The best beaches in the UK revealed for 2019

Having a blue flag beach right near you could be alls you need this summer in the UK.

Britain’s best blue flag  beaches  for 2019 have been revealed- and it’s making us excited for the weekend.

Keep Britain Tidy  has revealed the 71 beaches across the UK to be awarded Blue Flags just in time for the school holidays (you can see the full list for each region below), as well as handing out 137 Seaside Awards.

The Blue Flag awards also looked at which ones met high environmental standards and tough international bathing water quality standards- whilst being picked based on a host of factors such as their cleanliness, safety and facilities.

Ingoldmells South in the East Midlands , Cromer in Norfolk , Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside, Whitby beach in Scarborough , Brighton Central and Blackpool Sands were some of the beaches which proved a hit.

Winning beaches also had to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors.

Eco-friendly features were as important as ever, after research from the organisation revealed that 74 per cent of Brits aged under 35 say they are ‘triggered’ with guilt when they head to the beach and see plastic litter.

In fact, 60 per cent experience ‘eco-anxiety’ when they see the litter and no sustainable facilities available to dispose of it and as a result 78 per cent said they would avoid visiting a beach without a Blue Flag or Seaside Award.

It seems that David Attenborough has played a key role, as over half of those surveyed admitted that the nature guru’s documentaries encouraged them to personally clear up discarded litter in what has been dubbed the “Attenborough Effect’.

A blue flag rating can help put people’s mind at ease, with 38 per cent saying they would know the water to be clean, while 35 per cent admitted they would feel good about supporting a beach that cares about the environment.

So, which UK beaches have a Blue Flag rating? Check out the full list below…

 

Best beaches in the East Midlands

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  • Ingoldmells South
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  • Central Beach, Mablethorpe
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  • Central Beach, Skegness
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  • Central Beach, Sutton on Sea
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  • Cleethorpes Central
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Best beaches in east England

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  • Cromer
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  • Sea Palling
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  • Sheringham
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  • Mundesley
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  • East Runton
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  • West Runton
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  • East Beach Shoeburyness
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  • Shoebury Common
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  • Thorpe Bay
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  • Three Shells Beach
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  • Dovercourt BAy
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  • Brightlingsea
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Best beaches in north east England

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  • Tynemouth Longsands
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  • King Edwards Bay
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  • Whitley Bay
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  • Roker
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  • Seaburn
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  • Saltburn by the Sea
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Best beaches in Yorkshire & Humber

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  • Whitby
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Best beaches in south east England

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  • Brighton Central
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  • Hove Lawns
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  • Tankerton
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  • Marina St Leonards
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  • Hayling Island Beachlands
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  • Sheerness Beach
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  • Minster Leas
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  • Minnis Bay
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  • West Bay
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  • St Mildreds
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  • Botany Bay
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  • Margate Main Sands
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  • Stone Bay
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  • Westbrook Bay
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  • West Wittering Beach
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Best beaches in south west England

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  • Blackpool Sands
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  • Poole, Sandbanks Peninsular
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  • Poole, Shore Road
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  • Poole, Canford Cliffs
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  • Poole, Branksome Chine
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  • Alum Chne
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  • Bournemouth Manor Steps
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  • Durley Chine
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  • Fisherman’s Walk
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  • Southbourne
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  • Carbis Bay
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  • Gyllyngvase
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  • Porthmeor
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  • Great Western
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  • Porthtowan
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  • Trevone Bay
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  • Widemouth Bay
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  • Sandy Bay
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  • Exmouth
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  • Challaborough Bay
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  • Croyde Bay
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  • Swanage Central
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  • Dawlish Warren
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  • Teignmouth Town
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  • Breakwater Beach
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  • Broadsands
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  • Meadfoot Beach
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  • Oddicombe Beach
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  • Preston Sands
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  • Torre Abbey Sands
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  • Westward Ho!
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  • Weymouth Central
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