Local attractions up for top tourist awards

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A number of local tourist attractions are hotly anticipating the results of the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (RETYAs) due to be announced in March.

Several attractions and events near Bridlington are on the awards shortlist released on Monday in categories including the Remarkable Night’s Sleep, Remarkable Cuppa, Remarkable Pub, Remarkable Tourism Event and Remarkable Day Out Awards.

Tom Mellor of Wold Top Brewery

Tom Mellor of Wold Top Brewery

The shortlisted attractions were decided by a team of industry experts and the actual awards will be decided based on evidence provided by mystery shoppers.

The REYTAs have been running for three years and honour the brightest and best in East Yorkshire’s tourism industry to raise awareness of the superb quality on offer to visitors.

High Barn Cottages in Sewerby are up for two awards, the Remarkable Night’s Sleep Award (non-serviced) and the Remarkable Newcomer Award after opening for business last summer.

John Foster, proprietor of High Barn Cottages said: “Just to be shortlisted for the awards is great, and hopefully with all the work we’ve put in we should have a chance.”

The business has five holiday cottages in converted Victorian buildings on an old dairy farm and employs seven full and part-time staff.

John and wife Angela have found previous success at the REYTAs with their other holiday cottage site Field House, but hope this year will recognise the splendid hospitality that is also on offer at their new cottages.

Also up for the Remarkable Newcomer Award is Gallery@thespa which has been showcasing local artistic talent for just over a year.

The gallery has run changing exhibitions most weeks since opening its doors and is a valuable forum for Bridlington Artists who may not have anywhere else to display their work.

Bridlington Spa has had major success at the REYTAs in previous years, taking the Remarkable Business Tourism Award in 2011.

Staff at the venue will have their fingers crossed that they can bring home an equally prestigious accolade this year in the form of the Remarkable Conference Venue Award.

Another tourism success to come to the attention of organisers is the Spa Bridlington and VFM Scooter Weekend which for the first time is up for the title of Remarkable Tourism Event.

The Event in October attracted almost 5,000 scooter enthusiasts to the town as the sound of two stroke engines filled the air.

Scott Watmuff, secretary of the Thick as Thieves scooter club, said: “The event brings in so many people, it’s really second only to the Isle of White Scooter Rally, it’s certainly the biggest in the north.

“It’s fantastic news that the event has been nominated for the award and thanks must go out to all the scooter clubs around the country who help make the rally what it is.”

In the Remarkable Fayre category two of our region’s top businesses go head to head as Mr Moo’s ice cream parlour in Skipsea take on Wold Top Brewery in Wold Newton.

Mr Moo’s missed out on two awards in the Remarkable Cuppa and Remarkably Cool categories last year, but the business which which produces and sells its own line of ice creams is positive about this year’s event.

As wel as the Remarkable Fayre Award, Mr Moo’s is also up for the Remarkable Cuppa Award.

Judith Forman, a partner in the business said: “The Remarkable Fayre category is quite wide so we’re not exactly sure what to expect.

“It would be fantastic if we won an award, it would be a big pat on the back to everyone who helps make the ice cream.

Other nominees from our region include The Falling Stone pub in Twing, up for the Remarkable Pub Award, Burton Agnes Hall and RSPB Bempton Cliffs, both shortlisted for the Remarkable Day Out Award and The Wold Cottage in Wold Newton which is up for the Remarkable Breakfast Award.

Tourism contributes over £615 million to the economy of East Yorkshire every year and the extremely competitive field at this year’s REYTAs truly highlights the great hospitality on offer in our region.