Northumberland strikes Gold, Silver and Bronze at the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

It was a bumper night for Northumberland businesses at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 Ceremony, scooping awards in all four of the categories they were nominated.

The winners were presented with their awards at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 11 May 2015 at The Sage, Gateshead.

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa was awarded Gold in the Large Hotel of the Year category, which is the highest Award for Excellence that VisitEngland can bestow.

Kielder Winter Wonderland – already Gold Award winners at the North East Tourism Awards 2014 – scooped Silver for Tourism Event of the Year.

St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses was awarded Silver for Sustainable Tourism.

Seafield Caravan Park, also of Seahouses, was awarded Bronze in the Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year.

Commenting on the Awards James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “We received hundreds of applications of an exceptionally high quality making the competition extremely tough. It is therefore a tremendous achievement for Matfen Hall, Kielder Winter Wonderland, St Cuthbert’s House, and Seafield Caravan Park. They have raised the bar for excellence for others to aspire to and I warmly congratulate them on their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country."

Speaking on behalf of Northumberland Tourism, general manager Jude Leitch said: “We are so proud to see these four businesses recognised on a national level for the fantastic work they do for tourism in Northumberland. They are a wonderful asset to our county and long may it continue.”