2021 has definitely been the year of the beach hut. With travel overseas less desirable and staycations on the cards again for many, British beaches have been a go-to destination and beach huts have been booked out solidly. A great result for the 20,000 or so beach hut owners around the UK, who have the potential to cash in on around £50 a day for renting out their seaside havens when they’re not using them themselves.
Beach hut sales have continued to sky rocket with many selling in excess of the asking price. Just last week a sought-after hut in Undercliff Road East, Old Felixstowe, Suffolk sold for £88,000, £18,000 over the £70,000 asking price.
Together with Millie’s Beach Huts and our guest judge - author Veronica Henry, we’re offering over £1,000 worth of prizes and the prestigious status of becoming 'Ryan's Beach Hut of the year 2021’ award winner – with once again beach hut uses rather than simply aesthetics playing a key role in the judging.
A wave of demand
A common fixture on UK coastlines, beach huts have a long history, evolving from simple functional bathing boxes introduced to preserve Victorian modesty, to now – in some cases - manifesting into cosy and even luxury coastline retreats.
As families opt for staycations rather than going abroad, falling back in love with the country’s stunning countryside and coastlines, there's never been a better time to own a beach hut.
Our competition, which is open now and runs until 6 September, will celebrate best beach hut uses, however small or grand they might be, exploring beach hut owners’ stories – from restoration projects and storm damage come-backs through to bringing family together, creating a sanctuary for recovering from illness or escaping life's daily stresses, and even raising money for charity or realising a life-long dream.
Entry is free, quick and simple, with owners of beach huts from anywhere in the UK encouraged to complete a 200-word summary explaining why their beach hut is best, as well as up to four supporting pictures.
Winners will be announced on 27th September, with a first prize of £300 plus one year’s free insurance – worth up to £500 – and a luxury hamper, winner’s plaque and new for this year £150 donation to the winners beach hut association. Runners up will also be celebrated, with second prize of £200 plus plaque and a third prize of £100 plus plaque.
The Ryan’s Beach Hut of the Year 2021 competition, including the entry form, all details and terms and conditions, can be found here.