sandbanks beach

Sandbanks Beach


Sandbanks Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the UK. It is located on the famed Sandbanks peninsula, an exclusive spit of land extending into Poole harbour. The land here is said to be among the most expensive in the world, boasting multi-million-pound properties and a host of famous residents.

Sandbanks Beach has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Palm Beach’ and it’s not hard to see why! With miles of beautiful golden sand and spectacular views towards Studland, Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight on a clear day, you could easily think you’ve landed in Miami, or some other luxurious destination in a far-flung corner of the world.

Safe and clean

The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for over 30 consecutive years – more than any other beach in the country. The prestigious award recognises water quality and the council’s commitment to preserving marine life.

The water clarity is excellent and the gently shelving sand make it perfect for swimming. During the summer season (1st May to 30th September) there are a team of RNLI lifeguards on duty.

Family friendly facilities 

Sandbanks is popular with families thanks to a wide range of beachfront activities on offer. Visitors can make use of volleyball nets, a slack line, table tennis and a designated barbeque area. There are a variety of eateries to choose from if you’re feeling peckish, as well as an ice cream counter and kiosk selling beach essentials, should you leave your bucket and spade at home! There’s also public toilets and shower facilities.

Along the promenade there’s a range of beach huts available to hire for the day or the whole summer season. There’s even a land train, crazy golf and mini golf course and children’s play area.


If you’re in the mood to try something new there is a range of watersports equipment available to hire. The Watersports Academy also runs a number of taster sessions, where you can try a host of outdoor activities, including windsurfing, sailing, wakeboarding and paddle boarding under the guidance of expert instructors.


There is ramped access onto the beach and beach accessible wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis, with a £50 cash deposit payable at the time of collection. There are also Mobi-Mats on the sand to ensure wheelchair users can manoeuvre on the sand.

Beach Events  

During the summer months Sandbanks Beach plays host to a number of popular events, which are well worth a visit during your stay at South Lytchett Manor. If you’re into music, Sandfest attracts some of the best DJs to the shores of the Dorset coast each year. The Sand Polo event is also a popular event.

Dog friendly beach

There is a designated dog area at the Western end of Sandbanks beach, close to the chain Ferry. The whole stretch of sand is dog friendly between 1st October and 31st April each year.

Getting to Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks Beach is a short 20-minute drive from South Lytchett Manor, although it can take longer on sunny days due to traffic. There is a large pay and display car park.

If you would prefer to travel by public transport you can reach this beautiful via the number 50 Purbeck Breezer bus, which you can catch from the entrance to the park.

At the Western end of Sandbanks beach a chain ferry, which offers a car and foot passenger service to the Studland peninsula, which also boasts a number of magnificent beaches. There are also boat trips available to Brownsea Island.


Follow signs to Poole

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