Cumbria Tourism Award Winners 2017
Our 15th Cumbria Tourism Awards were held on Wednesday 21st June at Cartmel Racecourse.
The evening was a huge celebration of the very best of Cumbria’s tourism industry, and nearly 400 tourism businesses and professionals gathered to hear the winners announced.
Comedian Cally Beaton hosted the ceremony which celebrated the huge range and diversity of Cumbria’s tourism industry across 17 award categories.
2017 was another fantastic year for entries with exceptional quality shown across all the categories, proving that Cumbria’s businesses continue to offer exceptional levels of quality, service and care to our visitors.
This year, in addition to the awards, the 2017 Bernard Gooch Tourism Personality of the Year Award was presented to Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, for the outstanding personal contribution he has made to Tourism in Cumbria.
The award presented by Cumbria Tourism’s Executive Committee recognises those who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the visitor economy and reputation of The Lake District, Cumbria. Recent previous winners include farmer and author James Rebanks, Paul Loftus, the organiser of the annual Fred Whitton Challenge cycling event, the renowned Cumbrian chef Simon Rogan and Nigel Wilkinson, Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises.
For all our photographs of the night please click HERE.
2017 Award Winners
Tourism Experience of the Year
WINNER Bay Cycle Way, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Tourism Event of the Year
Sponsored by Colourmedia
WINNER Go Herdwick Public Art Trail
Wedding Venue of the Year
Sponsored by Brakes & One Cost
WINNER The Villa Levens
HIGHLY COMMENDED The Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Grasmere
Taste Cumbria Award
Sponsored by Enterprise Answers
WINNER Askham Hall, Askham
Tourism Pub of the Year
Sponsored by Christie & Co
WINNER The Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale
B&B of the Year
Sponsored by Cumberland Business
WINNER The Malabar, Sedbergh
Guest Accommodation of the Year
Sponsored by Lamont Pridmore
WINNER Hazel Bank Country House, Borrowdale
Small Hotel of the Year
Sponsored by Colliers International
WINNER Cragwood Country House Hotel, Windermere
Large Hotel of the Year
Sponsored by Armstrong Watson
WINNER The Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge
2017 Award Winners
New Tourism Business Award
WINNER Cliffhanger Rooms, Newby Bridge
HIGHLY COMMENDED The Cocoa Bean, Hawkshead
Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence
WINNER Mel Ibbotson, Leathes Head Hotel, Borrowdale
Sustainable Tourism Award
Sponsored by University of Cumbria
WINNER The Quiet Site, Ullswater
HIGHLY COMMENDED Newlands Adventure Centre, Keswick
Self-Catering Provider of the Year
Sponsored by Out of Eden
WINNER The Halston, Carlisle
Self-Catering Property of the Year
WINNER Hart Barn, Patterdale
HIGHLY COMMENDED Gate House, Coniston
Visitor Attraction of the Year
Sponsored by H&H Reeds Printers
WINNER Mirehouse and Gardens, Bassenthwaite
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Sponsored by Burnetts
WINNER Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Holiday Park of the Year
Sponsored by NatWest
WINNER Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, Ambleside
The Bernard Gooch Award for Tourism Personality of the Year
Ian Stephens, Cumbria Tourism MD
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors
The success of the Cumbria Tourism Awards, now in their 15th year, is due to the support of our sponsors.
We would like to thank our sponsors for making the competition possible again this year. They include: Armstrong Watson, Burnetts Solicitors, Chris Brammall Ltd, Christie & Co, Colliers International, Colourmedia, Cumberland Business, Enterprise Answers, H&H Reeds Printers, Lamont Pridmore, Lakeland Chauffeurs, Out of Eden, University of Cumbria, One Cost and Brake, Cartmel Racecourse and Campbell and Rowley’s.