Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018 winners revealed
This annual event, organised by Marketing Lancashire, recognises the contribution made by the county’s tourism and hospitality businesses, and names winners in 22 categories.This year, more than 100 finalists competed for the prestigious titles and progressed through shortlisting, mystery shopping and interviews by panels of experts to arrive at last night’s much-anticipated awards ceremony.
Rachel McQueen, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “A thriving Lancashire tourism sector contributes to the economy, to employment, to the culture, the quality of life and the prosperity of Lancashire. The Lancashire Tourism Awards reminds us of the diversity the county has and how privileged we are to have such amazing experiences to offer visitors.”The evening also saw the Lancashire Tourism Superstar – the only category decided through a public vote - awarded to tour guide Simon Entwistle. His Top Hat Tours see him traversing the length and breadth of Lancashire shouting loud about the county he is so proud of. He entertains visitors, tourists, VIPS and media representatives with his expert storytelling, sharing those tales that are a part of the fabric of Lancashire’s rich history and culture.
Blackpool-born star of West End, stage and TV Jodie Prenger was guest presenter, bringing her Lancastrian humour to the proceedings.
Full list of winnersWedding Venue Award Holmes Mill, ClitheroeNew Business Award The Lawrence Hotel, Padiham
Taste Lancashire Restaurant Award Twelve Restaurant, ThorntonTaste Lancashire Pub/Inn Award The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley
Taste Lancashire Producer Award Batch Brew, BurnleyHoliday Village Award Ream Hills Holiday Park, Weeton
Self-Catering Holiday Award Laythams Holiday Lets Retreat, SlaidburnSustainable Tourism Award The Bee Centre, Preston
Lancashire Large Hotel Award The Wrightington Hotel & Health ClubBusiness Tourism Award Winter Gardens Blackpool
Lancashire Perfect Stay Award The Spread Eagle Inn, SawleySmall Visitor Attraction Award Thornton Hall Country Park
Large Visitor Attraction Award East Lancashire RailwayRetail Experience Award Fleetwood Market
Visitor Experience Award The Bee Centre, PrestonCultural Venue/Organisation Award Blackburn Cathedral
Inclusive Tourism Award Sandcastle Waterpark, BlackpoolDog Friendly Award Rossendale Holiday Cottages
Taste Lancashire Café/Tearoom Award The Dearden Tea Rooms, HaslingdenTourism Superstar Award Simon Entwistle, Top Hat Tours
Small Event Award Chorley Live Large Event Award Festival of Making, Blackburn