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British Coach Tourism Awards 2019 – finalists

The finalists in the British Coach Tourism Awards 2019 have been announced. The winners will be announced on 20 March at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

For more information, go to www.britishcoachawards.co.uk/awards-2019


British Coach Tourism Awards

Coach Friendly Destination

Bournemouth & Poole





Coach Friendly Attraction

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, County Durham

The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Brick Lane Music Hall, London

The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry, Shropshire

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Holkham, Norfolk

New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site, Lanarkshire

RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor

West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire

World of James Herriot, Thirsk, North Yorkshire


Cross-Sea Carrier


Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

P&O Ferries


River and Inland Cruise Operator

Princess River Cruises, Nottingham

Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth

Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding, Cumbria

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness, Cumbria


Heritage Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Cumbria

Swanage Railway, Dorset

Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth


Accommodation Provider (Independent Hotels)

Hallmark Hotel Leyland, Preston

The Hallmark Queen Hotel, Chester

Mill Rythe Holiday Village/Away Resorts, Hayling Island

The Portbyhan Hotel, Looe

Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton


Tour Wholesaler and Industry Supplier

Advantage Now

Action Tours

Ashley & Newey


Greatdays Travel Group

ICT Group Travel

Norman Allen Group Travel


Dining Experience

360 Cookhouse Restaurant, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry, Shropshire

Planet Hollywood, London

Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington, Bedfordshire

Rendezvous Hotel, Dinner Cruise, Skipton, North Yorkshire


Coach Holiday Programme

Bakers Dolphin

Crusader Holidays

Eastons Coaches

Edwards Coaches

Galloway Coach Travel

Johnsons Coaches

Reays Coaches


Day Excursion Programme

Johnsons Coaches

Bakers Dolphin

Eastons Coaches

Gardiners NMC

Lucketts Travel

Richmond’s Coaches


Coach Tourism Innovation of the Year

All About Tours Coach

Buzzlines Travel

Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

Teignbridge District Council

United Minibuses & Coaches


Coach Tourism Professional of the Year

Kate Bastin – Bakers Dolphin

Suzanne Evans – Boon’s Calibre Travel

Andrew Simpson – Classic Britain Hotels

Martin Slater – Greatdays Travel Group

Amy Lizzimore – Groups Direct

Kristy Elsmere – Woods Travel


Coach Tour Driver of the Year

Allan Londsdale – Alfa Travel

Barry Jolly – Woods Travel

Chris Nelson – Galloway Coach Travel

Ken Cato – Masons Minibus & Coach Hire


Coach Tour Operator – small fleet

Acklams Coaches

Hough’s of Lincolnshire

Masons Minibus & Coach Hire


Coach Tour Operator – medium fleet

Bluebird Coaches (Weymouth)

Crusader Holidays

Kirbys Coaches

United Minibuses & Coaches

Woods Travel


Coach Tour Operator – large fleet

Bakers Dolphin

Edwards Coaches

Johnsons Coaches

Lucketts Travel

Shearings Holidays