In 2018, English Heritage opened their flagship family friendly site at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Aimed particularly at families and created using the Kids in Museums principles.
The museum space is beautifully illustrated using characters to represent those that lived, worshipped and worked at the wall. It houses a variety of interactives, such as a lego table to build parts of the wall, a crane to replicate the building of a Roman archway, a digital quiz to decide which wall dweller you are and a periscope, among others.
The judges said: Birdoswald Roman Fort is very hands on and interactive, fantastic for children. It is accessible, and allows people of all ages to engage together. There is a large variety of activities to take part in. The attraction is educational and tells the story of the history of the fort. Activities take place Indoors and outdoors and outdoors and engage children and adults of all ages.
A multi award winning Lake District hideaway, Askham Hall is a 13th-century rare Grade 1 listed Pele Tower house turned restaurant with rooms, founded on food and drink. ‘Allium at Askham Hall’ by Richard Swale recently achieved its first Michelin star. Last year we received the Hudson’s special commendation in this category.
The judges said: A prized enterprise in historic buildings, excellent reviews. Top quality menus using local produce. The judges felt that Askham should receive recognition for the award of its first Michelin star – an impressive achievement
Rose Cottage was renovated in 2012, and over the last 7 years we’ve expanded our accommodation, offering space for 26, with a new cottage for 11 launching early 2020. The 1800’s stone cottages have been updated with stunning interior design protecting original features, plus mod-cons required for a comfortable and memorable escape. We have a 1950’s Swiss army truck converted to luxury glamping truck – with underfloor heating and even sauna!
The judges said: A unique, different experience, combining new and old. The cottages offer comfortable, quality accommodation. The Swiss army truck glamping experience offers visitors the chance to get away from it all in style whilst living inside a little piece of history.
Across everything we do at The Goodwood Estate we strive to reflect our values:
The judges said: Goodwood are industry leaders in their field with a great business model. Their bespoke service caters for many different audiences and attracts many returning visitors. They put expert focus on each separate area of the business. The Festival of Speed and Vintage Days attract visitors from all over the world.
It was the epicentre of World War Two codebreaking and the British wartime intelligence hub – a place where modern technological innovation and human endeavour made ground-breaking achievements that have helped shape the world we live in today.
The Rt Hon William Hague MP (when former foreign secretary) said that,
“Bletchley Park was the scene of one of the finest achievements in our nation’s history.”
The judges said: A perfectly pitched entry for this category, particularly in the year that we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Day. A unique exhibition and restoration. Fantastic customer reviews. A valuable piece of our history that really is a must-see.
Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.
Over the past twenty years Bletchley Park has become an internationally renowned heritage attraction, visited by people from around the world, which acknowledges the successes from the War and the people responsible for them.
It celebrates their values:
By presenting and explaining these achievements and these values, in the very place where they occurred, Bletchley Park brings together the dramatic history of the twentieth century with the challenges we face in the twenty first in our rapidly changing and technologically complex society.
The judges said:
Bletchley Park scored highly in every category entered. It is evident that a great deal of thought has gone into collating supporting materials that are interesting, engaging and relevant to the criteria, offering the judges a detailed insight into everything the attraction has to offer. Visitors to Bletchley Park are given the opportunity to gain an insight into a unique part of British history with an experience that is educational, entertaining and enjoyable for all ages. Special recognition is deserved for Bletchley’s continued efforts in restoring and preserving this unique site for future generations to appreciate. Visitor reviews are excellent with many commenting that they left Bletchley Park totally in awe of and full of admiration for the codebreakers and their important contribution during WWII.