Southwold’s Jabba the Hut among top ten finalists vying for title of Britain’s best beach hut

Jabba the Hut, Southwold. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

Jabba the Hut, Southwold. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

A competition to find the best beach hut in Britain includes two Suffolk huts among the finalists.

Grandma’s Little House, Felixstowe. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance

Grandmas Little House, Felixstowe. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance - Credit: Archant

The Star Wars-inspired Jabba the Hut in Southwold, and Felixstowe's Grandma's Little House are both vying for your vote.

Jabba the Hut boasts a beautiful view of Southwold Pier and has been in owner Judith Ogden's family for three years. Its bright and immaculate interior would grace any house, even featuring a comfy day-bed where you can relax and watch the world go by.

And Grandma's Little House features a traditional interior with ornaments and rugs. Owner Joy Reeve can be found there come rain or shine, and runs a pop-up café from the hut during the winter as well as hosting wedding anniversary and birthday parties for family and friends.

Beach Hut of the Year, organised by Towergate Insurance, has attracted entries from all around the UK, and members of the public have until Monday, July 24, to cast their vote.

No. 390, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

No. 390, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant


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In conjunction with the public vote, TV personality and property guru Phil Spencer will lead a judging panel to choose the national winner. Other judges include beach hut historian and author Dr Kathryn Ferry, beach hut lover and Sunday Times journalist Charlotte Vowden and beach hut designer Pete Samson.

Mr Spencer said: 'The winning beach hut really doesn't have to be the most fancy – it's so much more than that. If it feels genuine inside and out, exudes character and reflects the simple pleasures of life then I believe you're on to a winner. The standard of entries is once again amazing and I'm really looking forward to reviewing all our finalists and then crowning the winner in person.'

Kitty, Mersea Island, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

Kitty, Mersea Island, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

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The other finalists are: Let's Be Frank and Forget-me-Not from Walton-on-the-Naze, One, Harwich and Dovercourt, Kitty and Blue Breeze at Mersea Island, No. 390 and No. 85 at Milford-on-Sea and No. 20 at St Mildred's Bay, Westgate-on-Sea.

The winner will be unveiled on August 24, when Mr Spencer will present the owner with £1,000, plus £500 for their beach hut association, a year's free beach hut insurance, signed books and a commemorative plaque.

Let’s Be Frank, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

Lets Be Frank, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

To vote visit www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/beachhutoftheyear

No. 85, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

No. 85, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

Blue Breeze, Mersea Island, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

Blue Breeze, Mersea Island, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

No. 20 at St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate-on-Sea. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

No. 20 at St Mildreds Bay, Westgate-on-Sea. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

Forget-me-Not, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

Forget-me-Not, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

One, Harwich and Dovercourt, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance.

One, Harwich and Dovercourt, Essex. Picture: Courtesy of Towergate Insurance. - Credit: Archant

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