Find out who, what and where has made the shortlist and is that little bit closer to winning at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony. Voted for by readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine, the annual awards celebrate first class destinations, attractions and providers across group travel.

The 2019 award finalists are…

Best UK Attraction for Children & Families

  • Alton Towers
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Flamingo Land Resort
  • LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
  • Longleat
  • Thorpe Park Resort

Best Museum or Gallery

  • Aerospace Bristol
  • BODY WORLDS London
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • Natural History Museum
  • Palace House, Newmarket
  • V&A

Got views on this year’s finalists or any predictions on who might win? Feel free to add your comments at the bottom of this page.

Best Historic Attraction or Venue

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Bletchley Park
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Leeds Castle
  • Longleat

Best Coach or Tour Operator

  • Daish’s Holidays
  • David Urquhart Travel
  • Dunwood Travel
  • Edwards Coaches
  • InterChoice
  • just for groups!


Group Leisure & Travel Awards Winners Group Photo 2018

The winners of the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018, pictured with special guest host Gyles Brandreth (front, centre). Will any win again in 2019?

Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator

  • Condor Ferries
  • Eurostar
  • Eurotunnel
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
  • Wightlink

Best Event for Groups

  • Birmingham International Tattoo
  • Great Yorkshire Show
  • Kynren
  • RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
  • Royal Ascot
  • Shrewsbury Flower Show

Best Christmas Experience

  • Christmas at Kew
  • Holkham Hall
  • Longleat Festival of Light
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Windsor Castle

Best Guided Tour

  • Arley Hall & Gardens
  • Bletchley Park
  • Discover Newmarket
  • Houses of Parliament
  • The London Dungeon
  • The Original Tour


Announcing the winner of the Best Accommodation category at the GLT Awards 2018

Ellie Fulcher from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announces the winner of the Best Accommodation category at the GLT Awards 2018. Who will win this year?

Best Accommodation for Groups

  • Abacus Hotels
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Mill Rythe Holiday Village (Away Resorts)
  • Potters Resort
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Group Dining Experience

  • Bateaux London Cruises
  • Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
  • Hard Rock Cafe, London
  • Magellan, Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Planet Hollywood London
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Theatre Production

  • The Bodyguard (UK Tour)
  • Come From Away
  • The Lion King
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked
  • Witness For The Prosecution

Best Cruise Line

  • CroisiEurope
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • P&O Cruises
  • Saga


Guests enjoying the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018

Guests enjoying the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018.

Best Ticketing Agency

  • ATG Tickets
  • Encore Tickets
  • Group Line
  • See Tickets
  • The Ticket Factory
  • Ticketmaster Groups

Best UK Destination

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Devon
  • Isle of Wight
  • Liverpool
  • London

Best International Destination

  • Belgium
  • China
  • France
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland

The Excellence Award 2019

This award recognises outstanding service to GTOs by individuals in the group travel trade.

  • Ellie Fulcher, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Melissa Hackney, RHS
  • Nikki Stephenson, just for groups!
  • Barry Watson, The Original Tour

Best Group Tour Operator - Short Haul

  • David Urquhart Travel
  • Dunwood
  • Jet2 Holidays
  • Riviera Travel
  • Success Tours
  • Switzerland Travel Centre


Gyles Brandreth and Rob Yandell presenting the GLT Awards 2018

Special guest, Gyles Brandreth and publisher, Rob Yandell presenting the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018.

Best Group Tour Operator - Long Haul

  • HF Holidays
  • just for groups!
  • Saga
  • South Quay Travel & Leisure
  • Titan
  • Travelsphere

Best UK Attraction

  • Beamish
  • BODY WORLDS London
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • The View from The Shard


Olivia Goodfellow awarded GTO of the Year Award 2018 at Group Leisure & Travel Awards

The 2018 Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® is presented to Olivia Goodfellow of Enfield Over 50s Forum. Olivia was on the judging panel to determine this year’s winner.

Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award®

This very special award shines a spotlight on great group travel organisers The 2019 finalists were chosen because of the positive impact they have on the lives of others as well as their organising skills and travel knowledge.

  • Liz Cawdell, Heybridge U3A
  • Louise Thomas, Open University Theatre Group Bookers Club &
  • Open University Trips Club
  • Roger Tacq, Huntingdon U3A
  • Sue Shapland, Exmoor Extroverts

2019 Awards Dinner & Ceremony - be there

The 2019 Awards will be held on Wednesday 9th October at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, adjacent to Stadium MK where the Group Leisure & Travel Show will be held the following day (Thursday 10th October).

To secure a table or tickets call Nikki Wotton on 01908-613323 or e-mail