Best of Yorkshire tourism to be honoured at 'sparkling' ceremony

A GLITZY ceremony recognising the stars of the Yorkshire tourism industry will have a new home this year, it has been announced.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 30th July 2016, 10:40 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:41 pm
Gary Barlow, Sir Gary Verity & Tim Firth at the 2015 WRA at first direct arena, Leeds.
Gary Barlow, Sir Gary Verity & Tim Firth at the 2015 WRA at first direct arena, Leeds.

The White Rose Awards, the UK’s largest celebration of tourism, will take place at the new £11m Hall 1 at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate.

More than 1,000 guests will enjoy the first awards dinner to be held at the centre’s newly-built exhibition and events hall on November 21.

The ceremony, hosted by Welcome to Yorkshire, will see more than 100 businesses go head to head across 17 categories, more than ever before.

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The new Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.

These include gongs for hotels, recognising top customer service and highlighting the winning Taste of Yorkshire.

Colin Mellors, chairman of the White Rose Award judges, said: “Yorkshire’s tourism is a remarkable sector with fantastic hospitality, facilities and produce on offer.

“Those shortlisted should feel very proud to have been selected against such strong competition. Choosing the eventual winners this year will be a really tough task.”

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “It is an honour to be hosting the first ever awards dinner at the new events hall at the Yorkshire Event Centre.

The new Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.

“The White Rose Awards always make for a memorable evening, so this year promises to be extra special.”

He said that the entries for the awards had been “exceptional across all categories”.

“The standard of entries just gets better every year, so huge congratulations to all those who have made the shortlist. I look forward to meeting them all in November.

“As the largest celebration of tourism in the UK, the White Rose Awards are a fitting tribute to Yorkshire’s fantastically diverse businesses that work tirelessly to help to make the county number one.”

The new Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.

Last year more than 1,000 people watched Take That superstar Gary Barlow and co-writer of The Girls musical, Tim Firth, being made honorary Yorkshiremen at the awards when they were held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

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Arts and Culture

Huddersfield Literature Festival

The new Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.

Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke

Swaledale Festival

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds

York Theatre Royal

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia

Business Tourism

Lakeside Conference Centre at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sandhutton

Pavilions of Harrogate

The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington

The Royal York Hotel

York Conferences

Guest Accommodation

Barnfield House, Sheffield

Cambridge House Countryside Guesthouse, Reeth

Grassfield Hall, Pateley Bridge

Low Mill Guesthouse, Bainbridge

No. 21 York

Stow House, Aysgarth

Holiday Park

Burton Constable Holiday Park and Arboretum, Sproatley

Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Holmfirth

Humble Bee Leisure, Scarborough

Masons Campsite, Appletreewick

Robin Hood Caravan and Camping Park, Slingsby

Weir Holiday Park, Stamford Bridge

Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, Bishop Wilton

Inns and Restaurants with Rooms

Ellerby Country Inn

Shibden Mill Inn

The Charles Bathurst Inn, Arkengarthdale

The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

The Star Inn at Harome

Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton

Large Hotel

Gisborough Hall

Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant, Halifax

Leopold Hotel, Sheffield

The Coniston Hotel, Country Estate and Spa, Coniston Cold

The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey

Wood Hall Hotel and Spa, Wetherby

Large Visitor Attraction

Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

The Forbidden Corner, Coverham

The Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Outstanding Customer Service

Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Harrogate

Forest Holidays, Cropton

The 36 bus. Riding Redefined, Harrogate

The Grand Hotel and Spa, York

Yorebridge House, Bainbridge

Tong Garden Centre


Broadgate Farm Cottages, Beverley

Cottage in the Dales, Newbiggin, Leyburn

Dalesend Cottages, Patrick Brompton, Bedale

Elmet Farmhouse, Hebden Bridge

Faweather Grange Lodges, High Eldwick

Smallshaw Farm Cottages, Millhouse Green, Sheffield

Studford Luxury Lodges, Ampleforth

Small Hotel

Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa, Helmsley

Herriots Hotel, Skipton

The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

The Talbot Hotel, Malton

Grassington House

Small Visitor Attraction

Burton Constable Hall and Grounds, Skirlaugh

National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park

National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

The World of James Herriot, Thirsk

Yorkshire Trike Tours, Horsforth

Taste of Yorkshire

Asparagus Green Catering, Overton, Wakefield

Drewton’s Farm Shop, South Cave

High Parks Tearoom, Newton le Willows, Bedale

Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton, Bradford, and Skipton

The Spiced Pear, Holmfirth

Yorkshire Food Finder, Wheldrake, York

Visitor Information

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre

Bradford Visitor Information Centre

Bridlington Tourist Information Centre

Doncaster Tourist Information Centre

Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre

Humber Bridge Tourist Information Centre

Yorkshire Event

Dale Power Solutions P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea

Flying Scotsman’s return to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and National Railway Museum

Frightwater Valley

HallowScream at York Maze

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival

Yorkshire Producers and Makers

Beaver Furniture, Thirsk

Dalesbred, Settle

Sloemotion, Barton-le-Willows

The Sawley Kitchen, Ripon

Tipple Tails from Wadsley Hall Farm Kitchen, Sheffield

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard and Brewery, Nun Monkton

Yorkshire Pub

The Black Hat, Ilkley

The Chequers Inn, Bilton-in-Ainsty

The Coach and Horses, Harrogate

The Crown and Cushion, Welburn

The Swan and Talbot, Wetherby

Yorkshire Restaurant

1884 Wine and Tapas Bar, Hull

Prashad, Drighlington

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

The Hare Restaurant, Scawton

The Star Inn the City, York

The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley