SVR Wins BBC Countryfile Award
We're delighted to announce that the Severn Valley Railway has won the 'Heritage Site of the Year' Award in the BBC Countryfile Awards 2014/15. What a great way to kick start the celebrations for their Golden Jubilee year!
The Severn Valley Railway was shortlisted as one of the UK’s top historic gems by the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine in January, and has today been crowned the number one Heritage Site in Britain. The SVR was one of five famous UK tourist attractions shortlisted in the 'Heritage Site of the Year' category, and were up against stiff competition from some of the UK’s most famous tourism hotspots, including London’s Imperial War Museum, Georgian estate Kew Palace, Welsh architectural wonder Portmeirion and the mystical, pre-historic stone circle at Avebury.
The shortlist was chosen by television presenter Jules Hudson, widely recognised as the face of many BBC lifestyle and history series including Escape to the Country, Britain’s Empty Homes, Britain’s Heritage Heroes and, most latterly, Countryfile. A life-long history lover, he praised the SVR’s Heritage Skills Training Academy, one of a range of projects funded by the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust, saying the Railway has a “fantastic conservation element to it, running an apprenticeship scheme for young engineers in order to keep the traditional skills alive” and adding: “Travelling by steam train is also a wonderful way to see the spectacular surrounding countryside.”
The winners will be featured in the May issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine.
Thank you so much to everyone that voted for the Severn Valley Railway, what a way to start our Golden Jubilee year of celebrations!
For more information on this award please see the full press release article on our news page.