Find the nearest Blue Flag
Blue Flag beaches , the Blue Flag award is a prestigious, international award scheme that aims to provide an assurance to tourists that a beach has met a minimum standard. To collect a Blue Flag any UK and Ireland beach must achieve the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Below we list the current beaches holding the Blue Flag award.
- King Edwards Bay beach is a sheltered sandy beach backed by cliffs and grassy spaces ideal for families. The beach sits under Tynemouth Priory and Tynemouth Castle. The beach is also known as Tynemouth Short Sands after its longer “Long Sands” neighbour. Facilities include car parking, toilets, shops, food outlets, lifeguards and zoned areas for watersports.
- Shoebury East beach is approximately quarter of a mile long gently sloping sandy/shingle beach backed by a large grassy area perfect for picnics. Can get very crowded on hot summer days and bank holidays. East Beach is a popular beach for watersports, especially windsurfing and kitesurfing, due to its position on the estuary. The beach has a designated zone, but beware of tides, at low tide you may have more than 1 mile to walk out or back. Typically you are looking at about 90 minutes either side of high tide. The beach is next to a MOD firing range. Facilities include parking (some areas are seasonal), toilets, slipway, outside shower and beach zones help keep water users segregated.
- Ballymoney has two sandy beaches. The south beach is the smaller and comprises sand and stones, whilst the north beach is a long stretch of sandy beach. Both beaches have access to facilities including toilets and shop although the north beach is the only one that has seasonal lifeguards.
- Dale beach is a mixture of shingle and muddy sand. Dale is a small village in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, West Wales. Located on the Dale Peninsula which forms the northern side of the entrance to Milford Haven estuary. Pembrokshire has some of the best sailing conditions to be found anywhere off the coast of Britain, with Dale being one of the best. With mild winters, early summer and autumn provide excellent sailing conditions. Its location on the long distance path of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park make the village also a centre for walkers. Dale has a pub, shops, craft centre and beach cafe.
- Mablethorpe town beach is quiet and very beautiful with a large expanse of sandy beach which is always clean and offers a fun park and paddling pool, amusements and restaurants. Mablethorpe has everything you need for a great day out at the beach and the sand train drops you at various points along the beach, an RNLI station and lots of sand! There are plenty of fish and chip outlets which are good value for money after you have worked up an appetite digging or paddling in the sea. Mablethorpe is one of those lovely seaside places where everyone can find something they like. For those who enjoy the noise and bright lights there are the rides, entertainments and amusement arcades along the seafront and High Street and for those who prefer a more traditional seaside escape there are miles of lovely beach, with rocks pools, dunes, donkey rides and ice-creams. If the weather isn’t great, there is the Seal Sanctuary and many other places to visit a little way inland. Facilities include toilets (disabled), restaurants, disabled access ramp, beach hut hire, deck chair hire and parking available.
- The Central beach at Swanage is a great family beach set within a Victorian town with a pier. Swanage is a nice traditional family seaside resort whilst the beach is a sandy beach and is part of a larger stretch of sand that lasts for approximately 2km. Facilities include pier, promenade, cafes/restaurants, shops, children’s play area, beach huts, seasonal lifeguards, toilets with disabled facilities, showers and car parking.