18th November, 2016
It was awarded a Gold Award in the Large Visitor Attraction category at the 2016 Visit Devon Awards last week, having already this year been named 7th best amusement park in the UK by TripAdvisor, and Best Attraction at the North Devon Food, Drink & Tourism Awards.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this latest award - it's the most prestigious award in Devon for a tourism business,” said partner Tara Stanbury. “We've invested a lot of money and energy in updating and adding to The Milky Way over the past few years, with new additions such as the Sci-Fi exhibition, huge bouncing pillows, and dedicated play centre for small children, so it’s great to know that it's been worthwhile.”
The Visit Devon Awards are judged by industry experts, and entrants are assessed in 15 areas including value for money, customer service, and overall experience. The Milky Way beat entrants from across Devon, with the judges praising it for its overall ‘wow factor’, large choice of all-weather attractions and value for money.
“The judges were so positive about what we offer,” said Tara. “They praised us for the fact that after paying on the door just about everything else is free, and liked the fact that families can all enjoy themselves together. Lots of lovely comments were made about the Milky Way staff too – that they were very cheerful, engaging & helpful. It’s great to have some recognition for the whole team, and we’d like to thank every single one for their loyalty and hard work, as well as the fantastic customer service they provide to our guests day in and day out.”
As a Gold winner at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards The Milky Way will now go on to compete in the South West Tourism Awards and the national Visit England Awards.