Canterbury Purple Flag Award

Canterbury Purple Flag


City Centre Retains It's Purple Flag!

Canterbury’s great mix of night time venues and safe environment to socialise in has led to the city retaining its Purple Flag accreditation. At a Purple Flag awards night held in Liverpool on Friday 29 November 2013, it was announced that Canterbury had successfully retained the award.

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.


Purple Flag, Canterbury

© Paul Spree Photography

From left to right:
Mark Everett (The Marlowe Theatre), Douglas Rattray (Canterbury City Council –Neighbourhood Services), 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).

What is Purple Flag?


Purple Flag is an accreditation scheme that recognises excellent management of city centres at night, similar to the Blue Flag for beached or Green Flag for parks. It is backed by the government, police and business and is a sign of a good night out! Canterbury is proud to have been accredited with a Purple Flag in 2011.

To achieve Purple Flag status, towns and cities must:

  • be welcoming to everyone
  • offer safe ways for visitors to travel home
  • provide a good mix of venues
  • be appealing after dark

Purple Flag is run by the Assoication of Town and City Management (ATCM) in partnership with industry, licensees, retailers, central and local government, the police and consumers. Click here to find out more.

How is is 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.

What does it mean?

The benefits of Purple Flag can be:

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

What do you think?

We are always interested to hear your views on the night-time economy as your responses will help to create ammore enjoyable evening and night-time experience in the future. Visit here to complete the short night-time economy survey.

What is Purple Flag Week?

Purple Flag Week is an opportunity in late September to promote and highlight the night time economy in Canterbury. In 2013 we celebrated Purple Flag with a range of activities including a Purple Party in the Green Shoots Market to create awarenesss of the scheme. There werre also smart phone treasure hunts and many buildings such as the Beaney and Whitefriars Shopping Centre were lit purple to highlight the Purple Flag award.


Canterbury Purple Flag

Purple Flag Week has the opportunity to grow each year with the involvement of more and more local businesses and organisations, if you would like to get involved or share ideas, please contact

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