Fylde coast leads the hunt for county’s tourism titles

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The Fylde coast has taken the lion’s share of nominations for the county’s top tourism awards.

Marketing Lancashire has revealed the finalists of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016.

The event, now in its 13th year and the only pan-Lancashire tourism-focused awards ceremony, will take place on Thursday, November 10 at Blackburn Cathedral.

Among the finalists are attractions, events and hotels including the Winter Gardens, Ribby Hall, The Blackpool Dance Festival, Blackpool Zoo and Blackpool Tower.

Others include the Elgin Hotel, The Kings Hotel, Mode Hotel, Breck Self Catering Apartments in Poulton, Brickhouse Farm cottages in Hambleton, Marton Mere Holiday Village and Windy Harbour Holiday Park.

The Sandcastle Waterpark, St Annes Beach Huts, Twelve Restaurant and Ascent Trampoline park.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said “Lancashire’s tourism industry continues to grow and the Lancashire Tourism Awards is a fantastic occasion to bring businesses and individuals together, to celebrate this amazing £3.7bn sector and the quality and diversity that the county has to offer its 64 million annual visitors.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming all the finalists, sponsors and guests to the Cathedral of Lancashire on November 10.”

Finalists of the awards will be invited to an interview with the judges on Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 October at Northcote at the Rovers, Blackburn.

Lancashire’s Tourism Superstar Award 2016 shortlist will be announced next week and the public will be invited to vote for their ultimate Lancashire winner. The winner of the Lancashire Tourism Superstar Award is the only award to be chosen for by the public.

The 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalists in full:

Best Hotel Award: Barton Grange Hotel, Preston, Elgin Hotel, Blackpool, Gibbon Bridge Hotel and Restaurant, Chipping, Northcote, Langho, The SPA Hotel at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

Boutique Accommodation Award: The Kings, Blackpool, Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lady Teal, Burnley, Mode Hotel, Lytham St Annes

Self-Catering Holiday Award: Breck Apartments, Poulton, Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, Hambleton, Marton Mere Holiday Village, Blackpool, Windy Harbour Holiday Park, Thornton Cleveleys

Small Visitor Attraction Award: Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, Carnforth Station Heritage Centre, Go Ape Rivington, Mrs Dowsons, Blackburn

Large Visitor Attraction Award: Blackpool Zoo, The Blackpool Tower, East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Visitor Experience Award: Lady Teal, Burnley, Northcote Cook School, Langho, St Annes Beach Huts, Lytham St Annes, Swan Spectacular at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough

Tourism Pub Award: The Aspinall Arms, Whalley, The Sparrowhawk, Fence, The Three Fishes, Whalley

Taste Lancashire Award: Aspect Bar & Bistro, Morecambe, The Bay Horse Inn, Lancaster, Bertram’s Restaurant, Burnley, Infusions Cafe Bistro, Burscough, La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Gisburn, Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar, Thornton Cleveleys

Sustainable Tourism Award: Browsholme Hall and The Tithe Barn, Clitheroe, Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster, Moss Wood Caravan Park, Cockerham, RSPB Leighton Moss, Carnforth

Access For all Award: Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, Hambleton, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Conference/Meeting Venue Award: Barton Grange Hotel, Preston, Samlesbury Hotel, Samlesbury, Winter Gardens Blackpool

Wedding Venue Award: Browsholme Hall and The Tithe Barn, Clitheroe, Gibbon Bridge Hotel and Restaurant, Chipping, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, The Wellbeing Farm, Turton, West Tower Exclusive Wedding Venue, Ormskirk

Small Tourism Event Award: Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival, Burnley Canal Festival, Chorley Flower Show, Obsession at Northcote, Langho

Large Tourism Event Award: Blackpool Dance Festival, Lancaster Music Festival, Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall, Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award: Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, Clitheroe Concerts Society, Winter Gardens Blackpool

Lancashire Producers & Makes Award: Artisan Foodworks, Burscough, Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe, Cool Cow Ice Cream, Nr Preston, Frederick’s Ice Cream, Chorley

New Business Award: Ascent Trampoline Park, Blackpool, Bowland Cottage, Newton-in-Bowland, The Hunters Pub and Dining, Preston, Lancaster Music CIC, Lancaster