Isle of Wight tourism businesses celebrated in the Beautiful South Awards

Isle of Wight businesses have been celebrated in the Beautiful South Awards, announced today. (Thursday March 4)

The awards, which recognise excellence in the tourism industry in the region are organised by Tourism South East, the regional umbrella organisation for tourism, which covers the Isle of Wight.

Camp Wight claimed silver in the New Tourism Business of the Year category. The wild camping site at Ningwood near Shalfeet was officially established in 2020 and although not the year they had hoped for, they are looking forward to being able to welcome visitors in 2021.

Thomas Cowley runs the popular wild camping and glamping site with wife Gemma:

‘We’re delighted Camp Wight has been recognised in the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards. Winning Silver in a tough New Business category is an absolutely fantastic result for us, we’re planning to ensure it marks the start of a year where we can continue to add to our success, and will be realizing more of our plans to develop Camp Wight as an outstanding, sustainable woodland camping and glamping destination.

‘We are also really looking forward this spring, to being able to welcome visitors to the camp site at Ningwood, as soon as restrictions allow!’

As Away Resorts were thrilled to won Bronze for the Virtual Beautiful South Awards for Camping and Holiday Park of the Year. Director Carl Castledine had this to say:

“Given the difficulties faced for travel this year we’re thrilled to have the hard work of all the team here recognised. We’re extremely proud of the holidays we offer and the happy memories British families continue to make with us. As the Virtual Beautiful South Award is judged by travel experts, we’re all the more honoured to receive it.”

Queen Victoria’s house at Osborne, shortlisted in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category, claimed the bronze award and was recognised for it’s excellent team.

David Bailey, Head of Historic Properties Isle of Wight and Hampshire, English Heritage said:

‘We are absolutely delighted that Osborne has won the bronze award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year. After what has been a hugely challenging year, our English Heritage staff and volunteer team have done an incredible job to consistently deliver a safe and welcoming visitor experience at Osborne, as well as ensure the on-going care of this most special of places. The award is a testament to team work, innovation and resilience and I am extremely proud to accept it on behalf of everyone involved.’

There were even more Isle of Wight winners in the awards ceremony, which was held online over the course of the day (Thursday March 4) and sponsored by the Grand Hotel in Brighton.

Vernon Cottage in Shanklin received a commendation in the Restaurant, Cafe & Tearoom category, while Nettlecombe Farm and Tapnell Farm both received a commendation in the Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year category.

Jose Morris from Nettlecombe Farm said:

‘We are truly delighted to have received ‘Commended’ in the Beautiful South awards today, after such a challenging year for our business, having our beautiful Nettlecombe Farm and hardworking staff recognised in this way means a great deal. We are now looking forward to welcoming our guests here in April in what is set to be our busiest season on record!

‘Thank you to the Beautiful South Awards for our award & congratulations to all other award winners.’

Will Myles, MD at Visit Isle of Wight, said:

‘Congratulations to all of our Island businesses that have been recognised at the Beautiful South Awards today – the past year has been incredibly difficult, it is reassuring to see Isle of Wight businesses are still being recognised for providing first class getaways and experiences for visitors to our shores. We hope that all of the Island’s tourism industry will flourish once again when restrictions allow travel once more.’