CForest Park, Off-Grid Cabins and Country Park Win VisitEngland Awards | Trip


A family-friendly holiday park in the Peak District has been named England’s Best. Landal Darwin Forest, a 44-acre wooded site with log cabins and on-site activities such as cycling, swimming and tennis, won gold in the camping, glamping and holiday park category of the VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2020. The judges described the site as “beautiful”. and ‘perfect for families with young children and dogs’. Landal Darwin Forest marketing director Caroline Povey said phones have been busy since the August 17 announcement, but this month is already full. “We hope this will mean reservations before fall and winter to offset the impact of the Easter and early summer closures.”Off-grid cabin site Swallowtail Hill in East Sussex and Eye Kettleby Lakes in Leicestershire took silver and bronze respectively.

Winners were selected from 15 categories, including hotels, self-catering accommodation, glamping sites, tourist attractions and pubs, accessible and inclusive tourism, and sustainable tourism.

“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards are a timely reminder of the determination, innovation and commitment of businesses across the country who have worked hard. foot to reopen and welcome visitors safely, ”said Sally, Managing Director of VisitEngland. Balcombe.

New fairways at Durlston Country Park. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine / Rex

Clifftop Durlston Country Park Nature Reserve, near Swanage in Dorset, won the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award. It has been praised for having wheelchair-friendly routes in the Victorian Castle and hard-surface trails outside, as well as hearing loops and high-contrast markings.

The Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award was presented to Hive Cafe and Bakery in Birmingham, for their work as a provider of specialized education for young people with learning disabilities, who help to grow and harvest produce organic food on the roof, making cakes and pastries. and serve in the cafe. The quiet Cumbria site’s eco-friendly glamping credentials earned it the silver prize, and the Hoe Grange Holidays farm-tourism company in Derbyshire took home bronze.

Pub of the year went to Baskerville in Oxfordshire, now home to a socially remote outdoor tent venue, the Bedouin Bar and Lounge; it was followed by the 300 year old thatched roof pub, the Three Horseshoes in Dorset, and the Warwickshire pub with rooms the Howard Arms.

L'Old Royal Naval College de Greenwich.

L’Old Royal Naval College de Greenwich. Photographie: Dominic Lipinski / PA

Gold winners among attraction and activity categories included the Old Royal Naval College Museum, an architectural centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich in London; the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and Wild Wookey Adventure Caving at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset. There was also an award for new tourism businesses, which went to the English wine and food tour company Vine + Country Tours, which operates in Kent and East Sussex.

Other accomodation winners included London’s grand luxury hotel The Ned and historic Grays Court in North Yorkshire; North Hayne Farm Independent Cottages near Exmoor; and a familiar entry for the bed and breakfast category: The 25 Boutique B&B in Devon.

Recognizing the media’s contribution to promoting domestic tourism, the Travel Content Award was presented to Rachel Dixon, of Guardian Travel, for her play Uncrowded Cornwall: fine food and walking on the lizard. This is one of the four special awards this year, which also included the outstanding contribution to tourism. This award was given to the professional events industry in recognition of their work in support of Nightingale Hospitals in England at several exhibition and conference venues. Previous winners of the award included The English Pub, Harry Potter Films, Travel Agent, RSC and, in 2019, England’s National Parks.

Next year’s awards will focus on the heroes of tourism, recognizing businesses and individuals who have demonstrated innovation, resilience and support to local communities during Covid. Nominations can come from industry or the public, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.


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