Blenheim Palace Voted Best Christmas Experience

Nov 02 2021

Blenheim Palace has been voted Best Christmas Experience at the 2021 Group Leisure & Travel Awards.

The award recognises the attractions and events that go above and beyond for groups over Christmas. It can be awarded for anything from an attraction’s festive experience, a market, festival or themed-event.

Blenheim overcame stiff competition from fellow finalists Castle Howard, Hampton Court Palace, Waddesdon Manor, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Thursford Christmas Spectacular to pick up the coveted festive title.

A total of 18 awards were announced at the online ceremony, which was hosted by actress and TV presenter Julie Peasgood.

Announcing the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site had won the award, Julie said: “Blenheim Palace, what a spectacular place throughout the seasons and it really does pull out all the stops at Christmas.”

Group Leisure & Travel publisher, Rob Yandell said the awards ceremony, which is now in its 25th year brought the group travel community together and recognised ‘great people, excellent service and wonderful venues’.

“We were absolutely delighted to have been picked as the overall winner, especially as we were up against so many other great festive events,” said Blenheim Palace’s Marketing Manager, Sam Vaughan.

“Since our first Christmas event in 2017 we have seen a huge increase in its popularity, and it is now one of the most important, and keenly anticipated times of the year at Blenheim.

“This year’s event will be one of the most ambitious to date with the fantastic illuminated outdoor trail, the Christmas Market and the amazing new ‘Story of the Nutcracker’ brought to life within the Palace itself,” she added.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace is produced by leading events promoter Raymond Gubbay Limited, a division of Sony Music, in partnership with Blenheim Palace. The Story of the Nutcracker and the illuminated trail is created by Culture Creative Limited.


Issued on behalf of Blenheim Palace. For more information please contact Samantha Vaughan on 07469 129743 or or Niamh O’Sullivan at NO’

About Blenheim Palace

Home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1705, Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Set in over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland and designed by
Vanbrugh in the Baroque style, it was financed by Queen Anne, on behalf of a grateful nation, following the first Duke of Marlborough’s triumph over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.