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South Somerset Visitor Information Centre wins GOLD Tourism Award for second year running

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Visitor Information Service of the Year Award 2021/22

The South Somerset Visitor Information Centre has scooped the GOLD award for Visitor Information Service of the Year for the second year running in The Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2021-2022.

Bev Stapp, the Centre Supervisor, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to achieve the Gold award again. The last year has been very challenging and it is fantastic to have the work and dedication of our amazing tourism team recognised in this way. During the period of lockdown we developed a new website, produced a new range of guides and itineraries, and increased our social media coverage to support our visitors, residents and local businesses.”

The multi award winning South Somerset Visitor Information Centre is located on the A303 at Cartgate Picnic Site and welcomes thousands of visitors through its doors every year, providing a valuable service to the Somerset area and beyond. The centre provides a fantastic selection of free leaflets, guides, brochures and maps, and supports more than 20 local makers, selling arts, crafts, local produce and much more for the keen explorer.

Other South Somerset winners are The Cotley Inn, Chard, with a very well deserved Gold for Pub of the Year and Long Hazel Park, Sparkford, with Silver in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism category.

Eat:Festival won a silver in Dog Friendly Business of the year; look out for their events in Yeovil on 23rd April, Castle Cary on 30th April and Yeovil on 17th September as part of Super Saturday.

South Somerset Tourism was also proud to sponsor the important Accessible and Inclusive Award this year, won by WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

John Clark, Portfolio Holder for the Economy said “Visit South Somerset are delighted to be part of this year’s Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. Seeing the amazing efforts and quality across all sectors of the industry gives us inspiration and also great hope for this coming season. I would encourage residents and visitors alike to take a look at; the site is packed full of great places to visit, things to do and places to stay if you are visiting.”

Are you looking for inspiration for fun activities? Visit or South Somerset Visitor Information Centre and pick up one of our many free guides to see what South Somerset has to offer.


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