Poole Harbour Sandbanks


Poole Harbour Sandbanks
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Beautiful sandy beach with a wide variety of facilities. Sandbanks is very popular with families in the summer. There is a water sports academy and cafes nearby. Poole’s beaches have a ramp and specialised beach wheelchairs, available for hire (24 hours notice).


Activities include childrens’ games, crazy golf, windsurfing, sailing and paddle boats.

Wildlife and Walks

Luscombe Valley and Ham Common Nature Reserves are nearby - Sites of Special Scientific Interest - you might see dartford warblers, stonechat, merlin or osprey. Seals are present around the harbour. Visit gorgeous Brownsea for rare red squirrels and tern colonies.

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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Tide times

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Poole Harbour Sandbanks

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Large car park is available with easy access to this beach, charges apply.

Dog restrictions


Restrictions apply on neighbouring Sandbanks peninsular beach.

Beach cleaning

No current information