Beach huts are a shining light in visitor experience

Stuart Robertson with a display beach hut on St Annes seafront
Stuart Robertson with a display beach hut on St Annes seafront

The owner of St Annes’ beach huts has spoken of his elation after being recognised as Lancashire’s finest visitor attraction.

Owners Stuart and Zoe Robertson were rewarded with the ‘best visitor experience’ gong at the Lancashire Tourism Awards for their 15 huts along St Annes seafront.

It was a night of double delight for south Fylde as the sustainable tourism award was picked up by Ribby Hall Village in Wrea Green.

Stuart said: “It was a really exciting night in the Tower Ballroom and it was held in a fitting setting being on the seafront in Blackpool.”

Stuart is delighted to be recognised for all the time he and his wife have dedicated to their business.

He said: “I spent all of the summer mopping floors, my office is right next to toilets so at times the job isn’t the most glamorous.

“I think its a prestigious reward for all the hard work that has gone into making the beach huts what they are today.”

In a stage of big developments for the beach huts, the award could not have come at a better time for Stuart and Zoe.

Stuart added: “The award gives us a real confidence boost in preparation for building the new luxury apartments that we hope to have built in time for Easter.

“I was just happy to be there, we had no expectations of winning, I went preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

“I was absolutely elated when I heard us called out.”

Stuart thanked Fylde Council for its support over the last nine years.

He said: “I think the council initially might have been nervous about the idea but without their support, we would not have succeeded.”

Stuart and Zoe plan to build a further 30 huts.