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Attraction Award Winners

Added: 16 February 2017

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The 2016 to 2017 South West England Tourism Excellence Awards held their winner’s ceremony at the beginning of this month. We were pleased to learn that four attractions that feature on our site took away awards three of which were awarded for Access & Inclusivity!

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The regional awards are the biggest scheme of their kind in the country bringing together winners from the Dorset, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, Cornwall and Devon Tourism Awards, as well as direct entries from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The Eden Project (photo 3) took the gold award for Access & Inclusivity, just some of the number of accessibility schemes they run for their visitors include accessible parking spaces and toilets, free entry for personal assistants, manual and powered wheelchairs available for free and information provided in large print, Braille and audio formats. During the Eden Sessions summer concerts they also provide a relaxed viewing area where people with additional needs can watch in a less crowded space away from the arena.

Bronze was awarded to At-Bristol Science Centre (photo 4) which is amazing interactive experience located in the city centre near the harbour. The attraction really does offer access for all visitors and there are a wide variety of interactive exhibits.

Following their success in the Dorset 2016 tourism awards, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest  (photo 5) also took the bronze award for Access & Inclusivity as well as the bronze for Sustainable Tourism. The Park works hard to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all their visitors and the widest possible access to their trails, buildings and events. Just some of the facilities at the park include accessible toilets, changing place facility, large print and braille leaflets, GPS Tracker Service (a personal alarm facility with SOS button), an Audio Trail, one tandem and two wheelchair bikes.

The silver award for Small Attraction of the Year was won by Hestercombe Gardens (photo 6) another accessible attraction that is located approximately 2.5 miles north of Taunton in Somerset. Its gardens are unique in that they provide examples of gardening styles from 3 different eras and include a Georgian landscaped garden, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the splendid Edwardian Lutyens/Jekyll garden.

All of us here at DHI would like to congratulate them on their wins and if you would like more detailed information of any of the venues please visit their respective pages in our online Attractions search, or alternatively use the links provided above.