What is Purple Flag?
The Purple Flag initiative, aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the evenings and at night.
Basingstoke first secured Purple Flag status in 2013 and it has been secured every year since then. It is one of a select number of towns and cities across the UK recognised for offering a safe and enjoyable night out.
The award shows that Basingstoke’s town centre is a vibrant destination with evening and late night activities appealing to all. We have shown we are welcoming, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home after dark and provide a good mix of venues.
The successful bid for Purple Flag status was put together by:
- the borough council
- Festival Place
- Anvil Arts
- Destination Basingstoke
- Basingstoke Street Pastors
- Basingstoke Town Centre Pubwatch
- Hampshire Constabulary.
The Purple Flag initiative is coordinated by the Association of Town Centre Management. Visit the Association of Town Centre Management website for more details on the scheme.
Achieving Purple Flag status demonstrates that Basingstoke’s town centre is managing its night time experience well. However, we recognise that achieving accreditation should be more than a one off prize. Standards need to be upheld and maintained. A Purple Flag is the start of a journey to sustained improvement to a town's evening and late night experience.
In order to retain Purple Flag status we need the support of all those involved in the night time economy. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact the Economic Development team by emailing Business@basingstoke.gov.uk