SCORES of visitor attractions and businesses from the Chester and Ellesmere Port areas have been named as finalists in Marketing Cheshire’s annual awards.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence and outstanding achievement by both individuals and companies – both small and large – working across the county's visitor economy.

Major tourist destinations from Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet to newcomers such as BeWILDerwood Cheshire and history of medicine attraction, Sick To Death, have all made the shortlist.

A host of hotels, pubs, restaurants, holiday sites and accommodation providers have also been named as finalists, along with Ellesmere Port's National Waterways Museum and Storyhouse Chester.

Categories include Pub of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and the Unsung Hero Award.

The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 24 next year at Nunsmere Hall.

Many of the winners will go on to represent Cheshire at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022 and showcase what the county has to offer on a national level.

Nicola Said, commercial director at Marketing Cheshire, said: "This is the 16th year of these awards and after last year’s cancellation it’s great to see so many of our businesses get involved and make the shortlist.

"We know how difficult the past 18 months have been for tourism and hospitality businesses and these awards are an opportunity for us to shine a light on the organisations and individuals that make our visitor economy so successful and special.

"This year we have launched a new category – the Resilience and Innovation Award. So many businesses had to look at new ways of making money and serving their guests and this award is our way of celebrating that.

"We are looking forward to crowning our winners next year and seeing them go on to represent Cheshire on a national stage. I’d like to thank everyone for taking the opportunity to enter as well as our sponsors for their support."

This year’s event is sponsored by Insight6, Hipswing, Pear Communications and Digitickets.

The shortlist in full:

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

Guild of Chester Tour Guides

McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet


Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year

Carden Park Hotel

Tatton Park

Camping, Glamping, Holiday Park of the Year

Blakemere Touring & Holiday Park

Lloyds Meadow Glamping

Pitch & Canvas

Experience of the Year

Carden Park

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Large Hotel of the Year

Carden Park

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

Hotel Indigo Chester

Mottram Hall Champneys

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa

The Chester Grosvenor

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Anderton Boat Lift

Chester Zoo

Tatton Park

New Tourism Business Award

Forest Holidays Delamere Forest

BeWILDerwood Cheshire

Sick To Death

Newcomer Award

Artezzan Restaurant and Bar

BeWILDerwood Cheshire

Kelly-Marie Staunton - Mottram Hall Champneys

Sick To Death

The Lion at Malpas

Townhouse Hotel & Secret Garden

Pub of the Year

The Fishpool Inn

The Pheasant Inn

The White Horse

Resilience and Innovation Award

BeWILDerwood Cheshire

Cheshire Falconry

Chester Zoo

The Hollies Farm Shop

The Ice Cream Farm

Tatton Park

Self- Catering Accommodation of the Year

Cheshire Boutique Barns

Forest Holidays Delamere Forest

Kerridge End Holiday Cottages

Sandstone Trail Cottages

The Hollies Forest Lodges

Yew Tree Farm Holidays

Small Serviced Accommodation of the Year

The Lion at Malpas

The Pheasant Inn

Townhouse Hotel & Secret Garden

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Cheshire Falconry

Escapism Chester

Sick To Death

Team of the Year

BeWILDerwood Cheshire Management Team

Big Heritage CIC

Carden Park Hotel –The Spa at Carden Team

Cottons Hotel & Spa – The Sales Team

Mottram Hall Champneys – Front of House Team

Mottram Hall Champneys – Sales and Reservations Team

The Hollies Farm Shop – Team Hollies

The Mere Golf Resort and Spa Team

Townhouse Hotel & Secret Garden Team

Unsung Hero Award

Giorgia Frederico - Mottram Hall Champneys

Georgia Stroud – Mottram Hall Champneys

Aimee Glennon - The Garden House Marple Charity

Wedding Venue of the Year

Cheshire Woodland Weddings

Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel and Spa

Mottram Hall Champneys

Nunsmere Hall Hotel

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa