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Purple Flag: Working together for a safer York

Your York BID 

Purple Flag: Working together for a safer York

York is proud to be a Purple Flag accredited city!

This prestigious designation means that York offers a vibrant diverse and, most importantly, safe experience for residents and visitors enjoying the city from the early evening and into the night.

What is Purple Flag?

Purple Flag is an award from the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Similar to the Blue Flag award for safe beaches, Purple Flag status recognises destinations that demonstrate exceptional standards in their evening and late-night offerings. Purple Flag status ensures residents and visitors can enjoy:

How is a Purple Flag city assessed?

Earning Purple Flag status isn't easy. Cities are rigorously evaluated across five main areas:

1. Wellbeing

Successful destinations are safe and welcoming with all sectors playing their part in delivering high standards of customer care.

2. Movement
3. Appeal
4. Place
5. Policy

York BID stand out projects

Successful destinations are alive during the day, as well as in the evening. They contain a blend of overlapping activities that encourage people to spend time in the city and try something new. Collectively, these projects contribute to a diverse and thriving early evening and nighttime economy, creating enriching experiences for residents and visitors alike. Examples include:

  • Colour & Light
  • Ghosts in the Gardens
  • York Restaurant Week
  • Taxi Marshals
  • …and much more!

Want to learn more about York's Purple Flag status?

Visit the Purple Flag website for additional information.


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