Looking rosy for South Yorkshire tourist hotspots

Pictured is Richard Hunter the new Manager of Sheffield City Hall
Pictured is Richard Hunter the new Manager of Sheffield City Hall

Architectural gems and visitor hotspots across South Yorkshire are in the running for a wealth of prestigious honours.

The area has come up trumps in category shortlists of the White Rose Awards, run by Welcome to Yorkshire, which recognise the cream of the county’s tourism crop.

Among those nominated are Sheffield’s Kelham Island Museum, which is up for Small Visitor Attraction of the year.

Representing the city’s culinary wonders is the Showroom Workstation – in the running for the Taste of Yorkshire gong.

It is also good news for Sheffield City Hall, shortlisted for the coveted Tourism of the Year award for the venue’s extended 80th birthday celebrations last year.

The campaign looked back over the venue’s history since 1932 and attracted thousands of visitors from across the country.

Richard Hunter, general manager of Sheffield City Hall, said: “We are delighted that the White Rose Awards has acknowledged our rich heritage by nominating us in this category.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have visited City Hall over the last 80 years and it would certainly be a fitting way of celebrating this milestone by winning the award and marking the beginning of another 80 years of innovation and success.”

Other attractions which could scoop glory are Rotherham’s Magna Science and Adventure Centre, and the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield city centre.

Winners of the awards – who will automatically gain entry to national tourism honours – will be announced at a ceremony in New Dock Hall, Leeds, on November 11.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Competition this year was so fierce that every business making it to the shortlist should consider it a huge achievement in itself as they have had to contend with some real quality competition.

“It’s always a close-run thing, but there’s every chance they could go on and win one of the White Rose Awards.”

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