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Wisley is top in Enjoy England awards

The RHS Garden Wisley was named large visitor attraction of the year and Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter was small visitor attraction fo the year in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2010 which were announced last week.

Wisley was closely followed by Blists Hill Victorian town in Ironbridge, BeWILDerwood in Hoveton and Imperial War Museum North in Manchester who were all large visitor attraction silver award winners.
And in the small visitor attraction section, silver award winners were Oakham Treasures in Bristol and Ripley Castle near Harrogate.

Other gold award winners included Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge in the large hotel award category, followed by The Lowry, Manchester and South Lodge Hotel, Horsham as silver award winners. Gilpin Lodge Country House, Windermere was the gold award for small hotel, followed by silver awards for Kilworth House Hotel and Lainston House Hotel.

The Taste of England gold awards went to The Bildeston Crown, Suffolk with Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop, Kendal and Green’s Restaurant, Whitby as silver awards.

In addition to the mainstream awards, VisitEngland also celebrated the offbeat and downright odd events in its Where Else but England Award, where readers of The Sun and visitors to Enjoy England’s websites voted for the quirkiest events up and down the country.

Top of the bewildering range of oddities was the World Egg Throwing Championships which is held in June near Sleaford, followed by the Worthing Bird Man Festival in August where competitors chuck themselves off Worthing pier in an attempt to prove human flight is possible, and the Annual World Nettle Eating Contest held in June in Dorset.

“There are some startlingly creative and exciting experiences to be found around the country,” says VisitEngland’s Amanda Smyth.

“We hope this award will remind people of those traditions, both old and new, that are unique to England and inspire them to go out and explore what’s on their doorstep.”

The top ten in the Where Else but England Awards can be seen on Enjoy England’s website.

www.enjoyengland.com

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