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Rugby attractions shortlisted in region's first Tourism Awards

Rugby Editorial 14th Aug, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

ATTRACTIONS in Rugby have made the shortlist for the first Coventry and Warwickshire Culture and Tourism Awards.

Rugby Festival of Culture, The Toft Alpaca Shop, Brownsover Hall Hotel and The Merchants Inn have been nominated for the awards, which showcase the region’s best attractions, venues and experiences and the people behind them.

Up to five nominees have been shortlisted for each of the 13 awards on offer, which include The Bright Idea Award, Kids & Families Award, History and Heritage Award, Customer Service Award and Tourism Event of the Year.

The event is being organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Quidem, which owns Rugby FM, and will be hosted at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday September 24.

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council are also supporting the awards.

Angela Tellyn, partnership manager at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The awards are a really exciting opportunity for businesses in the area to shout about their world-class achievements and services.

“Coventry and Warwickshire has a plethora of arts, culture, heritage and leisure destinations to visit and it is about time we shone a spotlight on them and celebrated them for making the region the special place to visit that it is.

“The calibre for entries has been excellent and shortlisting the nominees was a tough decision but the judging team has chosen those which we believe best reflect the area and its rich culture, history and heritage.”

Steve Orchard, of Quidem, said: “We were aiming high, yet this field of entries has exceeded even our lofty ambitions. The list of organisations competing for an award is diverse, it is high in quality, and it is very long: a testament to the importance of culture and tourism to our region’s economy.”

Coventry and Warwickshire’s Culture and Tourism Awards – Nominees

Best B&B or Inn

• Avonlea Guest House

• The Bell, Alderminster

• Broom Hall Inn

Best Hotel

• The Arden Hotel

• Brownsover Hall Hotel

• Coombe Abbey Hotel

• Mallory Court

Best Experience

• Coventry Ghost Walk

• FarGo Village

• The Toft Alpaca Shop

• Shakespeare Walking Tour (Part of Tudor World)

Best Pub

• The Bell at Alderminster

• The Bluebell at Henley-in-Arden

• The Dirty Duck, Stratford Upon Avon

• The Merchants Inn, Rugby

Best Restaurant

• The Bluebell at Henley-in-Arden

• The Cross at Kenilworth

• Loxleys Restaurant & Wine Bar

• Tumeric Gold, Coventry

Best Venue Music, Arts & Theatre

• The Belgrade Theatre

• Stratford Artshouse

• Warwick Arts Centre

Business Tourism Award

• Ashorne Hill Management College

• Coombe Abbey Hotel

• The Ricoh Arena

• Woodland Grange Conference & Meeting venue

The Customer Service Award

• Compton Verney

• Coventry Ambassadors

• The Ricoh Arena

• The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

• Woodland Grange Meeting & Conference Venue

The History & Heritage Award

• Coventry Cathedral

• Coventry Music Museum

• Coventry Transport Museum

• The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

• Stoneleigh Abbey

The Kids & Families Award

• Charlecote Park

• Compton Verney

• The Mad Museum

• Warwick Arts Centre

The Bright Idea Award

• Heritage and Culture Warwickshire

• The Mad Museum

• The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (Shakespeare Week)

The Culture Award

• Herbert Art Gallery & Museum – The Story of Children’s Television 1946 to Today

• The RSC

• Rugby Festival of Culture

• Warwick Arts Centre – Mead Gallery

• Warwick Folk Festival

Tourism Event of the Year

• Coventry Godiva Festival

• Fargo Village – Coventry Pride Festival

• Herbert Art Gallery & Museum – The Story of Children’s Television 1946 to Today

• Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 2014 Lightshow

• Stratford River Festival

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