An award winning season!
The South Devon Railway is in the running to be crowned with two more prestigious local tourism and business awards in November – this is on top of the five award accolades which it has already received in 2014.
With seven awards now possible in just one season, our staff, volunteers and supporters are hoping it will be a clean sweep!
We are short-listed finalists in both the Visit Devon Tourism Awards for the large visitor attraction category and also in the Western Morning News Business Awards best tourism and hospitality category.
The railway’s first award in 2014 came in the form of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in June, followed quickly by a bronze medal for the railway’s Refreshment Rooms from ‘Taste of the West’ in July.
Next, in September, came an RHS & Britain in Bloom It's your Neighbourhood Level 4 award which described the extensive landscaped gardens at Buckfastleigh as 'Thriving' – the first time the SDR had entered the competition.
And then, the SDR won two more top medal awards in the Herald Express (English Riviera & South Devon) Tourism & Hospitality Awards with a silver for the railway in the best visitor attraction category, plus a bronze for the ‘Taste of South Devon café/tearoom category during October.
SDR Railway Manager Chris Williams comments: “Winning so many awards in just one year is a very creditable achievement by our whole team, especially as it’s the first time we have entered most of the competitions.
“Winning these awards reflects the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of all volunteers and staff throughout the year, many of whom do far more than is expected of them in helping to run the railway and its constituent businesses.”