Beach FAQs

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Enjoy the beach and water with RNLI Beach Safety advice

Enjoy the beach safely with RNLI Beach Safety advice. Click the link to the RNLI website


The RNLI are experts on sea safety.

Whether you're heading to the beach, to the coast, or out to sea, follow their essential safety advice so you can make the most of your time on the water.

Know the Risks, Respect the Water and Stay Safe

Beach FAQs

We know that every seaside holiday is unique to the person planning it.

That's why we've tried to provide answers to the more commonly asked questions about our beaches to help you plan your perfect stay.  

More information is available from the Arun District Council Beach Office  


Are the beaches accessible?

Due to the local natural shingle nature and tide patterns on many of the beaches in  Sussex by the Sea, unfortunately it is not very easy to access the actual beach area with wheelchairs and prams / push chairs.

However the promenades overlooking the beaches are great for taking in the view and fresh air, with seats including the architectural Long Bench in Littlehampton, cafes, seaside concessions and level access for 'promenading' both in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Pay & Display Car Parks and On Street Parking are also very close to the main beaches.


Are there Public Toilets nearby?

Click this link for details of the Public Toilets managed by Arun District  Council, several close to the beaches. 


Can I take my dog to the beach?

Yes, although some beaches have restrictions during the summer season (1 May-30 September). More information and the local authority’s Dog Owners Code of Practice for beaches is available at Arun District Council Beaches information page


Can I ride my horse on the beaches?

Horses are not permitted on the beaches in the Arun District between 10am and 6pm on any day between 1st May and 30th September. It is also not permissible to break in or race any animal in such a manner that may cause danger or annoyance to anyone else using the beach. If you do wish to ride on the beaches outside of these times, please be aware that the shingle sea defences may make access difficult. 

Will the tide affect my visit?
Be aware that the tide changes from low to high tide twice every day throughout the year. We recommend checking the Tide Tables and plan your visit to suit your planned activities, whether it be swimming or building sandcastles and stone sculptures!

What’s the bathing water quality like?
Please see more information at the Arun District Council Beach Office  and note that occasional Red Flags on the beach mean bathing in the sea may not be recommended. 


When do Lifeguards and Beach Patrol Officers operate?
Arun District Council Beach Patrol Officers are on duty on Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Beaches between April and September, when they patrol the promenades and /or operate a first aid post at the Beach Offices at Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. More Information on the  Arun District Council Beach Office website.

The RNLI operate a  lifeguard service at Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in the main summer season. For more information please check: Arun District Council Beach Office : RNLI Bognor Regis Beach  and RNLI Littlehampton Beach websites

Littlehampton, with it's harbour and fast flowing river, operates a safety boat and patrol boat ensures that you can enjoy the sea in relative safety.


Are there safety facilities for children?
A free Kid Care armband service operates on Bognor Regis Beach and Littlehampton East Beach between April and September. On arrival at either Littlehampton or Bognor Regis go to the Beach Office or ask the Lifeguards and they will provide you with a free wristband for your children.They will ask you for your phone details and name so that if your child becomes separated from your family or party, you can be quickly reunited.


How do I stay safe on the water?

Know the Risks and Respect the Water. Follow the safety guidance given by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

Where can I find more information?
For further information, including whether you can hold a beach barbeque, which beaches permit metal detecting, whether horse-riding is permitted and more, please see the Arun District Council Beaches information page.