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Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards 2023: The winners

Recognising Lincolnshire’s proud tourism industry

By Local Democracy Reporter

It was a night to remember at The Engine Shed, as the Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards 2023 brought over 300 of the local sector’s finest together for an evening of celebration and joy.

The Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards, organised by Stonebow Media and MyLocal in partnership with Destination Lincolnshire, were held at Lincoln’s Engine Shed on Thursday, October 12 — recognising the dedicated and successful work of Lincolnshire’s tourism industry over the last year.

A total of 14 awards were handed out across a range of categories, including the pub and hotels of the year, the best visitor attractions our county has to offer, or the coveted Taste Lincolnshire award for culinary excellence.

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This year’s host was Jane Boulton of Airline fame. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The event was hosted by none other than Jane Boulton, who became an icon of British popular culture during her role in the fly-on-the-wall documentary programme Airline, following easyJet staff on their daily goings-on with passengers at Luton Airport.

As someone who knows a thing or two about tourism and travel, Jane was the ideal person to host these awards, saying she was “honoured and privileged” to be invited as the compere of the evening.

Before the awards got underway, guests were treated to a performance by the Curious Theatre School, who sang and danced to a medley of hits including Katy Perry’s Roar and songs from The Greatest Showman.

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The Lincolnite / MyLocal founder Daniel Ionescu with Destination Lincolnshire CEO Charlotte Goy. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Charlotte Goy, CEO of Destination Lincolnshire, said: “Last night’s Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards absolutely celebrated every aspect of the visitor economy that we are lucky to have here in our thriving county.

“An apt evening to champion all of the innovation, passion, dedication, resilience, and tenacity that we have seen from Lincolnshire businesses over the past few years. It was an absolute joy to meet all the finalists and see 2023’s winners named.

“Not only is this a priceless opportunity for these 14 businesses to fly the flag and champion Lincolnshire with their award win, but for 12 of our winners – and five of our Destination Lincolnshire partners — this celebration also heralds the chance to achieve national recognition among industry peers.

“The VisitEngland Tourism Excellence Awards are designed to celebrate and demonstrate the quality of our country’s visitor offer, so to see such a strong cohort of Lincolnshire businesses now heading to the first round of national judging fills me with pride.

“Last year saw both International Bomber Command and Healing Manor Hotel head to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023 final, which took place at Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour no less.

“Fingers crossed we see some of our regional winners at the 2024 VisitEngland Awards, to celebrate Lincolnshire’s offering once again on the national stage.”

The Lincolnshire pumpkin soup starter. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A sumptuous Lincolnshire pork belly main from Salted Orange. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The event’s 14 awards were handed out between a delicious three course meal by award-winning Lincolnshire caterers Salted Orange, headed by Chef Sam Owen. The meal started with a Dorrington Homestead pumpkin soup with ras el hanout, served with (Lincoln) Vines Bakery bread. For main it was Dorrington Homestead pork belly, celeriac, crisp potato, apple puree and sage jus, while the non-meat option was ratatouille tartlet with herbs and tomatoes.

The meal was rounded off in style with a Dorrington Blackberry Mille-feuille dessert, with white chocolate, and once all the awards were handed out, a disco took place where guests hit the dancefloor to celebrate a successful evening.

Delicious dessert. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ceremonies like this are only made possible by the help of brilliant sponsors, and for the Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards they were: Duncan & Toplis, Visual Print & Design, Heart of Lincs, Fizzco, Insight6, East Lindsey District Council, Destination Lincolnshire and event organisers, Stonebow Media/The Lincolnite.

Below is the full list of finalists and winners on the night, and you can find the individual stories of the winners on our MyLocal app or website.

Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards 2023: All the finalists and winners

B&B and Guest House of the Year

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  • The Elm Tree – WINNER

  • The Old Kings Head

  • The Pyewipe Inn

  • The Vine B&B

  • Village Limits


Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

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  • Ashleigh Farm Caravan and Glamping

  • Grange Farm Park

  • Holivans Ltd – WINNER

  • Stewton Stars Hideaway

  • Treetop Hideaways


Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

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  • Ashleigh Farm Caravan and Glamping

  • Holivans Ltd

  • Louth Distillery

  • The Hope and Anchor Pub

  • Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop, Butchery & Cafe – WINNER


Experience of the Year

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  • Cameron Huggins Blacksmith

  • JandJ Alpacas

  • Go Ape Normanby Hall

  • Lincoln Cathedral

  • Lincolnshire Cookery School – WINNER


Hotel of the Year

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  • Cleatham Hall Hotel

  • Savoy Hotel Skegness

  • The Castle Hotel

  • William Cecil – WINNER


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

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  • Fantasy Island – WINNER

  • Jubilee Park Woodhall Spa ltd

  • Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

  • Normanby Hall Country Park

  • Woodside Wildlife Park


New Tourism Business of the Year

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  • JB Farming & Country Stays

  • Lincoln Free Walking Tour

  • Louth Distillery – WINNER

  • Luda Brewing Co.

  • The Hide Farm Stay


Pub of the Year

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  • The George at Langworth

  • The Hope and Anchor Pub – WINNER

  • The Horse & Groom

  • The Pyewipe Inn

  • The Queens Head Bar & Restaurant


Self Catering Accommodation of the Year

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  • Bainvalley Cottages

  • Holly Cottage Breaks

  • Lincolnshire Coastal Cottages

  • The Burrow Escape

  • Treetop Hideaways – WINNER


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

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  • Ark Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

  • Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre

  • Bransby Horses – Rescue & Welfare – WINNER

  • JandJ Alpacas

  • Wild Pines Park


Taste Lincolnshire Award

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  • Clarke’s Farm

  • Cognito

  • The Horse and Groom

  • V-ATE Automotive Smokehouse and Bowl

  • Winteringham Fields – WINNER


Unsung Hero Award

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  • David Leak: Ashleigh Farm Caravan and Glamping

  • Malcolm Phillips: Cogglesford Watermill

  • Hazel Wooding: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

  • Thomas Sanders: Serendipity at The Priory

  • Katie Calder: V-ATE Automotive Smokehouse and Bowl – WINNER


Arts, Culture and Heritage

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  • Heckington Windmill

  • International Bomber Command Centre – WINNER

  • Normanby Hall Country Park

  • North Lincolnshire Museum

  • Stamford Arts Centre


Customer Service Excellence Award

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  • Bransby Horses – Rescue & Welfare

  • Hirst Priory Ltd

  • International Bomber Command Centre

  • The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Limited – WINNER

  • Walcot Hall