Fogle to present Tourism Awards

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Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle has been announced as the guest speaker at this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Best known for presenting BBC’s Animal Park, Countryfile and Crufts, Fogle present the awards at St Mellion International on Thursday October 7.

He said: “I have been incredibly lucky to have visited so much of the world, and different places appeal for different reasons, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Cornwall.

“It makes a fantastic place to recharge between expeditions and is perfect for holidaying with my trusted four-legged companion. I’ve always been impressed by the quality and friendliness of Cornwall, it has successfully achieved that balance between traditional and new, and I’m looking forward to meeting and celebrating with those that help to make it what it is on the night.”

A total of 119 applications across 15 categories have been received for the 2010 awards which are presented by VisitCornwall and are now in their 9th year. Having been assessed, mystery shopped and critiqued by a panel of industry experts the finalists are now eagerly awaiting the Awards ceremony when the gold, silver and bronze winners will be revealed. A further two special awards will also be presented on the night.

List of finalists

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Sponsored by Hotel Perfect

National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

Paradise Park, Hayle

Eden Project, Bodelva

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Sponsored by Blue Chip Vacations

Hidden Valley Gardens, Treesmill nr Par

Camel Valley Vineyards, Nanstallon nr Bodmin

Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance

Large Hotel of the Year Sponsored by Newquay Fruit Sales

St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth

St Mellion International Hotel and Country Club, St Mellion nr Saltash

Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth

Small Hotel of the Year Sponsored by Nixon

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland

Boskerris Hotel, Carbis Bay

Restaurant of the Year Sponsored by Exhibitions South West Ltd

Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives

The Cove, Maenporth nr Falmouth

The View, Millbrook

Caravan Holiday Park & Holiday Village of the Year Sponsored by CATA

Dolbeare Park, Landrake nr Saltash

Tehidy Holiday Park, Illogan nr Redruth

Mother Iveys Bay Holiday Park, Padstow

Outstanding Customer Service Award Sponsored by Newquay for Excellence Training

(Finalists to be announced)

Café of the Year Sponsored by Rodda’s

Trengwainton Tearooms, Madron nr Penzance

The Kitchen Tearooms, Polperro

Miss Peapods Kitchen Café, Penryn

Pub of the Year Sponsored by Scott Burridge Commercial

Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

The Golden Lion Inn, Stithians Lake

The Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek nr Mylor Bridge

Tourist Information Centre of the Year Sponsored by Carrier Direct Marketing

Bude Tourist Information Centre

Falmouth Tourist Information Centre

Bodmin Tourist Information Centre

Large Self-Catering Establishment of the Year Sponsored by RH Advertising

The Sail Lofts, St Ives

Gwel an Mor, Portreath

Bosinver Farm Cottages, Trelowth nr St Austell

Small Self-Catering Establishment of the Year Sponsored by cornishfoodmarket.co.uk

Kernock Cottages, Pillaton nr Saltash

Mayrose Farm, Helstone nr Camelford

Roundhouse Barn Holidays, St Just-in-Roseland

B&B/ Guest Accommodation of the Year Sponsored by Jarrang Ltd

Roundhouse Barn Holidays B&B, St Just-in-Roseland

Pentillie Castle, St Mellion nr Saltash

Boskenna Home Farm, St Buryan nr Penzance

Leisure Experience of the Year Sponsored by Brewer & Bunney Ltd

The Polkerris Beach Company, Polkerris

Global Boarders, Marazion

Treasure Trails Cornwall, Truro

Sustainable Tourism Award Sponsored by Eden Project

Newquay Zoo, Newquay

Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

Global Boarders, Marazion

Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth

A further two special awards will also be presented on the night:

Winner of Winners Sponsored by Cornwall Catering Excellence

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Sponsored by Cornwall Development Company

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