Norfolk’s tourism businesses have an outstanding 22 nominations in the 2010 East of England Tourism Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. The awards dinner is at the National Trust’s Ickworth House on Thursday, November 4.
Kelling Heath leads the way with three nominations (Best Caravan/Holiday Village, Sustainable Tourism Award and Best Tourism Experience of the Year). Denver Mill and Wroxham Barns are both nominated in the Taste of England category and Cranmer Holiday Cottages and Fairhaven Woodland Garden join Kelling Heath in the Sustainable Tourism category. BeWILDerwood and Pensthorpe are battling it out for the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year accolade and Philip Search of Broad House Hotel, Wroxham is a finalist in the Outstanding Customer Care category.
The awards celebrate the best of English tourism - and are known throughout the industry as the ‘Oscars’ of tourism. Regional winners go forward to the national awards next spring.
Lydia Smith, Director Norfolk Tourism said: "To have 22 finalists in the East of England Tourism, England for Excellence Awards is simply outstanding. The nominees are all top quality businesses and great ambassadors for the county’s tourism industry. Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck on the night."
B&B / Guest Accommodation of the Year
Bays Guest House, Hunstanton and Dairy Barns, Hickling
Self-catering Holiday of the Year
East View Farm Holiday Cottages, Ashmanhaugh
Caravan Park / Holiday Village of the Year
Deer's Glade Caravan and Camping Park, Hanworth and Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Small Hotel of the Year
Heacham Manor Hotel and Titchwell Manor Hotel
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
True's Yard, King's Lynn
Taste of England
Denver Mill and Wroxham Barns
Large Hotel of the Year
Marriott Sprowston Manor, Norwich
Cranmer Cottages near Fakenham, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden and Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Access for All
Norfolk Cottages, Gissing
Delia's Canary Catering
Tourism Experience of the Year
Go Ape!, Thetford, Kelling Heath Star Party and Treasure Trails, Norfolk
Outstanding Customer Service
Philip Search, Broad House Hotel, Wroxham
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
BeWILDerwood and Pensthorpe Nature Reserve
For a full list of finalists see www.eet.org.uk.
Norfolk Tourism is the county's established public and private industry partnership. Funded by its 55 partner organisations, the partnership is designed to act as a forum for all Norfolk's tourism businesses and local authorities, www.visitnorfolk.co.uk, tel. 01603 222846.