England has some of the best beaches in the world - and it′s official!

20 May 2014

Keep Britain Tidy names England’s award-winning beaches for 2014

From Whitley Bay to Clacton, Margate to Torbay, England boasts some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world.

Today, Keep Britain Tidy is announcing the winners of the 2014 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. In total 168 awards have been won by beaches around the country, with 56 beaches gaining the Blue Flag and 112 picking up the Seaside Award.

Visitors to the newly awarded sites are not only assured of a great day out at some of our best loved beaches but can have confidence that their visit will be both safe and enjoyable with all beaches having to maintain high standards of management, cleanliness and safety.

For many people going to the beach also means a dip in the sea. The water quality at all award winning beaches meets the required European Union standards, with the water quality at Blue Flag beaches subject to even tougher tests, meeting the very highest international standards.

Once again this year Thanet in Kent has claimed the title for the most Blue Flag beaches with seven, closely followed by Poole, Torbay, Bournemouth and Isle of Wight which have four each. Joining them on four this year, from three in 2013, are North Norfolk and Tendring.

The Isle of Wight boasts the highest number of flags in total with four Blue Flags and 13 Seaside Awards.

Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in England, said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that more than 160 beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.

”Keep Britain Tidy is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and over the past 60 years we have tirelessly campaigned to improve the quality of our local environment. We have some fantastic coastline and we know that communities up and down the country love their beaches. They provide opportunities for people to get outside, relax and have fun for free, while visitors to our beaches often provide support for local jobs and inward investment at sea-front resorts

“We know that for many holiday-makers and daytrippers clean, safe beaches, with good water quality and facilities are important factors in deciding which beach to visit and the continuing quality of management at these beaches is a real testament to the dedication, hard work and investment that local authorities and other beach managers put in year after year.

“The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time”

A full list of all the Blue Flag and Seaside Award-winning beaches is available here: Note that publication of these beaches is strictly embargoed until 00:01 Tuesday 20 May 2014.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We also run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit the Keep Britain Tidy website.

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, launched the Blue Flag programme in 1987. Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

The Seaside Award was introduced in England in 2013 and replaces the Quality Coast Award, which was introduced by Keep Britain Tidy in 2007. The award recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet guideline water quality.

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