City waves Purple Flag for a prosperous night-time economy

Press Release: 04/12/2012

Purple Flag

With the festive season well underway in Winchester, residents and visitors can shop, dine and skate safely into the dark winter evenings knowing that the City Centre has once again been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag for the third year running.

Just as a Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, a Purple Flag is an indicator of where to go for a good night out. The national scheme recognises that a town or city is managing its night time experience and overcoming any negative public perceptions that may exist. Winchester has achieved this status as it offers a first class night out for both residents and the city's four million visitors a year.

Having completed the annual overnight walkabout of the city centre, officers and members from Winchester City Council and staff from Winchester BID are once again delighted to retain the Purple Flag, showing that Winchester offers a safe and entertaining night time economy.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Economic Development said,

Receiving Purple Flag accreditation for the third year in a row is a great boost for local businesses and assures all those who work hard to keep the City Centre safe that they are doing a fantastic job. Winchester remains the Christmas Capital and we are proud to say that this goes hand in hand with a safe and enjoyable evening out.

Purple Flag status aims to acknowledge those city centres that have gone above and beyond to ensure that their reputation as great places to visit is upheld. For more information about Purple Flag please visit their website at

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