East of England home to some of the best beaches in the world

14 May 2021


From Lincolnshire to Essex, the East of England officially boasts some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world after Keep Britain Tidy today announced the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2021.


In total, 19 beaches from the Anglian Water region were awarded Blue Flags, and 19 beaches picked up the Seaside Award, ahead of the start of Bathing Water season tomorrow (15 May).


With all UK destinations on the Government’s ‘green list’ this summer, the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards mean visitors can be assured of a great day out and can have confidence that the beaches maintain high standards of management, cleanliness and safety.


Jenny Cooper, Anglian Water’s Marine Quality Manager, said: “As the main water company in our region, we have a responsibility to protect and enhance the quality of our bathing waters. Caring for our coastline is very important to us and we’ve invested over £300million pounds over the last 25 years to help protect it. We’ll continue to invest to keep our bathing waters in top condition and improve areas not yet classified as Excellent.”


For many people, a trip to the seaside 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.


Jenny continued: “We are delighted to see that more beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag this year, bringing the total in our region to 19. In addition, 19 Seaside Awards have been given to other popular beaches.


“The Anglian Water region has the longest stretch of coastline than any other water company, and we know how important it is for the economy and local communities. This is why we run schemes like BeachCare – our volunteering programme to keep beaches clear of litter - and why we’re proud that almost 90% of our bathing waters have been classified as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.


“The awards mean the East of England is home to some of Britain’s best beaches – all rewarded for their fantastic facilities, cleanliness and water quality – which is great for residents, visitors, businesses and the local economy.”


The Blue Flag beaches in the East of England are:

  • Central Beach, Mablethorpe
  • Central Beach, Skegness
  • Central Beach, Sutton on Sea
  • Cleethorpes Central
  • Felixstowe South and Pier
  • Cromer
  • Sea Palling
  • Sheringham
  • Mundesley
  • East Runton
  • West Runton
  • East Beach Shoeburyness
  • Shoebury Common
  • Thorpe Bay
  • Three Shells
  • Westcliffe
  • Dovercourt Bay
  • Brightlingsea
  • Walton on the Naze Albion


The Seaside Award beaches in the East of England are:

  • East Beach, Shoeburyness
  • Westcliff Bay
  • Brightlingsea
  • Dovercourt Bay
  • Clacton on Sea (Martello Tower)
  • Felixstowe South and Pier
  • Lowestoft South of Claremont Pier
  • Southwold Pier
  • Cleethorpes Central
  • Cleethorpes Humberston Fitties
  • Hunstanton Main
  • Bell Wharf Beach, Leigh on Sea
  • Chalkwell Beach, Southend on Sea
  • Jubilee Beach, Southend on Sea
  • Thorpe Bay Beach, Southend on Sea
  • Three Shells Beach, Southend on Sea
  • Shoebury Common, Southend on Sea
  • Frinton On Sea
  • Walton Albion