Beach Guidelines

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some services have changed. Find our latest information and advice on using our Beaches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

See further information about changes to services.

We want everyone to enjoy our beaches. Please follow these rules when you visit them. 

Personal safety

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

  • Spend time in the shade between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses
  • Use factor 15+ sunscreen 


You can’t give lectures, sermons or any kind of performance at Bournemouth’s beaches. 


Please consider other people when playing games on the beach. 


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


We ask that BBQs at the beach are after 6pm only.

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


Please don’t 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. 


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. 

Dogs and other animals

Dog walkers can use the seafront. Please clean up any mess your dog makes and put it in a bin. If you don’t have bags to pick up your dog’s mess, pop into your nearest beach office. 

You must keep your dog on a lead from 1st May to 30th September. You can only let them loose in the following areas: 

  • Branksome Dene Chine, Poole to Alum Chine Beach Office
  • Middle Chine to Durley Chine
  • Fisherman’s Walk, Southbourne
  • Hengistbury Head

Unless you’ve been given permission, you can’t bring any zoo or circus animals onto the beach. 


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