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 Town Centre has now received Purple Flag accreditation for the third year running. This prestigious quality award reflects the strength of the town's evening and night time economy, effective partnership working and the way in which the evening and night time offer is managed. Bury remains the only town centre across Greater Manchester to have achieved Purple Flag status.
Purple Flag recognises Bury's ever increasing offer including the fully refurbished MET theatre, and an ever expanding food and drink offer, including three new restaurants, combined with family entertainment at the Rock.
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.