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Trio of wins for Norfolk in Coast awards

25th March 11

Norfolk Coast

North Norfolk have picked up a trio of national awards including Best British Beach.

Holkham beach has been crowned the Best British Beach in the Coast Awards for the third year running by readers of Coast magazine. The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country and is part of one of the largest Nature Reserves in the country, which is managed by Natural England in partnership with Holkham Estate. The Holkham National Nature Reserve is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

Now not only has Cromer Pier joined the ranks of prize winners after being voted the best loved pier in Britain, but the Norfolk coastal path has also won the Best Coastal Path award. Making this one of the best pieces of coastline to visit and what better place to stay than Leisureplex’s Hotel De Paris, one of Cromer’s most iconic listed buildings directly overlooking the prize winning pier. Click HERE for more details.

The annual awards by Coast magazine is renowned for celebrating the people and places that represent all that is innovative, valuable and exciting around the British coastline.

North Norfolk District Council’s tourism cabinet member Hilary Nelson said the three successes were “brilliant news” and showed the area’s mix of natural and built heritage provided one of the best tourism offers in the country.

TV presenter Michaela Strachan awarded the winners and runners-up their prizes at the Coast Awards 2011 ceremony, which was held at the Country Living Fair in London on Wednesday night.

Coast Editor Clare Gogerty said: “The quality of this year’s nominations is proof that the visitor experience and lifestyle to be had by the British coast just keeps on getting better.”

Also to win a Coast Award for Best Seaside Holiday Destination was the strikingly picturesque resort of St Ives in Cornwall. Already a popular destination with royalty and celebrities St Ives has still managed to retain its old world charm with innumerable antique and craft shops as well as the outstanding natural beauty of the rocky headlands and spectacular beach at Carbis Bay. Why not make it your seaside holiday destination with a stay at another Leisureplex hotel the Cottage situated in extensive grounds overlooking Carbis Bay, click HERE for more details.

Coast Awards winners were:
Best British Beach - Holkham in Norfolk
Best Seaside Holiday Destination - St Ives, Cornwall
Best Boutique Hotel by the Sea -The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Best-Loved Pier - Cromer Pier in Cromer, Norfolk
Best Coastal Pub/Cafe - East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton, West Sussex
Best Seaside Restaurant - Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Best Coastal Path - Norfolk Coast Path
Best Green Marine Campaign - Marine Conservation Society, Beachwatch
Best Seafront Cultural Attraction - The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
Unsung Coastal Hero - Dan Thompson, Revolutionary Arts Group in Worthing, West Sussex
Full details of the Coast Awards 2011 are in the June issue of Coast, on sale 25 April.

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