STRATFORD-UPON-AVON won four awards at Thursday night’s Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards.
Avonlea guest house on Shipston Road won the best Small Hotel/B&B/Inn award, the Royal Shakespeare Company The Play’s The Thing exhibition won the History and Heritage Award, In2Cultures picked up the Cultural Education Award, and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall won the Visitor Attraction Award.
Shakespeare’s England – the tourism organisation for south Warwickshire – won the Business Tourism Award and the Tourism Event went to Warwickshire Country Council and University of Warwick in partnership for their work on OVO Energy Women’s Cycle Tour.
There were 14 awards with others winners being Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa (Best Hotel), The Boat Inn in Birdingbury (Best Pub) Oscar’s French Bistro – part of the Aubrey Allen Group based in Leamington Spa (Best Restaurant), Coventry’s Theatre Absolute (Best Venue for Live Music/Arts/Theatre), Motionhouse in Leamington (The Culture Award), Twisted Barrel Ale, based at FarGo Village in Coventry (Artisan Award), Rugby Art Gallery and Museum (Kids & Families Award), and Bubble Boba, also based at FarGo, (Customer Care/Team Award).
Kya Wakelin, of Conference Coventry and Warwickshire, won a rising star award, while 12-year-old Darcey Harrison was also highly commended for his commitment to volunteering and Coventry’s medieval history.
Special awards went to butchery group Aubrey Allen, The Episode Hotel, Ricoh Arena and to Lee House, who was described as a ‘legend’ for her work as director of the hugely successful Godiva Festival.
Winners of the second annual awards were announced at Coombe Abbey Hotel at an event hosted by Touch FM and Rugby FM, and supported by Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, Shakespeare’s England and the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
Jo Billings, regional events director of Quidem Media, the company behind Touch FM and Rugby FM, said: “Every winner, every finalist and everyone who entered, attended or sponsored the event can be extremely proud of the part they play in what this region has to offer.
“ I would urge the people of this region to look at the award winners, look at the list of finalists and go out and give them a try – there is so much to do in Coventry and Warwickshire and, very often, it’s not always appreciated.”