Most Coach Friendly Tourist Attraction

This award is designed to recognise and reward sports and leisure attractions who have gone 'that extra mile' to accommodate, attract, and welcome coaches, their drivers and their passengers.

It was a close contest this year between attractions which had done a great deal of hard work in this area.

Winners: The Rheged Centre, Cumbria

The attractive groups brochure from RhegedSituated just off the M6 motorway at Penrith, the Rheged Centre is named for the Kings who ruled much of northern England in Celtic times, between the fifth and eighth centures. Rhe most famous of these was Old King Cole, the "merry old soul" of the nursery rhyme.

The Centre offers nine artisan shops, three cafes serving deliciously fresh food, and a fantastic 3D cinema screen showing a diverse range of films.

Coach operators and our judges praised Rheged’s cleverly devised group offers. They liked the web site and good downloadable leaflet, and praised the combined visits with other local attractions, and the excellent group catering offers.



Runners Up: West Midland Safari and Leisure Park

The safari park's logoThis attraction is set in 200 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside. It is one of the leading attractions in the West Midlands and is the only safari park in the UK to host all of the African 'Big Five'. There is a four mile self-drive safari featuring an impressive variety of wild and exotic animals, which is open and suitable for coaches of all sizes. In addition, there are live shows and with over 30 theme park rides.

The judges liked the park's well-thought through group and coach arrangements, and praised the welcome accorded to coach operators and drivers.  They were particularly impressed by the site's links with coach operators who have scheduled tours and excursions to the park from various areas of the country.

Highly Commended

The following venues were also nominated by coach operators, and were highly commended by the judges.

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

The group facilities for this market-leading Staffordshire theme park were praised by the judges, as were the free coach parking facilities.

Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

Clear information from Ascot praised by the judges

The judges praised the excellent information provided by Ascot, and were very impressed by the encouragement given for group visits to the racecourse.

They particularly liked the extensive free coach parking facilities.


Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

The offers for groups and coach visits were regarded as excellent by operators and the judges. The park offers free coach parking and admission/meal voucher for drivers.Attractive groups brochure for Drayton Manor 

Who could be nominated?

Static attractions, including theme parks, amusement parks, sports and leisure facilities.

… and by whom

Readers of Coach and Bus Week magazine who are coach operators will be asked to nominate attractions whose service they have admired during the last 12 months. They will be asked to explain why they think the nominated attraction deserves this award.

Search this site

The logo of our parent company, Transport Events GroupAll material on this web site is copyright. Copyright © UK Coach Awards Limited 2018. All rights reserved.

The UK Coach Awards scheme is organised by UK Coach Awards Limited

Albion House, Rope Walk,, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1ED

| Tel: 0330 010 3460 |


UK Coach Awards Limited is a company registered in England & Wales No 06814616. Registered Office: as above.


Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.

Cookies on the UK Coach Awards website

We use cookies to ensure we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the UK Coach Awards website. CLICK HERE to read more about our Privacy Policy and about the use of Cookes