Beaney wins Highly Commended at Beautiful South Awards 


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury continues to go from strength to strength, after winning Highly Commended in the Large Attraction of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards.


The awards celebrate the absolute best in tourism and hospitality across the south of England and this year more than 130 entries were submitted across 16 categories. The judging took account of many different factors, including web searches, user reviews, emails, telephone calls and secret visits, and the panel was looking for all elements of the business to be excellent, with some of them outstanding.


To be amongst the winners, given the levelof competition, is a very significant achievement indeed. The Beaney is up against Marwell Zoo in Winchester and two attractions in Portsmouth – the Historic Dockyard and Spinnaker Tower.


Executive member for museums, Cllr Georgina Glover, said: “The Beaney has made a real impact since it reopened, with well over half a million visitors in its first year and has won or been shortlisted at a number of awards since its relaunch.


“Once again we are up against stiff opposition and some big, high profile visitor attractions, but this is the company we keep these days and it’s a sign of how far we have come.”


Executive member for tourism, Cllr Terry Westgate, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Beaney, and highlights Canterbury’s position as a leading cultural destination.”


The Beautiful South Awards take place in West Sussex on Wednesday 27 November, with the winners progressing through to the Visit England national awards next year.

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