Bournemouth Boscombe Pier


Bournemouth Boscombe Pier
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

21 July 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sloping sandy beach, much loved by families. A wide range of seafront activities are available including: windsurfing, surfing, canoeing and there are beach volleyball courts.


A popular spot forbathing and sea kayaking. The pier, gardens and Overstrand building have all been refurbished, with a variety of restaurants, shops and cafes available. Kids play area in Chine Gardens.

Wildlife and Walks

The cliff tops along Bournemouth’s coastline are designated SSSI’s and are home to a number of rare species including the sand lizard. The Chine Gardens also contain a nature trail.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

21 July 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Bournemouth Boscombe Pier

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Pay parking on the seafront between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers and pay parking on the overcliff.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed between May 1st and September 31st. Dog exercise areas during these months available in other areas.

Beach cleaning

Daily beach cleans in summer, weekly during winter.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 29th April - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.