Tourism awards shortlist revealed

Winners at last year's North East Tourism Awards.
Winners at last year's North East Tourism Awards.

Tourism providers from across Northumberland and North Tyneside are among those on the shortlist for the North East England Tourism Awards, which was announced today.

Playing a major role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East, the awards have continued to grow with a record breaking 120 businesses submitting entries for this year’s awards.

Organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance since 2012, entries have increased by more than 70 per cent in the last four years, making the 2015 awards the biggest to date.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many entries this year. The quantity and quality of the applications not only demonstrates the variety of tourism businesses and attractions across the North East, offering visitors an unforgettable experience, it’s also a testament to our thriving visitor economy.

“Tourism businesses employ more than 55,000 people across the North East with an additional 730 jobs created over the last 12 months.

“It’s always a joy to see the outstanding work the finalists have delivered and I look forward to celebrating all of their achievements with them at the awards ceremony in November.”

Fifty-eight applications made this year’s shortlist from a wide range of tourism businesses across Country Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

The results will be announced at the ceremony on Tuesday, November 24, at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey. Tickets to attend the awards are priced at £50 and are available now at


Access for All: Calvert Trust, Kielder; Sage Gateshead; Newcastle United FC – Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events; The Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick.

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year: Martineau Guest House, Tynemouth; St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses; The Old Manse, Chatton; The Old Post Office, Lanchester.

Business Tourism Award: Event Durham; Seaham Hall; Newcastle United FC - Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year: Doe Park Caravan Site, County Durham; Leaplish Waterside Park – Northumbrian Water, Kielder; Springhouse Country Park, Hexham.

Large Hotel of the Year: Jurys Inn Newcastle; Village Urban Resort Newcastle; Rockliffe Hall; Hotel Indigo Newcastle.

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Seven Stories, Newcastle; Beamish; Sage Gateshead; National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year: Springhill Farm Holiday Accommodation, Seahouses; Hesleyside Huts, Hexham; Blacksmith’s Cottage, Alnham; Calvert Trust, Kielder.

Small Hotel of the Year: Doxford Hall; Seaham Hall; The Morritt Country House Hotel & Spa; Newton Hall.

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Oriental Museum; Auckland Castle; WWT Washington Wetlands Centre; Kielder Observatory.

Sustainable Tourism Award: St Cuthbert’s House; Durham University – Event Durham; Sage Gateshead; Slate & Nature.

Taste of England Award: Northumberland Cheese Company; Zeera Indian Cuisine; The Orangery Restaurant at Rockliffe Hall; Martineau Guest House, Tynemouth.

Tourism Experience of the Year: Karting North East; The Cycle HUB; Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt, Durham University; Hall Hill Farm.

Tourism Pub of the Year: Angel of Corbridge; The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle; The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses; The Staith House, North Shields.

Visitor Information Provider of the Year: Durham Pointers; Morpeth Tourist Information & Crafts; Berwick upon Tweed Tourist Information Centre; North Shields Tourist Information Centre.

Tourism Event of the Year: Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt, Durham University; Northumberland County Show; Funfair, Sage Gateshead; Festival of Thrift.