Purple Flag

Date September

Location City Centre

Timings 24/7

Cost NA

Purple Flag Award

The Association of Town & City Centre Management have today announced that Preston’s recent application and inspection to retain the Purple Flag award has been successful.

The accreditation, which is enjoyed by seventy destinations across the country, recognises a vibrant, safe and well-managed night time economy.  Preston shares the award with places including Liverpool, Canterbury, Cardiff and Leeds.

The city centre has proudly ‘flown the flag’ since 2012, having been re-assessed bi-annually.  Stacey Penney, BID’s representative for the night time economy said; “A lot of hard work goes in to making Preston a great destination for visitors.

“As a city we should be proud that we are regarded as one of the safest and best places to enjoy a night out in the country.

“I’d like to offer huge thanks to owners, managers and staff at all the city’s bars, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants for doing what they do and keeping thousands of happy people coming back to Preston each month”.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “Achieving and retaining the Purple Flag is something that’s not undertaken lightly. It’s a lengthy and involved process which focuses on all elements of the city’s night time economy.

“We are thrilled to have been accredited once again; Preston is still the only place in Lancashire to have won the Purple Flag – we look forward to continuing to work with partners in promoting the city’s award-winning offer”.


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