Northumberland WOW247 Awards launched

Celebrating the very best of arts, culture, hospitality and leisure in Northumberland '“ the 2016 WOW247 Awards are launched this week.

Friday, 22nd January 2016, 2:32 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2016, 2:34 pm
The winners of the 2015 Northumberland What's On Where Awards.

Organised by Johnston Press North East, publishers of the Berwick Advertiser, Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader, the awards highlight the places and people that make Northumberland a wonderful place in which to live, work and visit.

They are held in association with our entertainment guide, WOW247, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues.

With 14 categories, the awards are open to all who meet the criteria and are from Northumberland.

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The categories

Fine Dining – There are supremely talented chefs working in the county, and this category is for places you love to go for exquisite cooking.

Coolest Café – From quality coffee to delicious lunch options, which café combines excellent food and drink with a great ambience?

Recreation Facility/Children’s Venue of the Year – This category covers a broad range of venues, such as sports halls, places that hold youth meetings, cinemas, arcades, bowling alleys, sports/activity classes and facilities that provide children’s activities.

Best Bar – Recognising the places that put thought and creativity into their business, we’re looking for bars that specialise in extensive ranges of cocktails, gin or whisky. Whether it’s the cutting edge décor or the buzzing atmosphere, which bar do you keep going back to?

Tourist Attraction of the Year – This award recognises attractions such as gardens, activity providers, arts venues, visitor centres, churches, distilleries, steam railways and wildlife experiences etc. They should be of good quality and well maintained, with facilities for disabled people, catering, parking, and adequate toilets.

Traditional Northumberland Pub – Whether it is a cosy country inn with hearty grub or a welcoming establishment with a range of ales, we want to know your go-to pub.

Hotel of the Year – This award recognises the ability to demonstrate excellence in guest service and operations, hospitality and quality.

B&B of the Year – This should be comfortable, clean, offer a memorable breakfast and make you feel at home.

Casual Dining – Sometimes familiar food is what you crave, and this category rewards the kinds of places that offer reliably good dishes on a consistent basis.

Best Newcomer – Some bars and restaurants make an immediate impact, and this category rewards anywhere that’s launched in the past two years and is already establishing its reputation.

Event of the Year – Awarded to an event which provides a high quality, memorable and value-for-money experience.

Sweet Tooth – From the finest patisseries to restaurants that offer mind-blowing desserts, this category celebrates all that’s sweet in Northumberland’s dining scene.

Self Catering – Quality accommodation is the critical element for this award – attractive furniture, space and comfort, a well equipped kitchen and those extra touches that enhance a guest’s stay, such as Wi-Fi access and outdoor facilities.

Best Wedding Venue – Exceptional, luxury, traditional, modern, dramatic, exquisite food and fantastic surroundings, whatever the criteria for your wedding, this award recognises the venue that makes your big day special.

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards night at Newton Hall, on Thursday, March 17.

To enter fill in the nomination form below, or online at to the awards must be received by Friday, February 19.