Winners at the 35th annual tourism awards also included a nature reserve, a cafe that works with young people with learning difficulties, pubs, museums – and the Guardian Travel desk!

A family-owned holiday park in the Peak District has been named the best in England. Landal Darwin Forest, a 44-acre woodland site with log cabins and onsite activities such as cycling, swimming and tennis, won gold in the camping, glamping and holiday park category of VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2020. Judges described the site and ‘beautiful’ and ‘perfect for families with small children and dogs’. Landal Darwin Forest’s marketing director, Caroline Povey, said phones had been busy since the announcement on 17 August but this month is already fully booked. “We hope it will mean bookings well into autumn and winter to make up for the impact of being closed at Easter and in the early summer.”

Off-grid cabin site Swallowtail Hill in East Sussex and Eye Kettleby Lakes in Leicestershire won silver and bronze respectively.

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