Cornwall Tourism Awards winners

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Screech Owl Sanctuary was crowned Winner of Winners at last night’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

After six months of assessing evidence and 131 judging visits, the winners were revealed at a gala ceremony held at The Headland Hotel in Newquay, with guest speaker, Olympic rowing champion, Helen Glover.

While Screech Owl Sanctuary also took Gold for Small Attraction and Silver for Access & Inclusivity, there was also an Outstanding Contribution award to Mother Ivey’s Bay’s Patrick Langmaid, for commitment to investment, accessibility, sustainability and staff rewards.

The 26 award categories covered everything from surf schools, cafes and hotels to cottages, spas and holiday parks.

Winner of Winners, Screech Owl Sanctuary

Other Gold winners on the night included the front of house team at the Headland Hotel, Hell Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa, Old Lanwarnick Cottages, Wadebridge B&B, Polmanter Touring Park, Visit Truro and Gwel an Mor Resort.

Food and Drink Golds went to Boscastle Farm Shop, The Pandora Inn and The Fish House. The two Self Catering Golds went to Mullion Cove luxury apartments and The Old Barn Tregonetha, while Attraction Golds went to Tintagel and Screech Owl Sanctuary.

Mylor Sailing School took Gold for Access and Inclusivity, with Lanhydrock, Adventure Segway, Rick Stein’s Cookery School and C Bay Spa taking the Experience Golds.

The Glamping Gold was awarded to Safari Cornwall, while Perran Sands won Gold for being Wildlife Friendly and Select South West Tours was awarded for its International appeal. The Gold for Tourism Event & Festival went to Looe Music Festival.

Successful businesses in the Cornwall Awards will be fast tracked into matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2018 and possibly invited to represent Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the 2018 National VisitEngland Awards.

2017/18 WINNERS & HIGHLY COMMENDED

ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY AWARD

Gold

  • Mylor Sailing School

Silver

  • Screech Owl Sanctuary

Bronze

  • Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park

Highly Commended

  • Pentewan Sands Holiday Park

ACTIVE & SPORTING EXPERIENCE

Gold

  • Lanhydrock, National Trust

Silver

  • Newquay Activity Centre
  • Scilly Seal Snorkelling

Highly Commended

  • Mylor Sailing School
  • Retallack Resort and Spa
  • Ticket To Ride Surf School

ARTISTIC, CULTURAL & LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Gold

  • Rick Stein’s Cookery School

Silver

  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Bronze

  • Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Highly Commended

  • Miracle Theatre

BED AND BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast

Silver

  • Lower Barns Boutique B&B

Highly Commended

  • The Old Rectory
  • The Wheelhouse Guest House

CAFÉ/TEAROOM OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Boscastle Farm Shop & Cafe

Silver

  • Talland Bay Beach Cafe

Bronze

  • The Cornish Pantry at Cornwall Gold
  • The Thirstea Co

CAMPING AND CARAVANNING PARK OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Polmanter Touring Park

Silver

  • Dolbeare Park

Bronze

  • Trevalgan Touring Park

DOG FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Old Lanwarnick Cottages

Silver

  • Mullion Cove Hotel

Bronze

  • Karma St Martin’s

Highly Commended

  • Talland Bay Hotel

GLAMPING & ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION

Gold

  • Safari Cornwall

Silver

  • Boswarthen Farm
  • East Thorne Yurts and Cottages

GUIDED TOUR

Gold

  • Adventure Segway

Silver

  • Encounter Cornwall

Bronze

  • Koru Kayaking

Highly Commended

  • Bude Canoe Experience
  • iWalk Cornwall
  • Select South West Tours

HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Gwel an Mor Resort

Silver

  • Pentewan Sands Holiday Park

Bronze

  • The Park

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Select South West Tours

Silver

  • Cornwall Plus
  • Pentewan Sands Holiday Park

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa and Estate

Silver

  • The Headland Hotel & Spa

Bronze

  • The Alverton Hotel

LARGE ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Tintagel Castle

Silver

  • The Minack Theatre

Bronze

  • Camel Creek Adventure Park

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE

Gold

  • The Front of House team at The Headland Hotel & Spa

RESTAURANT/BISTRO OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • The Fish House

Silver

  • The Star Castle Restaurant

Bronze

  • Amelies

SELF CATERING HOLIDAY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Mullion Cove Luxury Harbour Apartments

Silver

  • The Headland Cottages

Bronze

  • Bosinver Farm Cottages

Highly Commended

  • North Coast Holiday Cottages
  • Tregarthen’s Hotel and Cottages

SELF CATERING PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Old Barn Tregonetha

Silver

  • Lower Marsh Farm

SMALL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Screech Owl Sanctuary

Silver

  • Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Bronze

  • St Austell Brewery

SMALL/BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Hell Bay Hotel

Silver

  • Mullion Cove Hotel

Bronze

  • Talland Bay Hotel

Highly Commended

  • Karma St. Martin’s
  • The Port Gaverne Hotel

SPA AND WELLBEING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • C Bay Spa, St Ives

Silver

  • The Headland Hotel & Spa

Bronze

  • Bosinver Farm Cottages

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

Gold

  • Wild Futures, The Monkey Sanctuary

Silver

  • Old Barn Tregonetha
  • The Olde House

TOURISM EVENT/FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Looe Music Festival

Silver

  • Islands’ Regatta

Bronze

  • Porthleven Food & Music Festival

TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Pandora Inn

Silver

  • The Blue Peter Inn
  • The Gurnard’s Head

VENUE AND BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD

Gold

  • Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa and Estate

Silver

  • China Fleet Country Club
  • The Headland Hotel & Spa

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Gold

  • Visit Truro

Silver

  • Bude Tourist Information Centre

Bronze

  • Bodmin Information Centre

Highly Commended

  • Launceston Tourist Information Centre

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY TOURISM BUSINESS AWARD

Gold

  • Bourne Leisure Perran Sands

Silver

  • Feadon Farm Wildlife Conservation Centre at Gwel an Mor Resort

Bronze

  • Forest Holidays Deerpark

Highly Commended

  • Lower Marsh Farm
  • Windsworth

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM

  • Patrick Langmaid, Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park

WINNER OF WINNERS

  • Screech Owl Sanctuary