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Beach guidelines

Guidelines to follow so that everyone can enjoy beaches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Open fires

Open fires are not permitted on any of our beaches at any time. You may be prosecuted if you attempt to light an open fire.

Camping

Camping is not permitted on any of our beaches at any time. You may be prosecuted if you attempt to camp anywhere along the seafront.

Barbecues

You can only have a barbecue on our beaches between 6pm and 11pm.

You cannot have barbecues on Lake Pier beach or Hamworthy Park beach in Poole.

There are designated barbecue areas at the western end of Sandbanks beach, which can be used at any time of day. These have metal tables for food preparation and metal bins for disposing of hot ash.

See the barbecue guidelines for Bournemouth and the barbecue guidelines for Poole.

Barbecues for groups of 30 or more

In Poole, you will need our permission to hold a barbecue with this number of people. It must take place at the designated barbecue areas at the western end of Sandbanks beach between 6pm and 11pm.

For barbecues for groups of 30 or more in Bournemouth, you will need to complete an application form.

Litter

To keep our beaches clean, triple sized bins have been installed on the seafront. Please do not leave any rubbish on the beach. This can threaten other people’s safety and the local wildlife. We may fine or prosecute you for littering.

Music

Please consider other people and keep any music to a reasonable volume. If your music can be heard within fifty feet of its source, a Seafront Ranger may ask you to turn it down.

Sand dunes

Our sand dunes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest site and are a delicate ecosystem. Stay off the dunes to help us maintain this unique site and protect their fragile habitats.

Performances

Lectures, sermons or any kind of performance are not permitted on our beaches.

Games

Please consider other people when playing games on the beach.

Begging

You cannot beg or ask for money on the beach, either verbally or by handing out leaflets.

Climbing on walls, fences and cliffs

You cannot climb any walls or fences by the seafront and promenades.

You also cannot climb on any cliffs. Many cliff areas are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, so please help us to preserve these areas.

Posters

You cannot put up any posters or notices by the beach.