Beamish renews coach-friendly status

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The accreditation was presented to Brenda Alexander, Bookings Officer at Beamish Musuem, by Gavin Scott, CPT Regional Vice Chair. BEAMISH MUSEUM

The popular North East attraction continues to be recognised for its approach to coach parties and their drivers

The well-known Beamish museum is celebrating the renewal of its Coach Friendly Status by the Confederation on Passenger Transport (CPT), in recognition of its understanding of and commitment to providing excellent service for coaches and groups as well as drivers.

Chief Operating Officer at Beamish Museum Samantha Shotton said: “We’re thrilled to have had our Coach Friendly Status renewed and to be one of only a handful of places in the North East to hold this award. At Beamish, we are proud to offer a warm welcome and first-class experience to all of our visitors so to have this acknowledged by the Confederation of Passenger Transport is fantastic.”

The accreditation was presented to the museum by Gavin Scott, CPT’s Regional Vice Chair and Transport Manager at Stanley Travel, who said: “As an operator we are thrilled Beamish has gained CPT Coach Friendly status for a second time. The award is testament to the hard work, commitment, and collaboration with the bus/coach community to ensure an excellent visitor experience.

“Beamish Museum is a wonderful attraction and one close to my heart. It always delivers a warm welcome to drivers, organisers, and groups. There is ample coach parking space adjacent to the main entrance and express entrance for passengers. Drivers are also very well taken care of, which is always a bonus.

“By gaining the award, Beamish has further enhanced its ability to attract large private groups and school visits, minimising congestion and environmental impact whilst promoting sustainable tourism practices. Many congratulations.”

CPT Regional Manager for the North of England Andrew McGuinness said: “We are delighted to renew the Coach Friendly accreditation for Beamish Museum. Gaining CPT’s Coach Friendly accreditation shows destinations are working to reduce congestion, improve air quality and the environment whilst continuing to develop tourism. It provides a very recognised assurance that coach operators, drivers and passengers will be well catered for and welcomed.

“In the case of Beamish, we receive lots of positive feedback on coach parking, and how the museum caters for visitors and staff. We are pleased to continue to work with the museum so closely while it continues to expand and widen its offer.”

Beamish Museum was first awarded the Coach Friendly Status in 2018. It welcomed 801,756 visitors including more than 800 coach groups last year, and is among the North East’s most visited attractions.