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Sage Gatheshaed's win

26th November 2018

Sage Gateshead celebrate as they were awarded Gold for Inclusive Tourism and Silver for Business Tourism at the North East England Tourism Awards ceremony.

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director, Sage Gateshead said: “I’m especially proud that we’ve been awarded a Gold and a Silver award this year at the North East England Tourism Awards".

Inclusion is a cornerstone of all we do, so it’s fantastic to be awarded Gold in the Inclusive Tourism Award in recognition of this. To win Silver for Business Tourism, for the second year running, is a fantastic reflection on our Conference & Events team who always deliver to the highest possible quality with a sense of pride and passion.

 I’m grateful to the entire team at Sage Gateshead who work so hard to provide the best music opportunities and events for everyone and for the continued support we receive from our attendees, clients and stakeholders.”

The awards play a key role in celebrating and showcasing the range of tourism businesses that visitors to the North East encounter. The tourism sector continues to be the fourth largest in the region, highlighting the importance of the businesses working in the sector to the wider economy.

 Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and those who contribute to the success of the North East tourism sector. This year we received a record number of applications and all the categories were tightly contested.”

BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter Alfie Joey hosted the awards and entertained guests throughout the evening at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Photo Credit: Rich Kenworthy
Photo: Sage Gateshead’s Emily Taylor, PR & Communications Manager and Sandy Duff, Arches & NEET Programme Leader, receiving the award at the Awards Ceremony 

For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Gaynor Ellis, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead

E. gaynor.ellis@sagegateshead.com T. 0191 443 4690 number 


Emily Taylor, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead

E. emily.taylor@sagegateshead.com T. 0191 443 4617 number 

Notes to editors:

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.

Every year it welcomes more than two million visitors. More than 400 concerts featuring all kinds of local, regional and international music, take place all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region, with 190,000 people of all ages taking part in over 10,000 music classes and workshops.

The iconic building, designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners, is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia and is a place where emerging artists are nurtured through dedicated programmes and festivals.

 As a charity, the support it receives helps to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.  

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the North East Tourism Alliance. Newcastle College and Bidfood continued their support for the awards as event sponsors for 2018.

Full list of winners:

Inclusive Tourism Award

Gold – Sage Gateshead

Silver – Go North East

Bronze – The Commissioners Quay Inn

Highly commended – The Hog's Head Inn

Business Tourism Award

Gold – Event Durham, Durham University

Silver – Sage Gateshead

Bronze – Civic Centre Banqueting Suites, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle City Council

Hotel of the Year

Gold - Langley Castle Hotel

Silver – Seaham Hall

Bronze – Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

Bronze – Gisborough Hall Hotel

Highly commended - Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Gold – Lord Crewe Arms

Silver – William De Percy

Bronze – Barrasford Arms

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Gold – Brunswick House

Gold – St. Cuthbert's House

Bronze – Layside Bed & Breakfast

Highly commended – Budle Hall

Highly commended – Moor End Guest House

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Gold – St. Oswald's Farm

Silver – Woodside Lodge

Bronze – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.

Highly commended – Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Gold – Doe Park Caravan Site

Bronze – North Shire

Bronze – The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery

Silver – South Tynedale Railway

Silver – Wynyard Garden

Bronze – Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Alnwick Garden

Silver – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Bronze – Whitehouse Farm Centre

Highly commended – Alnwick Castle

Guided Tour of the Year

Gold – Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours

Silver – Lundgren Tours Ltd.

Bronze – Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil

Highly commended – Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Gold – Lord Crewe Arms

Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.

Bronze – South Tynedale Railway

Highly commended – The Lindisfarne Inn

Tourism Pub of the Year

Gold – Barrasford Arms

Silver – Lord Crewe Arms

Bronze – The Lindisfarne Inn

Bronze – The Twice Brewed

Taste of England Award

Gold – Blackfriars Restaurant

Silver – The Potted Lobster

Bronze – Block & Bottle

Bronze – Lord Crewe Arms

Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold – Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut

Silver – St. Cuthbert's House

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Gold – Durham Pointers

Silver – Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

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