Bexhill-on-Sea has a rich architectural history centred around Victorian and Edwardian design, it is surrounded by beautiful open countryside, historic attractions and a good selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation.

Bexhill beach is a long and gently sloping, shingle beach.  It provides a great location for days out and leisurely walks.  There is some safety information you should be aware of when visiting any of our beaches.

Boats on Bexhill Beach Bench Spring flowers and beach huts

For 2018 lifeguards will be present at Bexhill beach from 6 July to 2 September between 9am and 6pm, seven days a week. They will be located on the central beach by the De La Warr Pavilion.

Rother District Council beach patrol officers will also be present on the beach from 16 July to 2 September between 9am and 6pm, seven days per week.

In the event of an emergency please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

There is some safety information you should be aware of when visiting any of our beaches:

  • Beware of fast incoming tides - check the tide times using the link at the end of the page

  • Beware of sandbars - don't get cut off by the tide

  • Always wear clothing designed for swimming - when wet, normal clothes can cause you to sink!

  • Beware of soft sand and mud exposed at low tide

  • Do not dig deep holes or tunnels in the sand

  • Beware of rocks and underwater obstructions

  • Stay away from groynes and outfall pipes

  • Weeverfish can sting, wear suitable footwear when paddling at low tide

  • Alcohol and swimming don't mix

  • Safety signs are located along the foreshore, make sure you read the information and familiarise yourself with the environment.

Speak to our Coastal Officers, beach patrol staff or the RNLI lifeguards if you are unsure.

  • Swim between the red and yellow flags at Bexhill beach

  • Do not swim if the red flags are flying

  • Do not use inflatables when the orange flag is flying

Know your flags

Safety Flag 1 [images]

Swim, body board or use inflatables between the two red and yellow flags, this is where the lifeguards are.

Safety Flag 2 [images]

Surf or kayak between the black and white chequered flags.

Safety Flag 3 [images]

Do not enter the water when the red flags are flying.

Safety Flag 4 [images]

Offshore winds will blow you out to sea - do not use inflatables when the orange flag or sock is flying.

Visiting with children

Bexhill beach operate a wristband system to assist in reuniting lost children. Please visit the coastal office or speak to beach patrol if you are visiting with children so that we can make sure your visit to our coastline is a safe and enjoyable one.

At this beach we encourage you to swim between the red and yellow flags, this is where the lifeguards are. Remember, your children are your responsibility. Please keep them in your sight and do not let them enter the water alone if they can't swim or have limited swimming ability.

Coastwise provide safety information for children, click here to view:

Dog Control Information: Detailed maps are displayed along the promenade.

Dogs are prohibited from 1 May to 30 September on Bexhill Beach from Brockley Road (Sovereign Light Cafe) to Sea Road (Sailing Club). 

Dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenade, westwards from Sea Road (Sailing Club) to the end of the promenade by Richmond Road, this includes the lawns.

Dogs are not permitted in the play areas.

Dogs are not permitted in the water feature.

Barbeques:  Barbeques are permitted on Bexhill and Cooden beaches.  However, we would ask that you follow the guidance below:

  • Do not leave lit or warm barbeques unattended
  • Remove all waste and ash from the beach
  • Do not place warm or lit barbeques into waste bins
  • Ensure all barbeques are raised off the stones and sand
  • Ensure the area beneath the barbeque is cool before leaving the area unattended - this can be done by dousing the area with cold water
  • Permission for large numbers (10+) of people should be sought from the Neighbourhood Services Office in advance.

For further information please call 01424 787531 or email us at

Parking:  There are a number of places to park along Bexhill and Cooden foreshore, both on-street and in dedicated car parks.  Our car parks page provides information on location and conditions.   If you have any queries over parking please call our Neighbourhood Services Team on 01424 787531.

Byelaws restrict some activities on Bexhill Seashore and the Promenade.  

pdf icon Bexhill Promenades Byelaws [790kb]

pdf icon Bexhill Seashore Byelaws [958kb]

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