Triple Award Winners!

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, December 4 at the iconic Grand Brighton Hotel and visitor experiences across the South and South East of England were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.

Silver awardSome of our ‘silver’ residents have shown their approval for the awards. Both the Ring-tailed lemurs and Stanley Cranes enjoyed inspecting the trophies before they went on display.

The Tourism Event of the Year award was presented to the zoo for their spectacular Rise of the Dinosaurs event earlier this year. Marwell Zoo was transformed into a Jurassic jungle with the arrival of animatronic dinosaurs, a dino show and special pre-historic talks.

This is the second year Marwell has won the silver award for Large Visitor AttrBeautiful South Logoaction of the Year. The zoo is currently building their biggest exhibit to date which will open in spring next year. Wild Explorers will house Africa’s most iconic animals and promises to deliver an exciting new immersive experience for guests.

On receiving the award James Cretney, Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded Silver in two categories. This reflects the enormous amount of hard work the Marwell staff put into developing exciting and innovative events to enthral and captivate our visitors.“

AwardEstablished over 20 years ago, The Beautiful South Awards help drive ambition and raise standards throughout the region rewarding excellence, quality, innovation and customer service.

Commenting on the awards, Peter Colling, Managing Director of Tourism South East, said: “Every year the Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences the South East of England has to offer. The winners truly are the best of the best and a match for any in the country.”

We are also delighted to have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for our education programme, for the sixth year in a row.

The Education Department offers a wide variety of workshops Quality awardand conferences for all levels of students from Foundation to Post 16 and above, on a whole range of topics related to our work. We welcome more than 45,000 students every year.

The LOtC Quality Badge combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences. It is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits.

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