At a prestigious awards ceremony in London in March, the winners of the UK Heritage Awards 2019 were announced, and there were some Northern names among them. The UK Heritage Awards are highly coveted accolades which recognises the very best historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites in the UK, as well as the finest places to stay.
Shortlisted venues from across the UK came together at Grocers’ Hall to mark the occasion, which was hosted by Visit Heritage, the UK’s leading heritage, tourism and destination marketing company. The winners of the UK Heritage Awards 2019 were crowned across 12 categories, plus an Individual Award for Contribution to Heritage, all of which were adjudicated by a panel of judges formed of leading figures and experts on UK Heritage.
The Alnwick Garden – one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens – won the Great Places to Eat award. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. Eating at The Alnwick Garden is a wonderful experience – the Treehouse Restaurant comes complete with wobbly rope bridges, wooden walkways and twinkling lights, and a superb mix of Northumbrian fare from locally-sourced ingredients.
Meanwhile, Castle Howard in North Yorkshire scooped the award for Best Event, Festival and Exhibition for its spectacular ‘12 Days of Christmas’ events. Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest stately homes – a truly magnificent historic house in the heart of North Yorkshire. There is much to explore, including the 18th century house and 1,000 acres of rolling parkland.
Christmas 2018 at Castle Howard was a festive event like no other. With the theme ‘12 Days of Christmas’, the objective was to provide a truly magical visitor experience and encourage more people than ever to visit this historic house. The project was meticulously planned in early 2018 with staff coming together from across the organisation to create a fully cohesive and immersive experience.
Dr Christopher Ridgway from Castle Howard also won the Individual Award for Contribution to Heritage. Christopher Ridgway has been at Castle Howard since 1984; today he continues to be as passionate about Castle Howard's unique story and rich archive today as he was over 30 years ago. He has published works on Castle Howard’s collections, architecture, landscape and history and told Castle Howard’s story through lectures both nationally and internationally. The Judges wanted to recognise the work Christopher has done as the Chair of the Yorkshire Country House Partnership, which has a core of 12 major country houses across the region and associations with others in relation to specific projects and has resulted many coordinated exhibitions for visitors to enjoy in Yorkshire.
To see the full list of winners, visit www.visitheritage.co.uk/about-us/uk-heritage-awards