It is similar to green flags awarded to parks and blue flags awarded to beaches.
Purple Flag towns and cities have shown that they are well-managed and offer a safe, vibrant, appealing positive experience to customers and visitors. They are welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways to travel home and provide a good mix of venues and entertainment that appeal to a range of age groups, with a strong emphasis on families.
As a result of solid partnership working Purple Flag towns and cities generally benefit from a higher quality environment, more visitors and lower crime and anti-social behaviour.
When was Purple Flag awarded to Bury?
Bury was awarded Purple Flag status for the first time in February 2015 and was particularly commended for its range of thriving night time entertainment, and for bringing art and culture into the night time economy.
In January 2016, Bury Town centre was awarded Purple Flag status for a second year and remains the only town centre across Greater Manchester to achieve this prestigious accreditation.
What makes Bury a Purple Flag town centre?
Bury offers a wide range of activities in the evenings, ranging from theatre, music and comedy, dining experiences on the East Lancashire Railway to one-off festivals and events, including Bury's annual Arts Festival which takes place in each autumn.
There's a great choice of retail, leisure and fitness facilities, ample restaurants offering a broad range of different food and plenty of bars to choose from too. The Culture Quarter caters for wider entertainment and enjoyment of the arts and The Rock retail and leisure development built opened in 2010 offers more than 50 retail units, 8 food and drink outlets, a 10 screen cinema and bowling.