Finalists revealed for the 2023/4 Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards

July 14, 2024
Author —
Fiona Bebbington

Tourism gems, fantastic venues, must-see attractions and unsung heroes are today named as finalists in the 2023/4 Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards.

Organised by Marketing Cheshire the awards recognise excellence and outstanding achievement in the region’s visitor economy.

The awards give accommodation providers, eateries and much-loved attractions the chance to show why they are a must-visit as well as highlighting just why the region’s tourism sector is among the nation’s finest.

Today names of the finalists who, hailing from across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington sub-regions will be going for glory across a wide range of categories at a glittering event on March 21, can be revealed.

The ceremony takes place at Chester Cathedral – itself in the running for several awards.

Keenly contested categories include Wedding Venue of the Year with Chester Zoo, Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Peckforton Castle, Wychwood Park Hotel, Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa and Walton Hall and Gardens all hoping awards and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.

Judges will also have the tough task of picking a winner from an incredibly strong set of finalists for the Visitor Attraction of the Year award when Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire Outdoor Group, Chester Cathedral, Chester Zoo, Escapism Chester, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, The Ice Cream Farm and Walton Hall and Gardens will all be hoping to triumph.

While the Team of the Year category is another chance to celebrate the brilliant work that goes on behind the scenes and much-loved pubs and hotels are saluted in separate categories.

And people who make the visitor economy shine and go that extra mile in various roles across the region have been shortlisted in the Unsung Hero Award category.        

Some of the winners will go on to represent Cheshire at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Trevor Brocklebank, Chair of Marketing Cheshire and Deputy Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership said: “It has been another year of exceptional entries and everyone shortlisted exemplifies the work that goes on to ensure Cheshire and Warrington is a truly wonderful place to live and visit.

“Our region welcomes over 36.3 million visitors each year creating a visitor economy valued at over £3.7 billion and the finalists all play a role in this. Judges now have the unenviable task of choosing winners in each category.”

Confirmed finalists

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

Chester Cathedral

Lion Salt Works

National Trust, Quarry Bank


Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year

Chester Mystery Plays 2023

Judith Kerr 100: The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog at Tatton Park

Make A Sploosh at BeWILDerwood This Summer

Wondrous Place, Chester Zoo

Business Events Venue of the Year

Chester Cathedral

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

The Engine Rooms

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Bradley Hall Rural Escapes

Lady Heyes Holiday Park

Manor Wood Country Caravan Park

Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Anderton Boat Lift & Visitor Centre (Canal & River Trust)

Chester Cathedral

Chester Zoo

Just So Festival

The Hive at 52

Experience of the Year

A Taste of Chester Food Walking Tour, Tours Around Chester

Dark Chester Tour

Tower Tour, Chester Cathedral

Large Hotel of the Year

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa

The Chester Grosvenor

Pub of the Year

The Lion at Malpas

The Pheasant Inn

The Swan at Tarporley

The Vicarage, Cranage

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

Capesthorne Hall

Cheshire Boutique Bathhouse

Enjoy the Pause Holiday Home - Pause UK

Small Serviced Accommodation Provider of the Year

Cheshire Boutique Bathhouse

The Bear's Paw, Warmingham

The Hive at 52

The Lion at Malpas

The Old Post Office by Deuce Hotels Ltd

The Pheasant Inn

The Swan at Tarporley

Taste of Cheshire Award

Artezzan Restaurant & Bar

New Chester Market

Nunsmere Hall Hotel

Pastry Pédaleur

The Forge Chester

Warrington Market

Team of the Year

Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement

The Ice Cream Farm

Arkle, The Chester Grosvenor

The Plant Team, Chester Zoo

The Sales & Marketing Team, Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club

The Spa Team at Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa

Volunteers, Storyhouse

Unsung Hero Award

Abbi Beddal, Oddfellows Chester

Alex McGinn, Chester Zoo

Archie Thompson, Flat Cap Hotels

Barry Littler, The Chester Grosvenor

Jacob Maudsley, Storyhouse

John Budworth, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Peter Rosenfeld, BusyBus

Stephan Swiegers, The North Wing at Combermere Abbey

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Chester Cathedral

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Cheshire Outdoors Group

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Chester Zoo

Escapism Chester

The Ice Cream Farm

Walton Hall and Gardens

Wedding Venue of the Year

Chester Zoo

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

Peckforton Castle

Walton Hall and Gardens

Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa

Wychwood Park Hotel

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