Shoreham Beach

West Sussex

Shoreham Beach
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A shingle beach with sea defences and some vegetation in the shingle - it is a designated a Local Nature Reserve. Very popular with windsurfers. There is an area of parkland behind the beach.


Windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing are popular here. There is a kitesurfing and sailing club to the west of the beach. For a bit of history, visit the historical landmark - Shoreham Redoubt (just behind West Pier).

Wildlife and Walks

The RSPBs Adur Estuary is close, where there are some fantastic bird species such as dunlin, lapwing and redshank. A little further is WWT’s Arundel Wetland Centre where they offer boat safaris.

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.


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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

Facilities at Shoreham Beach

Shops Shops



Car park off Forthaven Road, near West Pier (east of Shoreham beach).

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information