Landslide victory for Northumberland in 2015 North East England Tourism Awards

Wednesday 25/11/2015
Landslide victory for Northumberland in 2015 North East England Tourism Awards

It was a fantastic night for Northumberland businesses at the 2015 North East England Tourism Awards last night.

In her welcome speech at the event, Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative Sarah Stewart said this year’s awards were “the biggest yet” which saw a record-breaking 120 businesses submitting entries into the awards.  From there, 58 businesses were shortlisted across 15 awards categories showcasing the wide variety of quality tourism businesses throughout the North East region.

Northumberland businesses were shortlisted in eleven categories.  From that, they scooped seven Gold awards, along with a further five Silver, five Bronze and four Highly Commended awards.

It was a particularly successful night for St Cuthbert’s House B&B, who won Gold for both ‘Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year’ and ‘Sustainable Tourism’.  Other Gold award winners were Bamburgh Castle Inn, Leaplish Waterside Park, Morpeth Tourist Information and Craft Centre, Blacksmith’s Cottage, and Kielder Observatory. 

All winners now have the opportunity to compete nationally at VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence in 2016.  In last year’s awards, Northumberland business Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa won Gold in Large Hotel of the Year and went on to win Gold nationally, meaning they were officially recognised as the best in the country.

Jude Leitch, Director of Northumberland Tourism, is thrilled with the result: “This is a fantastic achievement for Northumberland businesses. Our tourism offering is growing year on year, so it is great to see all efforts rewarded with such regional recognition.

With this year seeing the largest volume of applicants into the awards, every category is highly contested. However, special recognition has to be made to St Cuthbert’s House, winning two Gold awards. As past winners of VisitEngland’s Best B&B of the Year, their consistently excellent offering to guests really must be admired. Along with all of the Gold award winners, we wish them every success in the 2016 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.”

The full list of Northumbrian winners:

Tourism Pub of the Year

Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses - Gold

The Angel of Corbridge - Silver

Holiday Park/Village of the Year

Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder - Gold

Springhouse Country Park, Slaley – Bronze

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Morpeth Tourist Information and Craft Centre - Gold

Berwick-upon-Tweed Tourist Information Centre - Bronze

Access for All Tourism

The Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick – Silver

Calvert Trust Kielder – Highly Commended

Tourism Event of the Year

Northumberland County Show – Highly Commended

Taste of England

Northumberland Cheese Company – Silver

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Blacksmith’s Cottage, Alnham – Gold

Hesleyside Huts - Silver

Springhill Farm Holiday Accommodation, Seahouses - Bronze

Calvert Trust Kielder – Highly Commended

Small Hotel of the Year

Newton Hall – Silver

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa – Bronze

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Kielder Observatory – Gold

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year

St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses – Gold

The Old Manse, Chatton – Bronze

Sustainable Tourism

St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses – Gold

Slate & Nature, West Woodburn – Highly Commended 


Image: Morpeth Tourist Information and Craft Centre, Gail Johnson

Published: Wednesday 25/11/2015

By Visit Northumberland

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St Cuthbert's House, Seahouses
St Cuthbert's House
NE68 7UB

Awarded 'England's Best B&B' by VisitEngland in 2017 & 2014 - and also Bronze & Silver medals at their national Awards in 2015 & 2016 too. Your hosts Jeff & Jill offer you beautiful Guest Accommodation in this historic former chapel building, on the spectacular Northumberland coast. Beautiful, elegant restoration, offering six very high-quality ensuite bedrooms in stunning, peaceful surroundings.

Morpeth Tourist Information Centre Chantry
Morpeth Tourist Information Centre
NE61 1PD

Morpeth Tourist Information Centre is housed in medieval splendour in the 13th Century Morpeth Chantry, famous Northumbrian Bagpipe Museum, and highly regarded Northumbrian Art and Crafts Centre. Music and Arts events are held throughout the year.

Dining at Bamburgh Castle Inn
Bamburgh Castle Inn
NE68 7SQ
Delicious home cooked food with a wow factor means eating at the Bamburgh Castle Inn is a recipe for success. We’re open daily for morning coffee, lunch and dinner. Our award winning chefs cater for everyone’s tastes with quality food cooked to order victory for Northumberland in 2015 North East England Tourism Awards, news, local events, winners, Northumberland, official tourist informationLandslide victory for Northumberland in 2015 North East England Tourism Awards 11/25/201511/25/20152015 Visit Northumberland Northumberland Tourism Northumberland Tourism Northumberland Tourism Visit Northumberland

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