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DAYS OUT Beaches East Sussex


Beaches in East Sussex

Days out at beautiful sandy beaches in East Sussex. Children love going to the beach, to swim or paddle in the sea and jump the waves, build sand castles or hunt for crabs in the shallow pools left by the tide. We have some great beaches in West Sussex so why not take a picnic, grab a bucket and spade and have hours of fun at the beach and best of all it's FREE!


(Sand & Shingle)
A traditional south-coast seaside resort with good facilities and a mainly shingle long beach where low-tide exposes some sand. Facilities: Cafe/restaurant, toilets, disabled facilities, first aid point, lost child centre, shop, deck chair hire, beach hut hire, slipway and promenade. Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, crazy golf/putting, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, wind surfing.
Dog restrictions are in force on the main town beach from 1 May to 30 September Map

BIRLING GAP BEACH (Sand, Shingle & Pebble)
Birling Gap is a coastal hamlet in East Sussex on the South Downs between Eastbourne and Seaford, accessible from the village of East Dean. It is situated on the Seven Sisters not far from Beachy Head and is owned by the National Trust. Today there is a hotel with a café/tea room, and steps leading down to the enclosed pebble beach and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The substrate is shingle giving way to sand with areas of rock pools and chalk from the cliffs. It is a voluntary marine nature reserve. Accessible only by stairs. Facilities: Cafe and toilets. Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, kite surfing, rock pooling, surfing, wind surfing. Map

Something for everyone. Roller coasters, children's rides, side stalls, amusements, restaurant and pubs. Map

This south facing shingle beach is located between the Old West Pier Structure and Brighton Pier and is extremely popular with both residents and visitors alike. The lower promenade has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere with a variety of shops, cafes, galleries and a museum. Beach sports such as volleyball and basketball are very popular as are water sports. The beach even has its own well used and reputable sailing club. Throughout the season this is an extremely popular area which attracts a wide range of music, dance, sports and performance events. Dogs restricted. Map

BROOMHILL SANDS RYE (Sand & shingle)
A very flat sand and shingle beach with a large tidal range that makes it possible to remain within your depth for a long way out. A popular destination for paddlers, windsurfers, kite surfers and sand-buggies. May to September: dogs on a lead are allowed in marked zones. October to April: dogs are allowed onto all areas of the beach under close control.
Facilities: Cafe/restaurant and toilets, shop and promenade. Activities: Kite surfing, surfing, wind surfing. Dogs: May to September: dogs on a lead are allowed in marked zones. October to April: dogs are allowed onto all areas of the beach under close control. Map

A lovely beach for young children as the golden sands go out for half a mile at low tide. Excellent for paddling and sandcastles. Blug flag beach and the only sand dunes in East Sussex and provides an ideal family beach with a wide expanse of sand fronting the dunes. Very popular with windsurfers and kite boarders. Facilities: Cafe/restaurant and toilets, disabled facilities, first aid point, lost child centre, shop, slipway. Activities: Donkey rides, kite surfing, swimming, wind surfing. Dogs: Dogs are allowed between May and September but must be on a lead and restricted between Zones F & H on the beach. Map

COODEN BEACH, Bexhill (Shingle & sand)
This long shingle beach , Cooden provides a long sandy foreshore ideal for walkers and is easily accessible from the road.The area is popular with kite and windsurfers which is separate to the bathing area. Parking is free and unrestricted alongside most of the promenade.Facilities: Toilets, disabled facilities, first aid point. Activities: Jet-skiing, kite surfing, swimming/bathing, wind surfing. Dogs are allowed on the beach and dog bins are provided. Map

Quiet secluded pebble beach, part of which is underneath the Seven Sisters cliffs. Dogs allowed. Facilities: Toilets, cafe and shop. Dogs allowed. Map

This popular resort boasts five miles of pebble beach. The area between the Pier and the Wish Tower is a blue flag beach. The beach is popular with visitors and residents alike. It is a shingle beach with sandy stretches at mid to low tide. Local features include the pier, bandstand, promenade and famed Floral Carpet Gardens which all form part of its resort heritage. Facilties: Cafe/restaurant, toilets, disabled facilities, first aid point, shower, lost child centre, town centre nearby, shop, beach hut hire, slipway, promenade and pier. Activities: Sailing, swimming and surfing. Map

The pier is a thousand feet long and makes a pleasant stroll with gift, sweet and craft shops, restaurants, amusement arcades, a glass studio and an original Victorian Camera Obscura. Eastbourne Pier is a fine example of one of the South Coast’s Victorian piers. Every year, the pier becomes the focus of attention with its annual Birdman and Raft Race competitions. Map

HASTINGS BEACH (Sand & Shingle)
Hastings is an established seaside resort with long sand and shingle beaches and plenty of facilities and entertainment. Pelham Beach Winner of the prestigious Seaside Award flag every year for the last five years, this 500 metre stretch of wind-sculpted shingle dunes and fine low tide sand is ideal for family fun throughout the seasons.There's a host of family attractions within walking distance including a children's play centre, an historic pier, the beautiful remains of a Victorian resort, Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet and a seafront theme park with a boating lake and adventure golf course. Facilties: Cafe/restaurant, toilets, first aid point, lost child centre, deck chair hire, shop, promenade and pier. Activities: Swimming. Dogs: dog free zones. Map

Rocky beach which is great for fossil hunting. Discover the remains of a submerged forest and at low tide. Fairlight Cove is 3 miles East of Hastings

The beach is shingle but with enough sand exposed at low tide to play on. To the north of the prom, running parallel to the beach is Hove Lawns. This large expanse is ideal for picnics, games or just quiet relaxation. A large promenade close-by with access to shops and restuarants. This family orientated beach is set just away from the business of the main Brighton beaches, yet with local facilities all within close walking distance, it is perfect for residents and visitors alike. Access to the beach is very convenient with a choice of ramp or steps gently leading from the promenade to the main beach area. Dogs are banned may-sept. Facilties: Toilets, shop, and disabled facilities. Activities: Sailing, swimming and surfing. Dogs: dogs are banned May - Sept. Map

NEWHAVEN BEACH (Sand & Shingle & Pebble)
There are two beaches here; a long pebble beach running underneath the cliffs and , at low tide, a small sandy beach in the harbour. The smaller beach is a popular surfing spot. West Quay Beach Facilities: Cafe and slipway. Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, diving & snorkelling, good fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing. Dogs are allowed but there are no dog bins. Map.

NORMAN'S BAY (Shingle/pebble)
This is a quiet beach which is pebbles at the top. with shingle and sand at low tide. At very low tide there is a large expanse of sand. An area towards Cooden beach is used by naturists. Facilities: Toilets, disabled facilities and first aid point. No dog restrictions. Map

This historical fishing village boasts a rural shingle beach, known as the landing place for William the Conqueror. Facilities: Cafe. Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, good fishing, jet-skiing, sailing and wind surfing. No dog restrictions. Map.

The beach has been formed by recent coastal defence work - shingle between rock groynes. At low tide, rock pools are created and the beach is backed by high chalk cliffs. Facilties: Cafe, toilets, first Aid Point and lost child centre. Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, diving & snorkelling, sailing, swimming/bathing, surfing. Dogs: Dogs are banned on 2 of the 4 beaches from 1st May until 30th September. Map

The bay is a wave-cut platform containing a 4 mile shingle beach. To the east it is backed by the chalk cliffs of Seaford Head Nature Reserve. It is a quiet family beach. Facilties: Cafe, Toilets, disabled facilities, First Aid Point. Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, diving & snorkelling, good fishing, jet-skiing, sailing, swimming, water skiing and wind surfing. Dogs: Dog bins are provided but dogs are not allowed on the beach from May to September. Map

A sandy beach in the well-established seaside town of Hastings. The beach is backed by a promenade and there are plenty of facilities nearby. Facilties: Toilets and shop. Map

A quiet and historic beach town with lots of watersports options. Dog restrictions apply. there is a dog exercise area. Facilties: Cafe, Toilets, disabled facilities.Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, jet-skiing, sailing, wind surfing. Dogs: Dog restrictions apply. there is a dog exercise area. Map



The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches. Awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, the Blue Flag is internationally recognised.