Tuesday 30 January 2018
Learn about The Random Apple Company, The Kitchen and Orchards at Swanscoe
Tuesday 30 January 2018
Wild Food Cookery and Foraging with James Wood – Asian Foods
Become hands-on foragers and chefs for the day. To learn more and for similar courses during the rest of the year go to
Friday 24th November 2017
Winners of the Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2017 announced
The winners of the 13th Marketing Cheshire Annual Tourism Awards were announced last night (23rd November 2017) at a glamourous awards ceremony at Chester Racecourse.
The Awards, attended by nearly 300 tourism representatives, celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals representing the great variety of businesses that contribute to Cheshire’s visitor economy, which was worth £3.3 billion and employed over 42,000 people in 2016.
This year’s winners included Chester’s new multi million pound theatre, cinema and library, Storyhouse, which won Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Carden Park, which was named Hotel of the Year, and Stage 3 Tour of Britain, which won the award for Best Tourism Marketing Project for its achievements in attracting over 300,000 spectators along the route in East Cheshire, the highest number for the tour.
Some of the winners will now go on to represent Cheshire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2018.
Katrina Michel, Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire, said: “Cheshire’s tourism industry really is going from strength to strength and this has been one of our most competitive years yet, reflecting our unique products and the high quality of our tourism offer across the board.
“Cheshire is home to a growing number of globally recognised tourism brands and a significant group of world class tourism professionals. These awards are a true celebration of the quality of our tourism offer and talent of the people that are working hard to make Cheshire a leading national and international visitor destination.”
This year’s awards were sponsored by South and West Cheshire College, Shopper Anonymous, Prestige, Spiral, Hipswing and the University of Chester.
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For further information, please contact:
Sarah Harvey, Marketing Cheshire
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Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2017 Winners:
Self Catering Provider and Self Catering Property of the Year
Winner – Kerridge End Holiday Cottages
Where are you escaping to this spring? We’ve picked
gorgeous wheelchair friendly cottages across the countryside
for the perfect weekend away.
15th March 2017
Kerridge End Holiday Cottages, Cheshire
Kerridge End Holiday Cottages, is located in the grounds of a Grade II listed former gentleman’s residence, and features a five-star Gold M3a cottage, The Hayloft, and a five-star Gold M1 cottage, The Stables. Both properties have been lovingly converted to retain their charming features. Located on the Cheshire/ Derbyshire border, Kerridge End Holiday Cottages are surrounded by pretty villages, fine pubs, shops and restaurants and close to the market towns of Macclesfield, Buxton and Bakewell.
Full article can be found here on the Countryfile website
As part of a tour of Bollington and Macclesfield’s tourism gems, Macclesfield MP, David Rutley, joined Marketing Cheshire Chief Executive, Katrina Michel, to visit the multi-awarding winning Kerridge End Cottages, as part of a drive to showcase the strength of the businesses contributing to the area’s visitor economy.
David and Katrina met with Ivor and Lyn Williams, owners of Kerridge End Cottages, a range of beautifully restored Kerridge stone buildings providing three multi-award winning self-catering holiday cottages.
The cottages are graded 5 star gold by Enjoy England, and are winners of a multitude of other awards, including Enjoy England’s Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and service this year and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, amongst many others.
Ivor and Lyn welcomed David and Katrina with a tour and overview of the cottages and fresh scones and tea in one of their lovingly restored cottages. Ivor said: “We were delighted to welcome David and Katrina to Kerridge End Cottages. The Cottages started out as out-buildings to our family home. However, we wanted to make the most of our beautiful location in the village of Rainow by transforming the coach house, hayloft and stable into top quality self-catering cottages, to provide guests with the best possible stay to enjoy the beautiful surroundings we have on our doorstep.”
David Rutley, Macclesfield MP, said: “It was fantastic to visit Kerridge End Cottages and meet Ivor and Lyn. Their commitment to providing the best possible experience for visitors is wonderful to see, together with their attention to detail and the quality of the accommodation they provide.
“It is clear to see why the cottages are so popular with visitors that want to come and explore the beautiful surroundings of our area.
“The visitor economy in this area is one of its key strengths and I am committed to championing the wonderful assets we have here and supporting initiatives that will help our economy grow and create benefits for our residents and businesses. I was extremely impressed by the quality of our offer and the contribution of the thriving businesses such as Kerridge End Cottages.”
Katrina Michel, Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire, added: “Kerridge End Cottages is a great example of the quality of our tourism businesses right across Cheshire. It is this commitment to excellence that will help to put the area on the map as a leading tourist destination and ensure that visitors keep returning, and it was great to see the contribution that Ivor and Lyn are making to the success of our visitor economy.”
For further information about Kerridge End Cottages visit https://www.kerridgeendholidaycottages.co.uk/
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By Ian Brammer
Kerridge End Holiday Cottages
Lyn and Ivor Williams came to Rainow from the North East in 1997 and bought Kerridge End House as their family home. Along with the large 1837 house came a coach house, a cottage and a stable, which the couple set about transforming into top quality self- catering cottages, largely using local tradesmen and suppliers. The first opened for business in 2005 and was soon followed by two more.
The Five Star cottages have won Cheshire and Peak District awards ranging from Best New Entrant in 2006, through a range of sustainability and environmental awards to last year’s success in gaining Cheshire’s first Green Tourism Gold Award. Lyn and Ivor are proud of their most recent accolade – Enjoy England’s Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and service in 2012. Ivor sees “providing a whole experience rather than just a cottage” as the basis of their success and distinguishing what they offer from the mass of self-catering accommodation is an essential element in their business plan. Their website shows this by setting out not merely the full views of every aspect of all the cottages (not many others offer so much) but also identifying fifteen reasons to choose Kerridge End.”We want to provide visitors not just with the kind of place that we would be happy to stay in ourselves but one where we would actually aspire to live ourselves” they say.
Lyn and Ivor have been particularly pleased by recent articles in the national press, (The Guardian and the Daily Mirror in September) including one by a wheel-chair bound freelance journalist who visited a cottage earlier in the year. Their delight in the extensive coverage came not just because of high praise for the cottages but because the attraction of the Rainow area itself was recognised. The Mirror journalist ended his article “we knew we’d found the pot of gold at the end of the Rainow!”
Article from Raven Magazine number 20 available here: http://www.rainow.com/library/The%20Raven%2020.pdf