Cornwall Tourism Awards winners

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan was crowned Winner of Winners at last night’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Guest speaker Phil Vickery
Guest speaker Phil Vickery

Now in their 13th year, the annual awards shine the spotlight on the stars of the local tourism industry and with 21 categories “applaud brilliance in all aspects of the visitor experience”.

In addition to being crowned Winner of Winners, the Lost Gardens also took Gold in the Garden & Country House of the Year category.

Among other tourism businesses leading the celebrations was The Headland Hotel in Newquay which, as well as playing host to the awards ceremony, scooped a number of trophies, including Gold for Holiday Resort of the Year.

John and Carolyn Armstrong, who have owned the hotel since 1979, were also presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award for their role in developing Cornwall’s status as a quality destination over the last 35 years.

Winner of Winners, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Winner of Winners, The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, which organised the awards, praised the winning businesses. He said:  “To have so many amazing businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to drive Cornwall’s tourism product forward is one of Cornwall’s greatest assets.

“With so many new names on the winners roll, these Awards highlight that Cornwall’s immense passion for quality is industry wide rather than the reserve of a few. Let’s hope Cornwall continues this success and comes home triumphant from the British Travel Awards later this month where it is in the running for Best UK Holiday Destination.”

Other notable winners included Bosinver Farm Cottages in St Austell, which emerged as a double Gold champion for self-catering and sustainable tourism, and The Pandora Inn in Mylor, which held onto the Pub of the Year title.

Malcolm Bell introduces the awards
Malcolm Bell introduces the awards

The revamped Telegraph Museum Porthcurno which, in its first year since reopening, stole the spotlight in the Art, Museum and Industrial Attraction category, while the restaurant line-up meanwhile was dominated by Nathan Outlaw, who won Gold and Bronze for Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen respectively.

Proud Cornishman and England rugby union legend, Phil Vickery, joined the celebrations and as the guest speaker entertained with tales of his sporting triumphs, while BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard who compered.

The winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards will now represent Cornwall in the South West Tourism Awards and, if successful, go through to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

Full list of winners

HOLIDAY PARK & VILLAGE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Stephens Scown Solicitors 

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

CAMPING & CARAVANNING PARK OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions 

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

HOLIDAY RESORT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by e-Strategy 

  • GOLD                    The Headland, Newquay
  • SILVER                Mawgan Porth Holiday Park, Mawgan Porth
  • BRONZE               Gwel an Mor Resort, Portreath
  • COMMENDED    The Valley, Carnon Downs

WILDLIFE & MARINE ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Jo Downs Glass Design  

  • GOLD                    Newquay Sea Safaris & Fishing, Newquay
  • SILVER                Newquay Zoo, Newquay
  • BRONZE               Paradise Park, Hayle
  • COMMENDED    Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary, Par

TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by First Great Western 

  • GOLD                    Launceston Tourism Information Centre
  • SILVER                Bodmin Visitor Information Centre

THEME PARK & ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Seymac Distribution 

  • GOLD                    Eden Project, Bodelva
  • COMMENDED    Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park, Wadebridge

BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nicholson’s 

  • GOLD                    Lower Barns B&B, St Ewe
  • SILVER                Highcliffe Contemporary Bed & Breakfast, Falmouth
  • BRONZE               The Gurnard’s Head, Treen,
  • COMMENDED    Downs Barn Farm, St Buryan

CAFÉ & TEAROOM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Niddocks 

  • GOLD                    Boscastle Farmshop & Café, Boscastle
  • SILVER                Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow
  • SILVER                The Waymarker, Constantine
  • COMMENDED    The Park Café at Mawgan Porth, Mawgan Porth

ACCESS & INCLUSIVITY AWARD

Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy 

  • GOLD                   Kernock Cottages, Saltash

SELF CATERING HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Pavey Group 

  • GOLD                    Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell
  • SILVER                Treworgey Cottages, Duloe
  • BRONZE               Cosawes Barton, Ponsanooth
  • COMMENDED    Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew
  • COMMENDED    Kernock Cottages, Saltash
  • COMMENDED    Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping, St Mary’s
  • COMMENDED    Restormel Manor, Lostwithiel

GARDEN & COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Sue Bradbury PR 

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

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Sponsored by Source for Business 

  • GOLD                    Farmer James of Farmer James Farm Holidays, St Kew

ART, MUSEUM & INDUSTRIAL ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Nixon 

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

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Francis Clark

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

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARD, in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Sponsored by Kelly’s of Cornwall

  • GOLD                    Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor, Portreath
  • SILVER                The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan
  • BRONZE               Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth
  • COMMENDED    Encounter Cornwall, Golant
  • COMMENDED    Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, Padstow
  • COMMENDED    Trenython Manor Hotel & Spa Resort, Par

PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Scott Burridge Commercial 

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

TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Brewer and Bunney 

  • GOLD                    Miracle Theatre, Cornwall
  • GOLD                    Mobius Adventure Cornwall, Cubert
  • BRONZE               Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
  • BRONZE               Padstow Seafood School, Padstow
  • COMMENDED    Koru Kayaking, St Agnes
  • COMMENDED    Scilly Seal Snorkelling, St Martins
  • COMMENDED    Ticket to Ride Surf School, Perranporth

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hotel Perfect

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

DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION AWARD

Sponsored by James Wellbeloved 

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

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD

Sponsored by Canara Organic Farm 

  • GOLD                    Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Austell
  • SILVER                The Emerald, Carnon Downs
  • BRONZE               Dolbeare Park, Landrake
  • COMMENDED    The Headland Hotel, Newquay
  • COMMENDED    Kernock Cottages, Saltash

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by St Austell Brewery 

  • GOLD                    Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock
  • SILVER                Langmans Restaurant, Callington
  • BRONZE               Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
  • COMMENDED    Ruin Cafe, Tresco

WINNER OF WINNERS

Sponsored by Springboard 

  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM

  • John & Carolyn Armstrong, owners of The Headland Hotel, Newquay