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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Holland-on-Sea is included in the stretch of coastline from St Osyth to Walton on-the-Naze which also incorporates Jaywick and Clacton. This is a quieter area than Clacton. Near Holland town there are beach huts and there’s Nan’s Cafe on the beach.


Birdwatching and coastal walks are popular. The beach is just in front of Frinton Golf Club and Frinton Lawn Tennis Club. Further west along the shore is the Sailing Club and kitesurfing school just on the outskirts of Holland-on-Sea.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore nearby Holland Haven Country Park and coastline - an excellent area to spot migrant birds. Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve is south of the beach - a former gravel pit, which has many plants and birds including Nightingale, kingfisher, Coot, Little Grebe, Woodcock and Long eared Owl.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

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


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Facilities at Holland



Parking is available along the Esplanade to the north of the beach in Frinton and Holland Haven Car Park is to the south.

Dog restrictions


Seasonal restrictions apply between 1st May to 30th September - please check beach signs for more information.

Beach cleaning

No current information