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Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards shortlist announced for 2023

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We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2023 Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards.

After a thorough and rigorous judging process, Stonebow Media unveiled the shortlisted businesses, organisations, and individuals today at midday. This list of finalists is a showcase of those that have demonstrated outstanding innovation, commitment, and leadership in the tourism industry over the past year. Their dedication to providing unparalleled experiences to both local and international visitors reflects the diversity and excellence that Lincolnshire has to offer.

The 2023 Destination Tourism Excellence Awards FInalists are:

B&B/Guest House of the Year

The Elm Tree

The Old Kings Head

The Pyewipe Inn

The Vine B&B

Village Limits

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Ashleigh Farm Caravan and Glamping

Grange Farm Park

Holivans Ltd

Stewton Stars Hideaway

Treetop Hideaways

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Ashleigh Farm Caravan and Glamping

Holivans Ltd

Louth Distillery

The Hope and Anchor Pub

Uncle Henry's Farm Shop, Butchery & Cafe

Experience of the Year

Cameron Huggins Blacksmith

JandJ Alpacas

Go Ape Normanby Hall

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincolnshire Cookery School

Hotel of the Year

Cleatham Hall Hotel

Savoy Hotel Skegness

The Castle Hotel

William Cecil

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Fantasy Island

Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa Ltd

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Normanby Hall Country Park

Woodside Wildlife Park

New Tourism Business of the Year

JB Farming & Country Stays

Lincoln Free Walking Tour

Louth Distillery

Luda Brewing Co.

The Hide Farm Stay

Pub of the Year

The George at Langworth

The Hope and Anchor Pub

The Horse & Groom

The Pyewipe Inn

The Queens Head Bar & Restaurant

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Bainvalley Cottages

Holly Cottage Breaks

Lincolnshire Coastal Cottages

The Burrow Escape

Treetop Hideaways

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Ark Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre

Bransby Horses - Rescue & Welfare

JandJ Alpacas

Wild Pines Park

Taste Lincolnshire Award

Clarke’s Farm


The Horse and Groom

V-ATE Automotive Smokehouse and Bowl

Winteringham Fields

Unsung Hero Award

Ashleigh Farm Caravan and Glamping

Cogglesford Watermill

Mrs Smith's Cottage

Serendipity at The Priory

V-ATE Automotive Smokehouse and Bowl

Arts, Culture and Heritage

Heckington Windmill

International Bomber Command Centre

Normanby Hall Country Park

North Lincolnshire Museum

Stamford Arts Centre

Customer Service Excellence Award

Bransby Horses - Rescue & Welfare

Hirst Priory Ltd

International Bomber Command Centre

The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Limited

Walcot Hall

Charlotte Goy, Chief Executive of Destination Lincolnshire, said: “Created to shine a light on businesses across the county, the Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards celebrate every aspect of the visitor economy - I'm thrilled to see so many fantastic businesses from across Greater Lincolnshire shortlisted in this year's celebration of tourism. I truly hope to see more of our incredible Lincolnshire businesses represented on the national stage at next year's VisitEngland's Awards for Excellence."

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As we celebrate the businesses that have been shortlisted for this year, it’s now time to look ahead to the next round of judging. An integral part of the selection process, mystery shopping will commence on August 7th, concluding on September 22nd. This crucial step will ensure that our finalists continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence, creating memorable experiences for every guest.

For an in-depth look at what the mystery shopping round entails, you can refer to the Terms and Conditions tab here, however, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of one in particular:

  • As part of the terms and conditions, you will reimburse the judge and his/her partner (or family/companions in the case of some visitor attractions or experiences) on departure for the cost of the mystery visit/overnight stay, any meals taken (alcoholic drinks only for Pub of the Year, Taste of England Award and Hotel of the Year categories), or any admission or ticket cost as appropriate to the category on the production of identification from insight6.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Engine Shed in Lincoln on Thursday, October 12th. This glittering celebration is a wonderful opportunity to raise a glass and recognise the hard work, innovation, and dedication that contribute to the ongoing success and growth of Lincolnshire's tourism industry.

Guests attending the awards will enjoy an unforgettable evening of celebration, networking, and appreciation, surrounded by some of the county's most notable figures in the tourism sector. We will be joined by leading experts, influencers, and decision-makers, making it the perfect platform to showcase the finest in Lincolnshire's tourism industry. Last year’s event sold out in record time, so early booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for this much-anticipated event are now on sale and can be purchased now.


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