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Northumberland again tops the list of nominees in Tourism Awards

Northumberland has topped the list of nominees once again at this year’s North East England Tourism Awards.

The shortlist for the prestigious industry awards were announced last week with 37 of the 63 nominees coming from the county.

Businesses who have been shortlisted in two different categories include South Tynedale Railway, The Alnwick Garden and St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant is shortlisted in an incredible three categories after celebrating previous awards success earlier in the year. First time applicant Falconry Days was also shortlisted in a staggering three categories.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony next March at the Civic Centre in Newcastle which is to be hosted by North East comedian, Chris Ramsey the Strictly Come Dancing star, will also be doing a short stand-up routine on the night.

The format of the awards has been revamped this year so that they now align more closely with the modernised ‘VisitEngland Awards for Excellence’, which are celebrating their 30th year in 2019.

To mark this milestone, VisitEngland launched the revamped Awards to reflect innovations across England’s tourism industry with new categories and eligible winners of all categories will be automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.

Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts and Leisure at Northumberland County Council said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for Northumberland and truly showcases the outstanding and diverse offerings in our county.

“Tourism is a key economic driver for the county with over ten million visitors during 2018, a 2% increase on 2017.”

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance, a collaboration of the region’s tourism bodies including Northumberland Tourism.

Cris Brown, Operations Manager at Northumberland Tourism said: “The North East England Tourism Awards not only highlight the importance of tourism to the region but also shine a spotlight on the variety and quality of the tourism offer within the North East.

“We are delighted to see that over half of the businesses that are shortlisted are from Northumberland.”

Cllr Cath Homer, added: “The North East Tourism Awards commend those businesses who help to make Northumberland an unforgettable place to live, work, invest and visit - something our own campaign, Discover our Land, champions. We wish of all of those nominated the best of luck in the awards.”

To find out more about the Discover our Land campaign visit A number of the businesses shortlisted are also members of the Produced in Northumberland initiative, led by the council, which highlights businesses which are producing or using local produce. To find out more about Produced in Northumberland go to

The full list of Northumberland shortlisted businesses are:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

South Tynedale Railway

The Joiners Arms

B&B and Guest House of the Year

Market Cross Guest House

Layside Bed and Breakfast

St Cuthbert’s House

St Valery Boutique B&B

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Herding Hill Farm Touring, Camping and Glamping Site

Hesleyside Huts

Seafield Caravan Park

Westfield House Farm Shepherd’s Huts

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

South Tynedale Railway

Westfield House Farm


St Cuthbert’s House

Experience of the Year

Footsteps in Northumberland

Falconry Days

The Alnwick Garden

Large Hotel of the Year

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa

Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa

Small Hotel of the Year

Lord Crewe Arms

Walwick Hall


International Tourism Award

Falconry Days

New Tourism Business Award

Shepherds Retreats Ltd

The Amble Inn

Pub of the Year

The Apple Inn

The Angel of Corbridge

Twice Brewed Inn

Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year

St Oswald’s Farm

Mains Cottages

Brunton House and Cottages

Taste of North East England Award

Restaurant Hjem

Barrasford Arms


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Bamburgh Castle

The Alnwick Garden

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Falconry Days

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