Finalists unveiled for the 14th Cumbria Tourism awards

Over the last month the Judges have been meeting to go through the entries submitted for this year’s Cumbria Tourism Awards to draw up a shortlist of finalists across the 16 categories.

The award categories celebrate the huge range and diversity of Cumbria’s tourism industry and are open to a whole range of tourism related businesses including; hotels, B&Bs, holiday parks, pubs, visitor attractions, events, businesses and tourism staff, which make up the county’s successful tourism industry.

The majority of the winners from the awards will go on to represent the county at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2017.

Brand new categories for 2016 include the Wedding Venue of the Year Award, recognising those businesses which host weddings of exceptional quality and provide an outstanding service or create unique and innovative experiences for the couple and their guests.
The B&B of the Year Award will celebrate Cumbria’s best smaller, family or owner run B&Bs with 5 or fewer letting rooms and the Guest Accommodation of the Year Award will now be aimed at those larger guest houses, inns or restaurants with rooms which may offer a wider range of services to their guests.

The lucky shortlisted businesses in each category will attend a glitzy black tie award ceremony and compete for the honour of being recognised as the best in Cumbria in their respective category at the awards presentation. This year the awards evening will take place on Wednesday 22 June at Cartmel Racecourse and catered by Rowley’s Offside.

Ian Stephens, Managing Director at Cumbria Tourism, said:
“It has been a fantastic year for entries with exceptional quality shown across all the categories. This has made it very difficult for the shortlisting panel to select the finalists and has resulted in an unprecedented number of businesses going forward as finalists. We appreciate that recent months have been a very difficult time for businesses but the overwhelming response to promote themselves and enter into the awards process shows once again the commitment and determination of tourism businesses in Cumbria and the immense pride in what they do.”

Cumbria Tourism would like to thank their sponsors for making the event possible, they include: Armstrong Watson, Colliers International, Lamont Pridmore, Cumberland Business, Out of Eden, G1 Colourmedia, H&H Reeds Printers, Burnetts Solicitors, Enterprise Answers, NatWest Commercial Banking, Napthens Solicitors, University of Cumbria and Chris Brammall Ltd.

The 2016 finalists are:

Large Hotel of the Year sponsored by Armstrong Watson
• North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Penrith
• Castle Green Hotel, Kendal
• Waterhead, Ambleside

Small Hotel of the Year sponsored by Colliers International
• Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden Spa, Appleby
• The Leathes Head Hotel, Borrowdale
• Sharrow Bay, Ullswater
• Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

Guest Accommodation of the Year sponsored by Lamont Pridmore
• The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale
• Augill Castle, South Stainmore
• Askhall Hall, Askham
• Applegarth Villa & Restaurant, Windermere

B&B of the Year sponsored by Cumberland Business
• Whitrigg House, Clifton
• Rivergarth, Eamont Bridge

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year sponsored by Out of Eden
• Waternook Lakeside Accommodation, Howtown
• Mill House Cottages, Kirkby Lonsdale
• Hollybank Holiday Cottages, Gilcrux
• Beech House Holidays, Dalston

Holiday Park of the Year sponsored by NatWest Commercial Banking
• Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Estate, Windermere
• Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park, Pooley Bridge
• National Trust Great Langdale Campsite, Great Langdale

Tourism Experience of the Year sponsored by Cumbria Tourism
• Zeffirellis and Fellinis, Ambleside
• Lakeland Segway, Cartmel
• The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite
• Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest

Tourism Event of the Year sponsored by G1 Colourmedia
• Big Chill Swim International World Cup & World Open Water Swimming Awards
• The Winter Droving
• Muncaster Halloween Week
• Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy at Ullswater Yacht Club

Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by H&H Reeds Printers
• The Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport
• Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston
• Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by Burnetts Solicitors
• Wray Castle, National Trust
• Grizedale Forest
• Ullswater Steamers
• Windermere Lake Cruises

Taste Cumbria sponsored by Enterprise Answers

Taste Cumbria Dining Experience of the Year
• The Lamplighter Dining Rooms, Windermere
• The Forest Side, Grasmere
• Bistro at the Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite
• The Cottage in the Wood, Whinlatter Forest
• George and Dragon, Clifton

Taste Cumbria Retailer of the Year
• Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall, Penrith
• Grasmere Gingerbread, Grasmere
• Low Sizergh Barn, Nr Kendal

Wedding Venue of the Year sponsored by Napthens Solicitors
• Augill Castle, South Stainmore
• The Daffodil Hotel & Spa, Grasmere
• The Wild Boar Inn, Grill and Smokehouse, Windermere
• Askham Hall, Askham

Sustainable Tourism Award sponsored by University of Cumbria
• Cedar Manor Hotel, Windermere
• Rydal Hall, Rydal
• Ullswater Steamers
• FSC Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld

The Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence
• Hilary Hutchinson, Lakeland Chauffeurs, Windermere
• Nico Chieze, Askham Hall, Askham
• Tom Panter, Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

Tourism Pub of the Year
• The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer
• The Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
• The Beer Hall at Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley

New Tourism Business Award
• Threlkeld Coffee Shop, Threlkeld
• Casterton Footgolf, Casterton
• Claife Viewing Station, National Trust, Claife

To find out more about the Cumbria Tourism Awards visit


Notes to Editors:

1. For more information please contact Cumbria Tourism Press Office on 01539 825019 or email

2. The Cumbria Tourism Awards are organised on behalf of Cumbria Tourism on a ‘not for profit’ basis by 3 local businesses. The competition and event is financed is solely through the generosity of the sponsors and ticket sales

3. The 2016 Cumbria Tourism Awards sponsors are:
Armstrong Watson – Large Hotel of the Year
Colliers International – Small Hotel of the Year
Lamont Pridmore – Guest Accommodation of the Year
Cumberland Business – B&B of the Year
Out of Eden – Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Cumbria Tourism – Tourism Experience of the Year
G1 Colourmedia – Tourism Event
H&H Reeds Printers – Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Burnetts Solicitors – Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Enterprise Answers – Taste Cumbria
NatWest Commercial Banking – Holiday Park of the Year
Napthens Solicitors – Wedding Venue of the Year
University of Cumbria – Sustainable Tourism Award
Chris Brammall Ltd – Awards maker

4. Cumbria Tourism is the lead organisation for tourism in the county and is at the heart of the Cumbria Visitor Economy. It is also the largest membership organisation in Cumbria with more than 2,400 members. In 2015, over 43 million people visited Cumbria contributing more than £2.62 billion to the local economy and support around 61,000 jobs.

5. To find out more about the work of Cumbria Tourism, visit

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