Beach and Bay

Swanage Beach

Swanage Beach & BaySwanage’s pride and joy is its gently shelving, golden sandy beach and clear unpolluted water. The Town Council is proud to say that in 2015 the beach was once again awarded the Blue Flag and Seaside Award. This accolade is given to beaches that have been inspected for quality of water and beach cleanliness and also access facilities. The sea off of Swanage central beach consistently meets the highest European standards and is monitored by the Environment Agency between 15 May and 30 September.  Further information on water quality can be found here and the Environment Agency profile of the bathing water here.  In the summer months the beach is patrolled daily by the Town Council’s Beach Wardens, ensuring that the beach regulations are adhered to. Swanage Beach does not have a lifeguard service in operation, but a clearly marked safe bathing zone can be located on the Town Council’s beach.

Please click here for a copy of the 2015 Blue Flag Certificate, and here for a copy of the 2015 Seaside Award Certificate.  


Dogs are welcome on Swanage beach between 1st October - 30th April each year.

From the 1st May - 30th September, dogs are not permitted on the Council-owned beach, however, pet owners are welcome to use 'Monkey Beach' which is located by the old stone quay, close to the pier.

Please note, North Beach (the beach to the North of the Ulwell Stream) is privately owned above the mean high water mark and the beach owners have their own dog regulations in place. Please be aware of the owners' signs on North Beach to ensure you comply with these additional regulations. Thank you for your assistance.

Swanage Bay

All boat and jet-ski users are asked to respect the bay’s regulations, with a 5 knot buoy area in operation between 15th March – 30th September. Vessels can be safely launched from the Town Council’s Boat Park. The boat park is located off Broad Road Car Park. Alternatively, dinghies and small, unpowered craft can be launched from the Parish slipway.The launching of jet-skis and any powered craft would be prohibited. All trailers must be removed from the slip after launching. Ocean Bay Watersports is located at the northern end of the Town Council beach. They also have a slipway in operation. You can view a map giving the location of launch sites in the town.

Sailing is another popular pastime, the local sailing club can be found on Buck Shore, located by the pier. Further information can be found on   

In the summer months, the pier comes alive with divers from far and wide, keen to experience the clear waters of the pier and beyond.  Charter diving boats operate from here. Click here for more information on diving in and around Swanage Bay.