Announcing England's best beaches

Announcing England's best beaches

Announcing England's best beaches

We are delighted to announce England’s best beaches – winners of the international Blue Flag and our Seaside Awards 2018.

As we celebrate presenting 190 awards in 2018 (65 Blue Flags and 125 Seaside awards across 148 beaches), new research says that two thirds of parents are given the confidence that a beach is a clean, safe place for their children, thanks to our awards. With 15% saying they’ll only ever go to an award-winning beach, these really are the quality mark for England’s very best, cleanest and safest beaches.

Following hot on the heels of our Great British Spring Clean and Great Plastic Pick Up campaigns, along with our year-round projects to protect beaches and waterways, today’s announcement is part of our ongoing commitment to support and celebrate the country’s best beaches for everyone to enjoy.

Our Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight for clean, plastic-free beaches. We are committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone to enjoy and offering a quality mark that shows everyone just how fantastic our beaches can be. Blue Flag and Seaside Awards set the standard for our beaches.

“It’s brilliant to see so many beaches winning Blue Flag and Seaside Award status this year, thanks to dedication and hard work of beach staff and volunteers who work tireless to maintain the high standards.”

And today, award-winning beach managers and staff from across the country are joining the Keep Britain Tidy team at Cromer Pier (hosted by North Norfolk District Council) to celebrate their wonderful award-winning beaches and the efforts that go into keeping them at such a high standard for all to enjoy.  

This year with 98.3% of bathing waters reaching safe standards and 92% of achieving 'excellent' or 'good' water quality standards, we look forward to even more beaches applying for our awards next year.

Find your nearest award-winning beach or see the full list of winners here.