Awards

Published: October 20, 2019 | Updated: October 20, 2019

Quite a night! Full results from the Dorset Tourism Awards honouring the best of the best

The trophies lined up and ready to be presented at the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

It was a record year for the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards with a total of 151 entries.

The judges made 115 visits to Dorset businesses, more than ever before.

For the seventh year running, Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants  were the headline sponsors.

Full results are listed below.

1. B&B AND GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Goadsby

Gold: Wooden Cabbage, Dorchester

Silver: Mory House, Southbourne

Bronze: Gutchpool B&B, Gillingham

Commended

St John’s Guest House, Weymouth

2. VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR, sponsored by the Italian Villa & Beales Gourmet

Gold: Swanage Information Centre, Swanage

Silver: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bridport

Bronze: Discover Purbeck Tourist Information Centre

3. ACTIVE AND SPORTING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR. sponsored by Dorset Tourism Association

Gold: Cumulus Outdoors, Wareham

Silver: RockReef and PierZip on Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth

Bronze: Lyme Bay RIB Charter, Bridport

4. TOURING CAMPING AND CARAVANNING PARK OF THE YEAR sponsored by ClubWifi

Gold: South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Dorchester

Silver: East Fleet Touring Park, Chickerell

Bronze: Wood Farm Caravan Park, Charmouth

Commended

Higher Moor Farm Campsite, Weymouth

5. LEARNING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR sponsored by Conker Spirit

Gold: Jurassic Coast Guides, Milborne St Andrew

Silver: Lulworth Outdoors, Wareham

Bronze: RNLI College Discovery & ALC Tours, Poole

Commended

Birds of Poole Harbour, Poole

6. ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE TOURISM AWARD sponsored by Purple Cloud

Gold: Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve, Swanage

Silver: Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

Bronze: Bridport Town Council – West Bay Play Area, Bridport

7. CAFÉ/TEAROOM OF THE YEAR sponsored by the Book & Bucket Cheese Company

Gold: Yellow Bicycle Café, Blandford Forum

Silver: The Gallery Café, Pallington

Bronze: Taste Café on Chesil Beach, Weymouth

Commended

The Coach House Café, Beaminster

8. SPA & WELLBEING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR sponsored by Taurus

Gold: Mellulah Therapy & Yoga Retreats, Milton Abbas

Silver: Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Christchurch

Bronze: Lovegrove at The Ollerod, Beaminster

9. BUSINESS EVENTS & WEDDING VENUE OF THE YEAR sponsored by Insight6

Gold: Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

Silver: The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth

Bronze (joint): Upton Country Park, Poole, and Mapperton Weddings, Beaminster

10. TOURISM INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by NatWest Business Banking

Gold: Yellow Buses, Bournemouth

Silver: Christmas Tree Wonderland, Bournemouth

11. FORTHGLADE DOG FRIENDLY PUB OF THE YEAR sponsored by Forthglade

Gold: The Grove Arms, Ludwell

Silver: Milton Arms, Winterborne Whitchurch

12. GLAMPING & ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR sponsored by Quality in Tourism

Gold: Farmstead Glamping, Sturminster Newton

Silver: Dorset Forest Garden Glamping, Beaminster

Bronze: The Seaside Shepherd’s Hut, West Bexington

13. HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR sponsored by Elavon

Gold: Highlands End Holiday Park, Bridport

Silver: The Waterside Holiday Park & Spa, Weymouth

Commended

Durdle Door Holiday Park, Lulworth

Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonards

14. DOG FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR sponsored by Forthglade

Gold: The Grove Arms, Ludwell

Silver: Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges, Dorchester

Bronze: Upton Country Park, Poole

15. LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR sponsored by Pear Communications

Gold (joint): The Tank Museum, Bovington and Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, Poole

Silver: Moors Valley Country Park & Forest, Ringwood

Bronze: Swanage Railway, Swanage

16. NEW TOURISM BUSINESS AWARD sponsored by Visit Dorset

Gold: West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay

Silver: Farmstead Glamping, Sturminster Newton

17. LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR sponsored by Hotel Perfect

Gold: Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Christchurch

Silver: RNLI College, Poole

Bronze: Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

18. CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERSTAR AWARD sponsored by Bournemouth Water Services

Pete Abbott, Upton Country Park

19. ETHICAL, RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD sponsored by NFU Mutual

Gold: Bagwell Farm Touring Park, Weymouth

Silver: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bridport

Bronze: The Grange at Oborne, Sherborne

20. TOURISM EVENT/FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR sponsored by Yellow Buses

Gold: The Tank Museum, Bovington

Silver: Sherborne Abbey Festival, Sherborne

Bronze (joint): Stompin’ on the Quomps, Christchurch and Christmas Tree Wonderland, Bournemouth

21. RESTAURANT/BISTRO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Piddle Brewery

Gold: The Jetty, Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Christchurch

Silver: The Ollerod, Beaminster

Bronze (joint): Seasons at The Eastbury, Sherborne, and Arbor Restaurant, Bournemouth

Commended

Drgnfly, Poole

22. SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink

Gold: Greenwood Grange, Higher Bockhampton

Silver: Merry Hill Barn, Luxury Dorset Cottages, Abbotsbury

Bronze: Doles Ash Farm Holiday Cottages, Dorchester

23. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DORSET TOURISM sponsored by Saffery Champness

Libby Battaglia, Light Up Poole Festival

John Baker, Sherborne Abbey Festival

24.  SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR sponsored by Resort Dorset

Gold: Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

Silver (joint): Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Verwood, and Langham Wine Estate, Dorchester

Commended

Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington

25. INTERNATIONAL TOURISM sponsored by Simpleview

Gold (joint): The Tank Museum – Tankfest, Bovington and Jurassic Coast Guides

26. SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR sponsored by Clockwork Marketing

Gold: The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth

Silver: The Eastbury, Sherborne

Bronze: The Grange at Oborne, Sherborne

27. PUB OF THE YEAR sponsored by Porter Dodson

Gold: Three Horseshoes Pub & Kitchen, Burton Bradstock

Silver: Acorn Inn, Evershot

Bronze: The Halfmoon, Shaftesbury

Commended

The Fat Badger, Weymouth

28. WINNER OF WINNERS sponsored by Dorset LEP

Bagwell Farm Touring Park