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Best beaches in Kent

This year’s list of Blue Flag beaches has just been announced and we've got the inside scoop on the best Kent & Sussex spots - that won the sandy seal of approval. Plus suggestions on where to stay so you can make a weekend of it!

🌊The latest list of some of the best beaches in the UK has just been announced, with fourteen beaches across Kent and Sussex receiving Blue Flag awards – the ultimate sandy stamp of approval. 

🌊11 Kent beaches have been awarded Blue Flag titles, with three also winning the summer 2022 Seaside Award. Three Sussex beaches also won the Blue Flag accolade. Blue Flag status is an international award recognising water quality, safety and cleanliness.

🌊Three Kent beaches in the Swale area (see list below) have also been presented with a Seaside Award. These are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

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

So, buckets and bikinis at the ready, sandwiches packed… Bring on the sun! Here’s which beaches made the cut:

Full list of Kent and Sussex beaches to receive Blue Flag awards:


Tankerton – Canterbury City Council 

Sheerness Beach – Swale Borough Council

Leysdown Beach – Swale Borough Council

Minster Leas – Swale Borough Council

Botany Bay – Thanet District Council

Joss Bay – Thanet District Council 

Minnis Bay – Thanet District Council

West Bay – Thanet District Council 

St Mildreds – Thanet District Council 

Margate Main Sands – Thanet District Council 

Stone Bay – Thanet District Council


Brighton Central – Brighton and Hove Council 

Hove Lawns – Brighton and Hove Council 

Marina St Leonards – Hastings Borough Council

And Kent beaches with Seaside Awards 2022


Herne Bay 



Sandgate Beach 

Leysdown Beach 

Minster Leas 

Sheerness Beach 

Ramsgate Main Sands


Fancy booking a break near one of these gorgeous local beaches? ‘Course you do! Here’s some fab local accommodation we love – so you can make a weekend of it… Including Bloom Stays – who offer gorgeous self-catering accommodation dotted around the most stunning locations in Kent, and the perfect place to book your next staycation.

All the following Kent holiday experts offer lots of local, luxury self-catering options near the seaside. Just adjust swimsuit and dive in!

Bloom Stays

Beautiful Broadstairs

Keepers Cottages

Kent Cottage Holidays

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