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Beach guidelines

Respect, protect and enjoy our beaches

This summer we and other agencies are working together to keep everyone safe through a summer readiness plan.

To keep our beaches and seafront clean, safe and enjoyable, there are some beach guidelines to follow. Familiarise yourself and don’t fall foul of the rules. 

Anyone who fails to comply risks a fine or prosecution. 

Know before you go

Plan your trip to the area with the latest information:

Download the our beach check app

Before you arrive, get up to the minute information on how busy the beaches and car parks are, by downloading our beach check app.

Tow away in operation

When you visit, park responsibly. Cars parked on double yellow lines, causing an obstruction or blocking access may towed. 

Respect our staff

Our staff and everyone we work with are key to making Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole an award-winning destination to live, work and visit. From Seafront Rangers to car park attendants, cleaners to the RNLI, look after them so they can look after you.

Littering

To keep our beaches clean, 400 triple sized bins are being installed on the seafront. Littering threatens other people’s safety and local wildlife. Put rubbish in the bin, take it home and leave only footprints or risk a maximum fine of £150.

Overnight camping

No overnight camping is allowed on the beach, seafront, cliffs or car parks. Camping in any unauthorised space is dangerous. Be prepared to be disturbed as a 24-hour beach patrol will be repeatedly be visiting to gather evidence for prosecution and a £1000 fine. Instead why not stay at one of the lovely camp sites in and around BournemouthChristchurch and Poole.

Open fires

Our beaches are surrounded by unique cliff habitats which are sites of Special Scientific Interest and provide a home to many of the UK’s rare species of reptiles, birds and insects. Their dry nature means they are vulnerable and sparks from open fires can cause horrific damage. Protect the environment – don’t risk a fine of £1000.

Barbecues (BBQs)

Barbecues are only permitted at the beach after 6pm.

Use them responsibly, safely and respectfully ensuring that it is not a nuisance to others.

When you’ve finished with your barbecue, please extinguish it carefully with water. Do not bury or put hot BBQs into bins.

Cycling

Cycling in Bournemouth and Poole on the promenade except during July and August, 10am and 6pm when no cycling is permitted.

Remember:

  • the promenade is to be shared and enjoyed by pedestrians and cyclists together - at all times cyclists should give way to pedestrians as they have right of way
  • keep your speed below 10mph and cycle slowly
  • when it’s busy to please be a responsible cyclist - by dismounting and pushing your bike.

E-scooters

Beryl rental e-scooters are available for hire and use in Bournemouth and Poole on shared use cycle/walk ways as well as roads. It is illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters on the promenade, paths and public roads. Failure to comply risks confiscation and prosecution by the police.

Dogs on the beach and seafront

Dogs must be kept on leads on the promenades, piers, zig zags and footpaths and owners must clean up after their dog. Failure to comply risks a fine of up to £1000.

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are only allowed on the following dog friendly beaches. Download our dog friendly beach map.

Bournemouth dog friendly beaches:

  • Branksome Dene Chine, Poole to Alum Chine Beach Office
  • Middle Chine to Durley Chine
  • Fishermans Walk, Southbourne
  • Hengistbury Head.

Christchurch dog friendly beaches:

  • Highcliffe Beach (excluding between Groynes H4 and H8)
  • Mudeford Sandbank
  • Gundimore Beach.

Poole dog friendly beaches:

  • Branksome Dene Chine
  • the western end of Sandbanks beach.

Personal safety

We want you to enjoy the sun safely. Here are some useful tips: 

  • spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses
  • use factor 15+ sunscreen.

Performances

You can’t give lectures, sermons or any kind of performance on Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole beaches. 

Games

Please consider other people when playing games on the beach. 

Begging

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

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. 

Climbing on walls, fences and cliffs

You can’t climb any walls or fences by the seafront and promenades. 

You also can’t 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.