Kent Battle of Britain attraction up for national award

Volunteers, staff and trustees at one of Kent’s favourite visitor attractions are waiting to hear if it has been named as one of the top tourist spots in the whole of the country.

The Battle of Britain Memorial on the clifftop at Capel-le-Ferne, just outside Folkestone, was named the Gold Award winner in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category of the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2023-24 in December.

Now the charity that runs this much-loved tribute to Churchill’s ‘Few’ is in line to win again when the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are announced at a ceremony in Liverpool in June.

Out of 300 winners across the south of England eligible to go forward to the national finals in 15 tourism-related categories, the Memorial has been shortlisted as one of the three finalists in its category, which means it is guaranteed at least a Bronze Award.

“This is fantastic news for the staff, volunteers and supporters of the Memorial,” commented chairman Richard Hunting CBE. “We were delighted to win the Beautiful South award and to now be named as one of the top three small visitor attractions nationwide is a great tribute to the hard work and support of everyone involved.”

The Memorial features a modern visitor centre, which includes an audio-visual guide to the Battle that changed history, as well as replica aircraft, the National Memorial to the Few and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall.

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