NORTHUMBERLAND National Park is one of three tourist attractions in Northumberland to be shortlisted in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2020.

The park features on the shortlist alongside Alnwick Garden's Poision Garden and Northumberlandia.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges that include Countryfile presenter Tom Heap, travel writer Dixe Wills, historian Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and Andrew Hall from the Campaign for National Parks.

Members of the public will now have the chance to vote for the winners of the awards.

It's not the first time the county has had success in the awards – in 2018, Northumberland won the National Park of the Year, and Hadrian’s Wall won Landmark of the Year in 2019.

The park will face competition from The Cairngorms, Snowdonia, Yorkshire Dales and South Downs for the title of National Park of the Year.

Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority said: “I am thrilled that we are shortlisted again in such great company of other beautiful national parks.

"Northumberland truly is unique in its visitor experience; from our pristine dark skies, our tranquil landscapes, friendly staff and volunteers, to our outstanding visitors centre at The Sill. We hope that the public feel the same way and vote for our wonderful park.”

The nominations add to a positive period for tourism in Northumberland. In 2018, visitor spending in the county surpassed £1bn

Coun. Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, leisure and tourism at Northumberland County Council said: "It is fantastic to see so many worthy destinations and landmarks nominated from Northumberland.

"Our county boasts breath-taking landscapes and visitor attractions that are bringing in millions of visitors every year. We would encourage everyone to get behind the county and vote in these awards and show their support for Northumberland."

The public vote is open until February 28, with the winners announced in March. Anyone wishing to vote should go to