THERE are now more Blue Flag beaches in England than in Cyprus, Malta and Mexico – meaning more choice for Brits wanting a clean beach holiday this summer.

Across England, there are 76 beaches which have been given the Blue Flag award, given to seasides which meet safe and clean standards when it comes to the water quality and the environment.

They also have to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the natural environment.

England has also got the first Blue Flag Marina – Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock Marina in Liverpool.

Beaches with the Blue Flag status are on the rise in England – in 2019, there were 71.

The country now has more Blue Flag beaches than Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Mexico or South Africa.

With more UK holidays than ever this year, due to uncertainty over holidays abroad, it is great news for families wanting a clean beach option for a holiday.

The south west, perhaps unsurprisingly, has the most winners with 33 Blue Flag beaches across Cornwall and Devon.

The East Midlands had just four winners, including Skegness, while popular beaches in Brighton, Margate and Scarborough also featured on the full list.



Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton BE said: "This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.

“Whether it’s camping in Cornwall, renting a cottage in North Yorkshire or simply having a day out at the seaside in Sussex, a fantastic beach is an essential part of a holiday for so many of us.

“From environmental education for the local community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of these awards.

“As we all plan our 2021 holidays much closer to home, thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award those choosing to holiday at a destination with an award-winning beach can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management.”

In Wales, 45 Blue Flags are flying at 42 beaches and three marinas and 25 beaches have achieved the Seaside Award for their standard of water quality and facilities, awarded by Keep Wales Tidy.

2021 Blue Flag and Seaside Award Winners

North West

  • Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock Marina

East Midlands – 4 winners 

  • Central Beach, Mablethorpe 
  • Central Beach, Skegness 
  • Central Beach, Sutton on Sea 
  • Cleethorpes Central 

East of England – 15 winners

  • Felixstowe South and Pier 
  • Cromer 
  • Sea Palling 
  • Sheringham 
  • Mundesley North  
  • East Runton
  • West Runton 
  • East Beach Shoeburyness 
  • Shoebury Common 
  • Thorpe Bay 
  • Three Shells Beach 
  • Westcliff Bay
  • Dovercourt Bay 
  • Brightlingsea
  • Walton on the Naze Albion Beach 

North East – 6 winners 

  • Tynemouth Longsands North 
  • King Edwards Bay North 
  • Whitley Bay North 
  • Roker 
  • Seaburn
  • Saltburn by the Sea 

Yorkshire & Humber – 3 winners

  • Hornsea 
  • Scarborough North Bay
  • Whitby

South East – 15 winners

  • Brighton Central
  • Hove Lawns
  • Tankerton
  • Marina St Leonards
  • Hayling Island Beachlands
  • Sandown
  • Sheerness Beach
  • Leysdown Beach
  • Minster Leas
  • Minnis Bay
  • West Bay
  • St Mildreds
  • Margate Main Sands
  • Stone Bay
  • West Wittering Beach

South West – 33 winners

  • Blackpool Sands
  • Poole, Sandbanks Peninsular
  • Shore Road
  • Canford Cliffs
  • Branksome Chine
  • Alum Chine
  • Bournemouth Manor Steps
  • Durley Chine
  • Fisherman's Walk
  • Southbourne
  • Carbis Bay Carbis Bay Hotel Crooklets
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Porthmeor
  • Great Western
  • Polzeath
  • Porthtowan
  • Trevone Bay
  • Widemouth Bay
  • Sandy Bay
  • Exmouth
  • Sidmouth Town
  • Challaborough Bay
  • Swanage Central
  • Dawlish Warren
  • Teignmouth Town
  • Breakwater Beach
  • Broadsands
  • Meadfoot Beach
  • Oddicombe Beach
  • Preston Sands
  • Torre Abbey Sands
  • Westward Ho! 
  • Weymouth Central

Last summer, beaches in Majorca, Tenerife and Alicante were slapped with black flags which deemed them “unsuitable for swimming” warnings.

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