Beaches and Waterfront

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.


Our beaches

Beaches in Bournemouth and information about facilities and travel.

Bathing water quality

Bathing water quality and ratings from the Environment Agency for our beaches.

Accessible seafront

Information about how our seafront beaches are accessible.

Beach awards

Blue Flag beaches, plus our other awards for sustainability and water quality.

Beach guidelines

Guidelines for our beaches, including information about barbecues, camping and open fires.

Bournemouth and Boscombe piers

Bournemouth and Boscombe piers are open 7 days a week from 11am to 11pm.

Bournemouth cliff lifts and land trains

Information on routes and ticket prices for our 4 vintage cliff lifts and scenic land trains.

Coastal management

Major coastal management projects protecting our beaches and seafront.

Cycling on the seafront

Seafront access for cyclists and the seasonal restrictions in place on the promenade.

Dogs on beaches

Dog friendly beaches where you can walk your dog all year round.

Hire Branksome Dene Room

Hire Branksome Dene Room for any special occasion, parties, weddings and receptions.

Improving the seafront

Major improvement projects to maintain our award-winning beaches and seafront.

Lifeguards and beach safety

Beaches with lifeguards and designated bathing areas where you can swim safely.

Watercraft, moorings and slipways

Information for watercraft users, including speed limits and boating facilities at Christchurch Harbour.

Electric beach barbecues

Communal electric barbecues have been installed on the seafront and are free to use.

Public toilets

Where to find public toilets on the seafront.

Beach huts

Beach huts in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.