Camber Sands


Camber Sands

Camber, located east of the ancient town of Rye, has over 2 miles of beach, and much of it is golden sands! It is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex, which provides a valuable natural habitat to many animals and plants.


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.

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

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service - Sea Safety Campaign East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

RNLI - Beach Safety Guide RNLI

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From 27 May 2017 to 1 October 2017, Camber beach 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 on entrance to the beaches.

Coastal Office: From 1 April 2017 to 30 October 2017 between 9am and 6pm daily, based in Central Car Park, TN31 7RH.

Lifeguard: From 27 May 2017 to 1 October 2017 between 10am and 6pm, seven days per week, based on the beach between zones C and H.  (Please see maps at location).

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 foreshore 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.

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 the Camber Coastal Office on 01797 225207.

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 is found quickly and safely if he/she becomes lost.

Jellyfish and Weever Fish:  At certain times of the year in Camber, usually during periods of prolonged warm weather, jellyfish and 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.  In most cases jellyfish stings are mild.

If someone has been stung by a jellyfish, do not rub the affected area as this will make the pain worse.  Lightly spray the area with seawater and apply a cold compress or ice if it is available.  For weever fish stings, 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 don't 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.

Kite and Watersports Activities:  The Water Sports Zone is located at Broomhill car park (free parking). pdf icon Camber Beach Zone Information Map [136kb]

For further information about beach facilities at Camber please call our Coast Office on 01797 225207.

To make the beach a safer environment for the family, the beach is zoned to separate activities such as kite surfing from more traditional beach users.  Details of the zones are shown on signage at the entrances to the beach, or see pdf icon Camber Map [3Mb].

Dog Control Information:  Dogs are not permitted in zoned areas between 1 May and 30 September.  For further information:  pdf icon Camber Dog Control Information Map [137kb]

Barbeques:  We get many requests to hold barbeques on Camber Sands.  Please help us care for the beach environment and other users' safety and enjoyment by following these guidelines:

  • Do not use disposable barbeques
  • Gas powered barbeques that are raised off the sand are the only ones permitted on Camber Beach
  • Use the western end of Camber Sands beach for barbeques
  • Barbeques of any kind are prohibited in the sand dunes
  • 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 three car parks operated by Rother District Council at Camber:

  • Camber Central - TN31 7RH.  Between 1 April and 30 September parking is pay on entry, at all other times there are pay and display machines available.
  • Old Lydd Road - TN31 7RH, this is a pay and display car park.
  • Western Car Park - TN31 7RB.  Between 1 April and 30 September parking is pay on entry, at all times there are pay and display machines available.

Please note:  From 1 April to 30 September the gates to the Central and Western car parks are locked at 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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