Normans Bay

East Sussex

Normans Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

This is a quiet beach which is pebbles at the top, with shingle and sand at low tide. At very low tide there is a large expanse of sand. An area towards Cooden beach is used by naturists.


Fairly close (in the car) are National Trust sites - Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere valley - both fantastic for butterflies.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is part of a long stretch of shingle with plenty of room to stretch your legs. The Pevensey Marshes is nearby, managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, where they have the fen raft spider - access is restricted to scientists with permits. Rye Harbour is further north (Sussex Wildlife Trust).

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

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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Facilities at Normans Bay

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Parking is limited close to the beach though there is parking 5 minutes walk away.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information