Southend Three Shells


Southend Three Shells
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Three Shells is considered a family beach with lots of facilities and entertainments close by, and it is close to the town centre. The beach sits alongside the Southend mile-long pier with an RNLI Lifeboat Station at the end of it. There is a play area for children.


With lots of places to eat and with amusement part to the east of the beach, there’s lots to keep families entertained. Essex Wildlife Trust’s, Two Tree Island and Leigh National Nature Reserve, with its population of breeding avocets, is nearby, to the west of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll along the promenade to the pier and explore the 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 over 667 invertebrate species have been recorded at the site.

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 Good

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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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 Three Shells

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking available off Western Esplanade.

Dog restrictions


No dogs allowed between 1st May and 30th September - except guide dogs which are allowed all year round.

Beach cleaning

No current information