Southend Thorpe Bay


Southend Jubilee
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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

A sandy beach within this busy seaside resort town and situated in front of Thorpe Hall Golf Club. There are beach huts on the beach, tennis courts, a bowling and yacht club based along the seafront.


Plenty of entertainments and bathing. Southend’s mile-long pier is west of the beach. Two Tree Island and Leigh National Nature Reserve, where they have breeding avocets, is not far away.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll the promenade and the pier and explore this busy seaside town. Belton Hills Reserve, a Special Site of national significance, is to the west of the beach. It covers 18.5 hectares and 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

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Strong winds Strong winds

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 Southend Thorpe Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



Pay parking is available off Thorpe Esplanade.

Dog restrictions


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

Beach cleaning

No current information