THORNTON Hall Country Park won the small visitor visitor event of the year for its for its ‘Christmas Adventure’ at the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards held at the ice rink at Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena.

The judges said the Christmas adventure , which will get underway next month, was a much-loved event that had made improvements to accessibility, enhanced its links with schools and the community as well as offering great quality and value for money.

Jo Ogle from the visitor park, said:“There are enchanted characters to meet on your journey, take a ride on the Santa Express to find the deer and meet the man in red in his magical grotto.”

The Alma Inn at Laneshaw Bridge was a finalist in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category and was shortlisted for a Lancashire Perfect Stay award.

Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said: “The Lancashire Tourism Awards are about recognising the quality and talent that we have in our tourism industry.”

Pendle Council’s tourism officer Mike Williams said:“We’re proud Pendle tourism businesses have been recognised for being among the best in Lancashire. There were over 230 entrants in total across the awards, so this is a big achievement."

He added:“Tourism is important to Pendle and our stunning area has so much to offer, with many inspiring businesses which make a visit or stay a very memorable experience as these awards show."