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Sandbanks beach, Dorset

Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, Sandbanks is a popular sandy beach stretching over three miles (5 km.) from the tip of Sandbanks Spit to merge with the beaches of Bournemouth.

At the southwest end of the spit, the beach is edged by dunes and overlooked by the pavilion and recreation area. The beach has an RNLI Lifeguard service between May 1st and September 30th.

There are a number of car parks adjacent to the beach. There is a charge for using the car parks. For recreation there is windsurfing, sailing and fishing, along with several windsurfing and sailing schools.

Other facilities include a putting green, crazy golf and a variety of children's amusements.

For walkers there is the three mile Evening Hill Discovery Trail running adjacent to the beach. There is also a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where Tern colonies and lagoons can be seen.




 Sandy beach

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Lifeguard in summer

 Seasonal dog ban


OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Sandbanks, Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Swanage, Wareham, Poole and Christchurch.

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