Swanage has one of the best beaches in England

Swanage is celebrating after receiving the news that the town’s beach has again received the Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

This is the 13th consecutive year that Swanage Beach has received the awards. The awards confirm that the beach meets the high standards, guaranteeing to tourists that they are visiting one of the best and cleanest beaches in the world.

Swanage Town Mayor Mrs Ali Patrick, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Swanage’s beautiful beach has again been recognised as one of the best and cleanest in England. Many people enjoy a dip in the sea when they visit Swanage, so this will give them the confidence that their visit will be both safe and enjoyable.

“The town’s tourism and beach teams work extremely hard to deliver a great service and high quality environment for visitors to the town, so they should be very proud of this award.”

The beach was one of 56 in England to win the Blue Flag award and one of 112 to receive the Seaside Award. Swanage was one of only 23 beaches to receive both awards.

To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

The Seaside Award recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches such as Swanage, meet guideline water quality.