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Hever Castle, Kent

Experience and Event of the Year

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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

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. 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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  2. Hovertravel

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    Boat

    Ryde

    Hovertravel, the only scheduled Hovercraft operator in Europe, is the quickest way to reach the Isle of Wight. This fast service also has a frequent timetable starting from 6am and running throughout the day until 9pm.

  3. RHS Garden Wisley

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    Garden

    Woking

    Enchanted Story Trail returns to the Garden this Christmas to entertain 4–10 year olds and their adult companions. Stories and songs await discovery in the magical landscape. Free with normal Garden entry. For more information visit the website…

  4. 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.

  5. Houghton Lodge Gardens

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    Garden

    Stockbridge

    A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orne”.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. Wellington Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Riseley, Reading

    Wellington Country Park, ‘The Biggest Outdoor play in Berkshire’, was established in 1974 by the Eighth Duke and Duchess of Wellington. Set in 350 acres of beautiful parklands off the A33 between Basingstoke and Reading, Wellington Country Park…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Civil Licensed Venues

    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.

  12. Bletchley Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Milton Keynes

    Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Go Ape Bracknell

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    Theme Park

    Bracknell

    This location plays host to our 3 fan favourites. The ultimate forest challenge is Tree Top Challenge, with 2-3 hours of tree-to-tree Zip Wires, a double Tarzan Swing and much more. Take your pick from wind-in-your-face rushes to butterfly-inducing…

  17. British Airways i360

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    Sightseeing

    Brighton

    Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before!

  18. Heath Farm Holiday Cottages

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    Self-Catering

    Chipping Norton

    Five award-winning luxury self-catering holiday cottages, each sleeps 2 – 4 adults, lovingly converted old stone farm buildings set in 70 acres of meadow and woodland. An exquisite and tranquil base for exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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