Weymouth officially recognised for being fun & safe night out

Weymouth officially recognised for being fun & safe night out

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:01am 26th October 2019.

Weymouth has been awarded Purple Flag status for helping people have a great night out.

The town's been praised for its good mix of venues and offering safe ways to travel home after dark.

It's one of over 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland that have been awarded the Purple Flag status.

Purple Flag

It’s the second time Weymouth’s been awarded the Purple Flag - a town and city centre award, similar to the Blue Flag for beaches and Green Flag for parks & gardens, which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the evenings and at night. 

To celebrate the achievement, there'll be an event in Weymouth Town Centre (outside NatWest Bank) on Monday 28th October from 10:30am, including: 

  • Tri Golf system for kids with Wesesx golf centre (10:30am - 12pm)
  • Tilly the Dinosaur talking about all things Jurassic (1:30pm - 3pm)
Police night

Weymouth passed all 30 Purple Flag criteria, as well as showing decreasing crime statistics. 

It said 'Weymouth's night time economy benefits from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour.'

The Mayor of Weymouth, Councillor Graham Winter, said:

"We are delighted that Weymouth has been awarded the Purple Flag status again, in recognition of our dedicated efforts and investment in the creation and enhancement of our night time economy.

"We will use this as a benchmark to strive towards a vibrant and safe night time environment for both our residents and visitors."

beer night out

Claudia Moore, chief executive of Weymouth BID, added:

"It is fantastic for the local community and for Weymouth to be awarded a Purple Flag. We have all worked very hard to create a safe and well-managed evening and night time environment, with a variety of social activities on offer for residents of all ages."

The Mayor thanked the involvement of all the stakeholders involved: Weymouth Town Council, Dorset Police, Weymouth BID, Dorset Council, Street Pastors, NHS, Public Health England and Pubwatch.