Bournemouth beach rules that all visitors should know

WITH summer finally here and forecasters predicting a heat wave by the end of the month, our coastal towns are likely to be inundated with visitors.

If you’re coming to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole or need a refresher on some of our town rules, look no further.

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Rules that all visitors should know:

Dogs on the beach:

New rules banning dogs from a number of beaches came into effect earlier this month until the end of summer.

The restrictions were put in place by the BCP board from May 1 to September 30.

Dogs are only allowed on certain BCP beaches

Dogs must be under control at all times and they must also be leashed on walks, docks, zigzags and trails and owners must clean up after their dog.

Failure to comply with council rules exposes owners to a fine of up to £1,000.

There are a number of beaches in the area, but your dog is allowed.

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Car park

All visitors to the area are asked to park responsibly. Parking wardens are on duty year-round, and the number of attendants is increased during the summer months to crack down on illegal parking.

Cars parked on the double yellow lines, causing an obstruction or blocking access may be towed.

Bournemouth Echo: Illegal parking in Bournemouth last summerIllegal parking in Bournemouth last summer

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Waste and recycling

To keep our beaches clean, 400 triple bins are being installed on the seafront.

Recycling bins along the waterfront are often contaminated and should therefore be treated as ordinary waste.

Please ensure your waste is disposed of in the correct bins to help protect the region and the planet.

If you litter you risk a maximum fine of £150.

Overnight camping

It is forbidden to sleep or camp on the beach, seafront, cliffs or parking lots.

Prepare to be disturbed as a 24-hour beach patrol will be visiting repeatedly to collect evidence for prosecution and you risk a £1000 fine.

Open fires

Open fires, fire pits and fire bowls are not permitted on beaches, boardwalks, cliffs or cliff tops at any time.

Bournemouth Echo: Open fires are not permitted on BCP beachesOpen fires are not permitted on BCP beaches

Our beaches are surrounded by unique cliff habitats which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Their dry nature makes them vulnerable and sparks from open fires can cause horrific damage.

You could risk a £1,000 fine.

Barbecues (BBQ)

Disposable barbecues are only allowed on the beach between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Gas barbecues are not allowed under any circumstances.

When you have finished your barbecue, please extinguish it carefully with water and leave it next to the bins on the promenade for collection by our waste teams. Do not bury or put hot barbecues in the bins.

Collective electric BBQs have been installed on the seafront to reduce waste and the impact on the environment.

Bournemouth Echo: beach barbecuesBBQ on the beach

The hotplates are free and available between Easter and October 31 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis.

Barbecues for groups of 30 people or more

You will need our permission to organize a barbecue with this number of people.

It must take place in a designated barbecue area between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

For barbecues for groups of 30 or more, you will need to read the barbecue guidelines and complete an application form.

Sand dunes

Our sand dunes are a site of special scientific interest and constitute a delicate ecosystem. Stay away from the dunes to help us maintain this unique site and protect their fragile habitats.

Cycling, skating and skateboarding

In July and August, cycling, rollerblading and skateboarding are not permitted on the seafront promenades or paths between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bournemouth Echo: Beryl electric scooters at Boscombe PierBeryl electric scooters at Boscombe Pier

These activities are permitted between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers at all times of the year.


Please consider other people and keep all music at a reasonable volume.

If your music can be heard within fifty feet of its source, a Seafront Ranger will ask you to turn it down.

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Edward L. Robinett