LEADING names in the local leisure and holiday industries have been honoured with major awards.

The Bournemouth 7s Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, picked up two prizes.

It collected the Best Non-Music Festival title at the UK Festival Awards, hosted by comedian Rufus Hound at the Troxy in London.

Roger Woodall, chief executive and founder of Bournemouth 7s Festival, said: “The past 10 years have been an amazing journey and I am so grateful and proud that Bournemouth 7s Festival has been recognised with a UK Festival Award.”

Shortly afterwards, it was named Best Sporting Event at the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards at the Pump Rooms, Bath.

Brittany Ferries, which sales to France from Poole, scooped two travel awards within a week.

It was named Best Ferry Operator at the Telegraph Travel Awards, two days after picking up the prize for Best Small Holiday Company to Western Europe at the British Travel Awards.

Head of marketing Richard Price said: “These awards are important because they are based on votes cast by customers and holiday makers.”

Hoburne Naish, at Barton-on-Sea, won gold in the Holiday Park of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards 2017.

The site, owned by Christchurch-based Hoburne Holidays, collected the Hoseasons-sponsored award at a ceremony hosted by TV and radio celebrity Toby Anstis at the Grand Brighton.

Neil Sykes, general manager at Hoburne Naish, said: “We are extremely proud to have received such a prestigious award in the face of such amazing competition from all of the other holiday parks in the south."

Sandy Balls, near Fordingbridge, won silver in the Holiday Village of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards.

Guest services manager Rosie-Ellis Brothwood said: "We are delighted that Tourism South East has recognised the hard work that the Sandy Balls team do to ensure that they provide every single guest a high-quality and memorable experience."

Shorefield Country Park at Milford-on-Sea took a diamond award in the South of England Family Fun Lodges & Parks category at the annual Hoseasons Conference in Celtic Manor, Wales.

Simon Pollock, chairman and managing director of Shorefield Holidays, said: “We go to great efforts to make sure that all of our parks have outstanding service and exceptional quality, so we are very pleased that this has been recognised for the second year in a row.”

Shorefield Holidays was also recognised for the second year running at the Brilliance in Business Awards for its career opportunities.