Canterbury Purple Flag Award


City Centre Retains It's Purple Flag!

Canterbury is proud to have been accredited with a Purple Flag for Night Time Economy, recognising excellence in the management of the city centre at night. This prestigious award demonstrates Canterbury Purple Flag Partners ambitions to develop and improve the night time economy, encouraging a broad outlook on how the city is presented at night and tackling all aspects from cleanliness to access and transport, street lighting to signage, entertainment variety and choice of styles in bars, clubs and restaurants.

Just as Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, Purple Flag is the indicator of where to go for a good night out!  

Leader of Canterbury City Council, Cllr John Gilbey, said: “We are delighted to have retained our Purple Flag for the city centre. It’s great to know we are continuing to do the right things with management of the night time economy. An evening out in Canterbury is not only a good evening out, it’s a safe one too, and that’s key to ensuring people keep coming to the city to socialise and have fun.”

Purple Flag is a success because of the strong working relationships between local partners and businesses. If you would like to get involved with Purple Flag please contact Andrew Smith.

We would like your thoughts on Canterbury city centre in the evenings.



Purple Flag, Canterbury

© Paul Spree Photography

From left to right:
Mark Everett (The Marlowe Theatre), Douglas Rattray (Canterbury City Council), Dave Brenchley (Canterbury District Watch), Louise Jones (Club Chemistry), Matthew Butt (Club Chemistry), Ian Blackmore (The Jolly Sailor), Dave Abbs (Canterbury Odeon) and Bob Jones (Canterbury City Partnership).


How is Purple Flag judged?

Purple Flag covers five broad themes that are key to developing and managing successful centres at night. It captures the rounded experience that people want from their town/city centres at night.

  • Wellbeing - How safety issues are addressed, regulations that are in place and the perceptions of local people.
  • Movement - How transport works, parking, pedestrian routes. how crowds are managed and information available.
  • Policy - How local data is collected and used, coordination between local partners and the inclusion of the local community.
  • Appeal - The choice of different activities on offer including a wide range of bars, restaurants, shops and public buildings.
  • Place - The layout of the city centre looking at its design, identity and diversity of local activities.

The benefits of Purple Flag:

  • a raised profile and improved public image;
  • increased visitors;
  • increased expenditure;
  • lower crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • a more successful mixed-use economy.

What is Purple Flag Week?

Purple Flag Week is an opportunity in late September to promote and highlight the night time economy in Canterbury. 


Canterbury Purple Flag

As part of a national campaign, Purple Flag Week is taking place between 27th September and 5th October 2014 and is an ideal way to let people know about what Canterbury City Centre can offer a wide range of activities for everyone and is a great opportunity to get your business involved through different themed events. For previous Purple Flag Weeks, businesses have offered discounts for customers who dress in purple or offered purple food – how you decide to get involved is up to you! If you would like to get involved contact

Purple Flag, Canterbury

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