Walby Farm Park celebrates second success at Cumbria Tourism Awards
Last updated at 10:01, Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Walby Farm Park, near Carlisle, has won the large visitor attraction section of the Cumbria Tourism Awards for a second time.
Other winners at the ceremony last night included Hall Hills – a luxurious holiday-cottage complex at Raughton Head, near Dalston – Ullswater’s Inn on the Lake, the George & Dragon pub at Clifton, Penrith and The Quiet Site camp site at Ullswater.
There was also a commendation for the Woolpack Inn at Boot in Eskdale.
But Walby’s triumph sets the seal on a remarkable five years since Neil and Katie Milbourn opened the attraction at Crosby-on-Eden.
Plaudits have come thick and fast including National Farm Attraction of the Year in 2010, four CN Group Business Awards and Cumbria Tourism’s large visitor attraction in 2009.
This is the eleventh time the Cumbria Tourism Awards have been held.
Hundreds of tourism professionals gathered at Rheged, near Penrith, to hear broadcaster, journalist and author Jon Gaunt announce the winners.
Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “The winners are prominent ambassadors for Cumbria’s tourism industry and we are all incredibly proud of their achievements.
“In these tough economic times their achievements are even more significant and now, more than ever, our tourism industry is absolutely vital to this county and its continued economic development.
“Our winners evidence the high quality, and sheer hard-work, needed to ensure their customers keep coming back.”
He added: “The ceremony is a celebration of Cumbria’s tourism industry, its businesses, our organisation and the conscientious work we are all undertaking together to build upon Cumbria’s outstanding tourism offer.
“We should all be proud of what we are achieving.”
There were 13 categories including, for the first time this year, tourism pub of the year.
Each winner received a certificate and a specially-commissioned engraved award crafted by Penni Simpson, of Fusion Glass Art in Cartmel.
Many of the winners will represent Cumbria in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence next year.
The Sheila Hensman Award for outstanding customer service: Darren Love, Inn on the Lake, Ullswater
Self-Catering: Hall Hills, Dalston
Sustainable Tourism: Newlands Adventure Centre, Keswick. Highly Commended – Woolpack Inn, Eskdale.
Small Visitor Attraction: Levens Hall, Kendal
Large Visitor Attraction: Walby Farm Park, Crosby on Eden
Small Hotel: Rothay Garden, Grasmere. Highly Commended – Cedar Manor, Windermere.
Large Hotel: Inn on the Lake, Ullswater
Holiday Park: The Quiet Site, Ullswater
Tourism Event: Kendal Mountain Festival
Tourism Experience: Mountain Goat Tours and Holidays, Windermere
Taste Cumbria: George & Dragon, Clifton
Tourism Pub: The Watermill Inn, Ings
Guest Accommodation: Windermere Suites
First published at 09:49, Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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