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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 9 Blue Flag Award-winning beaches in the area. 

Bournemouth area’s Blue Flag beaches are:  

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

Poole area’s Blue Flag beaches are:

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

Seaside awards  

All our 9 Blue Flag beaches have also received Seaside Awards from Keep Britain Tidy. Beaches at Bournemouth and Boscombe, and Friar’s Cliff, Avon and Highcliffe beaches in Christchurch, 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.