Southsea East


Southsea East
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Southsea is a very popular beach. stretching from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. It is mostly shingle and slopes quite rapidly into the sea.


Activites here include: bathing, cricket pitch, tennis, bowls, crazy golf and pitch and putt. Southsea Castle is here, a coastal fortress built in the 1500s with a museum inside. The Pyramids Centre, with a spa and pools, is to the west of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the wonderful town of Portsmouth and the historic docks. Walk east along the coastline to Fort Cumberland, an 18th century fort. The Royal Marines Museum is nearby.

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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Southsea East

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Parking available - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome but please check beach signs for restrictions.

Beach cleaning

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