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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Heacham sands or ‘Stubborn sands’ form a rural part of an extensive beach which stretches South from Hunstanton. With promenade and a sea-defence wall, the beach sits in front of a holiday park.


Stroll along the promenade and take in the wonderful views. Explore the lovely and quaint Heacham village nearby and smell the faint scent of lavender - on the outskirts of town is one of the largest lavender farms in the UK.

Wildlife and Walks

Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve is to the north of the beach and the RSPBs Snettisham Nature Reserve is to the south - both reserves have spectacular wildlife.

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 Sufficient

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

23 July 2018

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


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Heacham

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information