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It’s second time lucky for Leighton Hall and Carnforth Station Heritage Centre, as their joint day out for group visitors has been recognised at the prestigious UK National Coach Awards for the second year in a row.

Spending the morning at the romantic station, which was the setting for the classic 1945 film “Brief Encounter”, visitors then drive up the road in style for an aristocratic afternoon at Leighton Hall, historic home of the Gillow furniture making family.

Selected from a high calibre of nominations, the judges agreed that this was a great example of two attractions working together to offer an innovative package, making visiting by coach an attractive option.  They awarded the joint proposition a Bronze Award in the ‘Making Coaches a Better Choice’ category, for an unprecedented second year in a row.

A record breaking number of guests attended this year's gala awards evening in Blackpool, which recognise initiatives that genuinely improve life for coach operators, coach drivers and of course, their passengers.

Leighton Hall & Carnforth Station accepting their award(Photo: L- R Carol Kirkwood, John Adams & Barbara Wolfenden  - Carnforth Station, Suzie Reynolds & Lucy Arthurs - Leighton Hall)

Lucy Arthurs, estate manager at Leighton Hall, said; “When we trialled this day out in 2017, we never expected it to be so successful.  We’re proud of designing a unique and fascinating day out in our complementary attractions, which over 1,400 customers enjoyed last year.  Receiving amazing feedback, and now a second bronze award, is fantastic recognition of the hard work of the whole team.”

John Adams of Carnforth Station Heritage Centre said; “The judges particularly praised our actions in listening to our group visitors and coach drivers, to find out what was important to them. Offering a tailored joint admission and refreshment package, with everything taken care of, went down really well with group and coach tour operators.  Winning this award two years in a row shows we are really on the right track!”



Leighton Hall
Historic House / Palace
Leighton Hall

Award-winning Leighton Hall is the lived-in house of the famous furniture-making Gillow dynasty. Unravel the fascinating past of this ancient, Lancashire family, wander through the spectacular grounds and pretty gardens and displays.



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