The team behind the Isle of Wight’s Monkey Haven are celebrating after the attraction won a national tourism award, on Monday night.
It was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.
Alongside a photo of the award, the delighted team tweeted:
“Gold!!! We’re proud winners of this little beauty!! We are speechless. Massive congratulations to our wonderful team.”
VisitEngland was marking the best of English tourism with its 28th Awards for Excellence, and the Newport-based animal sanctuary was among the 25 winners. Broadcaster Sue Perkins hosted the event at the Hilton Waldorf, London.
Isle of Wight Radio previously reported that Monkey Haven won the regional award in February.
The tourism economy is worth £106 billion annually to England.
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:
“This year’s awards were fiercely contested and we had some terrific applications, showcasing not only the excellence on offer within English tourism but also the outstanding innovation and the sheer diversity of experiences throughout the country.
“From afternoon tea in a railway carriage to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ boutique hotel rooms, from great family friendly animal attractions to cottages for one, all well deserved the recognition of their quality and service.”