Purple Flag Bristol
Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Blue Flag award for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town and city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy. The Purple Flag Scheme is operated by a board in each city.
In Bristol the Purple Flag partnership is a group or organisations from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors working together with the aim to attract a greater number of visitors into the city centre at night and to reduce any negative perceptions about Bristol city centre. The partnership feel that there has been considerable progress, due to the Purple Flag scheme, in bringing about change and believe that the Purple Flag award is an independent confirmation of the achievements to date.
What’s in it for Bristol
Bristol is a dynamic, prosperous and forward-looking city that is also the gateway to the South West with ambitions to be one of great European cities, proud of its diverse communities, its heritage and proud of the rich range of attractions on offer to both visitors and residents.
Bristol attracts almost half a million overseas visitors a year (staying at least one night). Visitors and residents bring the city centre to life and during the summer months the city’s Harbourside area, public squares and green spaces are vibrant, exciting places. Bristol’s visitor economy is worth an estimated £1billion annually to Bristol’s economy, supporting almost 20,000 jobs.
One of the most significant achievements is that Purple Flag has acted as a catalyst to enhance partnership work around managing the night time economy.
Quarterly night time assessments are now a permanent fixture and have proved invaluable for addressing issues and identifying new opportunities to improve the offer to residents and visitors using the city centre.
Purple Flag operating hours: Monday-Sunday 17:00-05:00
Purple Flag areas: West End, Harbourside, Quayside, Old City, Bristol Shopping Quarter, Old Market Quarter