Hunstanton Main Beach


Hunstanton Main Beach
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The only coastal town in East Anglia to face west. Hunstanton is known for its famous red and white striped cliffs. The tide retreats to expose a large sandy beach, which can become crowded in the summer.


The Oasis Leisure Centre, Sea Life Centre, a pitch and putt course, bowls, tennis and an indoor market are all situated close to the beach. You can take a boat to Seal Island.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll along the promenade and enjoy this established seaside resort. To the north of the beach is Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve and south is the RSPBs Snettisham reserve.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

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

Facilities at Hunstanton Main Beach

Food Food Toilets Toilets



Car parking available in the town.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed during summer.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.