Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses are to be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony next week.

The 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards will see more than 40 attractions, activities, hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and holiday parks compete in 16 categories. 

The winners will be crowned at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Wednesday 15th November (12pm-4pm), with awards including Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Hotel of the Year up for grabs.

And the successful businesses in 14 of the categories will go forward to represent Staffordshire at next year’s national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Councillor Mark Winnington, deputy chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said: “Staffordshire is a great county with a rich tapestry of visitor attractions that we are very proud of.

“Tourism plays a vital role in our overall economy and our local tourism businesses continue to do a great job, bringing in millions of pounds each month for the local economy and sustaining tens of thousands of jobs.
“We are a county that has something for everyone and our annual awards give us a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate with all our tourism businesses.
“I wish all our entrants the best of luck.”

Tickets for the event are available until Friday 10th November for Staffordshire tourism businesses. They are priced at £30 and include welcome drinks, a two course hot lunch and entertainment.
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The full list of businesses in the running for awards, listed by district, is as follows:

East Staffordshire Borough

  • Greenacres Barn
  • Heywood Hall
  • Lower Micklin Touring Park
  • Uttoxeter Racecourse

Lichfield District

  • Amber House
  • Colton House
  • Drayton Court Hotel
  • Drayton Manor Park
  • Heart of the Country Village
  • Lichfield Cathedral
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Swinfen Hall
  • The Orgreave Lodge
  • The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
  • Visit Lichfield Green Badge Guides

Newcastle Borough

  • Betley Court Farm Cottage
  • The Dorothy Clive Garden
  • Go Kidsgrove

South Staffordshire District

  • Cannock Chase Trekking Centre
  • New Wood Farm
  • Oakland Holiday Park
  • The Chase Hotel & Golf Club
  • The Moat House, Acton Trussell

Stafford Borough

  • Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel
  • Dalraddy Cottage
  • Highfields Farm B&B
  • Ingestre Lodges
  • Lymestone Brewery
  • The Borehole
  • The Shugborough Estate
  • The Swan Hotel
  • Trentham Monkey Forest
  • Yarnfield Park

Staffordshire Moorlands District

  • Alton Towers Resort
  • Beechenhill Farm
  • Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre
  • The Laurels Bed & Breakfast
  • The Warren B&B

Stoke-on-Trent City

  • BW Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel
  • Gladstone Pottery Museum
  • World of Wedgwood

Tamworth Borough

  • Snowdome
  • Tamworth Castle
  • Tamworth Guild of Town Guides