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Norfolk UK Beaches Awarded Blue Flag Status

Five of the Norfolk UK beaches out of nearly 30 accessible Norfolk coast beaches were rewarded with the Blue Flag Award in 2015, and one other was awarded the Seaside Award.

This is fantastic news for Norfolk, and for you as well, as it means that these particular Norfolk beaches should present you with a clean and safe environment in which to really relax and enjoy your holiday.

Blue Flag UK Beaches Cromer Beach

55 blue flag awards were awarded to UK beaches by Keep Britain Tidy.  This means that the beaches should be:

  • Clean
  • Safe
  • They should promote environmental information
  • Good beach management
  • Quality water to swim in
  • They also have to advise where you can find information on discharge from the sewage overflow – although I think I’d rather not know that!  What the eye doesn’t see… and all that!!

The Blue Flag Norfolk UK Beaches

Hunstanton Beach

This is the main beach that was awarded the Blue Flag status, the one with the promenade and attractions, not Old Hunstanton beach.  Hunstanton beach is very popular in the summer months with a whole host of attractions to keep you occupied.  It also has the incredible three tiered cliffs, fantastic for fossil collecting and rockpooling. There's much more information on Hunstanton beach here.

Hunstanton Beach on a cloudy day!

Sheringham Beach

This lovely Victorian seaside resort is one of the beaches awarded the Blue Flag.  Patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months, Sheringham is a popular beach, with various attractions, independent cafes, museums, theatres and much more, as well as having a very popular promenade to wander along whilst eating ice creams or just whiling away the day.  Find out more about Sheringham Beach here.

Sheringham Beach Awarded the Blue Flag

Cromer Beach

This is another wonderful Victorian seaside resort but with the added attraction that the beach has a magnificent Pier, which draws the crowds for the shows at the Pavilion Theatre sitting at the end of it.  And of course the seaside town is famous for its Cromer Crabs and you can often see the fishermen coming in with their daily catch. 

During the summer months Cromer is a popular beach as the town provides a lot of entertainment for visitors, and the views from the cliff tops and pier are really spectacular.

Cromer Beach Blue Flag Status
Cromer Beach

Sea Palling Beach

This Norfolk UK beach is on the east side of the county, and isn’t anything like Cromer or Sheringham, both of which are seaside town resorts. 

Sea Palling is a beach which has had to work hard at ensuring it has sea defences in place to stop coastal erosion.   It has 9 quite fascinating reefs out to sea, and concrete sea defences backing onto the sand dunes.

As with all Blue Flag beaches, this one is patrolled by lifeguards and it is a much quieter family friendly beach.  It does also have amusements and cafes very close to the beach, but it definitely has a more open and remote feel to it, as it’s backed onto by sand dunes.

Blue Flag Status for Sea Palling Beach

Mundesley Beach

New for 2014, this beach has promoted itself from a Seaside Award to a Blue Flag award!

This is another beach which is on the east coast of Norfolk, although it comes under North Norfolk.  Just down the coast from Cromer and Overstrand, it stretches out for as far as the eye can see, with wonderful walks.  The beach is backed by cliffs this time, rather than sand dunes or towns.  It’s actually a beautifully kept village with a very pretty green on the top of the cliff overlooking the beach and I think it deserves this award.

Mundesley beach suffered badly in the winter storms of 2013, along with many of the beaches along this stretch of Norfolk coast, but all is being cleared up as quickly as possible to make it attractive once more, for when you visit.

Mundesley Beach Gets Seaside Award

One beach received the separate Seaside Awards and that was East Runton. 

The Seaside Awards are rewarded to UK beaches that achieve the highest standard of beach management.  It basically encourages them to improve their beach with a 3 year action plan, and it guarantees quality and says to you, the visitor, that this beach is one of the best.  Always nice to know when you’re sitting and relaxing at the seaside.

East Runton Beach

I love this beach for its rather desolate and empty feel.  With a caravan park at the top of the cliff, it’s a very convenient beach, but if you’re not staying here, you can easily walk away from the crowds, either east to Cromer, or west to West Runton.  It has a wonderful old WWII pill box sitting in the sand which is a great attraction if you’re going to walk along here. 

Again, East Runton beach is patrolled by lifeguards.  It isn’t as sandy as most of the other beach, which I always feel is a bit of a disappointment, but as there are plenty of others that are, you’re spoilt for choice while you’re in Norfolk.  This must be one of the smallest beaches in Norfolk.

East Runton Seaside Award Beach

There are so many different beaches in Norfolk, why not browse through my guide to Norfolk beaches  and pick as many as you like to go and visit!

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