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Finalists named in second tourism awards

The Aviva Women's Tour, which finished in Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in June last year. Photo: Lucy Ford.
The Aviva Women's Tour, which finished in Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in June last year. Photo: Lucy Ford.

THE shortlist for the first Coventry and Warwickshire Culture and Tourism Awards has been released, with strong representation from organisations across the south of the county.

Businesses in Stratford and Warwick districts are nominated in all but several of the 13 categories.

The awards are being run by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Quidem, which owns Touch FM stations, with the winners due to be announced at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday, 24th September.

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council are also supporting the awards, which will showcase the diverse attractions, venues and experiences on offer in the region.

Up to five nominees have been shortlisted for each of the 13 awards on offer, which promote the area’s best restaurants, hotels, attractions and experiences and the people behind them.

The finalists are:

Best PubThe Broom TavernThe Garrick InnThe Hatton Arms

Best Hotel with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of CommerceThe Arden HotelCoombe Abbey HotelMacdonald Ansty Hall HotelRamada Hotel & Suites Coventry City Centre

Customer Service / Team Award with Shakespeare’s EnglandCoombe Abbey HotelStudy InnWarwick ConferencesWoodland Grange Conference Venue

Business Tourism Award with The Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Culture Coventry

The Ricoh Arena

Warwick Conferences

Best RestaurantThe Broom TavernCafé Vin CinqOn the Rocks @ Quigleys

Creative Marketing Campaign with Coventry City CouncilBelgrade Theatre Trust LtdShakespeare’s EnglandSheila Bownas – A Life in patternWarwick Racecourse

Artisan AwardBee CraftyMonsoon Estates Coffee CoWarwickshire Gelato Limited

Best Live Music / Arts / TheatreThe Ricoh ArenaTheatre AbsoluteThe Tin Music and ArtsWarwick Arts Centre

Culture Award with Dan Skelton racingMotionhouseRugby Festival of CultureWarwick Arts centre

Cultural Education Award with Coventry City of CultureBelgrade Theatre Trust LtdCulture Coventry (Creative Bridges, Herbert Media Team)Highly SprungWarwick Arts centre

Tourism Event / Experience of the Year with Warwickshire County CouncilArt in the ParkAviva Women’s Cycle TourCoventry Transport MuseumEnjoy Rugby FestivalGodiva FestivalRSC Shakespeare Birthday weekend

Visitor Attraction of the Year with Rugby Borough CouncilFarGo VillageThe MAD MuseumTwycross Zoo

History & Heritage AwardBritish Motor MuseumEscape Arts – The Old SlaughterhouseShakespeare’s Tavern - Shakespeare Birthplace TrustShipston Wool Festival‘Unlocking Warwick’

Kids and Families Award with Take Flight Aviation.The MAD MuseumMary Arden’s FarmRugby Art Gallery and MuseumWarwick Castle – Horrible Histories MazeWasps Rugby Club

Angela Tellyn, partnership manager at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and a member of the judging panel, said: “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.”

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