Seahouses duo aim for a repeat performance in top tourism awards

Seahouses' St Cuthbert's House and Seafield Caravan Park, winners at the VisitEngland awards in 2014.
Seahouses' St Cuthbert's House and Seafield Caravan Park, winners at the VisitEngland awards in 2014.

Two Seahouses businesses are aiming to repeat their success of last year at a prestigious tourism awards ceremony.

Seafield Caravan Park and St Cuthbert’s House B&B have been named as finalists in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

The awards celebrate the very best England has to offer and the winners of this accolade will be announced at the on Monday, May 11 at the Sage Gateshead conference centre.

St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses is competing for a Sustainable Tourism Award alongside the likes of The Green House Hotel in Dorset and Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges in Devon.

Seafield Caravan Park is nominated in the Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year category alongside rival holiday parks in such warmer climes as Devon and Cornwall.

Elsewhere in Northumberland, Matfen Hall Hotel which is among the Large Hotel of the Year hopefuls.

And Northumbrian Water’s Kielder Winter Wonderland is nominated for Tourism Event of the Year. The popular family treat which for the past 11 years has been conjuring up an enchanting Christmas atmosphere in the forest and lakeside setting is up against four other major events including Bournemouth Air Festival; The Cotswold Show, and the Mallard 75 anniversary celebration at the National Railway Museum in York.

Entrant’s for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are rigorously assessed by independent assessors and judged by a board of tourism industry experts.

The finalists represent the finest in the industry and include a wealth of attractions, accommodation providers, tourism experiences, Tourist Information Centres and businesses that have shown complete dedication to developing the excellent standards of English tourism.

Each finalist is guaranteed a gold, silver, bronze or highly commended in their category.

VisitEngland’s chief executive James Berresford said: “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year.

“We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a fantastic achievement for any tourism business to become a finalist.

“Each finalist is already a winner and can take justifiable pride and credit in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England, and in the contribution they make to an industry worth £106 billion to the economy, supporting 2.6 million jobs. I wish all our finalists the very best of luck for the awards ceremony in May in Gateshead”.

This year’s award ceremony will also include the official presentation of the Tourism Superstar 2015 Award.

As part of English Tourism Week, VisitEngland teamed up with the Daily Mirror for an online public vote to find England’s unsung tourism hero – someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to make visitors feel extra special, and is a real ambassador for the local area. The 2015 winner is Matthew Henderson, an engagement and events officer at Beamish Museum in County Durham who received 21,400 public votes via the Daily Mirror’s website.

The Sage Gateshead was considered an ideal location for the awards as the spotlight is already on the region because of its role as host of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.