Here are the Finalists in the 2015 Group Travel Awards:

PLACES YOU VISIT -€“ ATTRACTIONS AND DESTINATIONS

1) Best Attraction for Group Visits

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

2) Best Historic House and/or Garden for Groups

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

3) Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups

Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent
Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire
National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham
Paignton Zoo Enviromental Park, Devon
Paultons Park, Hampshire
West Midland Safari Park,Worcestershire
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster
ZSL London Zoo

4) Best Family Day Out

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

5) Best Overseas Attraction for Groups

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

6) Best UK Destination for Groups

Bournemouth
Bristol
Essex
Kent
Liverpool
London
Stoke-on-Trent
York

7) Best Overseas Destination for Groups

Amsterdam
Austria
Belgium
Germany
Ireland
Jersey
Malta

8) Best Shopping Venue or Destination for Groups

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

9) Best West End Production

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

10) Best Regional Production

Annie Get Your Gun
Barnum The Musical
Cats
Singin’ in the Rain
The Mousetrap
Top Hat
War Horse
Wicked

11) Best Event for Groups

Bath Christmas Market
BBC Gardeners’€™ World Live
Ideal Home Show
Manchester Christmas Markets
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Royal Ascot
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Thursford Christmas Spectacular

12) Best Canal or Riverboat Operator for Groups

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

13) Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups

Celebrity Cruises
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Hurtigruten
Norwegian Cruise Line
P&O Cruises
Royal Caribbean
SAGA

14) Best European Riverboat Operator for Groups

AMA Waterways
Avalon Waterways
CroisiEurope
Luftner Cruises
The River Cruise Line
Viking River Cruises

15) Best Preserved Railway for Groups

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

WHERE YOU STAY -€“ ACCOMMODATION

16) Most Group-Friendly Hotel Chain or Group

Abacus Hotels
Best Western Hotels
Britannia Hotels
Daish’s Hotel Group
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Marriot Hotels
Mercure
Warner Leisure Hotels

17) Best Individual Hotel for Groups

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

18) Best University Accommodation for Groups

Canterbury Christ Church University
Cardiff University
St Aidan’€™s College at Durham University
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University Of Leicester
University of Kent, Canterbury

19) Best Holiday Park for Groups

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

HOW YOU GET THERE -€“ TRANSPORT

20) Best Coach Operator for Groups (small and large)

Baker’s Dolphin, Weston-super-Mare
Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, East Sussex
Chiltern Travel, Ilford
Daish’s Holidays, Torquay
Edwards Coaches, Pontypridd
Epsom Coaches, Surrey
Excelsior Coaches, Bournemouth
Galloway European Coachlines, Stowmarket
Glenton Palmer, Normanton
Harry Shaw, Coventry
Johnsons, Henley-in-Arden
Lucketts Travel, Fareham
Platinum Express, Wolverhampton
Reading & Wokingham Coaches
Redwing Coaches, London
Richmond’s Coaches, Barley

21) Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups

Brittany Ferries
DFDS Seaways
Eurostar
Eurotunnel
P&O Ferries
Red Funnel
Wightlink

22) Best Airline for Groups

Air Malta
British Airways
easyJet
Emirates
Flybe
Jet2
Thomson
Virgin Atlantic

23) Best Railway Operator for Groups

Arriva Trains Wales
CrossCountry
East Coast Trains
Eurostar
First Great Western
Southeastern
South West Trains
Virgin

HELP & ASSISTANCE -€“ GROUP FACILITIES & INFORMATION

24) Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours

BBC Media City, Salford
Big Bus Tours, London
Buckingham Palace, London
Canterbury Guided Tours
City & Village Tours
Coronation Street The Tour, Manchester
Houses of Parliament, London
Leeds Castle, Kent
Manchester United Museum & Tour

25) Best Group Dining Experience

Bateaux London
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Event House, Worcester
Hard Rock Cafe, London
Leeds Castle, Kent
Planet Hollywood, London
Rainforest Cafe, London
The Savill Garden, Surrey

26) Best Information Product for Groups (web or print)

City & Village Tours Brochure
English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2014/2015
Group Line Brochure
The National Trust Groups Guide 2014
Travelsphere Escorted Holiday Collection 2014/2015
www.brightwaterholidays.com
www.daishs.com
www.tlh.co.uk

27) Best Group Ticketing Agency

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Groups
Encore Tickets
Group Line / ATG Tickets
SEE Groups
The Ticket Factory
Ticketmaster

28) Best Group Tour Operator

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