Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

April 24, 2005
Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean beaches win top Seaside Awards

Beaches at Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have all received the 2005 EnCams Seaside Award, putting them among the top coastal resorts in the country.

The award is only given to beaches that comply with current legislation, including the regular testing of bathing water, and the provision of facilities for visitors.

A busy Burnham-On-Sea Beach pictured in the summerSome 29 checks are made against EnCams criteria, as outlined at the bottom of this page. Evidence is also required that visitors are actively being encouraged to visit and that full facilities are available for them.

Graham Newing, Sedgemoor District Council's Resort Officer, said: "Once again Sedgemoor’s beaches have achieved the high standards needed to obtain the Seaside Awards for EnCams."

He added: "The beaches shall be flying the prestigious EnCams flags, showing that our beaches are amongst the top in the country. My team of beach wardens and summer lifeguards all help to contribute to this award and I am very pleased that we have achieved it."

Winning the award means Burnham, Berrow and Brean beaches can all fuly the distinctive yellow and blue Seaside Award flag. They will also be listed in the tourist guides about

Last year, Burnham's beach was officially named one of the UK's top beaches for safety, cleanliness, water quality and facilities. It was awarded fifth place in a survey of 170 beaches across the country carried out by the Keep Britain Tidy Group.


Bathing Water Directive mandatory microbiological standards


Banned from the beach
Seafront dogs on leads
Public Telephones
Available within five minutes walk
Adequate, cleaned and regularly maintained
Toilets for disabled visitors
Drinking Water
Provided and clearly signed

Safe for all including disabled visitors

No unauthorised vehicles, camping or dumping

Parking with suitable spaces for disabled visitors

Well maintained with restricted access to any construction work
Litter bins
Adequately provided, emptied and maintained regularly
Dog refuse bins
Cleaned daily

Cleaned to EPA (Environmental Protection Act part 1) standards

No sewage, industrial discharge or decaying seaweed.

Safety - Bathing Safety

Lifesaving equipment
Lifeguards recommended
Zoning of different users

Daily between 10.00 and 18.00

First Aid
Provided between 10.00 and 18.00


Emergency plans and warning of pollution

Records must be kept and made available for inspection
Information and Education
Information Displayed –
Current water quality, water quality history, award criteria, map of award are including car parks, sampling points and facilities, physically defined award area, bye-laws and codes of conduct, beach operator and award administration contact details, environmental initiatives and safety information including attendance times and potential hazards.

Environmental Care –
Protect special sites and rare species and promote environmental initiatives.


Burnham, Berrow and Brean beach guide

2004: Burnham Beach named 5th best beach in Britain

ENCAMS Seaside Awards Web site

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