Finals honour for Stockeld Park

Yorkshire Day Tea Party at Stockeld Park to raisse money for Yorkshire Cancer Research Cordelia Ming aged eight of Woodlesford with White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts

Yorkshire Day Tea Party at Stockeld Park to raisse money for Yorkshire Cancer Research Cordelia Ming aged eight of Woodlesford with White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts

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Theme attraction Stockeld Park has won through to the finals of the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards.

The site, near Wetherby, has been shortlisted in the tourism event category for its Christmas Adventure and will have to wait until November 17 when the winners will be announced at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate.

Mr Bloom  at Stockeld Park   100478gPicture Steve Riding

Mr Bloom at Stockeld Park 100478gPicture Steve Riding

Spokesman Amy Thornton said: “Stockeld Park is thrilled to be shortlisted for the tourism event category.

“We strive to provide the perfect family day out, set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

“We have hosted special Yorkshire events, which included the Tour de France event and a Giant tea party held on Yorkshire day which sponsored Yorkshire Cancer Research.

“As the business continues to grow throughout each season, we maintain over 100-strong workforce and use local suppliers and businesses throughout the region.

Isobel Mowatt design at Stockeld Park, Near Wetherby

Isobel Mowatt design at Stockeld Park, Near Wetherby

“With increased numbers of new and existing customers, a strong emphasis on providing visitors with an adventure,

“Stockeld Park blends outdoor activity pursuits with original sights, sounds and sculptures and is excited for the new winter season which begins on October 22.”

Stockeld Park was shortlisted in the 2013 Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards in the Tourism Event of the Year and Outstanding Customer Service categories as well as being awarded a Guinness world record for the largest gathering of elves.

The attraction, set in 2,000 acres of woodland and parkland was awarded best family day out in the national Hudson’s Heritage Awards.

Owners Peter and Susie Grant originally opened the farm as a winter theme park, open to the public over the Christmas season.

But in recent years they have heavily invested in new attractions and now open during school holidays throughout the year.

New attractions include wooden themed play areas throughout the Enchanted Forest and grounds, cycle track, scooters, roller skating rink and improved catering facilities.

White Rose winners of each category will not only scoop prestigious accolades but they are also entered into the national tourism awards next year.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Given the high standard of this year’s entries, just making it to the shortlist is a huge achievement.

“This year, the bar has been raised yet again and they’ve had to contend with some real quality competition.

“It’s always a close run thing, but there’s every chance they could go on and win one of these prestigious awards.”

Self Catering, Cruisers & Serviced Apartments Award

Tockwith Lodge Barn is also through to the finals, in the Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award.