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15 Years of Blue Flags at Carbis Bay

It has been announced on 14th May, 2021 that Carbis Bay Beach has retained its Blue Flag status for the 15th year running and has won again the Seaside Award.

In these uncertain times, it is good to have some certainty and anyone visiting Carbis Bay this summer can be sure that they are visiting one of the country’s – and the world’s – best beaches. With lockdown slowly lifting, but foreign travel very much still unsure, trips to the beach will be a wonderful highlight of most people’s summer. Internationally recognised, the Blue Flag acts as a guarantee to visitors that a beach or marina is one of the best in the world.

Administered in Britain by Keep Britain Tidy, the coveted scheme is awarded to beaches with excellent bathing water quality and where Beach Operators strive to fulfil a number of strict criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and services.


Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate owns the 25 acres of beach at Carbis Bay, which affronts the bay and offers guests direct access to the golden sands. Carbis Bay Beach is one the country’s very best beaches, with breathtaking views across to Godrevy Lighthouse and the twinkling lights of St Ives just visible around the cove. The water and sands are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.


Stephen Baker, owner of the Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate said: “It is a delight to be awarded the Blue Flag status for the 15th year running. This and the Seaside Award  are given to Beach Operators who make a special effort to manage their coastal water environment and beaches, so retaining the status assures all our guests and visitors of the very highest standards of care.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.

“Whether it’s camping in Cornwall, renting a cottage in North Yorkshire or simply having a day out at the seaside in Sussex, a fantastic beach is an essential part of a holiday for so many of us.

Last year, due to the pandemic, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate all the great award-winning beaches around the coast so this year we are delighted to have even more winners than we did in 2019, thanks to the incredible work of the teams around the country that make our beaches clean and safe for us all to enjoy.

From environmental education for the local community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of these awards.

“As we all plan our 2021 holidays much closer to home, thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award those choosing to holiday at a destination with an award-winning beach can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management.”

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Notes to Editors


Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep. We work to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public space. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit


The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, launched the Blue Flag programme in 1987. Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.


The Seaside Award is run by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.


About Carbis Bay Estate

Set within 125-acres, the Carbis Bay Estate comprises the luxury Carbis Bay Hotel with 36 individually designed rooms, The Gannet Inn and Gannet House, as well as a range of self-catering accommodation, cottages and serviced apartments, set against the backdrop of the Estate’s privately owned 25-acre Blue Flag beach.

Facilities at the hotel include newly refurbished C Bay Spa which offers coastal inspired treatments, a Sunseeker yacht for private excursions and delicious dining at Restaurant 1894. Carbis Bay’s Beach Club on the Promenade offers guests a perch to take in panoramic views of the ocean whilst enjoying Mediterranean dishes. All facilities are set within sub-tropical gardens with access to the South West Coast Path which connects Carbis Bay to St Ives in under 25 minutes by foot.

Nearby, The Gannet Inn/Gannet House is the ideal destination for locally sourced, seasonal dining, with C Bay Hair Salon being the perfect place for a treatment or trim.

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