England’s Blue Flag beaches for 2019 revealed and they include Cleethorpes and Exmouth

England’s cleanest beaches for 2019 have been revealed with Brighton and Whitby among those making the list.

This year, a total of 71 beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status – up from 65 last year.

The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality.

ENGLISH BEACHES AWARDED BLUE FLAGS FOR 2019

East Midlands 

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

East of England 

  • Cromer
  • Sea Palling
  • Sheringham
  • Mundesley
  • East Runton
  • West Runton
  • East Beach Shoeburyness
  • Shoebury Common
  • Thorpe Bay
  • Three Shells Beach 
  • Dovercourt Bay
  • Brightlingsea 

North East 

  • Tynemouth Longsands
  • King Edwards Bay
  • Whitley Bay
  • Sandhaven Beach
  • Roker
  • Seaburn by the Sea

Yorkshire 

South West 

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

South East 

  • Brighton Central
  • Hove Lawns
  • Tankerton
  • Marina St Leonards
  • Hayling Island Beachlands
  • Sheerness Beach
  • Minster Lea 
  • Minnis Bay
  • West Bay
  • St Mildreds
  • Botany Bay
  • Margate Main Sands
  • Stone Bay
  • Westbrook Bay 
  • West Wittering Beach   
  • Source: Keep Britain Tidy 
A view of the promenade, beach and pier in Cromer in Norfolk, which has managed to retain its Blue Flag status

A view of the promenade, beach and pier in Cromer in Norfolk, which has managed to retain its Blue Flag status

A view of the promenade, beach and pier in Cromer in Norfolk, which has managed to retain its Blue Flag status

Whitby beach, pictured, is the only beach in Yorkshire to be awarded a Blue Flag in 2019. The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality

Whitby beach, pictured, is the only beach in Yorkshire to be awarded a Blue Flag in 2019. The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality

Whitby beach, pictured, is the only beach in Yorkshire to be awarded a Blue Flag in 2019. The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality

And Blue Flags are only given to beaches whose local authority has promised 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.

This year’s results were announced today by Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the Blue Flag scheme in England, and the winners will be presented with their flags at a ceremony in Margate.

Well-known beaches retaining their Blue Flags for another year include Cromer in Norfolk, Thorpe Bay in Southend-on-Sea, Tynemouth Sands in North Tyneside, Margate, West Wittering, Sandbanks in Poole and Westward Ho! in Devon.

Beaches making it on to the list this year after missing out last year are Cleethorpes, Westbrook Bay in Margate, Bournemouth Manor Steps, Exmouth, Croyde Bay, Teignmouth Town, Broadsands, Preston Sands and Torre Abbey Sands.

Several beaches in the Poole area won Blue Flags. These include Sandbanks, pictured, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs, and Branksome Chine

Several beaches in the Poole area won Blue Flags. These include Sandbanks, pictured, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs, and Branksome Chine

Several beaches in the Poole area won Blue Flags. These include Sandbanks, pictured, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs, and Branksome Chine 

Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: 'Visiting beaches with the Blue Flag or Seaside Award status means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate.' Pictured is Porthtowan beach in Cornwall, which has Blue Flag status

Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: 'Visiting beaches with the Blue Flag or Seaside Award status means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate.' Pictured is Porthtowan beach in Cornwall, which has Blue Flag status

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: ‘Visiting beaches with the Blue Flag or Seaside Award status means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate.’ Pictured is Porthtowan beach in Cornwall, which has Blue Flag status

One of the most well-known beaches to lose its Blue Flag status this year is Blackpool South. Others that lost their flag this year include Southwold Pier in Suffolk, Leysdown Beach off the Isle of Sheppey and Polzeath Beach in Cornwall.

In addition, 137 beaches across the country were also given Seaside Awards, which recognise the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, indicate that they meet the required standards for water quality. 

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: ‘Visiting beaches with the Blue Flag or Seaside Award status means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate.

‘We’re incredibly pleased to have even more winners this year than last, proving the great dedication of the beach staff.

Blue Flag beaches 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. Pictured is Blue Flag status beach West Wittering

Blue Flag beaches 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. Pictured is Blue Flag status beach West Wittering

Blue Flag beaches 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. Pictured is Blue Flag status beach West Wittering 

Swanage beach in Dorset has achieved Blue Flag status for another year. This year's results were announced by Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the Blue Flag scheme in England

Swanage beach in Dorset has achieved Blue Flag status for another year. This year's results were announced by Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the Blue Flag scheme in England

Swanage beach in Dorset has achieved Blue Flag status for another year. This year’s results were announced by Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the Blue Flag scheme in England

Tynemouth Longsands was one of six beaches in the north east to get Blue Flag status. The others included King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Roker, Seaburn and Saltburn by the Sea

Tynemouth Longsands was one of six beaches in the north east to get Blue Flag status. The others included King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Roker, Seaburn and Saltburn by the Sea

Tynemouth Longsands was one of six beaches in the north east to get Blue Flag status. The others included King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Roker, Seaburn and Saltburn by the Sea 

‘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 the awards.

‘Thanks to the Blue Flag, visitors can be reassured their destination is cared for and they will be able to help maintain the high standards of these awards thanks to their environmental initiatives.’

Meanwhile research from Keep Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that 74 per cent of those under the age of 35 say they are ‘triggered’ with guilt when they go to the beach and see plastic litter.

Almost two thirds (60 per cent) experience eco-anxiety when seeing tourist destinations littered with plastic and no sustainable facilities to dispose of it, the study showed. 

Research from Keep Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that 74 per cent of those under the age of 35 say they are 'triggered' with guilt when they go to the beach and see plastic litter. The picture shows Sea Palling Beach - a Blue Flag recipient

Research from Keep Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that 74 per cent of those under the age of 35 say they are 'triggered' with guilt when they go to the beach and see plastic litter. The picture shows Sea Palling Beach - a Blue Flag recipient

Research from Keep Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that 74 per cent of those under the age of 35 say they are ‘triggered’ with guilt when they go to the beach and see plastic litter. The picture shows Sea Palling Beach – a Blue Flag recipient

According to Keep Britain Tidy the newly dubbed 'Attenborough Effect' is contributing to cleaner public spaces, with more than half (54 per cent) of people saying the nature documentaries fronted by Sir David Attenborough have encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter. Pictured is Brighton's Blue Flag beach

According to Keep Britain Tidy the newly dubbed 'Attenborough Effect' is contributing to cleaner public spaces, with more than half (54 per cent) of people saying the nature documentaries fronted by Sir David Attenborough have encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter. Pictured is Brighton's Blue Flag beach

According to Keep Britain Tidy the newly dubbed ‘Attenborough Effect’ is contributing to cleaner public spaces, with more than half (54 per cent) of people saying the nature documentaries fronted by Sir David Attenborough have encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter. Pictured is Brighton’s Blue Flag beach 

And Keep Britain Tidy says the newly dubbed ‘Attenborough Effect’ is contributing to cleaner public spaces, with more than half (54 per cent) of people saying the nature documentaries fronted by Sir David Attenborough have encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter.

The research also shows that Brits are a generation of eco-worriers, with 80 per cent saying they would feel more relaxed spending the day at a beach that has recycling bins and signs encouraging people not to leave anything behind.

A huge 88 per cent of all respondents said that their eco-anxiety is lessened by knowing hundreds of beaches in the UK are following and implementing programmes that encourage responsible beach use.

SEASIDE AWARD WINNERS FOR 2019  

East Midlands

Cleethorpes Humberston Fitties

Cleethorpes Marine Embankment

East of England

Hunstanton Main

Wells-next-the-Sea

Chalkwell Beach

Jubilee Beach

Thorpe Bay Beach

Three Shells Beach

Shoebury Common Beach

East Beach, Shoeburyness

Brightlingsea

Dovercourt Bay

Clacton on Sea (Martello Tower)

Frinton on Sea

Walton Albion

Walton The Naze

Harwich

Kessingland

Lowestoft South of Claremont Pier

Southwold

North East

Tynemouth Longsands

King Edwards Bay

Whitley Bay

Sandhaven Beach

Seaton Carew Central

Roker

Seaburn

Yorkshire

Bridlington

Bridlington

Wilsthorpe

Fraisthorpe

Danes Dyke

South Landing

Hornsea

Withernsea

Filey

Runswick Bay

Cayton Bay

Sandsend

Robin Hoods Bay

Scarborough North Bay

Whitby

North West

Morecambe North

Morecambe South

St Annes Pier

Ferry Beach, Fleetwood

Marine Beach, Fleetwood

Jubilee Beach, Cleveleys

Rossall Beach

Bispham

Blackpool North

Blackpool Central

Blackpool South

South East

Worthing Beach

Bognor Regis East

Littlehampton Coastguards

Saltdean

Reculver

Herne Bay

Tankerton

Marina, St Leonards on Sea

Pelham Beach

Sandgate Beach

Leysdown Beach

Minster Leas

Sheerness Beach 

Botany Bay

Dumpton Gap

Joss Bay

Louisa Bay

Margate Main Sands

Minnis Bay

Ramsgate Main Sands

Ramsgate Western Undercliff

St Mildreds Bay

Stone Bay

Walpole Bay

West Bay

Westbrook Bay

Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Shanklin

Sandown

Seagrove

Springvale

West Wittering

South West

Bournemouth Pier

Boscombe Pier

Alum Chine

Bournemouth Manor Steps

Durley Chine

Southbourne

Fishermans Walk

Branksome Chine

Canford Cliffs

Shore Road

Sandbanks

Avon Beach

Friars Cliff Beach

Highcliffe Beach

Carbis Bay

Crackington Haven

Gyllyngvase

Great Western

Perranporth

Polzeath

Porth

Porthtowan

Porthmeor

Porthminster

Sennan Cove

Trevone Bay

Widemouth Bay

Crooklets

Summerleaze

Exmouth

Seaton (Devon)

Sidmouth Town

Budleigh Salterton

Challaborough Bay

Croyde Bay

Berrow

Coryton Cove

Dawlish Town

Ness Cove

Swanage Central

Breakwater Beach

Broadsands Beach

Meadfoot Beach

Oddicombe Beach

Maidencombe Beach

Goodrington Beach

Paignton Beach

Preston Sands

Torre Abbey Sands

Ansteys Cove

Westward Ho!

Weymouth Central

Source: Keep Britain Tidy  

 

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