Cheddar Gorge & Caves, London’s V&A Museum and Disneyland Paris were amongst the winners recognised recently for their educational offering at the School Travel Awards.
All of the winners of the 2018 School Travel Awards were honoured at a glittering ceremony in London where teachers, educational visit co-ordinators and school travel experts gathered together for the UK’s biggest event for school travel and learning outside the classroom.
Seventeen accolades – voted for by readers of School Travel Organiser magazine – were presented by BBC TV news anchor Fiona Bruce during the ceremony, as the annual awards once again celebrated “first class destinations, attractions and providers that deliver”.
Those gracing the stage to pick up trophies included the team from The Lion Kingmusical, which was voted Best Theatre Production for Schools; the team from the V&A in London; and the team from Disneyland Paris which was scooped the prize for the Best International Destination or Attraction for schools.
The award for “Best Venue for History Learning”, meanwhile, went to Cheddar Gorge & Caves, in Somerset.
In a highly competitive category, readers were asked to vote for a venue or attraction which struck a chord with their history learning – and to acknowledge the one that was the best of the best, based on their experience of organising educational visits,
Venues and attractions shortlisted in the category included Celtic Harmony, Hertfordshire; Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Somerset; King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester; Legoland Windsor Resort; and Westminster Abbey.
After Cheddar Gorge & Caves scooped the award, Leon Troake, Operations Manager at the Somerset attraction said: “It’s brilliant for the team to be recognised for the hard work that they put into bringing history to life at Cheddar Gorge and Caves.
“It’s recognised around the world for being the place where the oldest most complete skeleton was found, and has become the place for prehistory learning. There are not many places where you can stand in the very place that our ancestors once stood and learn about life 10’s of thousands of years ago.
“In more recent history, Cheddar Gorge & Caves have been celebrated for the rich Victorian history. Cheddar has a strong history of manufacturing and industry. Later in the Victorian period it became an important destination for the booming tourist industry supported by the advent of the stream engine and what became known as The Strawberry Line.
“Awards such as this play an important role in communicating the quality of the experiences that you get from a visit and we are extremely proud to have received it.”
A special awards brochure and review will be included in the November/December edition of School Travel Organiser magazine.
Further details about the awards are at www.schooltravelorganiser.com/awards.
For further information about Cheddar Gorge & Caves, visit https://www.cheddargorge.co.uk.