Garstang Visitor Centre on awards shortlist

Lancashire Tourism Awards'Visit Garstang Visitor Centre. Information Provider Of The Year
Lancashire Tourism Awards'Visit Garstang Visitor Centre. Information Provider Of The Year

Garstang’s visitor centre is among the venues shortlisted for the 2015 Lancashire Tourism Awards.

A comprehensive shortlist has been announced, ranging from big hotels to small family-run eateries, peaceful nature reserves to the vibrant music and dance festivals hosted in the county.

Alex Holt, tourism development officer for Wyre Council, said he was proud of the Garstang Visitor Centre’s nomination.

He said: “We’re very proud to be nominated for the Customer Service Award.

We have over 30,000 people coming through here a year and it is a gateway to Wyre. It would be fantastic to win.”

Also nominated was Brockholes nature reserve, near Salmesbury.

Brockholes General Manager Donalda Williams said: “We are thrilled to be finalists for both the Meetings and Conference award and Large Visitor Attraction award.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into improving our visitor offer here at Brockholes, we are constantly striving to improve and give each visitor an exceptional experience.”

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said: “The quality of applications for the tourism awards never fails to impress and this year the judges have a real challenge deciding on the winners in each category.

“Lancashire has seen consistent growth in visitor numbers over the last six years.

“The visitor economy is vital to Lancashire’s success and each year the Lancashire Tourism Awards is our way of celebrating the huge effort and investment made by our industry colleagues across the board.”

The businesses on the shortlist will now be invited to interviews with the awards judging panel.

The winners will be announced on November 5.

B&B/Guest Accommodation Award

The Bromley, Blackpool

The Kings, Blackpool

The Millstone at Mellor

No 1 Crow Wood, Burnley

Holiday Park/ Holiday Village Award

Bay View Holiday Park, Carnforth

Claylands Park, Garstang

Sunset Park, Hambleton

Small Hotel Award

Bartle Hall Hotel, Preston

The Shireburn Arms, Clitheroe

The Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green

Large Hotel Award

Barton Grange Hotel, Preston

Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Blackburn

The Dalmeny Resort Hotel, Lytham St Annes

Elgin Hotel, Blackpool

The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool

Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, West Lancashire

Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston

Wrightington Hotel & Country Club, West Lancashire

Self-Catering Holiday Award

Breck Apartments, Poulton Le Fylde

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, Hambleton

Queens Mansions, Burbage Holiday Lodge, Blackpool

Wolfen Mill Country Retreats, Chipping

Conference/Meeting Venue Award

Barton Grange Hotel, Preston

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, West Lancashire

West Lancashire Investment Centre, Skelmersdale

Winter Gardens Blackpool

Wedding Venue Award

Bartle Hall Hotel, Preston

Barton Grange Hotel, Preston

Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Preston

The Midland, Morecambe

Mitton Hall, Whalley

The Villa Country House Hotel, Wrea Green

West Tower Exclusive Venue, Ormskirk

Taste Lancashire Award

Aspect Bar and Bistro, Morecambe

The Bay Horse Inn, Lancaster

Bertram’s Restaurant, Burnley

The Fish House Fleetwood

La Locanda Ristorante Italiano, Gisburn

The Midland, Morecambe

Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar, Thornton

Tourism Pub Award

Assheton Arms, Clitheroe

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom

The Sparrowhawk, Burnley

Retail Experience Award

Cedar Farm, Mawdesley

Freeport Fleetwood

Oswaldtwistle Mills

Heskin Farmers Market & Craft Centre, Chorley

Whalley Warm & Dry Ltd Outdoor Clothing & Footwear Specialist, Whalley

Tourism Event Award

Blackpool Dance Festival

Chorley Flower Show

Countryside Comes to Town, Blackburn

The Dukes Park Show, Lancaster

Fleetwood Festival of Transport

Lancaster Music Festival

Lancashire Science Festival, Preston

The Lightpool Project, Blackpool

Light Up Lancaster

Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival 2015

Lytham Festival

Tour of Britain Stage Two, Clitheroe to Colne

Small Visitor Attraction Award

Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Leighton Hall, Carnforth

St Annes Beach Huts, Lytham St Annes

The Woodland Spa, Burnley

Large Visitor Attraction Award

Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, Ormskirk

Oswaldtwistle Mills

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Cultural Venue/Organisation Award

The Dukes, Lancaster

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

The Whitaker Museum + Art Gallery, Rossendale

Winter Gardens Blackpool

Sustainable Tourism Award

Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Blackburn

Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Mrs Dowsons, Clayton-le-Dale

Access for All Award

Brickhouse Farm Holiday Cottages, Hambleton

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Wheels for All, Lancashire

Luxury Experience Award

Breck Apartments, Blackpool

Lady Teal, Burnley

The Woodland Spa, Burnley

Visitor Experience Award

Bay Cycle Way, Morecambe

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Blackpool Resort Pass

Farmaggedon, Ormskirk

Footgolf at Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Blackburn

Customer Service Award

Barton Grange Hotel, Preston

Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Complex, Blackburn

Go Ape Rivington

Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre

Visit Garstang Centre

New Business Award

Aspinall Arms, Clitheroe

The Dearden Tea Rooms, Haslingden

Guild Promotions, Preston

The Higher Buck, Clitheroe

The Hunters, Preston

Best for Groups Award

Clifton Park Hotel, Lytham St Annes

Impact Blackpool

Leighton Hall, Carnforth

Oswaldtwistle Mills