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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Kessingland is a small village with the beach lying just in front of it on this beautiful and unspoilt stretch of Suffolk coastline. There are a couple of restaurants on the seafront.


Windsurfing, swimming and walking are popular. This is a fascinating area of unearthed discoveries and quirky old architecture, where ancient tools have been found and the remains of an ancient forest have been discovered on the seabed.

Wildlife and Walks

Seals can sometimes be seen lying on the sandbanks and the Suffolk Wildlife Park is nearby. The beach is surrounded by gorgeous wildlife reserves including Benacre National Nature Reserve, to the south, with its marsh harrier, bearded reedling, bittern and Little terns.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Kessingland

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is a car park off Church Road near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed between 1st May - 30th September. Dogs are welcome the rest of the year but must be kept on a lead.

Beach cleaning

No current information