Tourism Awards finalists revealed

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The shortlist of finalists has been revealed for the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15.

Last year's Winner of Winners, Geevor Tin Mine
Last year’s Winner of Winners, Geevor Tin Mine

Anticipation is now building for the awards ceremony at The Headland Hotel in Newquay on November 6, when the businesses will claim Gold, Silver or Bronze across 21 award categories.

Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, which presented the awards, said: “To reach the finals in the Cornwall Tourism Awards is a worthy achievement and signifies success in a rigorous judging process which saw the businesses scored, mystery shopped and debated by a panel of industry professionals.

“This year was stronger than ever with a record number of entries, up 10% up on last year. It’s great to see many new entrants in the list of finalists as well as former winners who have continued to invest in their staff, services and marketing.”

The 21 award categories cover everything from hotels and restaurants to activities and tourist information centres, and for the first year include a new access and inclusivity category as well as one for dog-friendly tourism businesses.

A Winner of Winners title and special Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award will be presented on the night.

 

Cornwall Tourism Awards Shortlist

HOLIDAY PARK & VILLAGE OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow
  • Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth
  • Trevella Park, Crantock
  • Trevornick Holiday Park, Cubert

CAMPING & CARAVANNING PARK OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS          

  • Padstow Touring Park, Padstow
  • Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives
  • Trethem Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland

HOLIDAY RESORT OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Gwel an Mor Resort, Portreath
  • The Headland, Newquay
  • Mawgan Porth Holiday Park, Mawgan Porth

COMMENDED

  • The Valley, Carnon Downs

WILDLIFE & MARINE ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing, Newquay
  • Newquay Zoo, Newquay
  • Paradise Park, Hayle

COMMENDED

  • Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary, Par

TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Bodmin Visitor Information Centre
  • Launceston Tourism Information Centre

THEME PARK & ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  •  Eden Project, Bodelva

COMMENDED

  • Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park, Wadebridge

BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • The Gurnard’s Head, Treen,
  • Highcliffe Contemporary Bed & Breakfast, Falmouth
  • Lower Barns B&B, St Ewe

COMMENDED

  • Downs Barn Farm, St Buryan

CAFÉ & TEAROOM OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Boscastle Farmshop & Café, Boscastle
  • Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow
  • The Waymarker, Constantine

COMMENDED

  • The Park Café at Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth

ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY AWARD

FINALISTS

  • Kernock Cottages, Saltash

SELF CATERING HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell
  • Cosawes Barton, Ponsanooth
  • Treworgey Cottages, Duloe

COMMENDED

  • Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew
  • Kernock Cottages, Saltash
  • Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping, St Mary’s
  • Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel

GARDEN & COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Eden Project, Bodelva
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan
  • St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

  • Will be announced on the night

ART, MUSEUM & INDUSTRIAL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen
  • St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell
  • Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Porthcurno

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher
  • The Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes
  • Talland Bay Hotel, nr Looe

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

FINALISTS

  • Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor, Portreath
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan
  • Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth

COMMENDED

  • Encounter Cornwall, Golant
  • Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow
  • Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa Resort, Par

PUB OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • The Kings Head, Ruan Lanihorne
  • The Pandora Inn, Mylor
  • Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown
  • The Ship Inn, Wadebridge

TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
  • Miracle Theatre, Cornwall
  • Mobius Adventure Cornwall, Cubert
  • Padstow Seafood School, Padstow

COMMENDED

  • Koru Kayaking, St Agnes
  • Scilly Seal Snorkelling, St Martins
  • Ticket to Ride Surf School, Perranporth

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • The Headland Hotel, Newquay
  • The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth
  • St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth

DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION AWARD

FINALISTS

  • Helsbury Park, Launceston
  • Kernock Cottages, Saltash
  • The Valley, Carnon Downs

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

FINALISTS

  • Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell
  • Dolbeare Park, Landrake
  • The Emerald, Carnon Downs

COMMENDED

  • The Headland Hotel, Newquay
  • Kernock Cottages, Saltash

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

FINALISTS

  • Langmans Restaurant, Callington
  • Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock

COMMENDED

  • Ruin Cafe, Tresco

WINNER OF WINNERS

  • Will be announced on the night

OTHER AWARDS

  • Will be announced on the night