The historic seaside town of Blackpool, UK, has had an early summer season boost by picking up several tourism awards.

Blackpool Zoo won the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Award for top large attraction. The staff and keepers were said to be "clearly committed to sharing their wealth of knowledge, their understanding and the undeniable bond that they have with their animals".

In addition to a range of hospitality awards, the town’s centrepiece, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, took the online marketing award, with judges stating the attraction’s website offered "an online experience which is exciting as the resort itself".