Cromer lifeboat museum, Lakenheath reserve and BBC Norwich are handed tourism accolades

The RNLI Henry Blogg museum has won the Visit England for best told story with it's retelling of the

The RNLI Henry Blogg museum has won the Visit England for best told story with it's retelling of the Henry Blogg rescues. Pictured are the volunteers and temporary manager from left Carolyn Aldridge, Anne Brocklehurst, Maureen Cherry and Monica Gepp. Picture: Mark Bullimore

A trio of attractions has received VisitEngland accolades in recognition of their quality visitor experience.

The accolades, introduced by VisitEngland for the first time in October 2014, recognise outstanding attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors.

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer and the RSPB Lakenheath Fen received Best Told Story awards and BBC Tours Norfolk received the Welcome accolade.

Carolyn Aldridge, RNLI Henry Blogg Museum acting manager said: 'We are pleased and honoured to receive the VisitEngland accolade.

'We have some lovely displays but it is the volunteer team who really bring them to life and interact with the visitors.


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'They are fantastic and this Best Told Story shows the museum has a fantastic overall package for visitors.'

Wendy Witham, BBC Voices producer at the Forum in Norwich said: 'We are delighted. Our two tour ladies, Deborah Bishop and Anna Perrott are fantastic. They work across the BBC so can give a detailed tour.'

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The awards are part of a visitor attractions quality scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by VisitEngland.

As well as the Welcome and Best Told Story accolades there are other categories including Hidden Gem, Quality Café and the Gold accolade for top-scoring attractions. A total of 57 attractions received awards.

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, said: 'Our attractions are some of our great assets, creating appeal for visitors at home and from abroad. These accolades recognise the wonderful and innovative ways attractions in England are going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure people enjoy their visit.'

Members of VisitEngland's Quality Attractions scheme represent a wide range of tourism experiences from museums and galleries, farm attractions, historic houses and gardens to churches, cathedrals and country parks.

They are supported by a network of assessors who advise on improving and promoting their quality, accessibility and sustainability.

What attraction deserves an accolade? Write to The Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE or email EDPlett@archant.co.uk and include your name, full postal address and telephone number.

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