Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Dorset is the perfect location for a day at the beach as it has over 50 beaches, many of which are sandy and/or dog friendly. The most popular beaches are at Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Studland, Swanage, Weymouth, West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Beaches are great if you want to relax on your own with a book, or have fun with friends and family by swimming, making sand sculptures, playing beach cricket or even enjoying a beach BBQ at one of Dorset’s many BBQ-friendly beaches.
Take notice of warning signs along the coast. Stay well away from cliffs and mudflows at all times and beware of quicksand.
You can use the iCoast map to find out what the weather, the tides and the water quality will be like before you go to the beach. You can also find out what facilities are at each beach location. Once you have sussed out the weather you can see whether you need to take sun cream/sun hats or wet weather/cold weather gear.
Beach activities in Dorset can be enjoyed all year round, whether you go for a winter beach stroll, watching the stormy waves crashing in, or relaxing in the sun on a summer’s day. Some beaches are good for fossil hunting while others have rock pools where you can go exploring.
There are a few beaches in Dorset with specific areas where there are either BBQ facilities or where it is permitted to have a BBQ. There is a Beach BBQ layer on the iCoast map that gives you the locations of BBQ friendly beaches and some more detailed information below.
When you enjoy your Beach BBQ please leave the beach as you would like to find it. Please dispose of a disposable BBQ by letting it cool (speed up cooling by pouring sea water over it), then disposing of the BBQ and all other rubbish safely. Also remember when you have a BBQ think about how your BBQ is impacting on other beach users, if it is smoking everyone out and you are playing loud music then you won’t make many friends.
Boscombe and Toft Steps have three permanent volleyball courts that are free to use to the general public, but you can pay to use a court for exclusive use. You can find more information here.