North East England Tourism Awards Winner
Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland scooped Gold for Best Tourism Experience:
Heidi Mottram, Chair of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: "On behalf of all members across the Park we are delighted to have been recognised amongst such top visitor attractions. Over the last year the Park has enjoyed a growth in visitor numbers from 306,000 to 345,000 and also Kielder Observatory in particular has seen significant growth.
"Moving forward we have even more exciting developments ahead for 2013 including our bid for Dark Sky Park status, growth of the art and architecture programme, capital developments across several of our visitor centres and an ever growing, action packed event programme