The winners of the 2020 Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards were announced in Lincoln at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln on Thursday 12th March.

Melvyn Prior of BBC Radio Lincolnshire hosted the evening and Mark Plowright Head of Sales and Distribution, from London North Eastern Railway (LNER), provided the keynote speech as headline sponsor. More than two hundred guests gathered to celebrate and share best practice at the ‘Oscars’ of the county’s tourism industry. The awards, organised by Lincolnshire Live and Lincolnshire Echo, in partnership with Visit Lincoln, celebrate the finest of local businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sector, recognising their efforts in making Lincolnshire a great place for holidaymakers and residents to enjoy. The 2020 Tourism Excellence Awards attracted a record number of remarkable applications. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts, winners from the county awards will now feed in to the national VisitEngland Tourism Awards . A huge congratulations to all businesses representing the outstanding and diverse tourism industry in Lincolnshire, collaboratively helping to establish the county as a top UK tourist destination. Mark Hollingworth Chairman of Visit Lincoln said: “Once again the quality of Lincolnshire’s Tourism businesses shone brightly at this year’s awards. Every year gets better and better, we have some truly outstanding businesses, owners and entrepreneurs in the county who go above and beyond to deliver outstanding experiences and services to residents and holidaymakers. Congratulations to everyone and best of luck to the winners who will represent Lincolnshire in the national VisitEngland Awards”. Head of Sales and Distribution at LNER, Mark Plowright spoke about the partnership between the British train operating company: “We are excited to see the difference that the new LNER Azuma trains and services can make to the area. Whether in attracting investment, creating links to new and exciting destinations or encouraging the growth of international tourism. LNER are thrilled to have worked in partnership with Visit Lincoln and Lincolnshire Live for the Tourism Excellence Awards 2020. We are proud to be part of the next phase in Lincoln’s exciting future and sharing our ambition to support tourism in Lincolnshire.”

Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards 2020 at DoubleTree by Hilton​

Here are this year's winners:

B&B Guesthouse of the Year Award

Sponsored by East Lindsey District Council

Little Redlands B&B  

A VisitEngland 5 Star Gold B&B, this delightful turreted Victorian villa with many stained glass windows, sits majestically on the corner of the old Roman Road in the south of Lincoln.

Nominees: Bridleway Bed and Breakfast and The Old Posthouse B&B

 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Grange Farm Park

From a one-room B&B 35 years ago, Grange Farm Park now offers 18 self-catering lodges, caravans, and cottages as well as six luxury B&B rooms and 60-seater Stables Bar & Restaurant. There’s a children’s play area, go-carts and bikes, two football nets, and two well-stocked fishing lakes that are free to fish.

Nominees: Tattershall Lakes Country Park and Woodhall Country Park

 

Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Lincolnshire County Council

Petwood Hotel
Set in the heart of Lincolnshire in Woodhall Spa, Petwood is ideally located for discovering historic Lincoln, exploring the breathtaking Lincolnshire Wolds or putting your handicap to the test on a neighbouring championship course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club.

Nominees: Branston Hall Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lincoln

 

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Ashlin Farm Barns

The four luxurious and spacious barns at Ashlin Farm can comfortably sleep 10 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms each. Situated just five miles from Lincoln, the barns are a perfect base for exploring Lincolnshire, the Wolds and nearby coast.

Nominees: The Old Granary, Lincolnshire and Treetops Cottages & Spa

 

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

International Bomber Command Centre

This visitor attraction tells the story of all those who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War. There is a memorial spire surrounded by steel walls etched with the names of all those who came to Britain from all over the world to fight for freedom but paid the ultimate price. Visitors can get an idea of what it was like to fly missions, real-life stories from the home fronts in the UK and Germany are also told.

Nominees: St Marks Shopping Centre Lincoln and Stokes Tea and Coffee

 

Pub of the Year

The Cross Keys Stow

An award winning pub and restaurant offering great food and great service

Nominees: Royal William IV and The Strait and Narrow

 

Taste of Lincolnshire Award

Petwood Hotel

Set in the heart of Lincolnshire in Woodhall Spa, Petwood is ideally located for discovering historic Lincoln, exploring the breathtaking Lincolnshire Wolds or putting your handicap to the test on a neighbouring championship course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club.

Nominees: The Pig & Whistle at Healing Manor Hotel and Uncle Henry’s

 

New Tourism Business Award

Sponsored by the DoubleTree

The Old Granary, Lincolnshire

Excellent self-catered accommodation in a high quality, modern, and sympathetically renovated barn on a family potato farm. An abundance of beautiful walks/cycling routes in the local area and an array of local market towns hosting award-winning farmers markets, coffee shops, and boutique shops.

Nominees: Axed Lincoln and Stourton Estates Ltd

 

International Tourism Award

Sponsored by Visit Lincoln

International Bomber Command Centre

Nominees: Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral

 

Experience of the Year

Sponsored by BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Cameron Huggins Blacksmith

Cameron Huggins Blacksmith is a traditional Blacksmith in Redbourne, Lincolnshire offering blacksmithing courses and bespoke hand-forged metal goods.

Nominees: Stourton Estates Ltd and Play Avenue

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Petwood Hotel

Play Avenue

Play Avenue is a safe and spacious indoor role play setting in Messingham, Scunthorpe designed to fuel imaginations. A bespoke play centre, for children to explore life as a builder, an actor, doctor or shop assistant – or maybe their imagination will take them in another direction!

Nominees: Boston Guildhall Museum, Boston Borough Council and Hall Farm Park

 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by LNER

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle’s grounds are free to enter and explore on non-event days – perfect for a rest or a picnic in a unique location. Look out for the Castle Stories on plaques on the floor throughout that tell the stories of the people who have visited or even resided in the castle over the years.

Nominees: Normanby Hall Country Park & Golf Club and Lincoln Cathedral

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