(Picture credit Nick Williams Photography)

We’ve had great news this week that we’ve reached the finals of the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards in the Tourism Event of the Year category.

Last year we achieved a commended award, which we were delighted with, but this year we already know we’re up for a Gold, Silver or Bronze accolade.  We took on board last year’s useful and constructive review of our entry and made some big improvements in time for our 2014 festival including:

  • A new interactive/responsive website (designed by festival supporter Liz Burt)
  • New branding
  • Improved marketing
  • Greater social media presence

The changes have helped us gain thousands of new followers for the event and, even between festivals, we continue to get hundreds of unique hits to our website every week.

We have made a commitment to tourism, and to Dorset, by adding information here which may be useful to visitors to Sherborne and the rest of the county all year round – including places to stay, attractions to visit, where to enjoy great local food and drink and links to other tourism information sites.  Tourism is key to our event and to Sherborne – so we’re really thrilled to be acknowledged for the part we play in welcoming tourists to the area.

We also happily promote other musical and arts events throughout the year, so if you have something on in Dorset you’d like us to feature here please get in touch.

Successful businesses in the Dorset Awards will automatically be considered for the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2015 and then possibly go on to represent Dorset at the National Enjoy England Awards later in the year, so for some finalists this is just the start of an even more exciting journey.

Wish us luck on 16th October when we’ll be attending the Awards dinner at Bovington Tank Museum.  Fingers crossed!



Meet all THE FINALISTS and find out more about the awards.



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