Burnham-On-Sea has this week been named as one of the UK’s top five most ‘coach-friendly’ travel destinations at a national awards ceremony led by TV personality Carol Vorderman.

The town was a runner-up for the award at the 2019 British Coach Tourism Awards, held on Wednesday night (March 20th) in Birmingham.

Burnham-On-Sea was a finalist for the title of the UK’s ‘most coach-friendly destination’ award which was won by neighbouring town Wells. Runners up were Bournemouth/Poole, Burnham-On-Sea, Newmarket and Southport.

Over 400 tourism representatives from across the UK attended the awards ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum, which was overseen by TV’s Carol Vorderman.

Burnham was represented by town councillor Andy Brewer and Burnham Chamber of Trade’s Mark Newman, Phoebe Pearce and Alex Turco.

It comes amid an ongoing project, led by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade, to encourage coach firms to bring visitors into the town centre, boosting the economy.

A spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are really pleased that Burnham is seen as being one of the top coach-friendly destinations in the UK and are delighted to have been given this recognition for all the work carried out by the Chamber of Trade and supporters of this project.”

“We thank the businesses, groups, and local councils who continue to support the ongoing work to bring coaches into Burnham. Several new contacts were again made with coach and travel companies at this week’s awards which will help to encourage even more coach visitors here.”

The project is supported by local businesses, the Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council.

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells was another local winner, as the coach friendly attraction. The Wells team is pictured below.