A STRING of Lake District businesses have new silverware for the company mantelpiece after last night’s Cumbria Tourism Awards.
The winners were revealed at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal by Cumbria’s very own television broadcaster and journalist, Kim Inglis as compere.
Taking home prizes were businesses from Windermere, Keswick, Appleby, Penrith, Carlisle, Newby Bridge, Silverdale, Ulverston and Ullswater.
The awards recognise hotels, guest accommodation, holiday parks, visitor attractions and the tourism employees who make up the county’s thriving £2-billion-a-year tourism industry.
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The competition involves 13 categories including the Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Customer Service, the Tourism Experience Award, Sustainable Tourism Award and Taste Cumbria Award.
Cumbria Tourism said judges were looking for excellence in all areas.
Each category winner received a certificate and a specially commissioned engraved award, handcrafted by Cartmel-based artist Penni Simpson of Fusion Glass Art.
Ian Stephens, of Cumbria Tourism, said: “Last night our awards ceremony was a true celebration of the very best of what Cumbria has to offer and how they contribute to our already outstanding tourism offer.
“Recent figures released show that The Lake District and Cumbria has bounced back strongly after a difficult few years. Our strong performance was helped by the good summer weather but it is also the result of hard work and investment from the tourism operators to make sure that we compete on quality and price with destinations across the UK and overseas.”
Guest Accommodation of the Year
Hill Crest Country Guest House, Nr Newby Bridge
Holiday Park of the Year
Silverdale Holiday Park (Holgates)
Large Hotel of the Year
Best Western Plus Castle Green Hotel in Kendal
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Lakeside
Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Tottergill Farm Holiday Cottages, Castle Carrock
Highly Commended The Hyning Estate, Nr Kendal
The Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Customer Service
Jude Walker, Hall Hills, Nr Carlisle
Small Hotel of the Year
Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Windermere
Tourism Event of the Year
C-Art, Eden Arts, Penrith
Tourism Pub of the Year
Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Windermere
Sustainable Tourism Award
The Quiet Site, Ullswater
Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, Appleby
Taste Cumbria Award
The Watermill, Little Salkeld
Tourism Experience Award
Joint winners Treetop Trek, Windermere
Via Ferrata Xtreme, Honister