Bexhill and Cooden


Bexhill and Cooden

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 main attraction. Its long, gently sloping, shingle beach provides a great location for days out, leisurely walks and enjoying the activities on offer. The De La Warr Pavilion provides a focal point for visitors, offering events and year round entertainment.

Cooden Beach lies to the west of Bexhill and provides a secluded getaway, where you can enjoy a quieter beach.


Beach Safety

The foreshore is a dynamic environment and to stay safe it is important to read and understand the safety information provided on the signage along our foreshore, our website and those of our partners.

pdf icon Rother Beach and Water Safety Leaflet [371kb]

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service - Sea Safety Campaign

RNLI - Beach Safety Guide


Boats on Bexhill Beach Bench Spring flowers and beach huts

From 8 July 2017 to 3 September 2017 the central beach, in front of the De la Warr Pavilion at Bexhill is a lifeguarded beach.  Please ensure you swim within the marked area.

Information relating to beach safety is also available from the Rother District Council Coastal Officer, the Beach Patrol Team as well as signage along the promenade.

Coastal Office:  From 1 April 2017 to 30 October 2017 between 9am and 6pm daily, based in the Colonnade by the water feature.

Lifeguards:  From 8 July 2017 to 3 September 2017 between 10am and 6pm, seven days per week, based on the central beach by the De la Warr Pavilion.

Beach Patrol:  From 17 July 2017 to 3 September 2017 between 9am and 6pm, seven days per week, based on the beach, roaming patrols.

Emergency Facilities:  First aid services are available from the Coastal Officer, Beach Patrol and the Lifeguards.

Flags:  Flags are flown to ensure users of the beach and foreshores are aware of sea conditions.

  • Red Flags:  Do not bathe, swim or enter the water when a red flag is flying, water conditions are dangerous.
  • Orange Flags/Socks:  Do not use inflatables when an orange flag/sock is flying, there are strong off-shore winds.

Soft Sand Signs:  Please take note of the signage relating to areas of soft sand, these areas move along the foreshore and occur at low tide, usually around groyne ends and rocky outcrops.  These areas will not support the weight of a person or child and if walked through you will sink into the sand.  Anyone who finds themselves in difficulty, or who witnesses someone else in difficulty, should dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Life Belts:  Life belts are positioned at regular intervals along the foreshore and are clearly visible in red boxes.  Please report any missing or damaged lifebelts to our Coastal Offices:  For Bexhill, Cooden and Normans Bay please call our Bexhill Coastal Office on 01424 221407.

Wristbands:  The Coastal Office and Beach Patrol teams provide all visitors with children free wristbands, please use them as this will help to ensure your child, if found by the Beach Patrol, is returned to you quickly.

Boats and Motorised Craft:  There are dedicated boat lanes along the foreshore in Bexhill and Cooden, these are set aside for the safe launching and landing of boats, details can be found in the pleasure boat byelaws. pdf icon Pleasure Boats Byelaws [74kb] 

The boat lanes can be found by the Angling Club, Sovereign Light Cafe, Herbrand Walk and seaward of Pages Avenue.

Weever Fish:  At certain times of the year, usually during periods of prolonged warm weather, weever fish are found in shallower waters in increased quantities.  Bathers and swimmers should take care to avoid contact with these as they can sting.  We advise that footwear is worn whilst bathing.  If you or a member of your party is stung by a weever fish the RNLI's advice is to place the affected area in water as hot as is comfortable, making sure you test the water first so you do not burn the person who has been stung.  In rare circumstances people may experience an allergic reaction to a sting and they should then seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Water Feature:  This attraction is operational daily from 9am to 6pm, except Friday mornings, when it will commence at 11am.  Please note that this attraction is weather dependent and operates on a cycle.  Please call 01424 221407 if you require further information.

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
  • 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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