Beach huts are a enormously popular feature of the British seaside
Beach huts are a enormously popular feature of the British seaside

Phil Spencer, co-presenter of ‘Location Location Location’, and a panel of judges will be scouring the length and breadth of the country in a nationwide search to find the UK’s best beach hut as part of the Towergate Insurance Beach Hut of the Year Competition 2015.

As a co-presenter of the long-running Channel 4 series, Phil has become one of the best-known faces on British television and is widely credited as an expert in all things property.

Phil Spencer, TV presenter, author, businessman and property expert
Phil Spencer, TV presenter, author, businessman and property expert

Joining Phil on the judging panel will be beach hut historian and author Dr. Kathryn Ferry, beach hut lover and RadioTimes journalist Susanna Lazarus and previous Beach Hut of the Year 2012 winner Pat Bevan. With around 23,000 beach huts positioned across the shores of the UK, there will be plenty for the judges to choose from.


Commenting on being chosen as a judge, Phil Spencer said: “Beach huts have long been an iconic part of British seaside culture and personally hold many happy memories as my parents had a hut on Kingsdown beach in Kent when I was growing up.

About the judges:

Phil Spencer Phil Spencer is a presenter, author, businessman and property investor. Over the last 13 years he has hosted numerous TV series and continues to be an anchor for Channel 4 viewing figures.
Kathryn Ferry 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.
Susanna Lazarus Susanna Lazarus is the Assistant News Editor at the RadioTimes and is an avid beach hut enthusiast.
Pat Bevan Pat Bevan was the winner of Beach Hut of the Year 2012 with her traditional red, white and blue themed hut located in Westward Ho! She always dreamed of owning a beach hut and was delighted to be able to kit hers out with traditional décor and accessories, which helped her to hold the crown for the Britain’s best hut back in 2012. She is very passionate about the beach hut community, enjoying the friendships and relishing the friendly rivalry of competitions such as Beach Hut of the Year. She’ll be keeping her eyes open for 1950’s era themed huts in her role as a judge this summer.

“From a hut painted to look like a saucy seaside postcard to ones paying homage to all that is British, there are plenty of stunning beach huts across our coastlines. I’m really looking forward to not only seeing all the entries but to presenting the winner with their certificate in person. So come on, show us your hut and good luck.”

The winner of the Beach Hut competition will be announced on 6 July
The winner of the Beach Hut competition will be announced on 6 July

Emma Watson, Towergate Insurance Leisure Division, said: “The expertise and experience that all our judges bring to the panel is unparalleled and is going to make for a very exciting judging day. We know how treasured these quintessentially British huts are and the hours of endless pleasure they bring to owners up and down the country. We want to celebrate their nostalgic allure and highlight just how popular these seaside properties have become and are very much looking forward to crowning the cream of the crop in a few months time.”

Entries for Beach Hut of the Year 2015 close on 28th June and the top 10 will be announced on 6 July when the public will have the chance to vote for their favourite hut online. The esteemed judging panel will whittle the shortlist down to a final top three, with the winner announced on 7 August – who will receive their certificate from Phil Spencer in person, a year’s free beach hut insurance and £1,000 for their beach hut association.

To enter a much loved hut please visit: http://www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/home-and-property-insurance/beach-hut-of-the-year and describe in a few sentences the story of the hut being nominated and why it should win.

For competition terms and conditions please visit:

http://www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/home-and-property-insurance/beach-hut-of-the-year