ‌Award‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Falconry‌ ‌Days‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Event‌ ‌Durham,‌ ‌Durham‌ ‌University‌ ‌

‌ ‌

New‌ ‌Tourism‌ ‌Business‌ ‌Award‌ ‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Maldron‌ ‌Hotel‌ ‌Newcastle‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Amble‌ ‌Inn‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Shepherds‌ ‌Retreats‌ ‌Ltd‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌STACK‌ ‌Newcastle‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Spanish‌ ‌City‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Pub‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌ ‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Apple‌ ‌Inn‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Angel‌ ‌of‌ ‌Corbridge‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Twice‌ ‌Brewed‌ ‌Inn‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Botanist‌ ‌Newcastle‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Self-Catering‌ ‌Accommodation‌ ‌Provider‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌St‌ ‌Oswald’s‌ ‌Farm‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Main‌ ‌Cottages‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Brunton‌ ‌House‌ ‌and‌ ‌Cottages‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Vindomora‌ ‌Country‌ ‌Lodges‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Taste‌ ‌of‌ ‌North‌ ‌East‌ ‌England‌ ‌Award‌ ‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Dobson‌ ‌and‌ ‌Parnell‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Restaurant‌ ‌Hjem‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Battlesteads‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Barrasford‌ ‌Arms‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Large‌ ‌Visitor‌ ‌Attraction‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Sunderland‌ ‌Museum‌ ‌and‌ ‌Winter‌ ‌Gardens‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌The‌ ‌Alnwick‌ ‌Garden‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Bamburgh‌ ‌Castle‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Beamish,‌ ‌The‌ ‌Living‌ ‌Museum‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌North‌ ‌

Highly‌ ‌commended‌ ‌–‌ ‌Great‌ ‌North‌ ‌Museum:‌ ‌Hancock‌ ‌

‌ ‌

Small‌ ‌Visitor‌ ‌Attraction‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌ ‌

Gold‌ ‌–‌ ‌Falconry‌ ‌Days‌ ‌

Silver‌ ‌–‌ ‌Newham‌ ‌Grange‌ ‌Farm‌ ‌

Bronze‌ ‌–‌ ‌Tyne‌ ‌&‌ ‌Wear‌ ‌Archives‌ ‌&‌ ‌Museums‌ ‌–‌ ‌Arbeia‌ ‌South‌ ‌Shields’‌ ‌Roman‌