Norfolk attractions rated best in region

Some of the county's top tourist attractions were named as the best in the region last night.

Children's adventure park Bewilderwood, near Hoveton, and the Broad House Hotel in Wroxham were among the winners at the regional Enjoy England for Excellence Awards.

The awards, presented by BBC Newsnight's Gavin Esler at a ceremony in Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, celebrated the quality of the tourism industry in the eastern region.

Derek Langslow, chairman of East of England Tourism, said: “These awards recognise the excellent standards being achieved within the tourism industry throughout the region.

“They highlight the high quality and excellent customer service within the industry, as well as some marvellous examples of best practice in welcoming visitors with disabilities, promoting local produce and looking after the environment.”

At last night's awards, family adventure park Bewilderwood was named as the best large visitor attraction, beating competition from the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire.

Meanwhile, the Broad House Hotel in Wroxham was crowned as the best small hotel ahead of Great Hallingbury Manor, near Bishop's Stortford, Essex, and Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Other Norfolk winners were Incleborough House and Stable Cottage in East Runton, Deepdale Leisure in Burnham Deepdale and Park House Hotel in Sandringham.

The winners will now be entered into the national awards which will be held in April 2010.

Simon Egan, co-founder of Bewilderwood, said: “Bewilderwood is a unique attraction which offers something very special to visitors.

“Since we opened in 2007 we have all worked very hard to bring our wild and magical wood to life and it's fantastic to receive recognition for our remarkably dedicated team. We are committed to making Bewilderwood an even more memorable experience in the years to come.”

As part of its Do Different, Do Norfolk campaign, the Evening News has been celebrating all the county has to offer, encouraging readers to make the most of the attractions on their doorstep.

Eastern Daily Press - Journalist: Kate Scotter