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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The beach is just south of Brean Down and stretches for 7 miles to Burnham-on-Sea. Also extensive tidal flats favoured by walkers and beach-sports enthusiasts. Brean beach has first aid trained wardens on site from April to October and remain present on weekends between October and April.


Windsurfing, sailing and jet skiing are popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

Visitors should respect the warning notices about the dangers of mud along this beach due to the extensive mudflats here. There is a local wildlife reserve. Below the cliffs of the headland, Brean Down, is an area of rock pools.

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

2018 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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Facilities at Brean

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



Parking available off Warren Road, charges apply.

Dog restrictions


Dog restrictions apply on certain areas.

Beach cleaning

No current information


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