Chelmsford City Council

Safety on nights out

Chelmsford has a busy and thriving nightlife, with a great mix of bars, restaurants and traditional pubs. 

We have introduced a number of safety initiatives, to ensure you feel safe and know that help is there if you need it.

We fund our safety projects with community safety partners and the Late Night Levy.


Best Bar None

Best Bar None is a national award scheme that promotes responsible management and operation of premises selling alcohol.

We operate Best Bar None to:

  • reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities
  • reduce the harmful effects of binge drinking
  • help enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to responsibly mange their premises by improving their knowledge and skills
  • recognise responsible owners and share good practice

Purple Flag

We have attained Purple Flag accreditation for Chelmsford city centre. Our Purple Flag status shows that Chelmsford city centre is appealing in the evening, offering:

  • a welcoming environment to everyone 
  • a good mix of venues
  • safe ways to travel home

You can look at the Association of Town and City Management to find out more about the Purple Flag scheme.

If you are planning to visit Chelmsford, you can find information on Chelmsford For You.


Chelmsford SOS

Chelmsford SOS is an on street medical triage facility, that:

  • provides medical assistance

  • acts as a place of safety and shelter

The facility is open from 10pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights from April to September, and in December.

It is open on from 10pm to 4am on bank holiday weekends and Saturday nights in October, November, and from January to March.

These times will vary depending on coronavirus restrictions.


Street Pastors

Street Pastors provide practical and emotional support. They are active from 10pm to 4am on most Friday and Saturday nights.

These times will vary depending on coronavirus restrictions.

You can look at Street Pastors for more information.


Taxi marshals

There are taxi marshals at the Baddow Road taxi rank from 11:30pm to 3:30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

These times will vary depending on coronavirus restrictions.

The marshals will help you to get home safely after your night out in the city.

You check where the other taxi ranks are in Chelmsford.

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    Last updated: 27 November 2020

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