Staycation Award win for Northumberland
We are thrilled to announce that Northumberland has been crowned Seaside Staycation of the Year in iNewspaper’s first ever Staycation Awards!
Launched to recognise the growing demand for top-class staycation holidays in the UK and the country’s best loved holiday spots, the esteemed awards received over a thousand nominations across 17 categories. A panel of prestigious judges met in early October to decide on the winners, including individuals from; The National Trust, The Ramblers, The Institute of Travel and Tourism and Britain magazine, among others.
Matt Baker, The One Show and Countryfile presenter, announced Northumberland’s WIN at the awards ceremony last night (THURS) at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.
Harvest Harris Jones, owner of Laverock Law Cottages, said “This comes as no surprise as Northumberland has so much to offer. Once guests discover our land they come back time and time again, often returning in the winter season to experience the peace and quiet of the landscape.”
Nigel Walsh, Head of Cultural Services at Northumberland County Council, said "We're thrilled Northumberland has been recognised as the Seaside Staycation of the Year. Our stunning coastline is only part of the reason visitors love our great county, there are so many fantastic and unique experiences."
"We'd like to commend all businesses who help to make Northumberland an unforgettable place to live, work, invest and visit - something our Discover our Land campaign champions."
Northumberland wasn’t only recognised for its incredible coastline. Other finalists included: Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boat Trips – Staycation Tour/ Activity of the Year; Calvert Kielder – Accessible for All; Landal GreenParks UK – Outstanding Customer Service Award; representing the county across a number of other categories.
Its astounding coast full of castles, 40 miles of which is an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as its fantastic local food and accommodation providers gave Northumberland the edge. Following recent efforts across the county to attract domestic visitors and encourage them to stay in the UK instead of travelling abroad, it is unsurprising that Northumberland took the top spot.