Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

BALPPA Excellence Awards – winners announced

On Monday 26th November BALPPA held its Leisure, FEC and Indoor Play Trade Exhibition and BALPPA Excellence Awards at Drayton Manor Park.

The trade exhibition saw more exhibitors than previous years and the purpose of the event was to assist existing leisure operators or those looking to enter the market, to connect with key suppliers and experts already operating within the industry, as well as providing networking and educational opportunities via a seminar programme.

BALPPA was pleased that so many businesses chose to exhibit at the event and that many reported a successful show during which they were able to showcase their products and services to this constantly evolving sector. The feedback from the many visitors in attendance was also extremely positive and the association hopes that in the weeks and months to come that it has helped to cement some strong relationships between suppliers and operators.

BALPPA would like to thank all those who supported the event by exhibiting and visiting as well as the speakers and the team at Drayton Manor Park.

Following a great day of networking and education, BALPPA’s Excellence Awards took place in the evening. Celebrating excellence within the leisure industry, the awards provided an opportunity for BALPPA Members and non-Members to nominate others or self – nominate their business across seven categories of awards. “In keeping with its bigger and better theme, the 2018 awards had more categories and more winners!”

More than 200 people attended the 2018 FEC Excellence Awards at Drayton Manor and it was a great celebration of all that is special about the Leisure & Play Industry in the UK.

Congratulations to the winners who are listed below:


Food & Beverage Award

Gold: Head Over Heels

Silver: Safari MK

Bronze: Hobbledown

Highly Commended: Mega Fun – Jack In a Box


Attraction of the Year Award (under 12,000 sq ft)

Gold: Head over Heels

Silver: The Bubbles Factory

Bronze: Mega Fun – Jack In a Box

Highly Commended: Oceans of Fun


Attraction of the Year Award (over 12,000 sq ft)

Gold: Safari MK

Silver: Kidspace Romford

Bronze: Riverside Hub

Highly Commended: DJs Play Park


Employee of Excellence Award

Gold: Jen Brennan, Safari MK

Silver: Ceili Hatchett, DJs Play Park

Bronze: Jordan Sharp, Partyman

Highly Commended: Linda Buttress, Oceans of Fun


Supplier of the Year Award

Gold: Craftis

Silver: Teddy Mountain

Silver: Regency Purchasing

Highly Commended: Vimto OOH

Highly Commended: Play Area Hygiene Services

Highly Commended – Play Area Hygiene Services


One to Watch Award

Gold: Otterspool Adventure

Silver: The Jungle

Bronze: Out of Bounds

Highly Commended: The Square


Digital Communication Award

Gold: Colchester Zoo

Silver: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Bronze: Drayton Manor Park

Highly Commended: Paradise Wildlife Park

Highly Commended: Odds Farm Park


Innovation Award

Gold: Robin Hill, Jungle Heights

Silver: Robin Hill, Electric Woods

Silver: Riverside Hub

Bronze: DJs Play Park


Early Years Health Futures Award

Gold: Little Bugs, Web Adventure Park

Silver: Chilcare Hub, Kidsplap


Inclusivity Award

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