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North Somerset tourist attractions in line for top industry awards

PUBLISHED: 07:34 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:34 06 November 2017

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A number of North Somerset tourist attractions are in line to receive coveted prizes at a regional awards ceremony next week.

Nigel Marven and deputy head keeper Mandy Patch, of Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Mark Atherton Nigel Marven and deputy head keeper Mandy Patch, of Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Picture: Mark Atherton

Several of the district’s holiday and leisure attractions, including Clevedon Hall and Congresbury’s DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, have been nominated in the 2017 Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

The ceremony will be held at Somerset County Cricket Club, in Taunton, on Thursday, when some of North Somerset’s top attractions will be hoping to walk away with a prize.

The winners on the night will also be nominated for the wider South West competition and could ultimately earn a spot in the prestigious National VisitEngland Awards – which is reserved only for the country’s top attractions.

Awards organiser Nell Barrington said: “We are thrilled for all the finalists and want to thank all the businesses who entered this year.

“There was a really great response from Somerset, Bristol and Bath.”

Among the nominees is Wraxall-based Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, which is home to more than 100 species of animal. The zoo is vying for the top prize in the sustainable tourism category.

Flax Bourton’s West Country Games is a finalist in the tourism experience of the year category. The firm specialises in parties and stag dos, offering a range of thrills and spills including obstacle courses and inflatable games.

A pair of attractions were highly commended in the large attraction of the year category, just missing out on a prized nomination. Clevedon’s Victorian pier – which is home to a range of exhibits and a café and is also a wedding venue – and Wraxall’s Tyntesfield Estate were both recognised by the panel, but just missed out on a finalist spot.

Popular wedding venue Clevedon Hall impressed the judges, receiving a nomination for the venue and business tourism award.

Congresbury-based DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, which recently scooped the European boutique hotel of the year prize from the Luxury Travel Awards, has been nominated for the large hotel of the year prize.

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