Mersey ‘Hidden Gem’ shortlist revealed

As part of the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards members of the public have been voting for their favourite tourism ‘Hidden Gems’ and now the shortlist has been revealed. Tony McDonough reports

Watering Can
The Watering Can is a popular café bistro in South Liverpool and is on the ‘Hidden Gem’ shortlist


Organisers of this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards have published the shortlist for the Hidden Gem Award.

This category of the awards, which are being held at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday, March 10, celebrates the region’s best kept secrets and puts them in the tourism spotlight. The main shortlist was published in December.

Gems may be attractions, bars, restaurants, tours, or natural assets which are off the main tourism trail. Promoted in association with The Guide Liverpool there were more than triple the number of votes for this year’s awards. Now the 12 business shortlisted will once again be put to a public vote to find the winner. The Hidden Gem finalists are:

  • A Slower Space, Liverpool
  • Bijou Cinema Southport, Southport
  • British Lawnmower Museum, Southport
  • Enelles Glass House, Southport
  • Frederiks, Liverpool
  • Invisible Wind Factory Rollerdrome, Liverpool
  • Southport Pier Pavilion, Southport
  • Sudley House, Liverpool
  • Sugar and Dice, Liverpool
  • The Watering Can, Liverpool
  • Vintage Tea Room, Churchtown
  • Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo

To vote for your favourite click here. Voting will close at 5pm on Friday, February 11. Not only does the winner receive the accolade of Hidden Gem 2021, they will be handed a Gold promo package from The Guide.

Jay Hynd, director at The Guide Liverpool, said: “This year’s shortlist for the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards Hidden Gem has surely got to be one of the strongest to date. We’re delighted to be able to offer the winning attraction a free video production and promo package on The Guide.”

The awards are organised by Growth Platform and held in association with headline sponsor Liverpool BID Company and executive sponsors Quest, Liverpool ONE and National Museums Liverpool. Tickets for the awards ceremony are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.

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