Winter park attraction wins top title

Wetherby’s winter visitor attraction Stockeld Park beat off strong opposition to take the best family day out award at Hudson’s Heritage Awards.

The prize was presented by Lucinda Lambton and Lloyd Grossman OBE (Chairman of the Heritage Alliance) at a prestigious ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall in London and attended by representatives from the finest historic houses and estates across the British Isles.

Peter Grant, whose family have owned Stockeld Park for over 150 years, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been so successful in the best family day out category.

“This award acknowledges the hard work that the whole team has dedicated to developing a truly unique family attraction that offers visitors a magical experience in very special surroundings.

“We are respectfully preserving the heritage of the estate with an environment that inspires creativity and imagination.”

The former Christmas tree farm has grown in popularity and last year welcomed about 100,000 visitors during a 12-week period of opening.

Stockeld Park, which oens from October to January, features an enchanted forest of magic and fairytales, a Nordic ski trail, yew tree maze and an outdoor real ice skating rink.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is great news for Stockeld and richly deserved. Their attraction has a growing national reputation for a unique and exciting day out, and this award is further proof of that.”

Stockeld Park can celebrate further, as General Manager Amy Thornton also achieved a highly commended award for going beyond the call of duty.