Cheltenham is a Purple Flag town
In 2016 Cheltenham was awarded Purple Flag status by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) in recognition of our excellent evening and night time economy.
What is Purple Flag?
Purple Flag is a prestigious town and city centre award – similar to Blue Flags that are presented to outstanding beaches and Green Flags for excellent parks. Through the Purple Flag scheme, the ATCM aims to recognise and highlight towns and cities that are committed to raising standards and broadening their appeal, specifically between the hours of 5pm and 5am.
The award recognises centres that have a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment, leisure and cultural offers available, while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.
Cheltenham’s Purple Flag status is supported by a working group made up of representatives from the local licensed trade, Cheltenham Borough Council, the voluntary sector, the police, Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID), the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the University of Gloucestershire Students' Union.
What happens next?
Since being awarded Purple Flag status we have developed a website, funded through the Late Night Levy, to promote our evening and night time economy and its Purple Flag status (www.cheltenhamnightout.co.uk). The website provides a one-stop resource for visitors with information about Purple Flag, transport and public safety as well as listings for all licensed premises and restaurants within the Purple Flag area.
Cheltenham's successful 2016 application for Purple Flag recognition is now being repeated for 2017.