The 10 Kent beaches with Blue Flag awards this year

PUBLISHED: 11:50 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 21 May 2018

Botany Bay is one of 10 beaches awarded the pretigious Blue Flag award this year (photo: Michael Camilleri, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Botany Bay is one of 10 beaches awarded the pretigious Blue Flag award this year (photo: Michael Camilleri, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

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The Blue Flag Award beaches for 2018 have been announced, showcasing the cleanest and safest beaches in the country. Find out which 10 in Kent made the cut...

The Blue Flag is a certification given to beaches that maintain a high level of cleanliness, safety and environmental awareness. We’re proud to say that nine have been awarded to Kent’s pretty coastline.

1. Tankerton, Whitstable

This shingle beach in Whitstable, lined with candy-coloured beach huts, is popular with rock poolers and picnickers.

Blue Flag says: “This tranquil setting offers a rural getaway for those looking for safe bathing and well-managed facilities.”

Tankerton slopes, Whitstable Kent

2. Sheerness Beach

On the Isle of Sheppey is the peaceful beach at Sheerness. Walkers enjoy its views over to Essex and out to sea and for its “off the beaten track” feel. The promenade is packed with traditional beach facilities and games that kids love.

Blue Flag says: “Sheerness Beach is a shingle beach, bordered by a wide expanse of green open space which leads to the promenade making it the ideal spot for a picnic.”

sheerness kent

3. Minster Leas

Another pretty beach on the Isle of Sheppey is Minster Leas, which has won an award at The Seaside Award. Free outdoor gym equipment and open spaces make this a popular spot.

Blue Flag says: “The long sand and shingle beach is gently sloping, flattening to a wide expanse … distinctive and pleasant views make the area popular.”

Shingle Beach Minster Leas

4. Minnis Bay, Birchington

Birchington’s sandy Minnis Bay is packed during the warmer months, with sun worshippers setting up for the day on the long stretch of coastline. Kids love it too for its paddling pool and perfect sand castle-making sand.

Blue Flag says: “Minnis Bay [is] the prefect beach and a great place to watch the sun set.”

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5. St Mildred’s Bay

Another sandy spot is St Mildred’s Bay, great for hiring a couple of deck chairs and wiling away an afternoon.

Blue Flag says: “In the heart of Westgate lies St Mildred’s Bay, a beautiful cliff lined sandy bay with promenade and tidal pool ideal for crabbing.”

Sunset

6. Botany Bay, Broadstairs

Recognisable for its chalk cliffs which visitors can wander through, the sandy Botany Bay in Broadstairs is another worthy recipient of the Blue Flag award. Rock pooling and fossil hunting are fun activities to enjoy at this peaceful beach.

Blue Flag says: “One of our most photographed bays Botany Bay … [has] plenty of exposed sand.”

Botany Bay -  Long Exposure photo.

7. Margate Main Sands

The iconic seaside destination Margate Main Sands is a popular spot for visitors to the cool town. Turner Contemporary gallery and plenty of shopping locations are just a stone’s throw from the beach, making this a big draw for tourists.

Margate main sands

8. Stone Bay, Broadstairs

Another of Broadstairs’ bays, Stone Bay is protected from the elements by pretty chalk cliffs which are topped in greenery. The sandy beach is great for building sandcastles (and burying your friends) but note that during high tide is inaccessible.

Blue Flag says: “A beautiful bay with scope for rock pooling, popular with families and a great beach to get away from the hustle of the main sands at Broadstairs.”

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9. West Bay, Westgate-on-Sea

The rock pools at West Bay in the Thanet town of Westgate-on-Sea are a hit with little ones and its big skies provide stunning views across the waters.

Blue Flag says: “When the tide does go out, this bay provides an excellent opportunity for sandcastle building … an ideal place for children and adults to explore.”

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10. Leysdown Beach, Leysdown-on-Sea

The coastal village of Lesydown-on-Sea is home to the “coarse” sands of Leysdown Beach. With amenities including amusements and cafés, this is a great spot on the coast to enjoy clean swimming. (NB: not to be confused with the nudist beach half a mile along the coast.)

Dog Walker leysdown beach

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