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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The beach is situated to the east of Garrison Point Fort. A gently sloping sand and shingle beach at the mouth of the Thames and Medway estuaries. The beach has a substantial sea defence wall which forms part of the promenade. Sheerness is popular with families.


Swimming and water sports are popular. The promenade is a great spot for a picnic. There are amusement arcades, leisure centre & indoor swimming pool & a large children’s sandpit, as well as a skateboard park.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk around the Isle of Sheppey. The Medway Estuary and Swale Marshes are rich in wildlife. To the south is Elmley National Nature Reserve, also excellent for its wildfowl and waders. The Swale Estuary, running around the south of Sheppey, is a recommended MCZ.

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

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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 Sheerness

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking off of Beach Street, behind sea wall.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned daily all year round.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

Weekends: 27th May - 2nd July 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.