Bridlington attractions up for top tourism awards

Simon Cunliffe-Lister at Burton Agnes Hall.
Simon Cunliffe-Lister at Burton Agnes Hall.

TOURIST destinations in the Bridlington area are in the running for top awards that could boost their profiles on the Yorkshire tourism map.

Burton Agnes Hall, Bridlington Spa and High Barn Cottages have been announced as finalists in the highly coveted White Rose Awards 2012 - one of the biggest tourism award in the UK.

The list of finalists features 89 of Yorkshire’s best attractions, hotels, venues and individuals from the tourism industry covering 15 different categories.

Burton Agnes Hall is up against five other finalists from Whitby, Harrogate, York and Ripon in the small visitor attraction category.

Simon Cunliffe-Lister of Burton Agnes Hall said he was delighted with the news and it was testament to the hard work of his team of staff.

“We are naturally delighted and from my point of view we are well known in the East Yorkshire area but it’s great to have something taking us wider throughout Yorkshire. It’s really nice for us as a family but also for the team. It’s a reflection of all their hard work.”

Mr Cunliffe-Lister told the Free Press that he would keep his fingers crossed for a win at the glitzy black-tie awards ceremony to be held at the Centenary Pavilion, in Leeds on October 1.

“We are very proud of what we do and whether we come away with the prize or not we are delighted to be nominated, it’s recognition in itself.”

High Barn Cottages, located between Bempton and Sewerby, is one of six finalists in the self-catering category.

Angela Foster, joint owner of the cottages with her husband John, said they were delighted to have made the final list less than a year after the cottages were opened to the public.

“We are absolutely delighted to make the final, it’s very competitive and it stretches all over Yorkshire so it puts us on the map.”

“We recognise the importance of tourism to this area and consider ourselves lucky to live in such an attractive part of the country, with the Yorkshire Wolds and the stunning coastal attractions nearby. It is also our good fortune to have a great team of staff and tremendous back up from local tradesmen,” Angela added.

The couple have been finalists on three previous occasions with their other cottages at nearby Field House, but are yet to scoop the winning title.

The Spa Bridlington will have to see off competition from four other venues, including Scarborough Spa, to win the award in the Business Tourism category.

Andrew Aldis, general manager at the Spa, said: “I can’t tell you how delighted we are. I just think it’s testament to the effort that every single person keeps putting in to making this place a success and helping people to enjoy themselves and to make everyone feel welcome.”

The winners will be decided by an independent panel of judges chaired by Professor Colin Mellors who said the high standard of entries made selecting the finalists a tough task for the judges.

“It is always a pleasure to see so many quality submissions and the standard meant the judges had a very difficult task in deciding who should go through as a finalist. Yorkshire has such an abundance of tourism gems, and those who made the finalist list should be incredibly proud of themselves.”

Prof. Mellors is joined by judges Andrew Ford, The AA area manager and senior Hotel and Restaurant inspector; Brian Handley, GM of Harvey Nichols Leeds; food writer Elaine Lemm; and Peter Charlton, editor of the Yorkshire Post.