Two Suffolk beaches given Blue Flag status for 2022

Felixstowe Beach at sunset 

Felixstowe Beach at sunset - Credit: Nick Rowland / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Two beaches on the Suffolk coast have gained the prestigious accolade awarded by Blue Flag for 2022 to signify water cleanliness, safety and more

If a beach is designated by the Blue Flag, it means that it has been tested for its water purity and clean coastline. This international organisation was started in 1987 

The Blue Flag website says: 'In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.'


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Felixstowe has been named the only Blue Flag beach in Suffolk for 2021 - Credit: 9364326@N04, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Felixstowe has once again been recognised for its excellent water cleanliness and its stretch of sand and shingle. It is a popular family spot that's easily accessible from the town with lots of amenities close by for a perfect day out at the beach.

There's plenty to do in Felixstowe, including the historical Landguard Fort, the Grade II listed Edwardian Seafront Gardens, and the pier with its games arcade, fish and chips, and beautiful views over the five-mile Felixstowe coastline.

Don't miss the Martello towers that are dotted along the coastline. These round towers were once used as a military defence but have varying functions now with some falling into disrepair and others having been converted into accommodation for holidaymakers.

Find out how to spend 24 hours in Felixstowe here.


A view of Southwold beach in Suffolk

Southwold Beach, situated along the Suffolk coast. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Southwold has once again been crowned as a Blue Flag beach in 2022, which is the first time since 2018.  

As perhaps the most famous and visited seaside town in Suffolk, Southwold has plenty to offer visitors. There are seaside amusements on the beautiful pier, delicious fish and chips to be found and devoured and that's just the beginning of the town's charms.

Find out how to spend 24 hours in Southwold here.

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