Coastal Awards rank Welsh beaches among the best in the world

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

Now Keep Britain Tidy is hoping to get more kids in the water with their Blue Flag and UK Seaside Awards.

Two Brighton beaches got recognition - Brighton Central and Hove Lawns, while six beaches in the town of Thanet have been awarded Blue Flag status: Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Botany Bay, Margate Main Sands and Stone Bay.

"Year of the Sea 2018 is the ideal time to celebrate the success of the past 30 years of the Blue Flag programme - and gives us a fantastic opportunity to make the most the fact that we have more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain".

East of England: Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham, Mundesley, East Runton, West Runton, East Beach Shoeburyness, Shoebury Common, Thorpe Bay, Dovercourt Bay, Brightlingsea, Southwold Pier. "We'd like to thank every individual that has participated in ensuring Weymouth Beach is recognised for its brilliance".

This year's announcement is particularly special as it marks the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag in Wales.

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"Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches". Our research shows that almost two thirds of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, so growing the number of beaches with an award is vital to encourage more families to visit our lovely coastline.

"Having blue flags really sends the message that this beach, or marina in this case, is very well run and sustainable, and people want to be able to factor that in to the decisions they make as tourists when they're visiting new locations".

There are no Blue Flag beaches for the Isle of Wight this year (2018), and fewer Island beaches have won seaside awards than in 2017.

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Keep Britain Tidy has today announced the 15 Blue Flag beaches along with 21 Seaside Awards in the south east. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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