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Beach awards

Beaches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that have won several awards for water quality and sustainability.

Blue Flag Awards  

The Blue Flag Awards recognise beaches for their water quality, environmental management and safety.

Currently there are 12 Blue Flag Award-winning beaches in the area. 

Bournemouth area Blue Flag beaches  

  • Alum Chine
  • Durley Chine 
  • Fisherman’s Walk 
  • Manor Steps 
  • Southbourne.

Poole area Blue Flag beaches

  • Sandbanks
  • Shore Road
  • Canford Cliffs
  • Branksome Chine.  

Christchurch area Blue Flag beaches

  • Avon Beach
  • Highcliffe
  • Friars Cliff.

Seaside awards  

All our 12 Blue Flag beaches have also received Seaside Awards from Keep Britain Tidy. Beaches at Bournemouth and Boscombe have also won this award.  

Green tourism awards

Bournemouth seafront is a 3-time winner of the Green Tourism Business Scheme award. It recognises areas in which energy is used efficiently and waste reduction targets are in place. 

Our water is tested between May and September by the Environment Agency. See the latest results.