Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delight as Four North Attractions Scoop Top Awards

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delight as Four North Attractions Scoop Top Awards

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk

FOUR North East attractions have been awarded national tourism accolades in recognition of the quality of their visitor experiences.

In a national list of 17 VisitEngland Accolades, awards have been given to Vindolanda Roman fort and its nearby sister site, the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead in Northumberland, Beamish Museum, and Raby Castle in County Durham.

Raby received a gold award for across-the-board excellence, with Beamish and Vindolanda earning recognition in the Best Told Story category, and the Roman Army Museum rewarded in the Welcome section.

Introduced by VisitEngland last year, the accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by VisitEngland.

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland said: "We know that England has a fantastic range of standout product which generates high levels of satisfaction for visitors.

"These attractions have succeeded in receiving an accolade either for their warm welcome, unique storytelling or high-quality food and drink; ensuring an all-round quality experience for visitors."

Rhiannon Hiles, Beamish's deputy director, said: "We are so delighted to have been awarded the VisitEngland Best Told Story Accolade.

"At Beamish we place our visitors at the centre of everything we do and we aim to reach a diverse audience through the stories we tell across the museum, of the social, industrial and rural history of the communities across the region using immersive engagement techniques.

"The Accolade means so much to Beamish, for our staff, volunteers and most importantly our visitors and we are very proud to have been awarded this."

A Vindolanda Trust spokesperson said: "We are thrilled to have received these awards and it is great to have recognition from the national tourist board for all of our hard work. …

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