We’re delighted to be able to share with you the winners for the 2020 Group Leisure & Travel Awards, an initiative which shines a spotlight on the best destinations, attractions and people as voted for and nominated by you. 

Introducing your Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2020 winners…

Best UK Attraction for Children & Families

  • Alton Towers
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort (winner)
  • Longleat
  • ZSL London Zoo

Miniland at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

Source: LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

You decided that LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort deserved the trophy for the fourth year running.

  • Aerospace Bristol (winner)
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • Natural History Museum 
  • RAF Museum, London
  • Walker Art Gallery 
  • V&A

Best Historic Attraction or Venue

  • Alnwick Castle
  • Belvoir Castle
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Bletchley Park
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Coventry Cathedral (winner)

Did you miss the ceremony? Don’t worry, you can now watch the on-demand version here: 

Best Garden Visit

  • Arley Hall & Gardens
  • Bodnant Garden 
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (winner)

Kew Gardens

Source: RBG Kew

Palm House at Kew Gardens, voted the winner of the Best Garden Visit Award, is one of the many things to see on a visit. 

Best Coach or Tour Operator - UK Tours

  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Dunwood (winner)
  • Edwards Coaches
  • InterChoice
  • Johnsons
  • Woods Coaches
  • DFDS 
  • Eurotunnel
  • Irish Ferries (winner)
  • P&O Ferries
  • Red Funnel
  • Wightlink

Best Event for Groups

  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Kynren
  • Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers
  • RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
  • Royal Ascot (winner)
  • Shrewsbury Flower Show

Royal Ascot

Source: Getty Images

Our readers have had their say, awarding the Best Event for Groups trophy to Royal Ascot.

Best Christmas Experience

  • Bath Christmas Market
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Chatsworth
  • Longleat Festival of Light
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular
  • Waddesdon Manor (winner)

Best Guided Tour

  • Arley Hall & Gardens
  • Bletchley Park
  • The London Dungeon
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • UK Parliament (winner) 
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Best Accommodation for Groups

  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Daish’s Holidays (winner)
  • Heacham Manor, Norfolk
  • The Imperial Hotel, Torquay
  • Potters Resort
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Thank you to our official Awards Partners…

Group Leisure & Travel Awards Partners 2020

Best Group Dining Experience

  • Bateaux London Cruises 
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Borde Hill Garden
  • Hard Rock Cafe (winner)
  • Planet Hollywood London
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Theatre Production

  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • The Lion King (winner)
  • Mary Poppins The Musical
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked

Disney's The Lion King

Source: Deen van Meer

Running for more than 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre, The Lion King has won the Best Theatre Production Award.

Best Cruise Line

  • AMA Waterways
  • Arena River Cruises
  • CroisiEurope
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (winner)
  • Saga

Best Ticketing Agency

  • ATG Tickets
  • Delfont Mackintosh Groups
  • Encore Tickets
  • Group Line (winner)
  • See Tickets
  • The Ticket Factory

Best UK Destination

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Devon
  • Isle of Wight
  • London
  • Wiltshire (winner)

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Source: A.Pattenden

Stonehenge is just one of the many group-friendly locations to visit in Wiltshire.

Best International Destination

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland (winner)

The Excellence Award 2020

  • Shauna Potts, Simply Groups (winner)
  • Billy Scanes, Saga Holidays
  • Alex Szeremeta, Daish’s Holidays
  • Ellen Walker, Travel Editions

To read about our finalists click here.

Best Group Tour Operator

  • Airedale Tours
  • Jet2 Holidays
  • Simply Groups (winner)
  • Success Tours
  • Switzerland Travel Centre
  • Travel Editions

Best UK Attraction

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Eden Project
  • lastminute.com London Eye
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Tower of London
  • The View from The Shard (winner)

The View from The Shard

Source: High Level Photography Ltd

Boasting London’s highest view, The View from The Shard won Best UK Attraction.

Group Travel Organiser of the Year® 2020

  • Anne Barnes, The Comets (Metropolitan Police Sports and Social Association)
  • Christine Bennett, Deaf Group Holidays (winner)
  • Helen Cowell, Friends Travel Group
  • Gwen Wright, The Arts Society (Cranleigh branch)

For more information about this award click here.