From 2015 the qualification levels for the prestigious Blue Flag that recognises the cleanest beaches across Europe is being tightened up and this may cause some British beaches to struggle.
It is reported that beaches will require a longer (up to 5 years) clean track record and this puts at risk some beaches in the North West of England, including Blackpool and Morecambe because of some current pollution issues that have yet to be fully resolved.
We hope that these issues can be resolved quickly as we all want high quality beaches to visit across the UK.
If you are heading out for a day at the beach this Bank Holiday you can see a list of the current English Blue Flag beaches and Scottish Blue Flag beaches
This week sees yet another major British sporting event with The Open, golf’s only major held outside of America, beginning at Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire.
The British Open is traditionally played on links golf courses which means they are coastal, tend to be open and exposed, and are therefore subject to variable winds which will give even the world’s best players a challenge. This year will be no exception as the Royal Lytham St Anne’s course in North West England is going to play really tough after all the wet weather in recent weeks.
However, on the bright side this could well favour the British golfers who should be more used to the ‘British Summer’! Let’s hope so, we are due to a British winner, so come on Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and the rest.
If you are heading to The Open for a weekend break or short break then wrap up warm and have a great time.
See more details out the British Golf Open
There is no doubt that this summer is going to be a wonderful sporting festival with 2012 seeing the world’s best sports people heading to these shores for an amazing selection of sporting events.
Of course headlining the summer sporting events is the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, but in addition to that there is Royal Ascot (kicking off this week), Wimbledon, Cowes Week, the British Grand Prix and The Open Golf Championship.
The British Open, known as The Open, is one of golf’s 4 majors and the only one held outside of the United States. Played on Links courses in England and Scotland (courses are on rotation) the Championship in 2012 will be at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s Golf Club which is in Lancashire, North West England. Practice rounds start from the 15th July with the Championship concluding on the 22nd July.
Lytham St Anne’s is on the northwest coast of England, not far from Blackpool and within reach of the popular holiday locations of the Lake District/Cumbria, Yorkshire Dales/West Yorkshire and the Peak District.
It is not often that you have the opportunity to see the world’s top golfers up close and get a chance to explore this wonderful part of England and so why not make a weekend break, short break or holiday of it in a holiday cottage, apartment or holiday lodge?
Find out more about the British Open Golf Championship cottage breaks