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Medway Culture, Design and Tourism Awards

CDT awards logoCelebrating excellence in arts, culture, design, heritage and tourism

The Medway Culture, Design and Tourism Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of groups, individuals, projects and people and their contributions to the area’s cultural vitality.

The 14 winners of the 2015 awards were announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday, 22 October at MidKent College, Gillingham.




Winner: Wordsmithery - Husband and wife team who have curated and created a number of highly successful literary projects and collaborations in Medway since 2012

Other shortlisted nominees: Children’s Book Festival; Rochester Literature Festival; Caffe Dell Artista.


Fashion and Design

Winner: Sian Bostwick - Local jewellery designer creating beautiful jewels inspired and influenced by treasured tales and stories.

Other shortlisted nominees: Jatin Patel.



Winner: The James Taylor Quartet - One of the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz for over a quarter of a century.

Other shortlisted nominees: Alan Mash; Daniel Turnbull; Homespun Independent Music and Arts Festival;

Pete Molinari; Wendy Back and Joining Voices Team; Into The Pits Promotion.



Winner: Dovetail Games - local games business creating digital hobbies and games which are enjoyed throughout the world.

Other shortlisted nominees: The Big Screen; For the Fallen Challenge; Natasha Steer; Walls and Gardens Mobile App


Visual ArtsPhoto of IN-SITE project members, winner of visual arts category

Winner: The IN-SITE project - A series of public realm art works at changing regeneration sites in Rochester and Chatham aimed at supporting local artists and increasing participation in the arts.

Other shortlisted nominees: Great Expectations; Rochester Kino; The Wetlands Project; Nucleus Arts.


Performing Arts

Winner: Laura King and Looking Kloser - Providing drama and arts sessions in Gillingham for people with learning and physical disabilities as well as young people who do not attend school.

Other shortlisted nominees: Medway Little Theatre; Play on Words Theatre Company; Aidan Dooley; Ideas Test.


New Build

Winner: The Auditorium - Transforming the old Theatre Royal site in the heart of Chatham into a variety of affordable housing for local residents.

Other shortlisted nominees: 1a and 1b Westerham Close; 1-4 Romany Court, Twydall; Strood Community Hub project; Empire Reach, Chatham.



Winner: The LV21 Lightship - Beautifully restored historic light ship at Gillingham pier, transformed into a vibrant floating cultural hub promoting and supporting the creative sector.

Other shortlisted nominees: The Royal Engineers Museum; The Huguenot Museum; Kayleigh Piper; The Norman and Grunt Siege campaign.


Open Spaces and Public Realm

Winner: The Great Lines Heritage Park - A Green Flag standard environmental and cultural asset in the heart of Medway working with local community groups.

Other shortlisted nominees: Friends of Grain Coastal Park; Friends of Rede Common; Gillingham Local Roots; IN-SITE public art project.


Hotel of the Year

Winner: The Bridgewood Manor Hotel - Four star quality hotel providing innovative services for guests and working in partnership with the local community.

Other shortlisted nominees: The Holiday Inn Rochester-Chatham; The Ramada Encore Chatham.


Bed and Breakfast AccommodationPhoto of bed and breakfast category winner, Kits Coty Glamping


Orchard Bed and Breakfast - Family run 4 star silver award B&B offering a relaxing break in Cliffe Woods

Kits Coty Glamping - New luxurious camping experience in the heart of Kent’s countryside providing breakfast hampers and luxurious beds.

Other shortlisted nominees: Medway Little Townhouse; Salisbury House Bed and Breakfast.


Visitor Attraction

Winner: Sun Pier House - A thriving much loved arts centre encompassing an art gallery, creative office, artist studios and tearooms located on the River Medway.

Other shortlisted nominees: Diggerland; The Huguenot Museum; Jetstream Tours; The LV21 Lightship.


Outstanding Customer Care

Winner: Colin Adcock - First class customer care always provided by Colin, who drives the Explore Medway open top bus.

Other shortlisted nominees: Sweet Sonya’s Cupcakes and Teatime Delights; Jetstream Tours; The Parking Enforcement Team; Kaizen Antiques and Jewellery Shop.


Flavour of the Year

Winner: Kent Fine Foods - Highly successful local food company producing an extensive variety of jam, jellies, marmalades, pickles, chutneys, sauces and relishes.

Other shortlisted nominees: Kent in Crepe; The 10:50 from Victoria Micropub; Bruno’s Bakes and Cakes;

Sweet Sonya’s Cupcakes and Teatime Delights.


The nominations were assessed by an independent panel and judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovation in their field
  • Contribution to Medway
  • Delivering/attracting new audiences
  • Quality
  • National/international recognition/achievement
  • Accessibility/usability

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