REVEALED: Sunderland and Durham venues among those short-listed for tourism awards

National Glass Centre
National Glass Centre
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Top Sunderland and Durham attractions are among those short-listed for the North East England Tourism Awards.

National Glass Centre, Washington Wetland Centre, Seaham Hall, the Oriental Museum in Durham and Durham University are in the running for gongs at the prestigious ceremony.

Leanne McCormella marketing manager Washington Wetlands Centre

Leanne McCormella marketing manager Washington Wetlands Centre

Organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance since 2012, the award’s entries have increased by more than 70per cent in the last four years, with 120 businesses submitting entries this year, making the 2015 awards the biggest to date.

Michelle Daurat, interim director at National Glass Centre, which has been shortlisted for the Large Visitor Attraction Award, said: “National Glass Centre is delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. This has been a great year for our centre, with visitor figures continuing to grow and feedback about the work we do at an all time high.

“The nomination recognises our dedication to celebrating and promoting the important part glass making has played in the region and we are proud that we can represent Sunderland in this category, supporting the fantastic work the city is doing to promote culture and tourism in the area.”

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said “It’s fantastic to see so many entries this year. The quantity and quality of the applications not only demonstrates the variety of tourism businesses and attractions across the North East, offering visitors an unforgettable experience, it’s also a testament to our thriving visitor economy.

Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall

“Tourism businesses employ more than 55,000 people across the North East with an additional 730 jobs created over the last 12 months.

Sarah added: “It’s always a joy to see the outstanding work the finalists have delivered and I look forward to celebrating all of their achievements with them at the awards ceremony in November.”

The results will be announced at the glittering celebration on November 24 at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey.

Tickets to attend the awards are priced at £50 and are available now at

The 2015 Shortlist

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•Calvert Trust, Keilder

•Sage Gateshead

•Newcastle United FC – Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events

•The Hogg’s Head Inn

Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year

•Martineau Guest House

•St Cuthbert’s House

•The Old Manse

•The Old Post Office, Lanchester

Business Tourism Award

•Event Durham

•Seaham Hall

•Newcastle United FC - Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events

Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year

•Doe Park Caravan Site

•Leaplish Waterside Park – Northumbrian Water

•Springhouse Country Park

Large Hotel of the Year

•Jurys Inn Newcastle

•Village Urban Resort Newcastle

•Rockliffe Hall

•Hotel Indigo Newcastle

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

•Seven Stories


•Sage Gateshead

•National Glass Centre

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

•Springhill Farm Holiday Accommodation

•Hesleyside Huts

•Blacksmith’s Cottage

•Calvert Trust, Keilder

Small Hotel of the Year

•Doxford Hall

•Seaham Hall

•The Morritt Country House Hotel & Spa

•Newton Hall

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

•Oriental Museum

•Auckland Castle

•WWT Washington Wetlands Centre

•Kielder Observatory

Sustainable Tourism Award

•St Cuthbert’s House

•Durham University – Event Durham

•Sage Gateshead

•Slate & Nature

Taste of England Award

•Northumberland Cheese Company

•Zeera Indian Cuisine

•The Orangery Restaurant at Rockliffe Hall

•Martineau Guest House

Tourism Experience of the Year

•Karting North East

•The Cycle HUB

•Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt, Durham University

•Hall Hill Farm

Tourism Pub of the Year

•Angel of Corbridge

•The Bridge Tavern

•The Bamburgh Castle Inn

•The Staith House

Visitor Information provider of the Year

•Durham Pointers

•Morpeth Tourist Information & Crafts

•Berwick upon Tweed Tourist Information Centre

•North Shields Tourist Information Centre

Tourism Event of the Year

•Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt, Durham University

•Northumberland County Show

•Funfair, Sage Gateshead

•Festival of Thrift