Yorkshire Wildlife Park in line for top tourism award

A lion enjoying the sun in the lion enclosure at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Picture: Michael Ford
A lion enjoying the sun in the lion enclosure at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Picture: Michael Ford

DONCASTER’S Yorkshire Wildlife Park has been named as a finalist in a prestigious tourism award scheme.

The popular park is in the running to win the Large Attraction of the Year for the second year in a row in the highly-coveted White Rose Awards.

Last year, it was just pipped at the post in the category which was won by Newby Hall and Gardens in Ripon. The park in Warning Tongue Lane, Branton, was highly commended.

Gary Verity, chief executive, of tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “With a record number of entries and outstanding applications, this year’s awards promise to be spectacular.

“The standard of finalists shows the high calibre of tourism businesses we have in Yorkshire – and shows that we can not only compete nationally, but internationally. This is especially important during challenging economic times, but Yorkshire is leading the way.”

This year, winners will be announced at a glittering, black-tie award ceremony at Centenary Pavilion in Leeds in October.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the judging panel, is joined by Andrew Ford - AA area manager and senior hotel and restaurant inspector, Brian Handley, general manager of Harvey Nichols Leeds, food writer Elaine Lemm, and newspaper editor Peter Charlton.

Tickets are now on sale for the final at www.whiteroseawards.com Last year’s final was as sell-out.