Sandown Beach.

You won’t find a Blue Flag beach on the Isle of Wight, but you will find an increase in Seaside Award winners.

Four of the Island’s beaches have scooped the Keep Britain Tidy accolade for 2019, it has been revealed today (Wednesday).

Last year, only three Island beaches made the grade – this year it is four, as Sandown joins Shanklin, Seagrove and Springvale in being among the 137 country-wide winners to be recognised for the quality, cleanliness and safety of their beaches.

Shanklin Town Mayor Steve Knight said:

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious Award again, and it reflects the work and efforts of all involved, including longshoremen, local businesses, Shanklin Chine, our Roadsweepers and Waste Collectors, and Green Town Volunteers, and the countless individuals that give their time and energy to make Shanklin the seaside resort it is – thank you all.”

Visit Isle of Wight MD Will Myles said:
“This is fantastic news! Islanders know that we have some of the best beaches in the UK and to hear that Sandown has now been nationally recognised by Keep Britain Tidy, joining Shanklin, Seagrove and Springvale in the Seaside Awards is amazing. The accolades keep coming in, with the entire Sandown Bay voted the Best Beach in the UK by Countryfile Magazine readers, it’s even more reason for people to visit the Isle of Wight. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make these beaches such wonderful places to visit.”

In 2015, the Isle of Wight Council stopped applying for Blue Flags. Prior to that, Shanklin and Sandown held Blue Flags and in 2014.

The closest Blue Flag beaches are now Hayling Island Beachlands and Bournemouth Manor Steps.