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Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex c Philip Vile

Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award

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In South East England we love to celebrate tourism excellence. On one hand it's very easy to do, as we have such an outstanding array of businesses that fit the bill! On the other hand, there are too many amazing businesses across the destination to acknowledge them all!

Each year the Beautiful South Awards celebrates the cream of the South East’s tourism industry, celebrating the top places to stay, visit and enjoy across the region, awarding Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commended in recognition for the work undertaken over the past year.  These awards celebrate the tourism businesses that go that extra mile, creating visitor experiences that customers enjoy time and time again.  They celebrate great places to stay with an extra special warm South East welcome and places to eat that champion local producers and seasonal produce. They also honour some of the top events happening within the destination that you just shouldn't miss and those businesses within the industry that are bringing about change in sustainability, inclusivity, staff training and development.

Take a look and discover this years award-winning hotels, top places to visit and events that will be pulling in the visitors for 2022.  See what an award-winning destination South East England is. Why not include some of them in your holiday and days out plans, using the list below or at the bottom of the page, you'll find a host of accommodation choices, attractions to visit, places to eat and even to get married in!

Two of the South East businesses have been recognised as the best in the country in the recent Visit England Awards, these are Chichester Festival Theatre, who won Gold in the national competition - Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award and Bletchley Park who won a silver in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.  A massive well done to both businesses and their teams who work to make their experiences stand out from the crowd.

Best Places to Visit

Oxford Castle and Prison, Oxford

Best Places to Stay

Oakley Hall Hotel, Basingstoke, credit Real Simple Photography

Best Places to Eat

  • The Blue Anchor, Crowborough,  East Sussex - Pub of the Year - Gold Award Winner
  • The Gallivant, Camber, East Sussex - Taste of the South East - Gold Award Winner
  • The Purefoy Arms, Basingstoke, Hampshire - Pub of the Year - Silver Award Winner
  • DQ Terrace Bar & Café, Eastbourne, East Sussex - Taste of the South East - Silver Award Winner
  • The Cricketers Inn, Southampton, Hampshire - Pub of the Year - Bronze Award Winner
  • Fresco DeliKafessen, Guildford, Surrey - Taste of the South East - Bronze Award Winner
  • The Garden Room at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Hythe, Kent - Taste of the South East - Commended
  • Dimitrios Lazaridis - Fresco DeliKafessen, Guildford, Surrey - Unsung Hero - Commended

Best Experiences

  • The Gallivant, Camber, East Sussex - Business Events Venue of the Year and Wedding Venue of the Year - Gold Award Winner
  • Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex - Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award - Gold Award Winner & National Award Winner
  • Christmas at Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent - Experience and Event of the Year - Gold Award Winner
  • East Afton Farmhouse, Yarmouth, Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight - Wedding Venue of the Year - Gold Award Winner
  • Yellowave Beach Sports Venue, Brighton, East Sussex - Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award - Silver Award Winner
  • Go Ape, Bracknell, Berkshire - Experience and Event of the Year - Silver Award Winner
  • Wakehurst – Glow Wild, Haywards Heath, West Sussex - Experience and Event of the Year - Silver Award Winner
  • Hovertravel, Ryde, Isle of Wight - Resilience and Innovation Award - Silver Award Winner
  • Wightlink, Portsmouth, Hampshire - Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award - Bronze Award Winner
  • South of England Show 2021, Ardingly, Kent - Experience and Event of the Year - Bronze Award Winner
  • Globalls – Indoor UV Mini Golf, Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex - Experience and Event of the Year - Commended
  • Light Up Wiston, Midhurst, West Sussex - Experience and Event of the Year - Commended

Image of the Gardens and Greenhouse at RHS Wisley in Surrey

Congratulations to all the award-winners, a massive thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to make the South East an award-winning destination to work in, visit and holiday in.  

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  1. Eastbourne Visitor Centre

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    Tourist Information Centres

    EASTBOURNE

    The helpful staff at the town's Tourist Information Centre are eagerly awaiting your enquiries about sunny Eastbourne and the county of Sussex.

  2. Holiday Inn Winchester

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    Hotel

    Winchester

    The four star Holiday Inn hotel in Winchester is the perfect place to stay, whether it be business, leisure or with the family. This gorgeous hotel is located just two miles from the city centre, offering free car parking and close to many local…

  3. Shorefield Country Park

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    Camping & Caravan Site

    Lymington

    Shorefield Country Park is set in a fabulous location 800 metres from the coast with the New Forest just 2 miles inland.

  4. Wakehurst

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    Garden

    HAYWARDS HEATH

    Wakehurst Place and the interactive Millennium Seed Bank exhibition are the perfect answer for visitors of all ages, whatever time of the year. Open all year.

  5. Tom's Eco Lodge

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    Self-Catering

    Yarmouth

    Tom’s Eco Lodge takes Glamping to the next level with 5 beautiful Safari Tents, 2 Wooden Cabins, 2 Modulogs and 2 Pods – each nestled away in the glorious surroundings of Tapnell Farm.

  6. Mill Rythe Holiday Village

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    Holiday Village

    Hayling Island

    This well-known, quality resort offers catered Adult Only and Family breaks with a superb range of facilities and services in an attractive and secluded location.

  7. Blenheim Palace

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    Historic House / Palace

    Woodstock

    Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens

  8. Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Edenbridge

    Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor.

  9. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Country House Hotel

    Basingstoke

    Oakley Hall offers 47 elegant bedrooms in both the main house and the converted 19th century stable block. Bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished to a very high standard complete with every modern convenience.

  10. The Chestnuts

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    Self-Catering

    Burford

    Award winning, stylish Cotswold Cottage, exuding old world charm and luxury living. A perfect holiday haven – you’ll never want to leave. Sleeps up to 8; it has two lounges (one with inglenook fireplace), large dining area, kitchen equipped for the

  11. Hurley House Hotel

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Maidenhead

    By Train from London Paddington Station to Maidenhead Station. Then 10 minutes’ drive/taxi ride.

  12. Leonardslee Gardens

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Horsham

    One of the finest gardens in Britain, Leonardslee will reopen to the public in March 2018. The Grade 2 listed Italianate style ropery will house dining facilities and become a local attraction for wedding groups and events.

  13. Chichester Festival Theatre

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    Theatres & Cinemas

    Chichester

    Situated between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres. Come and visit!
    ‘The jewel in the crown of regional theatres’
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  14. Stubcroft Farm Campsite Ltd.

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    Camping & Caravan Site

    CHICHESTER

    Award winning, friendly, family run campsite with helpful staff, respect for the environment and our modern facilities near to some of the South Coast’s best sandy beaches & dunes makes Stubcroft a unique holiday destination.

  15. Gunwharf Quays

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    Shopping Centre

    Portsmouth

    Gunwharf Quays is home to over 95 premium retail outlet stores offering famous brand names at discount prices. If you love to shop then there really is no better place than Gunwharf Quays.

  16. Wightlink Ferries

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    Boat

    Portsmouth

    Wightlink is the largest ferry operator to the Isle of Wight, operating round the clock, 365 days a year, and offering a choice of three routes across the Solent.

    Car ferries operate between Portsmouth and Fishbourne on the east of the Island.…

  17. Royal Pavilion

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    Historic House / Palace

    Brighton

    The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.

  18. Brooklands Museum

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    Museum

    Weybridge

    Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit and houses collections of cars, motorcycles and bicycles, particular from the heyday of the track until it closed in 1939.

  19. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Hastings

    Visit Hastings’ family-friendly and diverse Museum and Art Gallery for an exploration of art, heritage and history from around the world.

  20. Oxford Castle & Prison

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Oxford

    For the first time in 1000 years, the secrets of Oxford Castle have been ' unlocked', revealing episodes of violence, executions, great escapes, betrayal and even romance. Visit Oxford Castle and uncover the secrets for yourself.

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