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Lappa Valley named large visitor attraction of the year for 2nd year running!

28 November 2023 | News

One of Cornwall's most loved family attractions has been recognised as the best in the county, after being awarded a prestigious accolade for a second year running.

Lappa Valley near St Newlyn East was been named the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the prestigious Cornwall Tourism Awards, which took place at Truro Cathedral.


Dozens of tourism and hospitality businesses entered the awards, where industry experts judged them on a number of key aspects including an undercover visit. Lappa scored very highly on all aspects, with the judges noting the warm welcome, well-maintained facilities and very friendly and helpful staff.


Keith Southwell, Managing Director of Lappa Valley said: “We are humbled to have been recognised in this way for a second year. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and commitment of our entire team, every single one lives and breathes the Lappa values of inclusivity, fun, nature and enabling families to make special memories.


“We’ve made a significant number of investments to evolve Lappa Valley over the last few years, including our new Engine Shed Indoor Soft Play, adventure golf and the arrival of a brand new train.”


Alongside this award, Lappa Valley train driver Ben Patrick was also named the year’s unsung hero, using his experience as a young full-time carer for his father to help visitors with disabilities and additional needs feel more comfortable, as well as encouraging young train fans.

“We are extremely proud of Ben and everything he continues to achieve, especially in the face of adversity. We are very lucky to have him as a key member of our team here at Lappa and believe he is very deserving of this award.”


Lappa Valley is gearing up to celebrate its 50th Birthday in 2024, with a host of special events and the opening of a brand new station as well as the naming of their new locomotive which arrived last month.


Keith continued: “Thank you to the all our visitors, many of whom we’re pleased to now call friends for their ongoing support. We look forward to celebrating our 50th with you all in 2024, and sharing our exciting future plans.”

From Left to Right: Matt Bunt, Hannah Rowe, Ben Patrick, Keith Southwell, Ben Harding, Sara Southwell & Liz Bucknell

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