Penshurst Place Shortlisted in Happy Family Category in Top Tourism Award

Penshurst Place Shortlisted in Happy Family Category in Top Tourism Award

  • Penshurst Place is shortlisted in new Visit Kent Tourism Awards 2017
  • Public are invited to vote for winners – starting today and closing on 20th October
  • Each public vote automatically entered into a free competition to win six days out in Kent*

Penshurst Place and Gardens is shortlisted in the “Happy Family Award” category in the newly introduced Visit Kent Tourism Awards 2017.  Having been chosen from nearly 100 entries, the West Kent family favourite is now relying on the public to vote for it to win the title by registering their support before voting closes on 20th October.

The Kent Tourism Awards scheme comprises seven categories and has been introduced by Visit Kent to recognise and reward exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experience within Kent’s tourism industry. This is the first year the scheme has run, and competition to win one of the prestigious new awards has been fierce with 97 companies entering and just 22 tourism businesses making it through to the final shortlist. The winner will be decided by public vote and announced on 24th November.

Lucy McLeod, Head of Marketing & Events says “There are so many fantastic things to see and do in Kent so it’s wonderful to have to be shortlisted in the first Visit Kent tourism awards. Penshurst Place is at its core, a family home, and we work hard to ensure those families values are reflected in what we offer our visitors. We look forward to providing many more years of exciting experiences for families to enjoy and hope the public get behind the scheme and votes for us.”

Penshurst Place runs annual events committed to providing families with educational and entertaining trips and experiences. There are eleven walled ‘garden rooms’ that offer a fantastic backdrop for hide and seek and, and during special events, can be seen concealing secret clues to garden trails. Families who visit the estate can also enjoy the huge adventure playground, historic house, and woodland trail, as well as yearly events including crafts, insect experiences, falconry, historical re-enactments, storytelling and the summer maize maze.

Visit Kent CEO, Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE said: “The judges were really impressed with the number and standard of entries in our first year of running the awards. All of the finalists in the family friendly category demonstrated how they’re continually delivering exceptional experiences for the family market and showcasing Kent to families as part of the visitor experience and through their marketing. Do make sure to cast your votes for your chosen finalists, and make your choices count.”

To vote simply go to Visit Kent’s website or and choose your favourite from each category.  Anyone who votes will automatically be entered in to a free prize draw to win six sensational days out at a range of Kent attractions in 2018, worth approx. £300 (*terms and conditions apply). You’ll need to enter your email address and your full name to enter the competition. A winner will be selected at random on Monday 23rd October.

About the Visit Kent Tourism Awards

A new scheme introduced this year by Visit Kent, The Kent Tourism Awards sets out to recognise exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experiences within Kent’s tourism industry. With seven categories of awards up for grabs, the scheme attracted 97 entries and 22 of which have been shortlisted.

The Kent Tourism Awards Scheme was created to further motivate the county’s tourism businesses to create even more compelling experiences and adopt best practice.

Finalists will receive an official award, accreditation and feature in a Visit Kent social media and PR campaign. Winners will also get the chance to go forward to the national Awards for Excellence operated by Visit England (subject to Visit England eligibility criteria).

 Kent Tourism Awards finalists 2017

Rest Your Head Award, sponsored by M Assessment Services (Small Accommodation Provider of the Year)

  • Elmley Nature Reserve
  • House of Agnes
  • Coastal Mill Cottage – Mulberry Cottages

Happy Family Award, sponsored by Quinn Estates (Family Friendly Business of the Year) ‘Best Family Day Out’ or Happy Family Award?

  • Penshurst Place and Gardens
  • Diggerland
  • Nethergong Camping

Big Sleep Award, sponsored by Sleeping Giant Media (Large Accommodation Provider of the Year)

  • Eastwell Manor
  • Hotel du Vin
  • The Yarrow Hotel

Big Day Out Award, sponsored by Brachers (Large Visitor Attraction of the Year)

  • The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
  • Turner Contemporary
  • Dreamland
  • Leeds Castle

Hidden Gem Award, sponsored by Southeastern (Small Visitor Attraction of the Year)

  • Battle of Britain Memorial
  • Copper Rivet Distillery
  • Go Ape Bedgebury

Raising the Bar Award, sponsored by Shepherd Neame (Tourism Pub of the Year)

  • Buoy and Oyster
  • The Dog at Wingham
  • The White Horse

Lasting Impression Award, sponsored by Pillory Barn (Ultimate Tourism Experience of the Year)

  • Champing – Churches Conservation Trust, St Mary’s Fordwich
  • Canterbury Medieval Pageant – Canterbury BID
  • bOing! – Gulbenkian, University of Kent