Towergate's Beach of the Year: Meet the Judges

We're excited to be joined by some true beach hut enthusiasts for this year's Beach Hut of the Year competition. Each brings something unique to the panel. Read on to find out about this year's judging panel.

Phil Spencer, Beach Hut of the Year judge

Phil Spencer, Television Presenter

Phil Spencer is a presenter, author, businessman and property investor. As co-presenter of long-running Channel 4 series 'Location, Location, Location' he has become one of the best-known faces on British television and is widely credited as being an expert in all things property related. Phil first joined the Beach Hut of the Year judging panel in 2015 and is delighted to be back.

“Being a judge in last year’s competition was a lot of fun, so I’m back to help find the nation’s best beach hut of 2017. Last year the competition was fierce and I’m hoping, and expecting, this year will be even more popular. Beach huts are an enduring part of British life, so it’s right that we celebrate them with this competition.”

Dr Kathryn Ferry, Beach Hut of the Year judge

Dr Kathryn Ferry, Seaside Historian and Author

Dr Kathryn Ferry is a historian and writer who specialises in seaside subjects. For her books 'Sheds on the Seashore: A tour through Beach Hut History' and 'Beach huts and bathing machines', she has researched hut history going back to eighteenth century bathing machines and toured the coast to visit most of Britain's beach hut sites.

“Britain can boast some fantastic beach huts. I counted nearly 20,000 when I made my beach hut odyssey in 2002 and more have been added since then. I'm thrilled to be on the panel judging this year’s competition to find the best of the best. These little structures have a surprisingly long history and their appeal shows no sign of diminishing. The pride people take in their seaside 'home-from-home' is evident all around the coast so I'd encourage every hut owner out there to sign up and tell us what makes their hut special.”

Anna Davies, Beach Hut of the Year judge

Anna Davies, My Happy Hut - Beach Hut of the Year 2016 Winner

Anna joins our panel as the winner of Beach Hut of the Year 2016. Her quirky polka dot hut  ‘My Happy Hut’ in Dovercourt, Essex, captured the imaginations of the judges and public alike and scooped top prize. ‘My Happy’ was styled with '50s retro, vintage interior, with all items sourced from local charity shops. Anna lets the hut out and has recently acquired another hut,

Take a tour of My Happy Hut with Anna and Phil Spencer.


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