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Purple Flag Award

Plymouth was officially awarded the Purple Flag on 26 June 2019. 

What is Purple Flag?

The Purple Flag is similar to the Blue Flag for beaches, given to cities and towns that surpass the standards of excellence in managing its evening and night time economy.  It will help raise the profile of Plymouth, and businesses are able to use the logo to encourage visitors to the city.

Areas awarded the purple flag are recognised as providing a vibrant and diverse mixture of entertainment and culture, whilst promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents. Or, to put it simply, Purple Flag status indicates where to go for a good night out! And this means not just for pubs and clubs but for a wide range of activities including arts and culture, leisure, eating out and events.

It’s not difficult to see why Plymouth ticked all the boxes, with a growing number of restaurants, cafes and attractions, in addition to its vibrant waterfront and its maritime heritage, historic Barbican and The Hoe drawing thousands of visitors to the city each year.

Purple Flag accreditation is run by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and is the benchmark for good night time destinations.

Who is involved with the Purple Flag?

The Purple Flag award was applied for by Safer Plymouth.  Safer Plymouth is Plymouth’s community safety partnership which helps agencies to work together to improve the safety of our residents, whilst enjoying everything that Plymouth as to offer. 

For more information about Safer Plymouth and the partner agencies involved please visit the Community Safety Partnership page.





The official purple flag logo can be used by businesses in publicity and websites to promote the scheme.  Please read the brand guidelines before using the following logos.

If you want posters or window stickers for your shop or business please contact

Brand Guidelines

Best Bar None Scheme

There are currently 60 venues in Plymouth that are members of the Best Bar None accreditation scheme, which promotes responsible management and operation of licensed premises. For more information visit

Taxi Marshals

There are two taxi ranks in the city with taxi marshals

  • Barbican – Basket Ope
  • Raleigh Street Taxi Rank, Derry’s Cross

Plymouth’s licensed taxi drivers receive safeguarding training every five years – if you are worried about your or someone else’ safety when in Plymouth call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Safe Bus

The safe bus is located at Raleigh Street, Derry’s cross, Plymouth on busy Saturday nights during the year.  The bus serves as a hub for emergency services and other agencies offering support to people enjoying a night out.

Street Pastors

Plymouth has an active group of street pastors, who have been helping to keep the city’s nightlife safe since January 2008. They visit Mutley, North Hill, Greenbank, Union Street, the City Centre, The Barbican, Bretonside, Warner Village and Sutton Road every Saturday from 10pm until 4am on Sunday.

In an average year they issue:

  • Over 750 pairs of flip flops
  • Over 700 bottles of water
  • 176 space blankets
  • Over 6500 bottles and glasses removed from the street

More information can be found at the Street Pastors Website.

Find out what’s happening in the city, where to visit, and more at the Visit Plymouth Website.