Cheshire Tourism Awards- Finalists!

After just 18 months in business, Calico Campers has been announced as a finalist in the New Tourism Business category of the 2022/23 Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards!

Cheshire Tourism Awards – Finalists!

The finalists have been announced for the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2022/23 with more than 50 businesses and individuals shortlisted across 16 categories . 

The awards are all about giving hotels, attractions, pubs and more a chance to show why they are a must-visit and recognise the excellence and outstanding achievement by local  businesses and individuals working in Cheshire and Warrington’s visitor economy.  

There are 16 categories for the awards, including Visitor Attraction of the Year, Pub of the  Year, Large Hotel of the Year and Unsung Hero, with the award ceremony and winners being announced being held at The Halliwell Jones  Stadium in Warrington on 23 March 2023.

Calico Campers has been announced as a finalist in the New Tourism Business of the Year award category, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Our campervan hire business in Chester could win this incredible award!

New Tourism Business of the Year 

After only being in operation for 18 months, we decided to go for it and enter ourselves into the prestigious Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards in the category of New Tourism Business of the Year. If we win (keep your fingers crossed for us!) we go on to represent Cheshire at a national level at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023, something that for us, would be a mind-blowing honour to do. 

But of course, we are facing stiff competition, as we will be up against new City-centre bar and restaurant, Artezzan. 

Being announced as a finalist in the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards is such an achievement for us, as we have put our heart and soul into setting up Calico Campers in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst both working in our other full-time roles. But we have enjoyed every minute of the hard work, and of course we might be biased, but we think we really deserve to win! 

Cheshire Tourism At Its Best

The Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards are the best way to showcase what fantastic tourism Cheshire offers. Calico Campers is proud to be based in Chester, Cheshire and over the last 18 months of business, we have welcomed tourists to Cheshire from places like Manchester, Preston, Doncaster, Scotland, Ireland, Wrexham, Flintshire, North Wales and Wigan, to name a few. Our happy campers have arrived in Chester and upon collection of either our 4-berth campervan for hire or our 2-berth campervan for hire, they’re encouraged to enjoy the wonderful activities, bars and restaurants and historical attractions Cheshire has to offer. 

Nicola Said, Commercial Manager at Marketing Cheshire, said: “As always we’ve had a  fantastic response to the awards and I want to thank everyone who took the time to enter.  

“These awards are our chance to get together and celebrate all of the excellence in our visitor economy here in Cheshire and showcase what we have to offer.  

“They also offer a chance for the winners to go on and shout about Cheshire at a national level at the VisitEngland Awards. Tourism and leisure is so important to our economy and these awards give us a chance to show just why so many people choose to come here.”

The Cheshire Tourism Awards Finalists 

We want to congratulate each and every business that has been announced as a finalist in the 2022/23 Cheshire Tourism Awards, across all categories. 

We will of course keep you, our #CalicoCommunity, posted in March 2023 with news as to whether we manage to win! Good luck to everyone! 

New Tourism Business of the Year 

Artezzan Restaurant & Bar
Calico Campers

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award 

Dee River Kayaking

Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year 

The World in a Day – Chester Zoo
The Topsy Turvy Jubilee Tea Party – Tatton Park

Business Events Venue of the Year

Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa
Tatton Park 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Blakemere Holiday Park 
Bradley Hall Rural Escapes 
Pitch & Canvas  

Experience of the Year 

Blue Planet Aquarium 
Macdonald Portal, Golf & Spa 
Tours Around Chester 

Large Hotel of the Year 

Carden Park 
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa 
Hotel Indigo Chester 
Mottram Hall Hotel 
The Chester Grosvenor 

Pub of the Year 

The Fishpool Inn 
The Lion at Malpas 
The Pheasant Inn 
The Swan at Tarporley

Resilience and Innovation Award

The Ice Cream Farm
Wild Rumpus

Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year

The Hollies Forest Lodges 
Yew Tree Farm Holidays 

Small Serviced Accommodation Provider of the Year

Combermere Abbey 
The Lion at Malpas 
The Pheasant Inn 
The Swan at Tarporley 

Taste of Cheshire Award 

Artezzan Restaurant & Bar 
Restaurant 1539 
The Forest Distillery 
The Forge Restaurant Chester 
The Hollies Farm Shop 

Unsung Hero Award 

Macdonald Portal Hotel – Jay Herrington
Mottram Hall Hotel – Mark Gough 

Visitor Attraction of the Year 

BeWILDerwood Cheshire 
Chester Cathedral 
Chester Zoo 
Escapism Chester 
Jodrell Bank 
The Ice Cream Farm 

Wedding Venue of the Year 

Combermere Abbey 
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa 
Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa 
Mottram Hall Hotel 
Old Palace Chester 
Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa 
Styal Lodge