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Compton Acres wins two Dorset tourism awards

The popular privately owned gardens at Compton Acres has won two awards at the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards, scooping a bronze in the Small Attraction of the Year category, and gold for Café/Tearooms of the Year.

Compton Acres in Poole is celebrating a double success after winning awards in two categories at the Dorset Tourism Awards.

The popular attraction, one of the finest privately-owned historic gardens in the UK, came away with a bronze in the Small Attraction of the Year category, and a gold for best café/tearooms.

This year the awards saw a record number of entries, with attractions from all parts of the county submitting themselves to a rigorous judging process involving initial assessment of entry forms, 98 business visits, and ending with decisions by an independent panel.

Compton Acres, which includes five distinct and stunning gardens across ten acres in Canford Cliffs, as well as a cafe & tearooms, plant centre and gift shop, was shortlisted in two categories - and won awards in both.

Winners were announced at a black-tie dinner event at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, on Thursday 8th November.

Kaye Merna, co-owner of Compton Acres, said: "We were up against some very stiff competition, so to come away with not one, but two awards, is incredible. We are so proud of all our staff. To get this level of recognition is a fantastic testament to everyone's hard work and dedication. We all love Compton Acres - it's a very special place to work and, right now, it does rather feel as though Christmas has come early!"

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Post date: Thu, 06/12/2018 - 15:02
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