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!  

Purple Flag is a success because of the strong working relationships between local partners and businesses. 

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.
Purple Flag, Canterbury

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