Purbeck businesses among finalists of Dorset Tourism Awards

In yet another seesaw year for tourism, a number of businesses in Purbeck have reached the finals of the Dorset Tourism Awards for 2021 / 22.

Those nominated will find out if they are winners at an awards event on Thursday 10th February 2022.

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Outdoor seating at Pig on the Beach
Pig on the Beach

Plenty of outdoor seating with a sea view at The Pig on the Beach Hotel in Studland

“Hard work and dedication”

Among the finalists is the popular Pig on the Beach hotel in Studland. Its hotel director, Tara Crabb said:

“We’re delighted to be nominated for best small hotel. Our team is always striving to give our guests the best experience possible and this nomination is testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Burnbake entrance in dorset
Burnbake

Burnbake near Corfe Castle is nominated for its dog friendliness

“We are proud and delighted

Up for dog friendly business of the year is Burnbake Forest Lodges and Campsite near Corfe Castle who posted:

“We are proud and delighted to have been chosen as finalists for Dorset Tourism Awards’ dog-friendly business of the year. Looking forward to the awards ceremony in February already!”

Other local contenders include Carey’s Secret Garden near Wareham which is a finalist in the new tourism business category and Spring Cottage in Wareham which is up for an award in the self catering accommodation of the year category.

Carey's secret garden
Carey’s secret garden

Newly opened for 2021, Carey’s Secret Garden is a contender in the new tourism business category

Chosen for their excellence, innovation and resilience

This is the ninth year of the competition and the winners will be chosen for their excellence, innovation and resilience. They’ll learn whether they have won Gold, Silver, Bronze or a Special award at the online awards event. A further eight have already received Commended status.

While this year there won’t be a big ceremony due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the organisers hope to have a proper get together later in the year.

Deborah Heather from the awards’ main sponsor, Quality in Tourism said:

“The 2021 / 22 awards in Dorset filled me with happiness and hope, the achievements and positivity of the operators was truly ​inspiring. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for this year and wish them all the best for 2022.”

Organising the awards is Robin Barker from Services for Tourism. He added:

“Despite everything that has been thrown at them, the awards once again demonstrate the quality, innovation and resilience of leading tourism businesses. Many congratulations to you all.”

A bedromm at the Pig on the Beach
Pig on the Beach

One of the comfy bedrooms at The Pig on the Beach Hotel in Studland

Full list of nominations for Dorset tourism awards 2021 / 22

Accessible and inclusive tourism award

Sponsored by Bournemouth University

  • Finalists to be announced at the awards event

Apprenticeship special award

Sponsored by NFU Mutual Wessex

  • Finalists to be announced at the awards event

B and B and guesthouse of the year

Sponsored by Goadsby

Finalists

  • St John’s Guest House, Weymouth
  • Channel View Guesthouse, Weymouth

Business events and wedding venue of the year

Sponsored by Furleigh Estate

Finalists

  • Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch
  • Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

Cafe / tearoom of the year

Sponsored by Clipper

Finalists

  • Ebike Café @ Deheers, Weymouth
  • Picnic Park Deli, Bournemouth
  • Tangerine Café and Gallery, Beaminster

Commended

  • Pause Cat Café, Bournemouth

Camping and caravanning park of the year

Sponsored by Anytime Booking

Finalists

  • Higher Moor Farm Campsite, Weymouth
  • Monkton Wyld Holiday Park, Charmouth
  • South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park, Dorchester

Casual dining and restaurant award

Sponsored by Furleigh Estate

Finalists

  • Nicetta, Weymouth
  • Shalims Indian Restaurant, Weymouth
  • The Station Kitchen, Bridport

Dog friendly business of the year

Sponsored by Pear Marketing

Finalists

  • Burnbake Campsite and Forest Lodges, Corfe Castle
  • Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth

Commended

  • Polygon Pets Ltd, Poole

Ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism award

Sponsored by Bournemouth Water

Finalists

  • Dorset Forest Garden Glamping, Beaminster
  • West Bay Discovery Centre, Bridport

Commended

  • Naked Coffee, Bournemouth

Experience of the year (active or learning)

Sponsored by Saffery Champness

Finalists

  • All Hallows’ Farmhouse Cookery School, Wimborne St Giles
  • Jurassic Coast Guides, Milborne St Andrew
  • Shore Campers – Campervan Hire, Bournemouth

Glamping business of the year

Finalists

  • At Goathill Farm, Sherborne
  • Dorset Forest Garden Glamping, Beaminster
  • The Yurt at Hollands Farmhouse, Dorchester

Holiday park of the year

Sponsored by Tozers

Finalists

  • Golden Cap Holiday Park, Chideock
  • Highlands End Holiday Park, Bridport
  • Waterside Holiday Park and Spa, Weymouth

Commended

  • Durdle Door Holiday Park, Lulworth

Large hotel of the year sponsored by Hotel Perfect

Finalists

  • Holiday Inn Bournemouth
  • Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
  • RNLI College, Poole

Commended

  • Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Weymouth

Large visitor attraction of the year

Sponsored by Love To Visit

Finalists

  • Dorset Museum, Dorchester
  • Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Ashley Forest

Commended

  • Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

New tourism business award

Sponsored by Visit Dorset

Finalists

  • At Goathill Farm, Sherborne
  • Carey’s Secret Garden, Wareham
  • The King’s Arms, Dorchester

Commended

  • Apex Expeditions, Poundbury

Outstanding contribution to Dorset tourism

Sponsored by Darren Northeast PR

  • To be announced at the Awards Event

Pub of the year

Sponsored by Dorset Food and Drink

Finalists

  • The Acorn Inn, Evershot
  • The Cross Keys, Sherborne
  • The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury

Resilience and innovation award

Sponsored by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Tourism

Finalists

  • Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington
  • Shore Campers – Campervan Hire, Bournemouth
  • Weymouth Bay RIB Charter, Weymouth

Self catering accommodation of the year

Sponsored by Touch Stay

Finalists

  • Frog by the Sea, Chideock
  • Greenwood Grange Holidays, Dorchester
  • Spring Cottage, Wareham

Small hotel of the year

Sponsored by Clockwork Marketing

Finalists

  • The Grange at Oborne, Sherborne
  • The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury
  • The Pig on the Beach, Studland

Small visitor attraction of the year

Sponsored by Resort Dorset

Finalists

  • Nothe Fort, Weymouth
  • Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington
  • West Bay Discovery Centre, Bridport

Commended

  • Bridport Museum Trust, Bridport

Tourism event / festival of the year

Sponsored by Dorset Magazine

Finalists

  • To be announced at the awards event

Unsung hero

Sponsored by Sculpture by the Lakes

Finalists

  • Christine Hughes, Moors Valley Country Park
  • Mick Callaghan, Bournemouth Electric Club, Bournemouth

Visitor information service of the year

Sponsored by Yellow Buses

Finalists

  • To be announced at the awards event

Winner of winners

Sponsored by Dorset LEP

  • To be announced at the awards event

Further information

More about the Dorset Tourism Awards is on its website

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