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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Also known as Shoebury Common beach. A mainly sandy beach backed by a promenade, lots of beach huts and a grassy area. There’s a Foreshore Office and Uncle Tom’s cafe selling snacks and ice cream.


The beach is popular for waters sports such as windsurfing and jet skiing - zoning applies. Southend kitesurfing Club is on the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Wander along the promenade. Two Tree Island and Leigh National Nature Reserve, where they have breeding avocets, is not far away, and Belton Hills Reserve, a Special Site of national significance, is 6 miles away - covering 18.5 hectares it has some fantastic wild flowers and invertebrates.

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit

Facilities at Shoeburyness

Food Food Toilets Toilets



Pay and display off Shoebury Common Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th (except for guide dogs which are welcome year round).

Beach cleaning

No current information