Cumbrian award-winners at VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2016

Two Cumbrian businesses have scooped top honours at VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence during a glittering ceremony at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Both The Sun Inn in Kirkby Lonsdale and Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Keswick secured a Highly Commended award in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category and the Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year section respectively.

The national accolades were handed out last night, Tuesday 8 March, as part of English Tourism Week.

With a history stretching back over 25 years, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence are firmly established as the highest accolade in English tourism. They recognise businesses that incorporate best practice, demonstrate excellence in customer service and celebrate the very best in quality and innovation. This year, VisitEngland received more than 400 applications from across the country.

Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism’s Managing Director, said: ‘’I would like to congratulate these two highly successful Cumbrian businesses who continue to deliver the best possible customer service and experience to visitors to the county. Our Tourism Superstar finalist Rob Beale, from Windermere Lake Cruises, also deserves a special mention. Well done to you all and your hard working teams, and thank you for showing the best of what Cumbria has to offer.”

Lucy Fuller, co-owner of the Sun Inn, said: “It was a real privilege to receive this accolade from the national tourist board. As a team, it’s great to have the recognition that we are providing a really special experience for our guests, and in particular, a warm Cumbrian welcome for our four-legged visitors! We can now build on this to promote and build the business even further.

David Jackson, owner of Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded this accolade by VisitEngland at last nights awards ceremony. It is such a fantastic team achievement for all who have worked so hard and contributed so much to making Castlerigg Hall an award winning Caravan and Camping Park and an excellent boost for the season ahead.


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