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 faul foul of the rules.
Social distancing on beaches
Social distancing is your personal responsibility and everyone should take necessary steps to follow government guidance to protect yourself, your family, and those around you. When around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. If you feel that the distance between you and other people is too close, then please move to a section of the beach that is quieter and more comfortable. If in doubt, consider coming back at another time when it is quieter.
The RNLI provide beach safety in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, funded by us. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months at main beaches from 1 May to 30 September every year, from 10am to 6pm. For 2021 this has been extended and RNLI services will operate from 2 April at the following locations:
- Sandbanks Beach
- Bournemouth East Beach
- Bournemouth West Beach
- Boscombe East.
For exact locations, dates and patrol times of lifeguarded beaches across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, visit the RNLI website.
From 1 October 2021 to 1 April 2022, no on-site lifeguard services operate from our beaches.
Our beach cleansing teams operate throughout the year clearing the beach. This summer 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.
Beach offices are currently closed to the public.
Services may close during adverse weather and some parts of the promenade may be inaccessible due to wind blown sand. This will be cleared by our seafront team but will take some time.
Land trains: a limited Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier service is running.
The Cliff lifts at West Cliff and Fisherman's Walk are open.
Visit Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers for opening times and prices.
Visit Boscombe Undercliff Drive car park for prices and information (this car park may close during adverse weather).
Seafront services such as beach furniture are currently closed until further notice.
Beach Wheelchair Hire: our wheelchairs are not currently able to be loaned out at this time due to COVID-19.
We have additional guidance on cycling on the seafront, dog walks and public toilets.