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Our partner venues go for gold at North East England Tourism Awards 2015

3rd December 2015

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We’re delighted that many of our partner venues took home gold awards at last month’s North East England Tourism Awards, which celebrated exceptional contribution of the best tourism businesses in the region.


Event DurhamEvent Durham, Durham University won the Business Tourism Award. Event Durham is a conference, banqueting, accommodation and events service, with venues including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Castle, as well as modern, purpose-built facilities.


Rockliffe HallLarge Hotel was won by five-star Rockliffe Hall, which is set on a magnificent 18th century estate on the banks of the River Tees. It can cater for 8 to 250 delegates and offers 11 meeting rooms, three restaurants, a world-class golf course and award-winning spa with a Spa Garden area that can be hired for exclusive use.


Seaham HallContinuing the country house theme, Seaham Hall took home gold for Small Hotel of the Year. This five-star hotel dates back to 1791 and has a striking cliff-top location. As well as a range of flexible meeting rooms, restaurants and a luxurious spa, Seaham Hall offers a wide range of team building activities in its grounds.


Sage GatesheadThe Access for All Award had two winners – Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Old Town Hall, plus Newcastle United and Sodexo Prestige Venues and Events.

Sage Gateshead is one of the most iconic buildings in the UK, which sits on the south bank of the River Tyne on NewcastleGateshead’s Quayside. As well as being an international home for music, it is a major conference venue – Sage One can seats up to 1,700 delegates.


Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United’s home ground, St James’ Park, is visible from almost every vantage point across NewcastleGateshead and lies in the heart of the city centre. It hosts private functions, meetings, exhibitions, and conferences, and can seat up to 1,000 delegates for dinner in the Bamburgh suite.


BeamishThe Large Visitor Attraction award went to Beamish, The Living Museum of the North and Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Beamish is an award-winning open air museum that offers the unique opportunity for delegates and organisers to step back in time and experience North East England in the 1820s, early 1900s and 1940s. From product launches, to meetings, receptions and social events, it makes a memorable event setting.


Seven StoriesSeven Stories is set in the creative heart of NewcastleGateshead, Ouseburn, and its innovative exhibitions celebrate children’s books – how books are made, where they come from and how we can enjoy and share them.


Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Huge congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It has been another outstanding year for entries with a high standard of entrants across the board… it’s fantastic to see the continued success of local businesses who contribute skills, knowledge and outstanding experiences to the industry as a whole.”

Winners at the regional awards now have the chance to showcase their business and the North East on the national stage at the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016.

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