Awards galore for independent tourism.
We have been meaning to share this gem of a story for a week – but were did that go!?
For this of you who didn’t know, our story started in Staffordshire, the county in which we are still based and our much loved home. Although our special community is growing across Great Britain, a gorgeous group of our Simply members recently saw their dedication recognised at the Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Independent places to stay and attractions deliver the kind of human centred experiences we all crave and our members deliver top quality experiences every day.
The Prestigious events was hosted by Enjoy Staffordshire and hosted by BBC’s Joanne Malin at the National Memorial Arboretum at the end of November and winners will have the opportunity to apply to the Visit England Awards 2019.
The winners of 13 categories were announced by the host, BBC Midlands Today newsreader Joanne Malin, before an audience of more than 100 guests in the Arboretum’s new Aspects Conference Centre. All the winners below are Simply members and we are as proud as punch!
The Best Tourism Experience Award winner was Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Middleport Pottery is a shining example of history told with love and regeneration. Home to Burleigh Pottery which uses traditional transfer print on Stoke made ceramics, Middleport is now a thriving hub of events, heritage tourism and cafe as well as home to the innovative Clay School, regenerating ceramic skills for Stoke on Trent. Middle port also won Bronze for their fabulous tours.
Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year was Heywood Hall in Denstone – a fabulous business run by Alison and Joseph who have brought their years of experience in the hotel industry to a beautiful location and to deliver amazing experiences for their guests.
Beechenhill Farm in Ilam, in the Staffordshire Peak District won the Sustainable Tourism Award – a hugely well deserved award for a business which has been dedicated to green tourism for many years. Now run by Alex and Rob, Beechenhill is a stunning example of experience led sustainable tourism including eco weddings and a beautiful barn that you can hire for events.
Woodlands Retreat won Silver in the Bed and Breakfast of the Year – an amazing recognition for a new, sustainable and beautiful B&B set in its own grounds. Diane creates a truly tranquil experience for business travellers as well as leisure visitors to the area.
You can find all the members listed above in our Member Directory and they are shining examples of how experiences are created by independent businesses who are dedicated to excellence in everything that they do.