Nearest Blue Flag Beaches United Kingdom
Blue Flag beaches in , United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom beaches holding the Blue Flag award.
- Carbis Bay is a sandy beach about a mile east of St Ives and a resort in its own right. Very safe bathing due to sheltered aspect and calm sea. Also ideal for windsurfing and water-skiing. All facilities close to the beach, although a small car park and lifeguards during the summer.
- Westward Ho! beach is also known as Golden Bay and for its surf and clean sand backed by a pebble ridge and grasslands which extends for about three miles merging with Sandymere beach. At low tide the many rock pools which will keep children entertained. The beach has designated surfing areas and with plenty of sea bass it attracts anglers. Lifeguards in the summer, car parking, toilets, food and deckchair hire. We have no dog information for Westward Ho! beach.
- Tyrella Beach lies in Dundrum Bay and is a very wide sandy beach about 2 km long with miles of sand dunes and conservation area at its back. It’s a wonderful conservation area and the beach has won the numerous awards. Parking is not close as this is a car free zone but it’s well worth the visit as there is wheelchair access, toilets, safe swimming, great amenities and lifeguard patrols during the summer. Water sports enthusiasts are drawn to the area as are those who enjoy good nature walks and the delights of a perfectly clean beach. There’s a wide choice of accommodation nearby from camping right up to good self catering apartments.
- 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.
- Westgate Bay is a sandy beach, a good family beach for sandcastles and lots of small rock pools to explore. The bay is tidal and so the beach will disappear at high tide. Facilities include seasonal lifeguards, cafes, car parking, toilets, chalets for hire, pub, disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets open all year.
- Botany Bay is an old fashioned sandy beach ideal to keep the family entertained. The beach is almost 200m long with chalk cliffs and stacks, rock pools to explore and gentle swimming conditions. This part of the Kent coast boasts the longest stretch of chalk cliffs in Britain with Botany Bay being the northern most of seven bays in Broadstairs. When the tide goes out you have a chalk reef which is thought to be one of the best in Britain. You can also navigate around chalk stacks to Kingsgate Bay but be aware that as the tide comes in the ends of the beaches get cut-off and so you may have to walk back along the cliff path. Facilities include toilets, seasonal kiosk (hot and cold food), disabled access, deck chairs, windbreak hire, lifeguards in summer months and parking.
- Ingoldmells beach is a large sandy family beach to the north of Skegness. Ingoldmells is a popular East Coast tourist location with many caravan and holiday parks. The beach and surrounding resort has all the facilities you would expect to support the large numbers of families staying in the parks. Billy Butlin opened the UK’s first holiday camp at Ingoldmells in 1936.
- Caswell Bay Beach is a gently sloping and sandy beach, located on the south Gower Coast, west of Langland Bay and Mumbles Head. The sandy beach is between two limestone cliffs headlands and is ideal for families with large beach area and rock pools. Good surfing and ideal for beginners. Facilities include a promenade with several seaside shops, parking and lifeguards in summer months.
- Dunraven Bay beach, also known as Southerndown Beach after the small village nearby, is a sand and pebble beach popular with families and watersports (windsurfing, surfing and kayaks). The beach here is a west facing beach on the Atlantic coast, off-shore winds from the East generate some good surf. When the tide is out you have a great expanse of sand and there are many rock pools, a good place to look for fossils amongst the rocks. You have a second beach to the South just over the headland that rarely has anyone on it, partly due to the steep steps down the cliffs. This second beach is one of the largest in Glamorgan but be careful as tide conditions can cut you off from the steps. The headland is Witches Point, designated under SSSI for geological importance. The beach due to it’s unspoilt scenery and remoteness has been used in films and TV series that include Doctor Who and Merlin. Facilities include car parking, toilets and cafe and lifeguards in the summer.
- Weymouth beach with its golden sands is one of the best family beaches along the South Coast. The long curving bay makes Weymouth Dorset’s main holiday town. The main beach is within the town boundaries and backed by elegant Georgian terraces. Weymouth was a small fishing village until King George III visited in 1789 and kept coming back to get the sea air. Don’t worry it is not all old as Weymouth has been updating itself whilst keeping the character, there’s something for everyone in Weymouth and on Weymouth Beach. During the summer months lifeguards patrol, Punch and Judy to amuse the children, donkeys, and the famous sand modeller still amazes the crowds with his original creations. Swingboats,, trampolines, carousels and a helter skelter add to the colourful scene and snacks, ice creams and all manner of shops, cafe and restaurants
- Blackpool Sands is a privately managed beach in a sheltered bay surrounded pines. Unlike the name suggests you actually don’t get sand but fine shingle. Excellent safe family beach. Cafe, shop, lifeguard patrol, bathing raft, toilets and showers, disabled facilities, hire of kayaks, wet suits, snorkels and boogie boards.
- Gyllyngvase beach, locally known as Gylly beach, is a very popular gently shelving sandy beach with rock pools to explore. This is the largest of the Falmouth beaches overlooked by Pendennis Castle and is a great location, just a 10-15 minute walk away from Falmouth centre. The beach has gentle rollers making it a popular swimming, surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) beach. Facilities include toilets, shop, Gylly beach cafe, lifeguards in the summer, car park and road parking, disabled access (beach chair for hire). Gyllyngvase in Cornish means ‘the shallow inlet’.