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Family Favourites Awards

Meet the Judges

Our regional awards are voted for by real families, based on their own experiences, so you can trust that they all come with the seal of approval that really matters. But when it comes to crowning our national champions, we've enlisted help from some of the best in the bunch. Introducing our Family Favourites Awards panel of judges for 2018...

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Simon Applebaum

With over a decade of experience working in the travel sector, Simon’s career has been a non-stop exercise in gaining experience in experiences. He ran the marketing for a clubbing holidays tour op, helped launch a ski festival and ran the UK’s largest Florida theme park ticket site. Now a family man, he’s swapped theme park rides for coffee shops and soft play centres as he embarks on a whole new type of experience – leading the team behind the since early 2018 (that's us!). 

Susie Verrill

As a , Susie's ever-growing popularity comes from her 'honest mum' approach and candid content, earning her over 100,000 Instagram followers along the way. A champion for small brands and local gems, Susie's parenting, lifestyle and fashion blog, , follows family life with her partner and two sons, featuring plenty of adventures both in the UK and abroad.

Rachel Read

Bringing unrivalled industry expertise to the judging panel, Rachel co-founded the leading B2B website for professionals in the visitor attractions industry worldwide, with her husband Charles over 10 years ago. Along with the day-to-day running of the site and overseeing the news content, Rachel also manages Blooloop's industry events. With three children of her own, Rachel comes armed with some of her own favourite UK family attractions, with a real appreciation for anywhere with a nice cafe that serves food ALL of her kids will eat!

Key Dates

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Awards Regions

There'll be regional winners in each category above, as voted for by the public, and overall UK winners chosen from those victors by our judges. The different regions are below - click below to see the attractions we list in each area - but remember - you can nominate attractions we don't currently list yet too!

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