Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks beach on the Sandbanks Peninsular is a large sandy beach ideal for those looking to relax and those that want a more active beach. This is a very active beach with a wide (seasonal) selection of watersports available including parascending, inflatables, kayaks, jet-ski hire to name just a few.

Sandbanks Peninsular is probably becoming more known for the large expensive beachfront houses than its beach but the beach is good.

The Poole harbour side of Sandbanks Peninsular is very popular with sailing and windsurfing where the large expansive of shallow flat water provides excellent conditions for beginners or the more experienced.

If this is a little too busy, you could always take the chain ferry over the Poole harbour entrance to Studland for less built-up beaches.

Facilities include large car parks and on-road parking, toilets (disabled facilities), showers, food kiosks, cafes, and lifeguards in the summer.

Sandbanks Beach is a Blue Flag Beach & has a seaside award
Sandbanks Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Sandbanks Beach has dog restrictions.
From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are not allowed on Sandbanks main beach and must be kept on a lead on the promenade and paths.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 57 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.


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Sandbanks Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 3.6℃ to 9.5℃ with wind speed 4 m/sec (WNW)
Friday, Feb 10clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range -2.3℃ to -2℃ with wind speed 2.2 m/sec (NNW)
Saturday, Feb 11cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.4℃ to 6.6℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 12cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 1.8℃ to 3.3℃ with wind speed 0.4 m/sec (NW)
Monday, Feb 13cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.5℃ to 6.8℃ with wind speed 2.9 m/sec (ESE)
Tuesday, Feb 14cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.2℃ to 4.8℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (E)
Wednesday, Feb 15cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.8℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (ENE)

Poole weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Sandbanks Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Sandbanks Beach is at Poole (Entrance) 0.91 km (0.56 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:53 (Height 0.81m)
   High Tide at 10:45 (Height 2.11m)
   Low Tide at 18:08 (Height 0.59m)
   High Tide at 23:22 (Height 1.96m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 06:26 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 11:07 (Height 2.02m)
   Low Tide at 18:42 (Height 0.64m)
   High Tide at 23:48 (Height 1.86m)
Sat 11 Feb
   Low Tide at 07:02 (Height 0.87m)
   High Tide at 10:55 (Height 1.95m)
   Low Tide at 19:20 (Height 0.72m)
   High Tide at 23:13 (Height 1.80m)
Sun 12 Feb
   Low Tide at 07:43 (Height 0.95m)
   High Tide at 11:22 (Height 1.90m)
   Low Tide at 20:03 (Height 0.84m)
   High Tide at 23:47 (Height 1.77m)
Mon 13 Feb
   Low Tide at 08:29 (Height 1.05m)
   High Tide at 12:05 (Height 1.83m)
   Low Tide at 20:51 (Height 0.98m)
Tue 14 Feb
   High Tide at 00:36 (Height 1.74m)
   Low Tide at 09:25 (Height 1.15m)
   High Tide at 12:58 (Height 1.74m)
   Low Tide at 21:53 (Height 1.12m)
Wed 15 Feb
   High Tide at 01:38 (Height 1.70m)
   Low Tide at 10:47 (Height 1.20m)
   High Tide at 14:09 (Height 1.63m)
   Low Tide at 23:27 (Height 1.19m)

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