Top Devon Tourist Award for SDR!
The South Devon Railway hit some high notes this November) by winning a Bronze in one of the top ‘Blue Riband’ prizes in the 2014 Devon Tourism Awards for the “Best Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” category at a special gala awards dinner in North Devon.
We were one of four finalists on the night to be crowned with a Devon Tourism award in the large visitor attraction category which is one of the most prestigious tourism accolades in the county.
Gold winner was the World of Country Life in Exmouth; Silver went to The Big Sheep in North Devon and joint Bronze with us went to the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre property in South Devon.
This has been a season of awards - and we have also carried our two millionth passenger.
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, we won not one, but two more top medal awards in October for 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.
Congratulations, too, to our friends at Stuart Line Cruises who won Gold in the Best Small Attraction category.
The SDR's Dick Wood, Chris Williams and Howard Webster with the Visit Devon Award.