Sandbanks Beach is recognised as one of the United Kingdom’s best and has the accolade of the Blue Flag award which it has maintained for over 30 years – more than any other beach in the country. Specially designed areas on the Western section of the beach mean the peninsula can be enjoyed for barbeques and swimming, and a designated section allows dogs to make the most of the lush golden sand as well.
Equipment such as parasols are available from the beach front office to allow you to make the most of your time on the beach. Furthermore, a well-located car park next to the beach combined with a frequent Wiltshire and Dorset bus link between Bournemouth and the nearby town of Swanage ensures there are plenty of transport options to make your trip to the beach as relaxing as possible.
Numerous well-respected restaurants and hotels feature around the peninsula, including the renowned Rick Stein with its spectacular array of delicious dishes and the Harbour Heights Hotel providing luxurious accommodation if you wish to extend your stay in this beautiful part of the world.
Sandbanks Beach facilities
Toilets (with disabled access), showers, kiosks, Sandbanks beach cafe, crazy-golf course, slacklining, beach volleyball and more.
Cycling is allowed on the promenade but restrictions apply during July and August.
Dogs on the Beach
There is a designated dog beach at the western side of the beach (near the Sandbanks ferry) all year round. Dogs are allowed on the main beach area from 1 May to 30 September, please keep dogs on a lead on the Sandbanks promenade area.
There is a designated area for barbecues at the western end of Sandbanks beach (near the dog beach). You are allowed to have barbecues on any of Poole's beaches as long as you read and follow the barbecue and parties guide before planning one.
Sandbanks is a modern, well-respected and treasured jewel in the crown of the British coastline and the ideal location for a break at any time of the year.