South Yorkshire tourist destinations are dominating a shortlist for the Large Visitor Attraction gong in the 2014 White Rose Awards.
Three of the six finalists – Wentworth Castle Gardens, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Cannon Hall Farm – are in South Yorkshire, while the National Coal Mining Museum at Overton, near Barnsley, is also in the running.
Meanwhile, Sheffield film event Doc/Fest has reached the final of the Arts and Culture Award, Sheffield Theatres staff are competing for the Outstanding Customer Service Award, and Sheffield City Hall is in the running for the Business Tourism Award.
Claire Herring, director of the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, said it was ‘absolutely brilliant’ to reach the final.
“We are now in the same league as some of the really large attractions, which is quite exciting for us, if not a little daunting,” she said.
Cannon Hall Farm manager David Nicholson said: “The whole family are thrilled we are shortlisted. We want to be the number one attraction in Yorkshire.”
The awards are organised by tourism agency Welcome To Yorkshire, and have been held every year since 1989. Around 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s ceremony on November 17 in Harrogate.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Given the high standard of this year’s entries, just making it to the shortlist is a huge achievement.
“This year, the bar has been raised yet again, and they’ve had to contend with some real quality competition. It’s always a close-run thing, but there’s every chance they could go on and win one of these prestigious awards.”
The other two finalists in the Large Visitor Attraction category are Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire and The Deep in Hull.