Eureka! reach gold standard at VisitEngland awards

Eureka! are prsented with their award
Eureka! are prsented with their award

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is celebrating bringing home the Gold from the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015, the highest accolade in English tourism.

Eureka! topped the Access for All category for their programme of inclusive facilities and services for disabled children and their families.

The Eureka! team collected their award at VisitEngland’s annual ceremony, held last night at the spectacular Sage Gateshead.

Celebrating excellence across the tourism industry, the VisitEngland Awards attracted a total of 345 applications across 18 categories.

Eureka!’s inclusion programme, called Access All Areas, offers services, activities and facilities for disabled visitors, including a Changing Places washroom facility, free Saturday and holiday clubs, and their innovative Extra Pair of Hands service, where disabled children and their families receive the support of their own dedicated member of the Eureka! team during their visit.

Eureka! was previously awarded Bronze at the VisitEngland Awards 2013 and Silver in 2014.

This year 75 finalists; 15 Gold winners, 15 Silver winners, 15 bronze winners and 30 highly commended were selected from a total of 345 entries, representing tourism businesses across England.

Winners were chosen by a panel of tourism industry experts and chaired by VisitEngland Board Member and Chief Executive of the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire, John Hoy.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka! Chief Executive, said “This award is a tremendous achievement and I’m incredibly proud of the whole team here at Eureka!

“We’ve been working to develop our inclusive offering over the last three years thanks to the support of a number of funders, particularly The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and SITA Trust.

“We’re delighted to receive this award, pleased to showcase how inclusivity can be boosted by introducing small touches and large and, most importantly, proud to open our doors to more and more disabled visitors wanting a fun, friendly, playful day out.”