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16 Years of Blue Flags at Carbis Bay

It has been announced today that Carbis Bay beach has retained its Blue Flag status for the 16th year running. The Awards recognise and celebrate country’s best beaches as international Blue Flag celebrates its 35th anniversary.


Administered in Britain by the Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the coveted scheme is awarded to Beach Operators that fulfil a number of strict criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, water quality, safety and services.


Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate owns the 25 acres of beach at Carbis Bay, which overlooks the bay and offers guests direct access to the golden sands. Carbis Bay is one the country’s very best beaches, with breath-taking 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 16th year running. The awards are given to Beach Operators who make a special effort to manage their coastal water environment and beaches, so retaining the status assures all of our guests and visitors of the very highest standards of care.”



Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The success of Carbis Bay  in reaching the high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our blue spaces – from beach managers and volunteers to local residents and businesses. The huge commitment needed to maintain marvellous beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.


“People who visit a beach flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.”


The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.


Blue Flag is an international award managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes, while Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

Among the criteria beaches are assessed against are:

  • Safety and services, such as first aid, lifeguards where necessary
  • Environmental information including displaying details about local eco systems
  • Water quality – Blue Flag beaches must meet the ‘excellent’ water quality standard as set out in the EU bathing water directive and Seaside Award winners must meet the 'sufficient’ standard.
  • Environmental management, including litter and waste.



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 beach is among 128 in England granted Seaside Awards and 81 sites, including one marina, awarded Blue Flags. A full list of England’s award-winning beaches is available here.


These awards are the only way for the public to be assured that beaches are delivering a safe, clean and well-managed space for them to enjoy but our coast is a natural environment and water quality may vary, particularly after heavy rainfall when the advice from the World Health Organisation is to refrain from entering the water for 24 hours.


Water quality testing is carried out in England by the Environmental Agency weekly during the bathing season from May to September. Before heading down to the beach, the public is advised to check the Environment Agency’s Swimfo website to check for any pollution risks as a result of rainfall, wind or high tides.



About Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate


Set within 125-acres, the Carbis Bay Estate comprises of the luxury Carbis Bay Hotel with 38 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 the newly refurbished C Bay Spa which offers coastal inspired treatments, a Sunseeker yacht for private excursions and delicious dining at Walters on The Beach, The Orangery and Adam Handling’s Ugly Butterfly .  Nearby The Gannet is the ideal destination for locally sourced seasonal dining, with the C Bay Salon the perfect place for treatment or trim. 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.

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