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South Tynedale Railway are Highly Commended at North East England Tourism Awards

Winners announced for North East England Tourism Awards Tourism businesses from across the North East were celebrated on Tuesday 22 November as the winners for the North East England Tourism Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony held in Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall. Alfie Joey, BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, hosted the awards, which saw five new entrants walk away with gold awards including Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant who won an outstanding three gold awards on the night.

The full list of Gold winners:

Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel of the Year – Carraw Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast of the Year – St Cuthbert’s House

Business Tourism Provider of the Year – Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Dog Friendly Business of the Year – South Causey Inn

Guided Tour of the Year – Cullercoats Bike & Kayak

Holiday Park of the Year – Northumbrian Water – Kielder Waterside

Hotel of the Year – Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Inclusive Tourism Award – Go North East

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Self-Catering Provider of the Year – Mill Granary Cottages

Self-Catering Property of the Year – Woodside Lodge

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – Bowlees Visitor Centre

Sustainable Tourism Award – Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

Taste Award – Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

Tourism Pub of the Year – Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination management and marketing organisation Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, said “Many congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It is always a delight to see so many businesses awarded for their commitment to the North East’s tourism sector. “The North East of England has a fantastic tourism offer, from the buzz and culture of our cities to the beautiful heritage of our coast and countryside. This is demonstrated by the variety of businesses who have entered and won the awards. “The next couple of years will be an exciting time for North East England as we build up to the Great Exhibition of the North, which will have a major impact on our visitor, and wider, economy. The Great Exhibition of the North is an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for the region and continue to develop our already strong visitor offer.” Playing a major role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East, the awards have continued to grow year on year. Of the 143 entries this year, over 60 businesses (42% of entrants) entered the awards for the first time This year also saw the addition of three new categories; ‘Guided Tour of the Year’, ‘Self-Catering Property of the Year’ and ‘Dog Friendly Business of the Year’.

Winners at the regional awards have the chance to showcase their business and the North East on a national stage at the VisitEnglandAwards for Excellence 2017.

Andrew Stokes, VisitEngland Director said: “These awards are a fantastic showcase of the quality and sheer diversity of tourism products on offer across the North East of England. They are testament to the passion and commitment of businesses who are working so hard to develop the region’s visitor economy, driving growth from tourism across the country.”

Northumbrian Water continued their support of the awards for the fifth consecutive year, joined by Gateshead College as the headlines sponsors for 2016.

David Hall, Head of Leisure, Strategy & Transformation at NWG said: “The calibre of all entries was first class and I was particularly impressed by the strength of innovation and excellence we have across the North East.

“The region is quite rightly a destination of choice for tourists from across the UK and abroad and the winners have all played an important part in this. From spectacular coastlines, vibrant cities, fantastic heritage sites, to our own breath taking Kielder Waterside there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. My warmest congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted. We are all immensely proud of this region and should celebrate such success.”

Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: “The North East Tourism Awards is a fantastic celebration of all the amazing experiences that our region has to offer and recognises those organisations that really go the extra mile for their guests – well done to all of the winners. We’re also very proud to have had some of our talented students work with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative this year to help make the event a huge success.”

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance.


The Northern Tourism Alliance is a collaboration of the region’s tourism bodies who work together on projects that will benefit the tourism industry across the region. The founding members of the alliance are NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northumberland Tourism, Visit County Durham, and The North East Hotels Association. The Awards are also supported by Active Northumberland, South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.


Full list of winners


Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel of the Year 

  • Carraw Bed and Breakfast – GOLD
  • The Lindisfarne Inn – SILVER
  • The Clifton – BRONZE
  • The Commissioners Quay Inn – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Bed and Breakfast of the Year         

  • St Cuthbert’s House – GOLD
  • Greycroft B&B – SILVER
  • The Grange B&B – BRONZE
  • The Old Manse @ Chatton – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Business Tourism Provider of the Year

  • Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa – GOLD
  • Crowne Plaza Newcastle – Stephenson Quarter – SILVER
  • Event Durham, Durham University – BRONZE
  • Seaham Hall – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Dog Friendly Business of the Year  

  • South Causey Inn – GOLD
  • Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd (Mains Cottages) –SILVER
  • Bracken Hill Farm Cottage – BRONZE
  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Guided Tour of the Year       

  • Cullercoats Bike & Kayak – GOLD
  • Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours – SILVER
  • Victoria Tunnel – BRONZE


Holiday Park of the Year       

  • Northumbrian Water – Kielder Waterside – GOLD
  • Heathergate Country Park – BRONZE
  • Springhouse Country Park – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Hotel of the Year                    

  • Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa – GOLD
  • Ramside Hall Hotel – SILVER
  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant – BRONZE
  • Langley Castle Hotel – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Inclusive Tourism Award      

  • Go North East – GOLD
  • The Hog’s Head Inn – SILVER
  • National Glass Centre – BRONZE
  • Tyneside Cinema – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North – GOLD
  • Life Science Centre – SILVER
  • Sage Gateshead / North Music Trust – BRONZE


Self-Catering Provider of the Year  

  • Mill Granary Cottages – GOLD
  • Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd (Mains Cottages) –SILVER
  • The Old Stables Knitsley – BRONZE
  • Ellingham Hall – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Self-Catering Property of the Year  

  • Woodside Lodge – GOLD
  • Bracken Hill Farm Cottage – SILVER


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year             

  • Bowlees Visitor Centre – GOLD
  • Cullercoats Bike & Kayak – SILVER
  • RSPB Saltholme – BRONZE
  • South Tynedale Railway – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Sustainable Tourism Award

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant  – GOLD
  • St Cuthbert’s House – SILVER
  • Durham University – BRONZE


Taste Award   

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant – GOLD
  • Martineau Guest House – SILVER
  • Durham University Catering – BRONZE
  • Colmans of South Shields – HIGHLY COMMENDED


Tourism Pub of the Year       

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant – GOLD
  • The Lindisfarne Inn – SILVER
  • The Angel of Corbridge – BRONZE

· The Tankerville Arms – HIGHLY COMMENDED