Source Park on Hastings’ seafront has continued its winning ways notching up another big win this time coming out as one of the best ‘tourist experiences’ in Sussex.
Source Park founders, brothers Marc and Richard Moore, joined the cream of the South East’s tourism industry as it celebrated success last week at the Beautiful South Awards – the highlight of the 2018 tourism calendar.
Presented by TV and radio presenter Mark Jones, and hosted by headline sponsor, the Grand Brighton, the Awards saw 74 prestigious gold, silver and bronze trophies handed out along with 18 ‘highly commendeds’ being awarded.
This year’s awards saw a bumper crop of 1066 Country businesses walk away triumphantly after fighting off stiff competition from across the South East, an area stretching from Bournemouth to Oxfordshire and across to Kent.
Stewart Drew, Chair of the 1066 Country Marketing Partnership and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion said: ‘It was fabulous to see so many of our members being rewarded.
The Bed and Breakfast of the Year category was dominated by our region, walking away with all three awards.
“The breadth and quality of accommodation has really shone through in recent years, when you add this to an exciting calendar of year round events, brilliant heritage and cultural attractions, and stunning countryside, 1066 Country is fast becoming a stand out, must visit, destination.”
The Awards are run by Tourism South East to recognise and celebrate excellence in the industry. Apart from the prestige and profile for winners, they also inspire other businesses to reinvest and raise standards in quality, innovation and customer service.
The Source was founded by brothers Richard and Marc Moore in March 2003. It started as a tiny shop and the company has grown in each of the past 15 years to become the World’s largest online BMX retailer. As well as the website, the company opened The Source Park in 2016 the culmination of a two year project to convert the derelict Turkish Baths on Hastings seafront, a project done in conjunction with Hastings Borough Council, The Foreshore Trust and East Sussex County Council.
The Source Park hosts some of the World’s largest BMX and Skateboard events and is open seven days a week to the public for lessons, birthday parties and drop in sessions.
The company employ 54 staff locally and is the subject of an award winning film on Amazon Prime, ‘The Source Park Documentary’.
Other 1066 Country winners included:
Glamping Business of the Year: Swallowtail Hill, Beckley: Bronze.
Tourism Experience of the Year: Source Park Hastings: Silver.
Tourism Pub of the Year: The Bell in Ticehurst: Gold.
Bed and Breakfast and Guesthouse of the Year:
Boreham House, Boreham Street: Gold
Coast B&B, Bexhill: Silver
The Laindons, Hastings: Bronze