Blue Flag award for England's cleanest beaches

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Carbis Bay

More than 50 beaches in England have received a Blue Flag award, which recognises the cleanest beaches and best water quality.

55 beaches were given the award this year compared to 79 in 2012.

That's because beaches had to meet a much higher standard this year.

Botany Bay beach
Botany Bay is one of the Blue Flag beaches

A further 133 beaches in England were clean enough to be given Seaside Awards by the Keep Britain Tidy group.

Is there a Blue Flag beach near you?

A map of England with the blue flag beaches marked

East Midlands

Mablethorpe Central , Skegness Central, Sutton-on-Sea, Cleethorpes North Promenade

East of England

Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham, Martello Bay in Clacton-on-Sea, Dovercourt Bay, Brightlingsea, South Claremont Pier in Lowestoft

North East

Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Sandhaven


North Bay in Scarborough, Whitby

South East

Littlehampton Coastguards, Hayling Island Beachlands, Sandown, Ventnor, Yaverland, Colwell, Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Westbrook Bay, Margate, Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, West Wittering

South West

Sandbanks, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine in Poole, Blackpool Sands, Alum Chine, Durley Chine and Fisherman's Walk in Bournemouth, Southbourne, Carbis Bay, Polzeath, Porthtowan, Gyllnygvase, Porthmeor, Sandy Bay, Salcombe South Sands, Swanage Central, Dawlish Warren, Breakwater, Broadsands, Meadfoot, Oddicombe, Westward Ho.