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Tourism awards joy for north Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

THE cream of the crop of Suffolk's tourism industry gathered last night to celebrate the very best attractions the county has to offer.

The black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony took place at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

THE cream of the crop of Suffolk's tourism industry gathered last night to celebrate the very best attractions the county has to offer.

The black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony took place at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

And coming out tops in three of the categories were Africa Alive! the Crown Hotel, at Southwold, and the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

Now in its third year, the Tourism in Suffolk Awards aim to showcase the professionalism and expertise of the county's top attractions, hotels, pubs, businesses and individuals.

With 12 categories there was a chance for all those involved in the diverse industry to proudly position themselves at the forefront of their sector.

And in a year when Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose to spend his summer holiday visiting the beautiful Suffolk coastline and the Prince of Wales also toured parts of the county there has been much to celebrate.

The night - hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter James Hazell - began with a champagne reception followed by dinner, the awards ceremony and a disco.

Among the winners were the Africa Alive! adventure park, at Kessingland, which won best large attraction; the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, which won best small attraction; the Angel Hotel at Bury St Edmunds, which won best large hotel; and the Bildeston Crown, which won the best small hotel.

The Lowestoft Sea Front Air Festival won the festival and events prize.

The awards were sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk, Leisure Target, Cipher Crystal, Paddy & Scott's, JLS Catering, Archant Suffolk, Suffolk County Council Passenger Transport, Leo Print, Business Link, Visit Ipswich and Visit Suffolk Attractions.

THE WINNERS

Best small Suffolk attraction: Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

Best large Suffolk attraction: Africa Alive, Kessingland

Best Suffolk bed & breakfast/guesthouse: Manor House at Beyton

Best large Suffolk hotel/townhouse: The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

Best small Suffolk hotel/townhouse: The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston

Best Suffolk self-catering establishment: Read Hall Cottage, Debenham

Best Suffolk tourist information service: Ipswich Tourist Information Centre

Sustainable tourism award: The Crown Hotel, Southwold

Festival & events award: Lowestoft Sea Front Air Festival

Leisure & recreation award: Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Outstanding contribution to tourism: Scott Dolling, Suffolk Tourism Partnership.

People's award: Kentwell Hall

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