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Northern Park best in England

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A caravan park in Northumberland has been named caravan holiday park of the year at a ceremony dubbed the “Tourism Oscars”.

Seafield Caravan Park, in the coastal village of Seahouses, was made Gold winner at The Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, an annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of English tourism.

The park, run by Ken Britton and his family, not only offers 18 touring pitches and 40 static caravans to hire, but has recently added an indoor leisure complex, complete with swimming pool, to the site. The addition of a sauna, steam room, state of the art gym and a health and beauty suite offering spa-style treatments, has made Seafield a popular year round destination.

“We were delighted to win the award.” said Mr Britton. “There’s a lot of hard work, time and money that has gone into the park, and it’s nice to get a pat on the back for that.

“ It’s also great recognition for the staff – we’ve got a super team here who all work really hard.

“Tourism is becoming such an important part of the economy in the north east, so it’s also great to see that it’s now seen as a tourist destination.”

The park beat off stiff competition from 29 regional finalists, and upstaged two well known southern parks to be awarded the top slot. Sandy Balls Holiday Centre in the New Forest and The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Sandringham site were both given silver awards.

Other gold awards went to the London Eye, for best tourism experience, the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham, for Business tourism, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, for large visitor attraction of the year, Castle Howard Farm Shop and Courtyard Café which won the Taste of England Award and Winchester Tourist Information Centre, which was named tourist information centre of the year.

The awards ceremony was held at Madame Tussauds in London at the end of April, and was hosted by TV and radio personality Sandi Toksvig. The awards, sponsored by the Caravan Club, also welcomed HRH the Duke of Gloucester as guest of honour.

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