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Purple Flag Award

Guildford is proud to have been awarded the Purple Flag status for its evening and night-time economy.

Guildford is one of more than 65 towns and cities across the UK that have been awarded the Purple Flag Award and the only town in Surrey.

Aims of the Purple Flag 

The Purple Flag aims to raise the standards and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5pm and 5am.

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for having a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture, while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and residents.

The Guildford Town Purple Flag Partnership is coordinated by Experience Guildford, the town centre's Business Improvement District, and includes, Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue, Guildford Pubwatch, Guildford Street Angels and the night-time venues of Guildford.

About Purple Flag

The Purple Flag is:

  • similar to the Green Flag Award for parks and Blue Flag for beaches 

  • given to town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy.

  • awarded to, and highlights, towns offering an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

The Purple Flag programme was developed following the Civic Trust's "Night Vision" report in 2006, and is now managed by the Association of Town & City Management.

For more information, visit the Purple Flag website.