Blue-flag beaches

19.08.2019 - General Holiday Parks Residential Parks

The Keat Farm family holds the environment very close to our hearts. We aim to care for our wildlife, encourage recycling and have recently adopted the growing of ‘wild’ areas on our parks to encourage a variety of wildlife to join us. We know many of our guests are also wildlife enthusiasts and enjoy the great outdoors so for you to make the most of your summer stay with us we’re going to let you know where to find our local blue flag beaches and explain exactly what this means.

The blue flag is a certification awarded to beaches or marinas that meet the FEE’s (Foundation for Environmental Education) standards for top notch environmental information and management. For example, beaches given this honour have to display information about the coastal zone and water quality as well as listing a code of conduct for visitors to ensure everyone knows how to properly take care of the beach. The area must also provide general waste disposal, recycling facilities, sufficient lifeguards and first aid kits. The educational and safe nature of these beaches makes them especially ideal for families.

Thanet is proud to boast the highest number of blue flag beaches in the South East, with both Westbrook Bay and Main Sands beaches around Margate holding the certification. Main Sands offers a classic seaside feel complete with many fish and chips and ice cream offerings as well as arcades and restaurants. Westbrook Bay on the other hand is a quieter area with plenty of space for sand castle empires and rock pools to be explored, as well as a mini golf course to test out your skills. Westbrook Bay may also be up your alley if you’re visiting with dogs as they are only restricted on the central area of this beach between 10am and 6pm in the busy summer months; outside of this they are more than welcome to go and get their paws wet.

Whitstable, close to two of our residential parks (Applegarth and Rowan Tree), also has Tankerton beach flying the blue flag. This is another area that’s kept its classic seaside feel, backed by grassy slopes and lined with colourful beach huts that appear straight out of a 1950’s summer dream. Lifeguards are present between the busy months of May-September, however, even through the colder months this remains a fantastic natural attraction and your dog is welcome to come along too.

We thoroughly recommend visiting these beautiful seaside locations and supporting the blue flag initiative to encourage more of our nation’s lovely beaches to adopt a more environmentally aware attitude to their natural attraction.

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