Waveney River Centre led the way with three wins at the sixth EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards, organised in association with the Hoseasons Group and staged at Holiday Inn Norwich North on Friday, November 19. Richard Searle, Managing Director of Searle’s of Hunstanton since 1984, won the outstanding contribution to tourism award.
Waveney River Centre picked up best caravan or holiday park, best Broads holiday experience and the customer care award. Delia’s Canary Catering based at Norwich City FC won the business tourism award for the second year running. Banham Zoo won best tourist attraction (visitor numbers over 60,000) and Go Ape! Thetford Forest won best visitor attraction (under 60,000 visitors). Blakeney Hotel was best hotel (over 35 bedrooms), Titchwell Manor was best hotel (under 35 bedrooms), with Carrick’s at Castle Farm, Swanton Morley as best B&B and guesthouse.
The full list of winners is below.
Lydia Smith, Director Norfolk Tourism said: “The EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards are a wonderful celebration of the county’s tourism industry, which contributes £2.6bn to the local economy and supports 49,000 jobs. I would like to thank the Eastern Daily Press for its commitment to the awards and its very successful EDP Holiday Here campaign. Thank you also to all the businesses that entered this year’s awards and congratulations to the winners who have demonstrated excellence in their particular field. Richard Searle, winner of the outstanding contribution to tourism and Waveney River Centre deserve a special mention for their achievements.”
Peter Waters, Editor, Eastern Daily Press said: “The EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards highlight the unique offering of our county: the wonderful coastline and countryside allied with superb accommodation and hospitality venues, great restaurants and pubs, and our brilliant visitor attractions, museums and historical sights. From the kiss-me-quick, bucket-and-spade delights of Great Yarmouth to the more genteel, refined north Norfolk, from the magical Broads and cultural, heritage and shopping hub of our Fine City to the natural beauty of the west and Brecks, there is something for everyone. Here in Norfolk we believe there is nowhere in the UK with a richer, more varied holiday experience than we are able to provide.”
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Richard Searle, Searle’s of Hunstanton www.searles.co.uk
Berry Savory Best Tourist Attraction Go Ape! www.goape.co.uk
(under 60,000 visitors)
Berry Savory Best Tourist Attraction Banham Zoo www.banhamzoo.co.uk
(over 60,000 visitors)
Best B&B and Guesthouse Carrick’s at Castle Farm, Swanton Morley www.carricksatcastlefarm.co.uk
Best Caravan or Holiday Park Waveney River Centre www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk
Best Hotel (under 35 bedrooms) Titchwell Manor www.titchwellmanor.com
Best Hotel (over 35 bedrooms) Blakeney Hotel www.blakeney-hotel.co.uk
Best Self-Catering Plum Tree Cottage, Ashmanhaugh www.eastviewfarm.co.uk
Best Visitor Information Centre King’s Lynn Tourist information Centre www.visitwestnorfolk.com
Sustainable Tourism Awards Deepdale www.deepdalefarm.co.uk
Best Broads Holiday Experience Waveney River Centre
Customer Care Award Waveney River Centre
Business Tourism Award Delia’s Canary Catering www.deliascanarycatering.com
Best Marketing Initiative Big 3 Freedom Pass (Banham Zoo, Africa Alive and Dinosaur Adventure Park)
EDP Holiday Here Award Nancy Heywood
Most effective use of online marketing Great Yarmouth Borough Council Tourism