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The winners of the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards with their trophies

Prestigious event announces Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses

Drayton Manor Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden, and Swinfen Hall Hotel were among the winners at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

Drayton Manor Park won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, The Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle-under-Lyme was Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, and Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall Hotel was Hotel of the Year at the ceremony, which took place at the National Memorial Arboretum on November 22nd.

The winners of 13 categories were announced by the host, BBC Midlands Today newsreader Joanne Malin, before an audience of more than 100 guests in the Arboretum’s new Aspects Conference Centre.

The Best Tourism Experience Award winner was Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and the Guided Tour of the Year Award went to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Self-Catering Holiday Property of the Year was Dalraddy Cottage, South Staffordshire, and Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year was Heywood Hall in Denstone, East Staffordshire.

The Bed & Breakfast of the Year went to Amber House B&B in Alrewas, and St John’s House, Lichfield was named the Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year.

Lower Micklin Touring Park in Denstone was the Holiday Park/Glamping Provider of the Year, while Beechenhill Farm in Ilam, Staffordshire Moorlands won the Sustainable Tourism Award, and Keele University Events & Conferencing were successful in the Business Tourism category.

Drayton Manor Park won the Inclusive Tourism Award, their second award of the day.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council and Deputy Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire said:

“Staffordshire is a great county with amazing attractions and locations that we are all very proud of.

“The annual Staffordshire tourism awards are a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate all the great things about the sector and I’d like to thank and congratulate all our winners. “

Sarah Montgomery, Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said:

“Well done to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered this year’s awards for your unwavering commitment to providing the best possible experience for visitors to Staffordshire.

“Tourism continues to be a major part of the County’s economic landscape, employing just under 32000 jobs and generating £1.8billion a year for the local economy.

“Without the dedication and hard work of our tourism businesses this would not be possible, so it was a pleasure to celebrate and reward your success once again.”

The 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards were sponsored by Pear Communications.

Category sponsors were the Staffordshire Business Environment Network, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP Growth Hub, Inspired Film and Video, RH Partners and the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

WINNERS – 2018 ENJOY STAFFORDSHIRE TOURISM AWARDS

Inclusive Tourism Award

Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth – GOLD

Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent – SILVER

Just So Festival, Rode Hall Estate – BRONZE

Sustainable Tourism Award, sponsored by Staffordshire Business Environment Network

Beechenhill Farm, Ilam – GOLD

Dalraddy Cottage, South Staffordshire – SILVER

Just So Festival, Rode Hall Estate – BRONZE

Business Tourism Award, sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP Growth Hub

Keele University Events & Conferencing, Newcastle-under-Lyme – GOLD

Uttoxeter Racecourse – SILVER

Crewe Hall – BRONZE

Guided Tour of the Year

Guided Walk at the National Memorial Arboretum – GOLD

Factory Tour at World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent – SILVER

Factory Tour at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent – BRONZE

Best Tourism Experience of the Year, sponsored by Inspired Film and Video

Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council – GOLD

Armed Forces Day at the National Memorial Arboretum – SILVER

Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome, Tamworth – BRONZE

Just So Festival, Rode Hall Estate – BRONZE

Holiday Park/Glamping Village of the Year

Lower Micklin Touring Park, Denstone, East Staffordshire – GOLD

Oakland Holiday Park, Brewood, South Staffordshire – SILVER

Quarry Walk Park, Freehay, Staffordshire Moorlands – BRONZE

Self-Catering Holiday Property of the Year

Dalraddy Cottage, South Staffordshire – GOLD

Ballfields Barn, Bradnop, Staffordshire Moorlands – SILVER

The Farmhouse at Gradbach Mill, Staffordshire Moorlands – BRONZE

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Heywood Hall, Denstone, East Staffordshire – GOLD

Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, Staffordshire Moorlands – SILVER

Aqua Narrowboats, Barton-under-Needwood, East Staffordshire – BRONZE

Bed & Breakfast of the Year

Amber House Bed and Breakfast, Alrewas, Lichfield – GOLD

Woodlands Retreat, Barton-under-Needwood, East Staffordshire – SILVER

Lock House Bed and Breakfast, Branston, East Staffordshire – BRONZE

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

St John’s House, Lichfield – GOLD

Hotel of the Year

Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield – GOLD

Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth – SILVER

Alton Towers Resort Hotels – BRONZE

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, sponsored by RH Partners

The Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Newcastle-under-Lyme – GOLD

Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent – SILVER

Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, Rugeley – BRONZE

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth – GOLD

Lichfield Cathedral – SILVER

Alton Towers Resort – BRONZE