The Trentham Estate Is Highly Commended At Top Tourism Awards
23 May 2012
The Trentham Estate was Highly Commended at the biggest tourism awards scheme in the country last night.
VisitEngland’s Excellence in Tourism Awards is one of the most glittering and prestigious events on the domestic tourism calendar.
And the team from The Trentham Estate returned to Stoke-on-Trent, from the Athena in Leicester last night (May 22nd), with a top commendation - having lost-out to the Beamish Museum, County Durham, in the race for the title of the Best Large Visitor Attraction in the country.
Hosted by VisitEngland Chairman, Lady Cobham, the evening concluded with the presentation of awards in 15 different categories.
The Trentham Estate was one of just five shortlisted finalists flying the flag for the Heart of England - and the only representative for Staffordshire.
The evening marked the end of a long application procedure, starting last November, with completion of a lengthy application form outlining The Trentham Estate’s massive achievements since it once again opened its gates to the public just eight years ago.
One of the country’s largest historic garden restoration projects The Trentham Estate combines award-winning gardens, lake and sweeping parkland. Ongoing regeneration since 2004 has added a wide range of extra facilities, including a huge Garden Centre, Shopping Village, Aerial Extreme, the unique Trentham Monkey Forest and a Premier Inn hotel.
A philosophical Mike Herbert, Director of The Trentham Estate and Regional Director of St. Modwen Properties commented: “Tonight was all about The Trentham Estate taking its rightful place at the top table of the domestic tourism industry. We always knew that we were up against some outstanding competition in our category, but to have been shortlisted for the top prize, and come away with a Highly Commended award is still a fantastic achievement.
“This is another great moment in the Estate’s long history. It’s a fitting tribute to all of the staff and management at The Trentham Estate - as well as to all of our tenants. But most importantly of all, it’s something the people of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire can be equally proud of. They’ve taken Trentham to their hearts again, and helped to put it on the winners’ rostrum.”
For more information visit www.trentham.co.uk