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.
- Newquay’s Great Western beach is a popular family beach, comprising of several west facing sandy coves, backed by towering cliffs, sheltering it and providing early morning natural shade. The beach is popular with both families and surfers and despite its close proximity to Newquay town centre, is quieter than some of the other Newquay beaches. It is also possible to walk to neighbouring beaches at low tide. There is good disabled access and a private lift which descends through the cliffs from the Great Western Hotel. The beach caters for all levels of surfing ability but is particular good for beginners as it is slightly more sheltered than other Newquay surfing beaches. Toilets, cafes, showers, deck chair and windbreak rental, surfboard hire, surf schools and seasonal lifeguard cover (May – end of September). Parking is in Newquay Town centre some 5-10min walk away.
- Dinas Dinlle beach is a long sandy beach backed by a pebble storm bank and split by a couple of rocky breakwaters at high tide. The beach is located on the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula between Caernarfon and Pontllyfni and the views across to Llanddywyn island on Anglesey are great. The beach has large areas of sand when the tide goes out with the northern end of the beach backed by dunes and an airfield being much quieter. The beach is popular for swimming, fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kite-buggying, surfing, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing and power boating and operates zones in the water to protect swimmers. Facilities include parking, toilets with disabled facilities, shops and cafes.
- Brightlingsea beach is a small semicircular beach and quiet family resort that has a gently shelving sand and shingle beach. Located where the River Colne flows into the sea. Activities include windsurfing, canoeing, jet skis, crazy golf and bowls. Facilities include car park, beach huts.
- Church Bay also known as Porth Swtan, is a small rock/pebble/sand mixed beach, located on the north coast of Anglesey, facing west overlooking Holyhead. The bay is so named Church Bay because of the nearby Llanrhuddlad church which is visible from the sea. Can have some useful surf more suited to bodyboarders and is also a great place for walkers, birdwatchers and wildlife watchers alike. Some good seafood restaurants nearby.
- Newgale Sands is nearly 3 km long, backed with a high tide pebble bank. At high water most of the beach is completely submerged but at other times a glorious wide sandy beach, popular with dog walkers, surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers etc. Due to its size and excellent sand conditions makes a good kite buggy and kite boarding beach. Facilities include toilets, telephones and emergency phones, shops, cafes, garage and pub, car parking and there are two campsites located nearby. Lifeguards patrol the beach in the summer.
- Three Shells beach is a sandy beach in the middle of Southend-on-Sea by the pier. Three Shells is a popular family beach as it is in the town and close to shops, cafes, restaurants, amusements and the pier. Facilities include parking, toilets, food outlets, amusements, sailing club with slipway.