Congratulations to ‘My Happy Hut’, 2016's Beach Hut of the Year. My Happy Hut, at Dovercourt, Essex, completely captivated this year's panel of expert judges, including: Channel Four's 'Location, Location, Location' presenter, Phil Spencer; historian and author, Dr. Kathryn Ferry; beach hut designer Pete Samson; beach hut lover and Sunday Times journalist, Charlotte Vowden; and last year's Beach Hut of the Year winner, Jane Ashmore.
Phil Spencer visited ‘My Happy Hut’, to award owner, Anna with the illustrious accolade of ‘Beach Hut of the Year 2016’, and present her with £1,000, a year’s free beach hut insurance and a commemorative plaque to proudly hang in her award winning hut. Harwich and Dovercourt beach hut association will also benefit from this win as they will also receive £500 as part of the prize. View our Instagram account for photos of the day: @BeachHutofTheYear.
When purple hut, 41f Dovercourt Promenade, came up for sale two years ago, Anna fell in love at first sight with its drawbridge entrance and unusually spacious interior. The name, 'My Happy Hut' was thought up by Anna's young daughter, and was decided on last year when Anna began to rent it out. "It's our happy place after a traumatic time and we hope the people who rent it out have happy memories of their time there."
My Happy Hut Media Highlights
- Phil Spencer Picks Quaint Seaside Shack with Polka Dots and a 'Drawbridge' as this Year's Winner
- BBC Radio Essex with Peter Holmes
- How about this for a beach hut! TV's Phil Spencer picks My Happy Hut as national finalist
- Trio of beach huts in battle to be crowned Best of British
Click here for a complete list of Beach Hut of the Year media highlights.
Beach Hut Local Authority of the Year
Bournemouth Borough Council has been awarded Britain’s first ever Beach Hut Local Authority of the Year award. A £500 prize has been given to this winning Borough Council and it will be used to fund an art project benefitting the seaside community.
Bournemouth Borough Council was chosen to receive this year’s award as it stood out from other nominations as a true champion of the British seaside tradition of beach huts. As the first British beach to house public beach huts, the council has a rich beach hut heritage, which it continues to build upon through its commendable efforts to build a vibrant seaside community.
Home to award-winning beaches visited by over five million tourists each year, Bournemouth Borough Council’s 2,000 beach hut plots – which include Britain’s first ever public beach hut (standing since 1909 and still available to hire today) – are both an intrinsic and much loved part of the coastal community and a major tourist attraction.
Bournemouth Borough Council strives to and succeeds in making beach huts accessible to all. Martin and Liz Baum, owners of Beach Hut of the Year top ten hut, Serenity-on-Sea, were impressed by Bournemouth Borough Council’s attention to their individual needs for a plot near to a carpark and on flat ground, due to Martin’s multiple sclerosis.
2016's Top Ten Beach Huts
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