There are 16 award categories to suit Cumbria’s vast and diverse range of tourism businesses. Winning businesses will provide truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrate excellence across every aspect of their business.

The Sheila Hensman Award recognises the outstanding contribution to excellence offered by an individual employee or a team. An entry form for each of the award categories can be downloaded and completed electronically. The forms can be saved as a Word document and returned by email to awards@cumbriatourism.org.

The awards are open to all tourism businesses in Cumbria.

The competition is free to enter. If you are successful in being shortlisted in your award category, you will be required to pay for a mystery shopping visit or judging validation visit. These costs will be appropriate to the each award category and further details can be found here and will be sent with the shortlisting notification should you reach the event final.

It is encouraged that applicants are members of Cumbria Tourism to get the full benefit of the promotion associated with being part of the awards competition.

Non-members of Cumbria Tourism who are successful in being shortlisted and reaching the event final will be given of the opportunity to join membership or pay a non-member rate of £300+VAT to progress their application.

Download the 2019 Awards Leaflet

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 22nd March 2019.
Please note that extensions will be not be accepted.

 

Eligibility criteria
All entrants must be based in Cumbria. Additional eligibility criteria may apply to specific awards so please check the individual award entry forms for full details.

Full Terms and Conditions of Entry can be found on the individual entry forms and should be considered before completing your application.

Award Categories (click on the category to download the entry form)

 

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award NEW CATEGORY

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year NEW CRITERIA
Sponsored by NatWest Commercial Banking

Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award

B&B and Guest House of the Year NEW CRITERIA
Sponsored by Lamont Pridmore

Experience of the Year NEW CRITERIA
Sponsored by Carlisle Lake District Airport

Large Hotel of the Year NEW CRITERIA
Sponsored by Christie & Co

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Sponsored by H&H Reeds

 

Award Categories (click on the category to download the entry form)

 

New Tourism Business Award
Sponsored by Thomson Hayton Winkley

Makers and Producers Award NEW CATEGORY

Pub of the Year

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year
Sponsored by Out of Eden

Small Hotel of the Year NEW CRITERIA
Sponsored by Colliers International

Taste of Cumbria Award
Sponsored by Cumberland Business

The Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Wedding Venue of the Year

For further information

Contact The Awards Team on
01539 822 222 or awards@cumbriatourism.org