2015 Results

Winners and runners-up in the Group Travel Awards 2015

Places you visit – attractions and destinations

Best attraction for groups

Winner: Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Runner-up: The View from the Shard, London
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Coca-Cola London Eye
Eden Project, Cornwall
Houses of Parliament, London
The London Bridge Experience

Best historical house and/or garden for groups

Winner: Longleat House, Wiltshire
Runner-up: Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Buckingham Palace, London
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Dunham Massey Gardens, Altrincham
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Best animal or sea life attraction

Winner: West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park, Worcestershire
Runner-up: Paignton Zoo Enviromental Park, Devon
Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent
Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire
National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster
ZSL London Zoo

Best family day out

Winner: Thorpe Park Resort, Surrey
Runner-up: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Cadbury World, Birmingham
Cardiff Castle
Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire
Legoland Windsor Resort
Paultons Park, Hampshire

Best overseas attraction for groups

Winner: Disneyland Paris, France
Runner-up: In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium
Autostadt, Germany
Imhoff Schokoladenmuseum, Germany
Keukenhof Gardens, Holland
La Coupole, France
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Best UK destination for groups

Winner: York
Runner-up: Bournemouth

Best overseas destination for groups

Winner: Germany
Runner-up: Jersey

Best shopping venue or destination for groups

Winner: Westfield Stratford City, London
Runner-up: The Trafford Centre, Manchester
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield
The Bull Ring, Birmingham
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

Best West End production

Winner: Jersey Boys
Runner-up: The Lion King
Les Misérables
Mamma Mia!
Matilda the Musical
Miss Saigon
The Phantom of the Opera
War Horse

Best regional production

Winner: CATS
Runner-up: Wicked
Annie Get Your Gun
Barnum The Musical
Singin’ in the Rain
The Mousetrap
Top Hat
War Horse

Best event for groups

Winner: Royal Ascot
Runner-up: BBC Gardeners’ World Live
Bath Christmas Market
Ideal Home Show
Manchester Christmas Markets
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Best canal or riverboat operator for groups

Winner: City Cruises, London
Runner-up: Trent River Cruises, Nottingham
Canterbury River Tours
Dudley Canal Trust Trips
French Brothers, Windsor
Mersey Ferries, Merseyside
Skipton Boat Trips
Thames River Services, London

Best ocean cruise line operator for groups

Winner: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Runner-up: Royal Caribbean
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Norwegian Cruise Line
P&O Cruises

Best european riverboat operator for groups

Winner: The River Cruise Line
Runner-up: CroisiEurope
AMA Waterways
Avalon Waterways
Lueftner River Cruises
Viking River Cruises

Best preserved railway for groups

Winner: Severn Valley Railway, Worcestershire
Runner-up: West Somerset Railway
Bluebell Railway, East Sussex
Dartmouth Steam Railway, Devon
Ffestiniog Railway, Wales
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Swanage Steam Railway, Dorset

Where you stay -€“ accommodation

Most Group-Friendly Hotel Chain or Group

Winner: Daish’€™s Hotel Group
Runner-up: Warner Leisure Hotels
Abacus Hotels
Best Western Hotels
Britannia Hotels
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Marriot Hotels

Best Individual Hotel for Groups

Winner: Preston Sands Hotel, Paignton
Runner-up: St Kilda Hotel, Llandudno
Cricket St. Thomas Hotel, Somerset (Warner Leisure Hotels)
Four Oaks Hotel, Llandudno
The George Hotel, Norwich (Best Western)
The Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
Thoresby Hal Hotel, Nottinghamshire (Warner Leisure Hotels)
Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno

Best University Accommodation for Groups

Winner: University of Kent, Canterbury
Runner-up: University of Leicester
Canterbury Christ Church University
Cardiff University
St Aidan’s College at Durham University
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Leeds

Best Holiday Park for Groups

Winner: Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island (Away Resorts)
Runner-up: Potters Leisure Resort, Norfolk
Butlins Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Looe Bay Holiday Park, Cornwall (Parkdean)
Norton Grange Coastal Village, Isle of Wight (Warner Leisure Hotels)
Sand Bay Holiday Park, Weston-super-Mare (Pontins)

How you get there – Transport

Best Coach Operator: Small Fleet

Winner: Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, East Sussex
Runner-up: Platinum Express, Wolverhampton

Best Coach Operator: Large Fleet

Winner: Edwards Coaches, Pontypridd
Runner-up: Lucketts Travel, Fareham
Baker’s Dolphin, Weston-super-Mare
Chiltern Travel, Ilford
Daish’s Holidays, Torquay
Epsom Coaches, Surrey
Excelsior Coaches, Bournemouth
Galloway European Coachlines, Stowmarket
Glenton Palmer, Normanton
Harry Shaw, Coventry
Johnsons, Henley-in-Arden
Reading & Wokingham Coaches
Redwing Coaches, London
Richmond’s Coaches, Barley

Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups

Winner: Eurotunnel
Runner-up: Wightlink
Brittany Ferries
DFDS Seaways
P&O Ferries
Red Funnel

Best Airline for Groups

Winner: Jet2
Runner-up: British Airways
Air Malta
Virgin Atlantic

Best Railway Operator for Groups

Winner: Virgin Trains
Runner-up: Eurostar
Arriva Train Wales
East Coast Trains
First Great Western
South West Trains

Help & assistance -€“ Group facilities & information

Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours

Winner: Houses of Parliament, London
Runner-up: City & Village Tours
BBC at MediaCity, Salford
Big Bus Tours, London
Buckingham Palace, London
Canterbury Guided Tours
Coronation Street The Tour, Manchester
Leeds Castle, Kent
Manchester United Museum & Tour

Best Group Dining Experience

Winner: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Runner-up: Planet Hollywood, London
Bateaux London
Event House, Worcester
Hard Rock Café, London
Leeds Castle, Kent
Rainforest Café, London
The Savill Garden, Windsor

Best Information Product for Groups website or printed

Winner: English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2014/2015
Runner-up: www.brightwaterholidays.com
City & Village Tours Brochure
Group Line Brochure
The National Trusts Group Guide 2014
Travelsphere Escorted Holiday Collection 2014/15
Visit Cardiff: Cardiff The Essential Guide

Best Group Ticketing Agency

Winner: Group Line
Runner-up: Encore Tickets
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Groups
Group Line / ATG Tickets
SEE Groups
The Ticket Factory

Best Group Tour Operator

Winner: Airedale Tours, West Yorkshire
Runner-up: IOW Tours, Isle of Wight
Dunwood Travel
Greatdays Travel Group, Cheshire
InterChoice Holidays, Wolverhampton
Success Tours, Wiltshire
Tailored Travel, London
The Travel Adventure, East Sussex
Travelsphere, Leicestershire

Outstanding Contribution to Group Travel by an Individual

Adrian Gates

Editor’s Award for Innovation in Tourism

Lincoln Castle Revealed

The Little Treasures Award

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, Melton Mowbray

The Development of Incoming Group Visitors to the UK

Roy Graff