Purple Flag status for excellence in the management of the town’s evening economy and the promotion of a vibrant early evening and night-time atmosphere for all has been retained by Bournemouth for the fifth consecutive year.
Being accredited with a purple flag recognises Bournemouth’s ambitions to develop and improve the town ‘after dark’ inspiring visitors by the development and promotion of excellent dining and cultural experiences. The scheme assesses all aspects of Bournemouth at night from cleanliness, access and transport, street lighting and signage to entertainment and variety of bars and clubs.
Just as Blue Flag is an indicator of a great beach, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a ‘better night out’ bringing positive publicity for successful town and city centres.
Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “A vibrant and well-rounded night-time economy is vital to attract visitors and keep residents and their families entertained. Our Purple Flag accreditation demonstrates the value that we place on making the town at night a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.”
“Open-air events have been drawing great crowds into Bournemouth in the evenings, such as the award-winning Gardens of Light and the entertainment programme at Pier Approach in the summer. However, we cannot be complacent and we will continue to work onenhancing the overall night time offer and provide facilities and entertainment for a broader audience.”