Beach Guidelines

Enjoy the beach and consider other people

We want everyone to enjoy Bournemouth’s 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. 

Parties and barbecues

Four areas of Bournemouth Seafront have been set aside for barbeques

  • Southbourne Beach (easternmost end of Solent Promenade)
  • Boscombe Beach (between groyne 24 and 25 and electric barbeque outside Boscombe Seafront Office)
  • Bournemouth East (opposite the base of the Toft zig-zag pathway)
  • Alum Chine beach (between groynes 3 and 4)

Map of Bournemouth seafront barbeque sites

You can use a barbecue between 6pm and 11pm. Daytime barbeques are allowed on East Cliff. 

When you’ve finished with your barbecue, please put it next to one of our seafront cinder bins. Or save the hassle of bringing your own barbeque and book the free electric barbeque at Boscombe, via the Seafront Office


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: 

  • Border with Poole to Groyne 3 (Alum Chine beach office)
  • Groynes 5 to 7 (Middle Chine to Durley Chine)
  • Groynes 36 to 45 (Fisherman’s Walk to Southbourne)
  • Groyne 45 to 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.