Best beach huts: We follow the search for a winner
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If, like us, you love the idea of a Victorian bathing machine with no wheels then we’ve found something that will have us both splashing around with joy.
These wooden gabled sheds are now firmly in the British icon realm with sale prices on the rise for the past decade. Beach hut hotspots include Mudeford Sandbank in Dorset, Southwold in Suffolk and Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. And it’s not just us who’ve gone beach hut mad, celebs have also been splashing out on them including, crime writer PD James at Southwold, chef Aldo Zilli at Hove, Madness singer Suggs at Whitstable and Rolling Stone Keith Richards at West Wittering
Good news then that the folks behind the coveted Beach Hut of the Year award have just extended their competition by another two weeks. The final day for entries will now be Thursday September 1.
This year the competition is fiercer than ever and entries span the full gamut – from small £6,000 huts to larger ‘industrial’ ones costing over £100,000. These will be nominated in different categories including Best Presented Hut, Best Beach Hut Association, Best Beach Hut Story and Best Beach Hut Neighbour. They’re also including a Best Beach Hut Photograph for those who don’t own a hut but are keen photographers.
Built in their thousands by bathing Brits in 1950s, the exact number of beach huts on Britain’s coast isn’t known, but seaside historian, author and now one of the judges of the competition Dr Kathryn Ferry estimates it to be a whopping 20,000, so there’s plenty to choose from.
Functional, pretty and by the sea. What’s not to love about the humble beach hut?