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Lancashire Hails Tourism Champions

14th September 2012

The winners of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012/13 were announced last night (Thursday 13 September 2012) at the Guild Hall, Preston in the first formal event organised by Marketing Lancashire.

The evening was hosted by guest presenter and design supremo, Wayne Hemingway MBE, hot on the heels of his triumphant Vintage Weekend (1 & 2 September), part of the Preston Guild 2012.

This year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards saw 16 trophies handed to a range of businesses across the county, including the new category of Tourism Pub of the Year, with nine of the finalists also receiving Highly Commended recognition.

The Winners of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012/13

A full list of all finalists with the winner in each category highlighted follows:

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
Broadgate Farm B&B, Bleasdale – Highly Commended
The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston
Mode, Lytham St Annes
Number One St Luke’s, Blackpool - WINNER    

Small Hotel of the Year
Bartle Hall Hotel, Preston
The Millstone at Mellor – Highly Commended
Northcote, Langho - WINNER

Penny Street Bridge, Lancaster
Large Hotel of the Year  - Sponsored by UCLAN
Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel
Big Blue Hotel, Blackpool
Dalmeny Hotel, St Annes on Sea - WINNER
Lancaster House Hotel

Caravan Holiday Park & Holiday Village Award     
Carr Royd Parks/Sunset Park, Hambleton - WINNER
Hackings Caravan Park, Clitheroe – Highly Commended

Self Catering Award        
Brontё School House, Cowan Bridge
Cleveley Mere, Forton – Highly Commended
Cross Farm Holiday Cottages, Downholland - WINNER

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year       
Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Garstang
Museum of Lancashire, Preston - WINNER
Old Holly Farm, Garstang
Samlesbury Hall

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Sponsored by PANNONE    
Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Highly Commended

Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, Ormskirk
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool - WINNER
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough

Best Visitor Experience of the Year – Sponsored by LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show, Blackburn
Farmaggedon, Ormskirk - WINNER
Go Ape! Rivington
Treasure Trails Lancashire – Highly Commended

Business Tourism Award – Sponsored by LEONARD DEWS, Jewellers   
Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel
Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe
Northcote at the Rovers, Blackburn
University of Central Lancashire, Preston - WINNER

Tourism Pub of the Year – Sponsored by FIDDLER’S LANCASHIRE CRISPS 
The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston
The Highwayman, Burrow
The Millstone at Mellor - WINNER
Redwell Country Inn and Restaurant, Arkholme
Sustainable Tourism Award – Sponsored by BLACKPOOL & THE FYLDE COLLEGE 
Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Garstang
Hackings Caravan Park, Clitheroe
Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough - WINNER

Access for All Tourism Award       
Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens, Garstang – Highly Commended
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool – WINNER

Visitor Information Provider Award – Sponsored by NORTHERN PRINT DISTRIBUTION
Blackburn Visitor Centre
Visit Garstang Centre - WINNER
Lancaster Visitor Information Centre
Morecambe Visitor Information Centre

Taste Lancashire Award – Sponsored by TOTAL FOOD SERVICE  
The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston
The Clog and Billycock, Blackburn
The Millstone at Mellor – Highly Commended
Redwell Country Inn and Restaurant, Arkholme - WINNER

Marketing Campaign of the Year – Sponsored by WORKHOUSE CREATIVE MARKETING  
The Blackpool Tower Eye, launch campaign
Madame Tussauds, Blackpool, launch campaign - WINNER
The Mall Blackburn, re-development campaign
Museum of Lancashire, Preston, re-opening campaign – Highly Commended

Special Recognition Award
Pat Ascroft, Volunteer Ranger and Friend of Garstang Walking Festival
Simon Entwistle, Tour Guide, Top Hat Tours - WINNER
Nora Lightbown, House Supervisor, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

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