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.
- Saltburn beach is a large flat shingle and sand beach backed by cliffs. To get down to the beach and pier you have a Victorian water powered Cliff Lift. A popular beach for watersports, in particular for surfing with beach breaks either side of the pier. Facilities include lifeguards, pier, promenade, parking and with more facilities available in the town.
- Downings Beach is a large bay with rocky shingle and sandy beach backed by some dunes. The beach is popular for swimming, kayaking, boating, windsurfing, sailing, bodyboarding and surfing. Facilities include car parking, toilets, seasonal lifeguards and more facilities in the village of Downings.
- Portreath beach is a gently shelving sandy beach on Cornwall’s north coast. The bay has high cliffs on either side along with a small working harbour. The name Portreath means “sandy cove” and Portreath harbour is steeped in history as it exported copper and imported coal to support the Cornish copper mines and also some shipbuilding. At low tide, this is a large flat sandy beach but when the tide comes in the beach is split into two with a small cove to the west and the main area in front of the car park. You will not see so many surfers as on some other beaches on this stretch of coast but you can get a powerful wave alongside the harbour wall. What it is is a great safe family beach very popular for bodyboarding and at low tide you can get some good rock pools to explore by harbour wall. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets, ramp access, seasonal lifeguards, beach cafe, pubs, shops including surf hire and the Portreath Surf Life Saving Club.
- Sidmouth Town beach is a long shingle beach in the heart of Sidmouth with a wide esplanade backed by Georgian and Regency villas. If you go to the western edge then you get some sand and rock pools when the tide goes out. You have the full facilities within Sidmouth town itself just a short walk away. Lifeguards on patrol in the summer. We have no dog information for Sidmouth Town beach.
- Coppet Hall Beach is a small sandy beach with pebbles at high tide located in Saundersfoot Bay between the beaches of Saundersfoot and Wiseman’s Bridge. You can walk to Wiseman Beach through a cliff tunnel. The beach is popular for swimming, windsurfing, sailing and fishing. Facilities include car park and roadside parking, first aid post, cafe, toilets (disabled facilities), shops, slip-way.
- Whitley Bay beach is a long strip of sand with rocks. Large park behind the beach. Was the East coasts answer to Blackpool due to its close proximate to industrial north In the 1960’s the resort started to struggle when people discovered foreign holidays. Still much a holiday resort that has a night life that attracts hen and stag parties. Facilities include pay and display parking, toilets, cafes, restaurants and promenade.
- Broadsands beach is a beautiful sweep of fine red sands, between rocky headlands. This beach is an ideal beach for families with children, the long promenade is lined with colourful beach huts and gives a level walk to both ends of the beach. This beach is a favoured starting point for coastal walkers. Facilities at the beach include parking, toilets, food, beach huts, deckchair and pedalo hire. Devon also has a similarly named beach near Watermouth between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on Devon’s North Coast, click here for Broadsands beach, Ilfracombe.
- Skegness beach is probably Lincolnshire’s most renown beach, it’s called Skeg, Skeggy and Skegvegas by those who have been there and is one of the county’s most visited seaside resorts and in particular for those in the East Midlands. It’s a perfect, wide, sandy beach with promenade gardens and boating lakes. All visitor reviews speak of the cleanliness of this beach, the facilities and the fun they’ve had there all year round. There are great restaurants and cafes and a lot of attractions allowing a really good day out whatever the weather!It’s a great sandy beach for surfing, bodyboarding, swimming, boating and canoeing as the water is shallow with a gradual gradient and the surf is not too wild making it a perfect spot for those with little children as well. Facilities at the beach include large car park and street parking, seasonal lifeguards, toilets incl. disabled, deckchair/chalet/beach hut hire, restaurants/cafes, first aid facilities, pier, promenade, amusements and slipway.
- The South beach at Tenby is roughly 2km of sand backed by sand dunes, The beach is one long stretch but the northern end is referred to as Castle Beach at St. Catherine’s Island and the southern end is Penally Beach at Giltar Point. The South beach is less commercialised than Tenby’s North beach but still provides an excellent family beach. At low tide you have a massive expanse of beach but even at high tide plenty of beach space exists. Facilities include parking, toilets (disables access), lifeguards in the summer and at the northern end several shops and and hire facilities.