Chris Brammall is once again proud sponsor maker of the Cumbria Tourism Awards and with businesses eagerly awaiting news of their entry we thought it would be a good time to reveal the 2017 award design.

For the third year, Chris has been commissioned as the Awards Designer with a brief to create an iconic and bespoke work of art to reward the achievements of the County’s top tourism operators.

The hand-forged awards will once again feature a popular iconic Lakeland landscape depicted by a ribbon of copper running through the centre of a mild-steel plaque, which is burnished to give a distinctive mottled finish.  Inspired by its dramatic appearance and size,  Chris has chosen Blencathra – one of the most northerly hills in the Lake District - for the 2017 award design, which will also feature a traditional slate insert by Ulverston based The Stone Workshop. 

The Lakeland landscapes have been inspiring artists, writers and poets for centuries and Wainwright was a huge fan of Blencathra.  He called it a mountineers’ mountain and decreed it to be ‘one of the grandest objects in Lakeland’.  He wrote 36 pages in his chapter on Blencathra, more than he wrote on any other Lake District mountain. 

Chris Brammall comments; “Blencathra has a very striking profile, it’s a mountain I have walked many times and I felt it would create a stunning feature in the award design. Each plaque is individually hand-forged to create a bespoke piece – very fitting for Cumbria’s best tourism businesses.  We wish everyone who has entered the very best of luck.” 

Previous tourism awards designed by Chris have featured Great Gable and Langdale.  

All Cumbria Tourism Award winners will be crowned at a glitzy ceremony due to take place in June. For more information please visit

Photo shows the 2016 Cumbria Tourism Award - credit to Harry Atkinson Photography

Cumbria Tourism Award 2016