Staff at Newquay Zoo are thrilled that Cornwall has been named the No. 1 Favourite British Holiday Location in the second annual Countryfile Magazine awards.

Marketing Manager Carl Lamb said; ‘‘Cornwall is such a beautiful county with rugged coastline, amazing surfing, top quality restaurants and great value attractions like Newquay Zoo. It is no wonder that this lovely county holds a special place in so many people’s hearts, which is why it has been named the favourite British holiday location.

The impressive award title was voted for by readers of the monthly magazine and by members of the public from a list of 10 popular locations suggested by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine. Cornwall pushed the Peak District into second place, while the Lake District took third place.

In a double celebration for Cornwall, the Cornish Pasty also saw success in the Awards taking second place in the ‘Favourite regional dish’ category. The much loved speciality narrowly missed the top spot to Devon cream teas but gained the upper crust on West Country cider in third place.

‘‘It is wonderful that Cornwall is getting some recognition for its culinary achievements. There is nothing better than a hot, tasty pasty – something which visitors at the Zoo definitely make the most of, with a delicious range of pasties available from our Café Lemur’’ added Carl.

Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall for the Cornwall Development Company, comments: “This is another fantastic achievement and I thank all those that voted for Cornwall and the Cornish pasty. Countryfile Magazine captures all that is great and good about the British countryside so to be recognised by the readership of such a creditable source speaks volumes about the quality of our destination.

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