Blue Flag Beaches UK

How many blue flag beaches in the UK?

How many blue flag beaches are in the UK? In 2021, 77 of England’s beaches were presented with the prestigious Blue Flag. It should be noted that this number overtakes countries like Mexico, Cyprus and Croatia. In addition to the 77 beaches in England, 45 of Wales’ beaches were also recognised and awarded. Along with the 77 Blue Flags even more Seaside Awards were given out, with some beaches winning both! A lot of the Blue Flag beaches are within easy reach of many of our parks and properties, so you will be perfectly placed for you next day at the beach.

What makes a Blue Flag Beach?

The Blue Flag beach award is considered globally the gold standard for beaches. Awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, the Blue Flag is internationally recognised. As of 2021 England boasts more Blue Flag beaches than Cyprus. Many of us are aware that Blue Flag certification guarantees the quality of the swimming water, however this is only part of the criteria. It should be noted that a Blue Flag beach is not necessarily any better than unawarded beaches. Blue Flags are ideally suited to resort beaches which have plenty of facilities. It is for this reason that awards like the Seaside Award granted in the UK maybe of equal or more use in choosing a beach.

The criteria for achieving Blue Flag status are divided into four categories with a total of 33 individual targets. The main categories are:

Environmental Education and Information: This includes information on Blue Flag award, water quality details and a beach map including locations of facilities.

Water Quality: The most important stipulation here is that no industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach.

Environmental Management: This includes the administrative side of beach management as well as keeping the beach clean. It also states there must be toilets available to the public.

Safety and Services: At the top of the criteria here is that the beach should be patrolled by lifeguards. Other criteria include availability of drinking water and accessibility features.

Blue Flags are awarded each year in June, beaches can lose or gain their status year on year.

Blue Flag Beaches UK

Blue flag beaches UK 2022

The East of England boasts over 15 Blue Flag beaches. Making this a perfect place to stay. We are excited to share our top picks from the 2021 list so you can start planning your summer staycation. From family friendly beaches boasting miles of golden sand to stunning dog walking spots and traditional seaside towns, there’s something for everyone in the East. Many of these spectacular beaches are within easy reach of our properties.

Sea Palling

Our first choice is Sea Palling, located between Great Yarmouth and Cromer. Calmed by man-made defence reefs, the safe waters are great for children, and you’ll love soaking up the gorgeous countryside views from the soft sands. Sea Palling offers you the ultimate seaside experience with amusements, cafes and pubs set just off the beach. Just a 25 minute drive from California Cliffs Holiday Park makes Sea Palling a perfect day out for you and the family.


Without a doubt our second choice must be, Central Beach Skegness. The popular resort of Skegness is a hive of activity for the whole family, from arcades to tasty fish and chips by the sea. Home to rides for all ages, Pleasure Beach Fairground is a mecca for thrill-seekers. Not an adrenaline junkie then don’t panic there’s a massive arcade, bowling alley and adventure golf course. Fancy Skegness then absolutely book a stay at Southview Holiday Park. Just a 10-minute drive makes Central Beach a fantastic day out you’ll want to relive over and over again.


Finally, our third choice is Albion Beach. Albion is located just half a mile from the beautiful Naze Marine Holiday Park. You couldn’t be better positioned for visiting Walton-on-the-Naze. Surrounded by stunning cliffs and home to the second largest pier in Britain, this sandy beach is perfect for families. The safe waters and nearby facilities and amusements means families flock back year after year. In addition to the seasonal lifeguard service, the beach benefits from the perfect sand consistency for building sandcastles so the whole family can enjoy time together.

These are our top picks, however many of our parks are located within walking distance of beautiful beaches. Grab the buckets, spades and towels and head out for a fantastic day making memories on our coastline.

Sun Divider

Best blue flag beaches in the UK

Undoubtedly some of the best Blue Flag areas are along our extensive coastline. However, for something different head inland to Liverpool’s historic Royal Albert Docks. In 2021 Marinas at Royal Albert and Salthouse Dock achieved a prestigious first, being awarded England’s first ever international Blue Flag award. The Canal & Rivers Trust, which looks after the 36-hectare Royal Albert Dock Complex, received top marks for outstanding water quality, high standards of environmental information, management, safety and boating services.

The high standard of water quality means millions of visitors get to see an array of wildlife which makes its home in the docks. No other city can say it has so much wildlife in such a small area. Expect to see thousands of blue mussels, two-metre-long European conger eels, moon jellyfish, swan and cormorants (the inspiration for the world-famous Liver Birds which adorn the famous Liver Building.

Magical Mystery Tour

In addition to the wildlife there is much more to do at the Docks. Explore the Tate Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum to brush up your knowledge of the local area. Take a ride on the Magical Mystery Tour bus and visit many Liverpool sights made famous by The Beatles. Once you depart the bus head straight into the Beatles Story Museum to learn more about Liverpool’s greatest export.

Liverpool Restaurants

Did you know Liverpool has its own mountain? Located in Mermaid Courtyard is acclaimed Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s first UK work. His soaring, ten-metre high Liverpool Mountain is created from vertically-stacked rocks, with each stone painted in a different fluorescent colour. Feeling hungry? You will be spoilt for choice during your visit, with over 20 cafes and restaurants. Ranging from ice cream to Mexican your taste buds will undoubtedly enjoy the culinary adventure.

Musical History

World renowned musically Liverpool is the home to many 60’s legends, From The Beatles to Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla. Every turn will find you discovering musical history. Scotland Road, affectionally known as ‘Scottie Road’ by locals was the childhood home of Cilla Black. Sadly the building where she grew up is no longer standing however that doesn’t stop fans of the late singer making the trip. Whilst in Liverpool it would be rude not to make like Gerry and the Pacemakers and take a trip on ‘The Ferry across the Mersey’.

See some of Liverpool and Wirral’s most iconic sights from the decks of a Mersey Ferry. Cruises go between Liverpool and Woodside, Birkenhead. Cruises take around 50 minutes and cost around £11 per adult. However if you want to just experience the ferry from Liverpool and Woodside then head down at commuter time and grab the commuter ferry for £3.60 return. This takes around 10 minutes but still gives you the great views of the Liverpool Skyline.

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How Many Blue Flag Beaches In The Uk

Blue flag beaches UK

Tankerton Beach lies between Whitstable and Herne Bay in Kent. Without a doubt the shingle beach and wooden groynes are reminiscent of an England that is so familiar in postcards of old. Developed as a resort by the Victorians when the railways arrived Tankerton has been a favourite for families for many years. The beach is backed by a promenade and gentle grassy slopes which are perfect for children to play on.

Rock pools

Unquestionably Tankerton is a quintessential British seaside resort. Characterised by the sailing club and the pretty pastel sea huts you can stroll the prom and enjoy an ice cream in the British sun. At low tide you can take a long walk right out to sea, ideal for paddling and exploring rock pools. During low tide a natural causeway appears known as ‘The Street’, follow in the footsteps of the Victorians and stroll down ‘The Street’ and enjoy the views looking back onto the shore. The quaint beach huts which adorn the seafront are highly desirable, notable owners have artist Tracey Emin and advertising mogul Charles Saatchi.

Seaview Holiday Park

Without a doubt a stay at Seaview Holiday Park will be the perfect Kent getaway. Only the promenade separates this family orientated holiday park from the sand and sea. Giving you easy access to miles of coastal paths and beachfront to enjoy. Unquestionably one of the largest holiday parks in Kent, Seaview has so much to offer both young and old. The parks facilities are all centred around the entertainment complex.With exciting shows and activities most night you will never hear the words “I’m bored”. Kent has so much to offer you will probably spend most days exploring “The Garden of England”. From medieval towns to famous castles, fishing ports and dramatic coastal scenery you are spoilt for choice when it comes to days out.


The historic city of Canterbury is a short drive away, Canterbury offers so much from the historic Cathedral to famous buildings. It also plays host to a extensive selection of special events and festivals celebrating art, music, theatre and the history of the city itself. A trip to Canterbury just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Egg Custard Tart shop. Sit back and enjoy a coffee and cake whilst you watch the world go by. Literary fans are spoilt with references to Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.

London Resort

Thrill seekers should keep an eye out for 2025. The ‘London Resort’ is due to open its gates on the Swanscombe Peninsula. This giant theme park will offer rides and entertainment for all ages. Based around a central medieval style castle the main attraction from artists impressions is a giant wooden roller coast. The plan is for this to be a unique, immersive, world class destination. Its location on the banks of the world famous River Thames will secure its popularity for visitors both from home and abroad.

Themed Lands

The park is planned to be made up of several different immersive lands including Fairy tales, 23rd Century sci-fi and Dinosaurs. The ‘base Camp’ will contain Europe’s fastest rollercoaster, strap yourself in as you experience what its like to soar through a pre-historic world. Parades of fairy-tale characters await you around the corner, keep your eyes peeled for opening dates.

Book your stay in Kent now and discover what the area has to offer. 2cHolidays has the right property for you to enjoy a break in the ‘Garden of England’.