Visit England awards The Lakes Distillery gold

News  •  19.10.22

Visit England awards The Lakes Distillery gold

The Lakes Distillery has been awarded Gold in the annual Visit England Visitor Attraction Accolades.

The Lakes Distillery is proud to be one of only 30 visitor experiences to receive the highest honour in the 2021-2022 awards, where a total of 97 businesses across the country were recognised for going the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out.

Accolades are given for five categories: Welcome, Best Told Story, Quality Food & Drink, Hidden Gem, and Gold for the overall winners.

Introduced in 2014 by Visit England, the honours are designed to celebrate excellence within the visitor attraction sector and are available to members of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme who represent a wide range of tourism experiences in England.

The Lakes Distillery has held Visit England Gold Award status for five years,

Judged independently by a network of highly trained and experienced assessors, the marking criteria include quality, accessibility, and sustainability on offer to visitors.

It’s so exciting to see our brilliant attractions providing outstanding experiences for visitors and to recognise and showcase the variety and quality across the country.

England has unmissable visitor attractions and experiences that deliver world-class customer service. They also provide the warmest of welcomes and unforgettable storytelling that connects the whole experience, including retail and food and drink offers that exceed expectations.”
Andrew Stokes, VisitEngland Director

“We are delighted to have received a Gold award for the fifth consecutive year. It is a testament to our team’s passion, commitment, and hard work at the distillery. We’re incredibly proud of what they have and continue to achieve, and will continue striving to improve so that we can offer our guests the best possible experience, whenever they visit.”
Nigel Mills, The Lakes Distillery CEO and Co-founder

Alongside The Lakes Distillery, the only other North West-based attractions to receive the highest award in English tourism include our Lake District neighbour Whinlatter Forest, along with Chester Zoo and Liverpool Cathedral.

You can see the complete list of award-winning attractions at Visit England 2021-22 Visitor Attractions Accolades.

This year’s triumph means that The Lakes Distillery has been Gold Certified since 2018.