Shanklin - Welcome Beach

Isle of Wight

Shanklin - Welcome Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Shanklin beach forms part of Sandown Bay, famous for its long sandy beaches and bathing areas. Beach activities cater for all tastes with the towns amenities nearby. Groynes along the beach keep the sand in place. A hurricane in 1987 destroyed the beaches pier.


Activities here include: swimming, surfing, sea canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, fishing and pedalo hire is available.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a walk and cycle route from Shanklin to Sandown. There is a large amusement arcade near the beach and Crazy Golf Park. There are restaurants towards the southern end of the beach, towards at Shanklin.

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

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Facilities at Shanklin - Welcome Beach

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



312 car parking spaces are available (including disabled spaces) for a charge.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach is litter picked daily during the summer period.