A scenic view of Southport, including Kings Gardens, the Marine Lake, Bliss Hotel and the Marine Way Bridge. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

People in Southport are being invited to shout about your ‘Hidden Gem’! 

Nominations are being sought for this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards, and they are encouraging people from across the region to tell them all about the places which go under the radar but deserve big recognition for what they do. 

You can nominate here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LCRHIDDENGEM

Gems could be attractions, bars, restaurants, tours, or natural assets which are off the main tourism trail. 

Some superb Southport venues have already been nominated for honours in this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards. 

The Atkinson has been shortlisted as Large Visitor Attraction of the Year while The Windmill pub is competing for the Pub Of The Year title. 

Southport has made a clean sweep in the B&B and Guest House of the Year category, with Sunnyside Guest House, The Braemar Southport and The Heidi Bed & Breakfast winning up all three shortlisted places. 

Celebrations are also in store for Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, while their employee, Connie Blakemore, has been nominated for the Unsung Hero Award. 

The annual awards are delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company and this year in association with Liverpool BID Company.

A Growth Platform spokesperson said: “Today we are announcing the ‘Hidden Gem’ category will be back again for 2021. This category will be voted for by the public and will recognise the region’s ‘best kept secret’.

“We want to hear what people think is the best gem in the Liverpool City Region, whether that be in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, or Wirral.

“Gems may be attractions, bars, restaurants, tours, or natural assets which are off the main tourism trail. What is the city region’s best kept secret?

“By nominating a ‘Hidden Gem’, they could be catapulted into the Tourism Awards spotlight. Further details can be found at www.lcrtourismawards.com

Sponsoring the ‘Hidden Gem’ category is The Guide.

Jay Hynd, Director, said: “Liverpool City Region is packed full of hidden gems, all shining bright waiting to be discovered by tourists and visitors to our area.

“We are delighted to support this category and showcase some of the City Region’s best kept secrets.

“We will be encouraging as many people to vote as possible via The Guide Liverpool’s website so that the one overall unknown treasure can shine even brighter.”

The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards continues to recognise excellence across the City Region’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Every year the judging panel sifts through the many applications to narrow down the very best, who will now go forward to the final judging panel ahead of the awards ceremony taking place at Liverpool Cathedral on 10 March 2022.

The 17 categories include awards for best hotel, restaurant, and attractions, alongside some new awards for ‘Resilience and Innovation’ and ‘Unsung Hero’ with the return of the ‘Hidden Gem’ category.


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