Tourist attractions nominated for regional industry awards
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 October 2017
Somerset's tourism industry continues to excel, with several of its attractions shortlisted for prestigious awards.
Holiday parks, cafés, a pub and a hotel are among attractions earning nominations for the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Award which take place next month.
The finalists include Weston-based Dr Fox’s Tearoom, Eat: Festivals and Congresbury’s Double Tree by Hilton, Cadbury House hotel.
The nominees face a nervous wait until November 9, when the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton.
Event organiser Nell Barrington said: “We are thrilled for all the finalists and want to thank all the businesses who entered this year.”
Businesses walking away with a gold prize from the awards ceremony will be entered into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February, which could lead to being nominated for the gold standard National VisitEngland Awards.
Two Somerset tearooms will go head to head for the crown of café of the year, with Dr Fox’s, which has improved on its highly commended title last year, facing competition from Cheddar’s Lion Rock Tea Rooms.
Lympsham’s Dulhorn Farm Holiday Park and Stonebridge Farm Caravan Park, in Banwell, are among the finalists for the camping and caravanning park of the year crown, while Brean’s Holiday Resort Unity (HRU) is up for the access and inclusivity prize.
HRU has also been nominated for holiday park of the year, alongside Brean’s Warren Farm Holiday Centre. Sandy Glade Holiday Park, in Burnham, was highly commended in the same category.
The popularity of East Huntspill-based Wall Eden Farm Holidays and Adventure Activities’ lodges, cabins, pods and yurts has earned it a finalist nomination in the alternative accommodation and self-catering categories.
Cadbury House is vying to claim the large hotel of the year award, after being named Europe’s best boutique hotel by the Luxury Travel Guide.
The Swan in Wedmore has been nominated for tourism pub of the year.
Eat: Festivals, which organises Weston and Burnham’s food festivals, has been nominated for tourism event of the year.