Harrogate to host UK’s biggest tourism awards

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Harrogate is set to host the White Rose Awards, the largest celebration of tourism in the UK.

A record-breaking number of entries have been submitted for the prestigious White Rose Awards 2018.

170 businesses, individuals and organisations have entered this year’s competition –an increase of almost 20 per cent on the previous year.

Simon Kent, director of Harrogate Convention Centre, said:

The White Rose Awards is one of the biggest events of the year for Yorkshire’s tourism and leisure industry. Winning a White Rose Award is a real accolade.

It’s a real honour for us that we’ve been chosen by Welcome to Yorkshire to host the event in November and it comes as a prelude to a big 2019 for Harrogate.

Once again the town will be welcoming a major competitive cycling event when the UCI Road World Championships come to Yorkshire.

Harrogate will be where the cyclists cross the finishing line every day so the eyes of the world will be on us again.


The Awards recognise the very best of this county’s thriving tourism industry including pubs and restaurants, food and drink, hotels and caravan sites, visitor attractions, cultural events and customer service.

The year’s sparkling event – “Yorkshire’s Big Night Out” will see more than a thousand people celebrate at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Monday 12 November 2018.



Professor Colin Mellor, Chair of the White Rose Award Judges, said:

Winning a White Rose Award is a real accolade for Yorkshire’s tourism businesses and the task of shortlisting has been harder than ever.  The standard of entries has been exceptional which is evidenced by the strength of the shortlists. It is testimony to the remarkable range and quality of the region’s tourism offer.  With such tough competition, and a record 170 entries, selecting the winners this year is going to be extremely difficult.


Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

The White Rose Awards are the largest and most prestigious in the UK’s hospitality and tourism industry and we have some really exciting finalists this year from both new and established businesses. The awards are a brilliant opportunity to shine the spotlight on the fantastic experiences to be had in Yorkshire. As well as the coveted gongs expect a night of first class entertainment – an event not to be missed!


Full list of the finalists


CategoryName of EntryLocation
Arts & Culture AwardNorth York Moors Chamber Music FestivalNorth
Arts & Culture AwardPhoenix Dance TheatreWest
Arts & Culture AwardWest Yorkshire PlayhouseWest
Arts & Culture AwardSettle Victoria hallNorth
Arts & Culture AwardYorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP)West
Arts & Culture AwardFerens Art GalleryEast
Arts & Culture AwardHull New TheatreEast
Business Tourism AwardCedar Court Hotel, WakefieldWest
Business Tourism AwardLakeside Conference CentreNorth
Business Tourism AwardYorkshire Wildlife ParkSouth
Business Tourism AwardPavilions of HarrogateNorth
Business Tourism AwardYorkshire Event Centre, HarrogateNorth
Guest Accommodation of the YearBracken Hall House B&BWest
Guest Accommodation of the YearWoodlands FarmNorth
Guest Accommodation of the YearEighteen97North
Guest Accommodation of the YearCambridge HouseNorth
Guest Accommodation of the YearDillons of WhitbyNorth
Guest Accommodation of the YearOrchard LodgeNorth
Guest Accommodation of the YearLow Mill GuesthouseNorth
Holiday Park of the YearCote Ghyll Holiday Park Cottage and MillNorth
Holiday Park of the YearRiverside Caravan ParkWest
Holiday Park of the YearStudfold ‘The Nidderdale Experience’ Caravan, Glamping and Caravan ParkNorth
Holiday Park of the YearSwaledale YurtsNorth
Holiday Park of the YearMasons CampsiteWest
Holiday Park of the YearForest Holidays KeldyNorth
Holiday Park of the YearVale of Pickering Caravan Park,North
Inns & Restaurants with Rooms Carpenters ArmsNorth
Inns & Restaurants with RoomsThe Fairfax ArmsNorth
Inns & Restaurants with RoomsEstbek HouseNorth
Inns & Restaurants with RoomsThe Ellerby Country InnNorth
Inns & Restaurants with RoomsThe Blue LionNorth
Inns & Restaurants with RoomsThe Timble InnWest
Large Attraction of the YearForbidden CornerNorth
Large Attraction of the YearEmmerdale Studio ExperienceWest
Large Attraction of the YearThe Hepworth WakefieldWest
Large Attraction of the YearEureka! The National Children’s MuseumWest
Large Attraction of the YearThe Piece HallWest
Large Attraction of the YearJORVIK Group of AttractionsNorth
Large Attraction of the YearCannon Hall FarmSouth
Large Hotel of the YearThe Principal YorkNorth
Large Hotel of the YearGisborough Hall HotelNorth
Large Hotel of the YearThe Devonshire Arms Hotel & SpaWest
Large Hotel of the YearThe Grand Hotel & Spa, YorkNorth
Large Hotel of the YearThe Black Swan HotelNorth
Large Hotel of the YearWaterton Park Hotel & SpaWest
Large Hotel of the YearThe Coniston Hotel, Country Estate & SpaWest
Outstanding Customer Service AwardStage 1 CyclesNorth
Outstanding Customer Service AwardYorToursNorth
Outstanding Customer Service AwardTeam York MazeNorth
Outstanding Customer Service AwardBeck Hall MalhamNorth
Outstanding Customer Service AwardEllerby Country InnNorth
Outstanding Customer Service AwardTong Garden CentreWest
Outstanding Customer Service AwardYorebridge HouseNorth
Producers and Makers AwardHaxby BakehouseNorth
Producers and Makers AwardSheffield Dry GinSouth
Producers and Makers AwardCryer & Stott CheesemongersWest
Producers and Makers AwardThe Wensleydale CreameryNorth
Producers and Makers AwardTipple TailsSouth
Producers and Makers AwardYork Coffee Emporium LtdNorth
Pub of the YearThe Millers BarWest
Pub of the YearThe White Swan of AmpleforthNorth
Pub of the YearThe DunkirkWest
Pub of the YearThe Bull InnNorth
Pub of the YearWrygarth InnEast
Pub of the YearThe Railway InnEast
Restaurant of the YearThe Oxford PlaceWest
Restaurant of the YearThe Westwood RestaurantEast
Restaurant of the YearRafters RestaurantSouth
Restaurant of the YearSKOSHNorth
Restaurant of the YearThe Bruce ArmsNorth
Restaurant of the YearSamuelsNorth
Self-Catering AccommodationBroadgate Farm CottagesEast
Self-Catering AccommodationGrand Get TogethersNorth
Self-Catering AccommodationThe Dovecote BarnsNorth
Self-Catering AccommodationStudford Luxury LodgesNorth
Self-Catering AccommodationSmallshaw Cottages & SpaSouth
Self-Catering AccommodationCottage in the DalesNorth
Self-Catering AccommodationBrompton Lakes, part of Holiday at HomeNorth
Self-Catering AccommodationThief HoleNorth
Small Attraction of the YearMiddleton Railway TrustWest
Small Attraction of the YearSpirit of HarrogateNorth
Small Attraction of the YearBurton Constable FoundationEast
Small Attraction of the YearNational Centre for Birds of PreyNorth
Small Attraction of the YearWorkhouse MuseumNorth
Small Attraction of the YearGrimm & CoSouth
Small Attraction of the YearThe Georgian Theatre ExperienceNorth
Small Hotel of the YearGoldsborough HallNorth
Small Hotel of the YearFeversham Arms Hotel & Verbena SpaNorth
Small Hotel of the YearSimonstone HallNorth
Small Hotel of the YearThe Devonshire FellWest
Small Hotel of the YearBrocco on the ParkSouth
Small Hotel of the YearCrab & LobsterNorth
Small Hotel of the YearBeck Hall MalhamNorth
Taste of Yorkshire AwardYummy Yorkshire LtdWest
Taste of Yorkshire AwardYorkshire Food Finder LtdSouth
Taste of Yorkshire AwardMalton Food Tours, by The TalbotNorth
Taste of Yorkshire AwardBert’s BarrowWest
Taste of Yorkshire AwardMillers Fish and ChipsNorth
Taste of Yorkshire AwardAsparagus Green CateringWest
Tourism Event of the YearWhite Rose Classic / Ilkley Cycling ClubWest
Tourism Event of the YearA Thornton Hall Farm Christmas AdventureWest
Tourism Event of the YearBradford Literature FestivalWest
Tourism Event of the YearSummer Music Saturdays with Olly MursNorth
Tourism Event of the YearHallowscream at York MazeNorth
Tourism Event of the YearThe Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink FestivalWest
Tourism Event of the YearScarborough Open Air TheatreNorth
Visitor Information AwardHalifax Visitor CentreWest
Visitor Information AwardVisitLeeds and Art Gallery ShopWest
Visitor Information AwardVisit DoncasterSouth
Visitor Information AwardHumber Bridge Tourist Information CentreEast
Visitor Information AwardAysgarth Falls Visitor CentreNorth
Visitor Information AwardVisit YorkNorth



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