If you do visit for a beach walk, why not use the opportunity to explore other parts of the seafront – there’s plenty to choose from. The BCP Beach Check app – free to download for any Apple or Android device, was originally created to monitor the busy beaches but for the winter time it’s the perfect app for finding another beauty spot.
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. Visit our Explore Sandbanks page for more information.
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.
Furthermore, a well-located car park next to the beach combined with bus links between Poole Town Centre, 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 FJB Hotel chain, offering three hotels in Sandbanks providing high quality restaurants and luxurious accommodation if you wish to extend your stay in this beautiful part of the world.
Toilets (with disabled access), showers, kiosks, Sandbanks beach cafe, crazy-golf course, slacklining, beach volleyball and more.
Visit our Watersports page, for more details on the activities you can enjoy on the beach
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.